Spotlight

BBB.5 (out of 5) A new editor takes over the Boston Globe and tells members of “Spotlight”, a team of journalists who do deep work on long research projects, that a story has come up that he thinks they should pursue. A Catholic priest accused of multiple cases of sexual abuse against children in his … More Spotlight

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The Namesake

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel is brought to the big screen by director Mira Nair with wonderfully sentimental results. A Bengali man who has been living abroad goes back to India to find a wife, brings her to New York and they raise two children. The first of them, a son, … More The Namesake

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Deceived

BB.5 (out of 5) Goldie Hawn made a great decision in opting to momentarily leave her bubbly blonde persona behind and indulge in some Hitchcockian thrills for this murder mystery. Unfortunately, the film lets her down and is basically something Farrah Fawcett could have slept through on a Friday night network special. Hawn plays a successful … More Deceived

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Ransom

BB (out of 5) Mel Gibson‘s son is kidnapped and taken for ransom, his captors demanding millions of dollars or they will kill the child and expose the shady practices behind the airline he owns. Rene Russo  cries a lot as his wife while Gibson refuses to pay, instead becoming an action movie star because … More Ransom

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The Paper

BBBB (out of 5) Michael Keaton is excellent as a tabloid reporter whose one twenty-four hour day is the subject of this fast-paced comedy/drama. He has to contend with a hot, breaking story involving a murder in downtown New York, a bitchy editor (Glenn Close) who prefers sales over integrity, a severely pregnant wife (Marisa Tomei) … More The Paper

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Che: Part One (2008)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/Spain/USA, 2008.  Guerrilla Films, Wild Bunch, Telecinco, Laura Bickford Productions, Morena Films, Ministerio de Cultura.  Screenplay by Peter Buchman, based on the memoir Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Laura Bickford, Benicio Del Toro.  Music by Alberto Iglesias.  Production Design by Antxon Gomez.  Costume Design by … More Che: Part One (2008)

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You Can Count On Me

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the most accomplished films of the year is this very fine tribute to the complexities of family relationships. Laura Linney couldn’t be better as Sammy, a loans officer at a bank in a fictitious upstate New York small town who finds out her drifter baby brother Terry (Mark Ruffalo) is … More You Can Count On Me

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