A Very Sordid Wedding (2017)

DEL SHORES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2017.  Beard Collins Shores Productions, Buffalo Gal Pictures.  Screenplay by Del Shores.  Cinematography by Paul Suderman.  Produced by Emerson Collins, Del Shores.  Music by Joe Patrick Ward.  Production Design by Chad Giesbrecht.  Costume Design by Sandra Soke.  Film Editing by Donna Mathewson.   Del Shores has been treating audiences to the lives and loves of his quirky,…

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Ghost World

BBBB (out of 5) Unforgettably funny look at the growing pains of high school girl Enid (Thora Birch) who doesn’t fit in with the perky teenagers around her, but is too smart and self-confident to apologize for herself. She and her best friend Becky (Scarlett Johansson) live in what is basically a “ghost world”, spending…

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Freaky Friday

BBBB (out of 5) Surprisingly terrific adaptation of the comedy that originally starred Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris. Jamie Lee Curtis plays an overworked therapist and mother who is about to get married to her boyfriend (Mark Harmon), despite the emotional objections of her difficult teenaged daughter (Lindsay Lohan). The two fight about various mother-daughter conflict…

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Role Models

BBB.5 (out of 5) Enjoyable exercise in the highly familiar that works thanks to great chemistry between the two leads.  Paul Rudd (who also co-wrote) plays a miserable employee of an energy-boosting soft drink who travels with the company’s mascot (Seann William Scott) to various high schools to promote the beverage to kids. When his frustrated…

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Bad Santa

BBB (out of 5) Billy Bob Thornton plays an alcoholic, foul-mouthed, angry thief who gets jobs in department stores during the Christmas season as Santa Claus in order to crack into store safes. On their latest gig, he and his assistant, a pint-sized fellow with an equally colourful vocabulary, risk losing it all when Thornton…

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Just Go With It

B (out of 5) Adam Sandler‘s brand of comedy is stale and this unwatchable remake of Cactus Flower is scientific proof.  He is once again the loveable schlub who bags an untold number of gorgeous women, this time a successful dentist who gets girls to sleep with him by pretending to be married (and therefore intoxicatingly unavailable)….

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Anger Management

BB.5 (out of 5) Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler earn big money cashing in on their trademark personalities. Sandler plays a frustrated executive assistant who internalizes all his anger and never lets it out in any positive way. When a misunderstanding on an airplane leads to a court case for harassment and the assault of a flight…

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Something’s Gotta Give

BBBB (out of 5) Jack Nicholson is vacationing with much younger girlfriend Amanda Peet at her Hamptons home when he collapses and has a heart attack. Forced to stay at her getaway until he recovers, he ends up stuck with her Broadway playwright mother (Diane Keaton) and the two fall in love. It then remains to be…

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Rock Star

BBB.5 (out of 5) Delightfully committed performances make this comedy work, even when the uneven screenplay is at its weakest. Mark Wahlberg plays a die-hard heavy metal fan whose obsession with a particular band called Steel Dragon has gone as far as his fronting a tribute band. When the lead singer of the real group…

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Safe (1995)

TODD HAYNES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1995.  American Playhouse Theatrical Films, Killer Films, Chemical Films, Good Machine, Kardana Productions, Channel Four Films, Arnold Semler, American Playhouse, Kardana Films.  Screenplay by Todd Haynes.  Cinematography by Alex Nepomniaschy.  Produced by Christine Vachon, Lauren Zalaznick.  Music by Ed Tomney.  Production Design by David J. Bomba, Clare Scarpulla.  Costume Design by Nancy Steiner.  Film Editing…

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What’s Love Got To Do With It

BBBB (out of 5) Tina Turner’s volatile relationship with Ike Turner is brought to the screen with exceptional skill, thanks mostly to the two brilliant performances in the leads. Laurence Fishburne is charismatic and brilliant as the equally charming, equally acidic Ike, whose abuse of Tina (a sensational Angela Bassett) led her to divorce him after…

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The Guilt Trip

BBB.5 (out of 5) It’s difficult enough to get your entrepreneurial business of the ground without having to also accommodate your loud and overbearing mother, but that is where we find Seth Rogen at the beginning of this pleasant comedy. Rogen has invented a bio-friendly cleaning product so safe you can drink it, and is having…

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