The Comedian (2016)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2016.  Cinelou Films, Linson Entertainment, Anvil Films, Mad Riot Entertainment.  Story by Art Linson, Screenplay by Art Linson, Jeffrey Ross, Richard LaGravenese, Lewis Friedman.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Mark Canton, Taylor Hackford, Art Linson, John Linson, Courtney Solomon.  Music by Terence Blanchard.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard, … More The Comedian (2016)

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Earth Girls Are Easy

BB.5 (out of 5) The candy-coloured future of Julien Temple’s film is a strange cross between 1950s drive-in heaven and funky eighties pop vibrancy.  Geena Davis plays a manicurist who is about to marry a doctor whom she doesn’t know has been knocking knees with another woman. Luckily, three aliens have just crash-landed in her backyard … More Earth Girls Are Easy

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She-Devil

BB.5 (out of 5) This silly comedy is adapted from the novel by Fay Weldon and remade from the 1986 British miniseries. Roseanne Barr is terrific as a mistreated housewife whose social climbing husband (Ed Begley Jr.) leaves her for a sexy romance novelist (Meryl Streep, at her most breathlessly hilarious) who lives in a giant … More She-Devil

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State And Main

BB (out of 5) Ridiculously smug comedy from David Mamet, who apparently thinks that he is the only clean soul in all of Hollywood. An independent film company comes to a tiny town on the East Coast to film a movie about what the writer (Philip Seymour Hoffman) calls ‘purity”:  this must be why the … More State And Main

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Pay It Forward

BB (out of 5) Horrendously cheesy film, its excellent performance by Helen Hunt swamped by directionless direction by Mimi Leder and a hackneyed screenplay. The plot follows the plight of a troubled and shy young boy (Haley Joel Osment, his first post-Academy Award nomination role) who is given an assignment at school to change the world … More Pay It Forward

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Absolute Beginners

BBBB (out of 5) Bouncy musical that is a terrific showcase for musical talents of the eighties. The loose story takes place in the swinging London of the fifties, and revolves around a young photographer who is madly in love with an indifferent fashion model (Patsy Kensit). The climax occurs when racial tensions create a … More Absolute Beginners

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