Live By Night

BB.5 (out of 5) Ben Affleck returns to the writings of Dennis Lehane, whose novel Gone Baby Gone was his directorial debut nine years earlier.  He stars as a small-time Boston thug whose conflict with a powerful Irish rum runner propels him to become a big-time Florida gangster working for the Italian mob family who want to run the Irish … More Live By Night

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Secretary

BBB (out of 5) Maggie Gyllenhaal is an intensely self-destructive masochist who is released from a mental institution with a certificate of health that might be a bit too premature for her optimistic mother (Lesley Ann Warren). Making her way out into the world, she gets a job working as a secretary for a sheepish lawyer … More Secretary

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Thank You For Smoking

BB (out of 5) Aaron Eckhart plays a lobbyist for Big Tobacco whose savvy ability to argue cigarettes to safe passage in a health-conscious America make him a national villain. He courts an ambitious reporter (Katie Holmes) whose idea of ‘off the record’ is skewed to say the least, wins over a cancer patient on the … More Thank You For Smoking

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Quiz Show

BBBBB (out of 5) Robert Redford directs this awe-inspiring examination of the more “innocent” days of television.  When it is revealed that a popular quiz show has been rigging its contestants with answers in order to control the outcome of the games, a nationwide court case falls upon its star player (Ralph Fiennes) who will … More Quiz Show

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The Night We Never Met

BB.5 (out of 5) Annabella Sciorra and Matthew Broderick timeshare an apartment with a soon to be married bachelor (Kevin Anderson).  She is unhappily married and uses her two days a week in the apartment to catch up on her personal artistic pursuits, and when the other two guys switch arranged days without telling her, she thinks Broderick … More The Night We Never Met

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The Velocity Of Gary * * (Not His Real Name)

BB.5 (out of 5) Appealing characters are a plus in this uneven romantic drama about two very outspoken individuals (Thomas Jane, Salma Hayek) who are both in love with terminally ill porn star Vincent D’Onofrio. When D’Onofrio isn’t in the mood for one he’s with the other, and his two lovers soon find themselves working … More The Velocity Of Gary * * (Not His Real Name)

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2001.  Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Amblin Entertainment, Stanley Kubrick Productions.  Screen story by Ian Watson, Screenplay by Steven Spielberg, based on the short story Supertoys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Bonnie Curtis, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design … More A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

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