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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Hidden Figures

BBBB (out of 5) The space race is a well documented period in American twentieth-century history, the project to get a man on the moon before the Russians could best the U.S.A. a second time one that had the government putting its best scientific minds together to make it happen.  What has rarely been highlighted…

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Moonlight

BBBB (out of 5) The three act structure of standard film storytelling is finely and formally divided into three stages in the development of a man’s life.  His unhappy childhood with a mother (Naomie Harris) trapped in a cycle of addiction is relieved only by the existence of a kindhearted drug dealer (Mahershala Ali) and his…

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

BB.5 (out of 5) The nonsense continues in this conclusion to the trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins, which like many of the adventure sagas aimed at young people ends with far more self-important sobriety than it began with. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) was informed in the first film that she’s going to have to fight…

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

B (out of 5) The land of Panem is a dire place to be after our heroine Katniss has destroyed the Hunger Games, rendering the country just as humorless as it was before but without all the score keeping. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned to her home district from which she will grow a new career…

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The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

BBBB (out of 5) Southern-style tall-tales, genuine romance and a rich sense of nostalgia permeate this highly engrossing, free adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story of the same name. Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) is born under the most unusual circumstances: he begins life as an old man and gradually grows younger until his death…

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Predators

BB (out of 5) Dull reboot of the franchise has a random group of strangers wake up on a foreign planet populated by multiple numbers of the alien killer that once gave Schwarzenegger a run for his money. Getting a better look at their assemblage (an ex-con, a soldier, a doctor, etc), they realize that…

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The Place Beyond The Pines

BB.5 (out of 5) This three-tiered epic saga begins with a circus stuntman (Ryan Gosling) rekindling an affair with a diner waitress (Eva Mendes) and discovering that she had his baby since they last saw each other.  Inspired to want to make a nuclear family out of the three of them, he begins robbing banks…

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