The Mule (2018)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Imperative Entertainment, Bron Creative, The Malpaso Company, Bron Studios.  Screenplay by Nick Schenk, inspired by the New York Times article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick.  Cinematography by Yves Belanger.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Dan Friedkin, Jessica Meier, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, Bradley Thomas.  Music…

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How To Make An American Quilt

BBB (out of 5) How much better this film would have been if it had only taken enough time to tell its many stories.  Winona Ryder stars in this adaptation of the popular Whitney Otto novel about a young woman working on her university master’s thesis unsuccessfully after having changed the subject of it numerous…

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Enemy Of The State

BBB (out of 5) Tony Scott once again overdoes it with the flashy editing and melodramatic camera work in this rather hollow thriller, making his best effort to disguise a simple plot and shallow characters with high style and doing a very poor job of it. What there is to enjoy is actually not too…

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Apollo 13

BBBBB (out of 5) Ron Howard’s best film as director is this gripping account of the failed Apollo 13 mission that thankfully never claimed the lives of its astronauts but threatened to on many occasions. Tom Hanks heads up the operation as Jim Lovell, an astronaut who loses out on Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 trip to…

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1492: Conquest Of Paradise (1992)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  France/Spain, 1992.  Gaumont, Légende Films, France 3 Cinéma, Due West, Cyrkfilms, Ministère de la Culture, Spanish Ministry of Culture.  Screenplay by Rose Bosch.  Cinematography by Adrian Biddle.  Produced by Alain Goldman, Ridley Scott.  Music by Vangelis.  Production Design by Norris Spencer.  Costume Design by Charles Knode, Barbara Rutter.  Film Editing by William M. Anderson, Francoise Bonnot, Les…

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Mumford

BBB (out of 5) Oddball characters are the main attraction to this shy little comedy from Lawrence Kasdan that features one of his best ensemble casts. Loren Dean is appropriately blank as the titular character, a psychiatrist in a small town (also called Mumford) who listens to repressed and unhappy people explain their problems away…

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Space Cowboys

BBBB (out of 5) Enjoyable astronaut drama that goes in The Crew territory of watching old guys ham it up for laughs, but much more effectively. Clint Eastwood directs a great round-up of geriatric talent including James Garner, Donald Sutherland and Tommy Lee Jones as retired astronauts who are required by NASA to go into outer space…

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Mrs. Winterbourne

BB (out of 5) Awkward comedy by Richard Benjamin (Mermaids) about a down-on-her-luck Ricki Lake accidentally trading places with a rich, married woman when they are both involved in a train accident along with the woman’s husband (Brendan Fraser). Mistaken for the other woman, the single and pregnant Lake is brought to her so-called husband’s home to live…

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Gattaca

BBBB  (out of 5) Ethan Hawke plays a young man in a futuristic world where parents have the option to biologically engineer their children to be genetically superior to all others. Whereas his brother was born through this process, Hawke was naturally conceived and born without interference, leaving him with a weak heart and short life…

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