First Man (2018)

DAMIEN CHAZELLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 2018.  Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Perfect World Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner.  Music by Justin Hurwitz.  Production Design by…

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Gone Girl

BBBB (out of 5) Ben Affleck comes home to find his wife missing and his furniture destroyed, immediately assuming she has been kidnapped and/or murdered.  He brings in the police and they start to investigate, but it is not long before local gossip and media frenzy hikes up the case to a nationwide bonanza of opportunism:…

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White Oleander

BBB (out of 5) Janet Fitch’s best-selling novel reaches the big screen with unexceptional results, making for the second time that Michelle Pfeiffer has adapted an Oprah book selection for the big screen (the first time was The Deep End of the Ocean).  Pfeiffer plays a headstrong, charismatic visual artist whose cutthroat moralizing gets her…

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Saved!

BBBB (out of 5) An upright, morally righteous Christian girl (Jena Malone) lives a good life in her religious middle-American world: she goes to a Christian school, has a good Born Again boyfriend and spends lots of time with her best friend (Mandy Moore), with whom she has a Christian band and devotes her life…

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Almost Famous

BBBB (out of 5) Cameron Crowe pays a wonderful tribute to rock-and-roll of the seventies with an ensemble cast that ranges from terrific (Fairuza Balk really stands out) to terrible (Anna Paquin really stands out). The story follows a young teenage reporter (Patrick Fugit) who writes for Rolling Stone magazine and is doing a cover…

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Thanks For Sharing

BBB.5 (out of 5) Shame presented sexually compulsive behavior as the background upon which director Steve McQueen could render all his own personal feelings of the titular anguish without the least bit of honesty or credibility; Stuart Blumberg’s romantic comedy on the same subject has plenty of moments that veer into sitcom humour, but he…

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