The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

SARA COLANGELO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Pie Films, Farcaster Films, Imagination Park Entertainment, Liner Films, Manhattan Productions, Maven Pictures, PaperChase Films, Pia Pressure, Piapressure, Studio Mao.  Screenplay by Sara Colangelo, based on a screenplay by Nadav Lapid.  Cinematography by Pepe Avila del Pino.  Produced by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Talia Kleinhendler, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler.  Music…

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The Mountain Between Us (2017)

HANY ABU-ASSAD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Chris Weitz, J. Mills Goodloe, based on the novel by Charles Martin.  Cinematography by Mandy Walker.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, David Ready, Jenno Topping.  Music by Ramin Djawadi.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Lee Percy.  Toronto…

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Boys Don’t Cry

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Hilary Swank gives a fantastic performance as Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon until she grows up and realizes that her identity is that of a male.  No surprise that unveiling this aspect of himself doesn’t go over quite as well as you’d hope in a gritty Nebraska town. Chloe Sevigny is excellent as…

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Corrina, Corrina

BBBB (out of 5) One of the most insightful views into strained race relations in Small Town America in the 1960s is in this powerful romantic drama.  Whoopi Goldberg stars as a university-educated woman whose best prospects of employment are being the housekeeper and nanny for a widower (Ray Liotta) and his daughter (a delightful…

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Amelia

BBBB (out of 5) Absorbing biopic of famed aviation legend Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) that improves greatly on the TV movie The Final Flight starring Diane Keaton. Director Mira Nair wisely touches on aspects of Earhart’s biography without going into unnecessary detail as she covers the period from the relationship between her subject and George…

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Maria Full Of Grace

BBBB.5 (out of 5) To watch this skillfully made drama about the drug trade in Colombia, you would assume it was made by an experienced filmmaker who has lived in that country his whole life, but it’s actually the first feature by a young American from California. Catalina Sandino Moreno is fantastic as a girl who…

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A Home At The End Of The World

BBB (out of 5) Jonathan and Bobby, two teenage boys in the mid-seventies, become best friends and soulmates, constantly flirting with being lovers but never fully going all the way with it. In adulthood, they live together in a New York City apartment with fun and quirky Clare (Robin Wright) who falls in love with…

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Year Of The Gun

BBB (out of 5) Andrew McCarthy plays an American journalist living in Italy during the 1970s, reporting on the terrorism being caused by the Red Brigade. His involvement gets heated up when the Brigade’s plans to kidnap political leader Aldo Moro ends up being exactly like the plot of a novel he is intending to…

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Murder By Numbers

BB.5 (out of 5) Two high-school students, one rich and popular (Ryan Gosling), the other a sullen outcast (Michael Pitt), plot the perfect murder and expect perfect results (i.e. never getting caught), but they have a top-ace homicide detective (Sandra Bullock) on the case, and she smells trouble when clues lead away from the two…

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Before And After

BB (out of 5) Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson small-town parents who threaten to tear apart when their delinquent son (Edward Furlong) is a suspect in the murder of his trashy girlfriend (Alison Folland). Neeson decides to go for major cover up in the tough “we’re not going to let this family fall apart!” way and…

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Single White Female

BB (out of 5) Deliver us from evil roommates–and this movie, while you’re at it. Bridget Fonda decides to take in a roommate to help ease the rent after she shucks her unfaithful boyfriend. After a series of possibilities she settles on shy, weird Jennifer Jason Leigh (at her creepiest). At first it seems that Leigh’s…

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Reversal Of Fortune

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This excellent film details the case of Sunny von Bulow (Glenn Close), a wealthy New York aristocrat who went into a coma after an excessive dose of insulin administered by her husband.  Said Claus von Bulow (Jeremy Irons), an old European name possibly hiding a nefarious fortune hunter, is convicted of attempted murder…

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