Leave No Trace (2018)

DEBRA GRANIK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA/Canada, 2018.  Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Harrison Productions, Topic Studios.  Screenplay by Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, based on the novel My Abandonment by Peter Rock.  Cinematography by Michael McDonough.  Produced by Anne Harrison, Linda Reisman, Anne Rosellini.  Music by Dickon Hinchliffe.  Production Design by Chad Keith.  Costume Design by Erin Alridge Orr.  Film…

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Affliction

BBB (out of 5) Relentlessly depressing drama based on the novel by Russell Banks (The Sweet Hereafter) about a man unable to outrun the vicious cycle of domestic violence he learned from his father. Nick Nolte is powerful in the lead role of this unhappy tale, and James Coburn is positively terrifying as the tyrant…

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Light Sleeper

BBBB (out of 5) This excellent drama by Paul Schrader features a marvelous script and excellent performances. It stars Willem Dafoe as a drug dealer who gets wrapped up in some tricky schemes when his boss (Susan Sarandon) decides to shut down her business. Now he finds himself with a life unexamined and definitely half-lived….

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Waking The Dead

BBB.5 (out of 5) Moody and poetic drama about a young political candidate (Billy Crudup) haunted by the memories of his late girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly), a 70s rebel and freedom-fighting upstart. Trouble is, he doesn’t really know if he’s just imagining seeing her or if she really is appearing to him. Jodie Foster produced this…

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