The Land of Steady Habits (2018)

NICOLE HOLOFCENER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Likely Story.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener, based on the novel by Ted Thompson.  Cinematography by Alar Kivilo.  Produced by Stefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Dina Goldman.  Costume Design by Alex Bovaird.  Film Editing by Robert Frazen.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Ben Mendelsohn is enjoying life in early retirement,…

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

MARIELLE HELLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Archer Gray, Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty. Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, David Yarnell.   Music by Nate Heller.  Production Design by Stephen H. Carter.   Costume Design by Arjun Bhasin.  Film Editing by Anne McCabe.  Golden Globe Awards 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Broke,…

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Walking And Talking

BBBB (out of 5) Nicole Holofcener began a successful career of excellent explorations of female friendship with this wonderful film.  Catherine Keener and Anne Heche have been best friends since they were young women, and now as adults are trying to get happy in the relationship field while maintaining their own supportive intimacy.  Keener has stayed friends…

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Lovely And Amazing

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Nicole Holofcener has fashioned a film that lives up to its title, one populated by complicated women who are notable female anti-heroes.  Brenda Blethyn is the mother of three daughters, two adults (Catherine Keener, Emily Mortimer) and one adopted ten year-old (Raven Goodwin in an excellent debut). As matriarch, Blethyn sets the pace…

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Friends With Money

BBBB (out of 5) Nicole Holofcener has created another fascinating look at women who are both challenging and challenged in this too-short but wholly engrossing character piece. Four women, three wealthy and successfully paired and one an unmarried former teacher who gave it up to be a maid, interact as their lives go haywire to…

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Please Give

BBBB (out of 5) Nicole Holocener returns with yet another compelling examination of complicated women. Rebecca Hall is excellent as a health care worker who takes care of her mean, cantankerous grandmother while her callous sister (Amanda Peet) just waits for her to die. Their grandmother’s apartment is owned by their neighbours, two vintage furniture dealers…

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Enough Said

BBBB (out of 5) There’s no stopping Julia Louis-Dreyfus, here giving a fluidly perfect performance after years of having such exceptional success on television, and there’s no preventing Nicole Holofcener from making witty and insightful films about contemporary women.  Louis-Dreyfus plays a divorced masseuse who is dealing with an impending empty nest given that her…

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