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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Just Go With It

B (out of 5) Adam Sandler‘s brand of comedy is stale and this unwatchable remake of Cactus Flower is scientific proof.  He is once again the loveable schlub who bags an untold number of gorgeous women, this time a successful dentist who gets girls to sleep with him by pretending to be married (and therefore intoxicatingly unavailable)….

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The Seventh Sign

BBB (out of 5) Demi Moore stars as a modern day, happily married pregnant woman who runs into a man who might be Christ or the Anti-Christ (Jürgen Prochnow). The mysterious stranger has returned to Earth in order to put into action the Apocalypse, complete with the seven signs listed in the Bible as road signs…

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Bounce

BB (out of 5) Idiotic romance that insults its viewers and degrades the images of the actors involved. Ben Affleck gives a surprisingly bad performance as a man who must confront a widow after her husband dies on a plane crash that he was supposed to be on (he and Mr. Dead Guy had switched…

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Disclosure

BB.5 (out of 5) Michael Douglas is once again the bitch-magnet in this foray into misogyny and what it does to the corporate man. He plays an important executive at a computer software company who is sexually harassed by his tough boss (Demi Moore). Moore gets no character depth except as a two-dimensional villain, thus erasing some…

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The Grifters (1990)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1990.  Cineplex-Odeon Films.  Screenplay by Donald E. Westlake, based on the novel by Jim Thompson.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Robert A. Harris, Jim Painter, Martin Scorsese.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Mick Audsley.  Academy Awards 1990.  Golden Globe Awards 1990.   Superb gangster film is…

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Angie

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Based on Avra Wing’s touching novel Angie, I Says, about an Italian-American girl (Geena Davis, in a role originally written for Madonna) who has grown up in Brooklyn with her father and stepmother after her mother ran away when she was a little girl.  Angie is now in a relationship with…

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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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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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Eight Men Out

BBBB (out of 5) John Sayles’ brilliant exposé of a very dark time in the business of baseball. Post-World War I players of the Chicago White Sox are fed up with their owner’s skinflinting on their salaries (instead of giving them a promised bonus after winning a game, they’re handed flat bottles of champagne). When…

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Up Close & Personal

BBBB (out of 5) When Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne sold their script of Up Close And Personal, based on a biography of the late Jessica Savitch called Golden Girl, to Walt Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, they had no idea that they were in for seven years of script development hell. Savitch, an ambitious reporter…

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Maxie

BB.5 (out of 5) Glenn Close has a marvelous time clowning around in this forgettable comedy. She and her husband (Mandy Patinkin) move into an apartment once owned by an aspiring silent film actress who died in a car accident the morning of her screen test. Living in this place, Close fails to realize that the…

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