While You Were Sleeping

BBBB (out of 5) Sandra Bullock plays a (yet again) lonely girl who lives with a cat and works the toll booth at a public subway station. Every day she sees the same well-dressed, handsome man (Peter Gallagher) board the station and take his train to work, thinking him beyond her reach. Not so, for one day…

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Swordfish

BB (out of 5) Listless, boring action adventure about a computer hacker (Hugh Jackman) recruited by a top-secret government official (John Travolta), who plans to siphon out money from various government projects in order to perform terrifying terrorist attacks on America and therefore increase the White House’s involvement in anti-terrorist funding.  The action is weary,…

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Enchanted

BBBB (out of 5) Amy Adams simply could not be more endearing in this umpteenth sassification of classic fairy tales, as a storybook heroine who meets her handsome prince (James Marsden) in the world of Disney animation and goes to marry him the following day. Just before her wedding, however, the prince’s evil stepmother (Susan Sarandon,…

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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2002.  DreamWorks, Kemp Company, Splendid Pictures, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Muse Entertainment Enterprises.  Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, based on the book Catch Me If You Can: The Amazing True Story Of the Youngest and Most Daring Con Man in the History of Fun and Profit by Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan…

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Losing Isaiah

BB.5 (out of 5) Somehow these made-for-television movies make it to the big screen. Jessica Lange plays a hospital staffer who takes a baby home after she finds it abandoned in a trash bin. After raising it for a few years, she is requested to give it back to its birth mother (Halle Berry), a former…

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Be Cool

BBB.5 (out of 5) Being cool is the one thing you don’t need to tell John Travolta to be, especially not in the one role that has suited him more than any other he’s ever played. Finding a script worthy of Barry Sonnenfeld’s magnificent Get Shorty, however, is another challenge.  In this continuation to the great 1995…

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Basic

BBB (out of 5) A former army bigwhig and current DEA investigator (John Travolta) arrives on a Panama army base to interrogate a recruit (Brian Van Holt). The recruit was one of six soldiers who were on a training mission in the jungle with a ruthless leader (Samuel L. Jackson) until four of them turned…

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Lucky Numbers

B (out of 5) Truly awful Nora Ephron comedy about a financially troubled weather man (John Travolta) who decides along with his slutty, foul-mouthed girlfriend (Lisa Kudrow) to fix the state lottery. Unluckily for them, others find out about the scheme and try to break in on the sharing of the loot, many of them…

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Chain Reaction

BB.5 (out of 5) Routine thriller makes for pleasant and brainless viewing.  Keanu Reeves stars as a nuclear fission expert who, along with his scientific research team, stumbles on the ability to create cold fusion and free the world from the crippling costs of natural resource-depleting energy. Trouble is, the big guys upstairs are afraid…

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High Fidelity (2000)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2000.  Touchstone Pictures, Working Title Films, Dogstar Films, New Crime Productions.  Screenplay by D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack, Scott Rosenberg, based on the book by Nick Hornby.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Rudd Simmons.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by David Chapman, Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Laura Bauer.  Film…

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Traffic (2000)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Germany/USA, 2000.  Compulsion Inc., Initial Entertainment Group, Splendid Medien AG, The Bedford Falls Company, USA Films.  Screenplay by Stephen Gaghan, based on the miniseries Traffik by Simon Moore.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Laura Bickford, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick.  Music by Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Academy…

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Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight.  Screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Cannes Film Festival 2007.  …

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