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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Blast From The Past

BBBB (out of 5) Brendan Fraser stars as a man raised for thirty-five years in a bomb shelter with his Communist-paranoid parents (Sissy Spacek, Christopher Walken) who mistakenly took an airplane falling on their house to be a nuclear bomb and headed for their underground hideout. Now an adult, Fraser is sent out into the world…

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The Italian Job (2003)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Usually movie producers look to novels, television shows and comic books to get inspiration for their latest multi-million dollar projects, but lately it seems that Michael Caine movies are just as lucrative a field to mine. I’m still waiting for the remake of The Ipcress File with Denzel Washington (who else…

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Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

BB.5 (out of 5) Add a little salsa to the original mix and you basically have a humdrum remake of the 1987 sleeper hit. This time, the uninitiated young woman (Romola Garai) is the daughter of a Ford Motors executive who moves with her family to a just-pre-revolutionary Cuba. There she is introduced to the…

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Passion Fish

BBBBB (out of 5) John Sayles’ masterpiece is this brilliant two-character drama that you wish could go on forever. After she is paralyzed from the waist down in an auto accident, a bitter soap opera actress (Mary McDonnell) decides to move back home to her parents’ house in Louisiana. She hires a hilarious succession of…

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Daddy Day Care

BB (out of 5) After losing his cushy advertising job, Eddie Murphy decides to beat the doldrums of being a stay-at-home dad by opening up a day care centre with his former business partner (Jeff Garlin). At first the project is a huge mess, but eventually the chaos sorts itself out and Murphy turns out…

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Ed Wood

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Stunning film biography of late B-movie filmmaker Edward D. Wood, Jr., that could be director Tim Burton’s masterpiece. Shot in gorgeous, sumptuous black-and-white, it stars a phenomenal Johnny Depp in the title role, a hack of a director with zero talent but grand ambition who is responsible for such hilarious anti-classics as…

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