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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Where The Heart Is

BB (out of 5) Natalie Portman plays a trailer-trash teenager whose boyfriend leaves her stranded at a Wal-Mart, literally barefoot and pregnant. Sleeping in the department store in its off hours, Portman lives there until the night that she goes into labour and is saved by a mysterious stranger who delivers her baby in aisle 6….

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The Opposite Of Sex

BBBB (out of 5) Don Roos’ excellent directorial debut, a healthy mix of searing comedy, strong drama and even some genuinely touching moments. Christina Ricci rips into her role of DeeDee, a Lolita-like teenager hell-bent on causing a lot of trouble when she steals her half brother Bill’s boyfriend Matt (Ivan Sergei) and runs away…

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A Walk On The Moon

BBBB (out of 5) Marvelous directorial debut by actor Tony Goldwyn (Ghost) about a stifled New York housewife (Diane Lane) who has an affair with a sexy hippie (Viggo Mortensen) while spending the summer of 1969 in the Catskills with her family. The historic moon landing by Neil Armstrong provides the perfect backdrop for a…

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Music Of The Heart (1999)

BBB (out of 5) Meryl Streep‘s performance as Harlem violin teacher Roberta Guaspari is so energetic that she makes all the film’s many TV-movie style cliches seem like completely new experiences. Finding herself middle-aged and abandoned by her naval captain husband, Guaspari is encouraged by her new boyfriend (Aidan Quinn) to try out for a…

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The Brother From Another Planet

BBBB (out of 5) This enjoyable, low-budget science-fiction film tackles racism in a clever way. After an alien ( Joe Morton) crashes his spaceship onto planet Earth, he finds himself wandering modern day New York City in search of refuge from the evil enslavement of his home planet. What he finds in the Big Apple,…

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Lianna

BBBB (out of 5) After years of a seemingly happy marriage, Lianna (Linda Griffiths) decides to leave her husband because she can no longer deny the fact that she is a lesbian. Entering the dating scene after so long is treacherous enough, but navigating her way through one she is unfamiliar with is even harder…

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Casa De Los Babys

BBBB (out of 5) Six women stay at a resort in Mexico, some for months on end, waiting for the paperwork to come through on their adoptions of orphan children, while their hotel manager (Rita Moreno) is desperate to accommodate them without going crazy or killing her political upstart of a son. John Sayles has…

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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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Sunshine State

BBB (out of 5) John Sayles has dealt with different American states in many of the films he’s made in the last fifteen or so years, this time giving us a slice of life from the orange-growing capital of the world, Florida. The story features an endless slew of characters and their involvement in the…

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Limbo

BBBB (out of 5) Beautifully photographed Alaska adventure by John Sayles, who continues his habit of delivering brilliant character studies in compelling circumstances. Perpetually single club singer Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has broken up with yet another boyfriend and is moving out; her daughter (Vanessa Martinez) stopped communicating with her long ago, taking her anger out on…

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Men With Guns

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent John Sayles drama about a Latin American teacher (Federico Luppi) who discovers that all the medical doctors he trained to go out into the dense jungles of his country and administer medicine to the poor have disappeared. He goes from village to village in search of his pupils, and each…

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