Go For Sisters (2013)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2013.  Anarchist’s Convention Films, Olmos Productions, Go For Films.   Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Kat Westergaard.  Produced by Peter Bobrow, Edward James Olmos, Alejandro Springall.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Mara A. Spear.  Costume Design by Dana R. Woods.  Film Editing by John Sayles. John Sayles is in top form…

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Beautiful Boy (2018)

FELIX VAN GROENINGEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  Amazon Studios, Big Indie Pictures, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Luke Davies, Felix van Groeningen, based on the book Beautiful Boy by David Sheff and Tweak by Nic Sheff.  Cinematography by Ruben Impens.  Produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt.  Music by Gabe Hilfer.  Production Design by Ethan Tobman.   Costume Design…

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Beastly (2011)

DANIEL BARNZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2011.  CBS Films, Storefront Films.  Screenplay by Daniel Barnz, based on the novel by Alex Flinn.  Cinematography by Mandy Walker.  Produced by Susan Cartsonis.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Rusty Smith.  Costume Design by Suttirat Anne Larlarb.  Film Editing by Thomas J. Nordberg. Modern-day reworking of Beauty and the Beast aimed at the teen set,…

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The Sum Of All Fears (2002)

PHIL ALDEN ROBINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2002.  Paramount Pictures, Mace Neufeld Productions, MFP Munich Film Partners GmbH & Company I. Produktions KG, S.O.A.F. Productions.  Screenplay by Paul Attanasio, Daniel Pyne, based on the novel by Tom Clancy.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Mace Neufeld.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Marie-Sylvie Deveau.  Film Editing by Nicolas…

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Mother And Child

BB.5 (out of 5) The multi-strand narrative begins with a teenager giving birth after getting into trouble with her high school boyfriend.  We then fast-forward to thirty seven years later, where a lonely and bitter health care worker (Annette Bening) lives with her mother and writes a diary to the baby she gave up for…

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Take Shelter

BBBB (out of 5) Michael Shannon is electrifying as a steadily employed Ohio construction worker who lives the good life with his wife (Jessica Chastain) and daughter but is plagued by unsettling, apocalyptic visions. Night after night he experiences nightmares about Biblical destructions upon the land, and things get hairier when he begins to see omens…

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Lovelace

BB (out of 5) The most famous oral sex in cinema history might not seem like much to be proud of, but there is something to be said about the effect that the X-rated Deep Throat had on popular culture when it was released in 1972.  A combination of hard-core smuttiness and winsome humour, the…

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Twelve Monkeys

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Based on Chris Marker’s terrifying experimental short film La Jetee, the deliciously weird narrative of this film follows Bruce Willis as he travels back in time from the future to prevent the end of the world from happening. Madeleine Stowe plays a psychiatrist from the past who slowly begins to understand that Willis is…

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Nine Lives

BBB (out of 5) Rodrigo Garcia follows Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her with another multifaceted look at the lives of various women. It presents nine scenes in the lives of characters whose relationships with others, themselves or the world are at an impasse: Holly Hunter in a loveless marriage, Amy Brenneman reconnecting with…

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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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The Truth About Charlie

BB (out of 5) It’s hard to watch a remake of one of your favourite movies (Charade in this case) without being somewhat biased, but I’m fairly confident that even those completely unaware of the Audrey Hepburn-Cary Grant classic will find this a boring and uneventful thriller.  Thandie Newton makes the perfect Hepburn update as…

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Beloved

BBBB (out of 5) Rich storytelling and absolutely stunning production design by Kristi Zea contribute greatly to this adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.  Oprah Winfrey, in her first big screen venture since she debuted with The Colour Purple in 1985, stars (and also produced) as Sethe, an escaped slave living in Ohio who…

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