First Man (2018)

DAMIEN CHAZELLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 2018.  Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Perfect World Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner.  Music by Justin Hurwitz.  Production Design by…

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A Dry White Season

BBB.5 (out of 5) Donald Sutherland plays a schoolteacher in South Africa who is completely oblivious to the turbulence in his own country until it is pushed into his face: his gardener’s son gets viciously attacked by police during a demonstration by a group of black schoolchildren. Sutherland soon grows to realize the legal injustices that…

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Cruising

B (out of 5) Al Pacino plays a cop who goes undercover in the world of leather bars to catch a serial killer, at some point suffering a crisis of identity as he finds himself overwhelmed by the pervasive sexuality and violence he encounters.  Gay rights activists protested this thriller at every step of its…

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Forget Paris

BB.5 (out of 5) Debra Winger and Billy Crystal‘s marriage is the subject of conversation when a group of friends get together at a bar and tell a newcomer to their group all about the couple’s very rocky relationship. Winger and Crystal have some fine chemistry between them, and there are many funny situations, but…

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