Wildlife (2018)

PAUL DANO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  June Pictures, Nine Stories Productions, Sight Unseen Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, based on the book by Richard Ford.  Cinematography by Diego García.  Produced by Paul Dano, Andrew Duncan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, Alex Saks.  Music by David Lang.  Production Design by Akin McKenzie.  Costume Design by…

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Okja (2017)

JOON-HO BONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  South Korea/USA, 2017.  Kate Street Picture Company, Lewis Pictures, Plan B Entertainment.  Story by Joon-ho Bong, Screenplay by Joon-ho Bong, Jon Ronson.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Joon-ho Bong, Dooho Choi, Dede Gardner, Lewis Taewan Kim, Jeremy Kleiner, Ted Sarandos, Woo-sik Seo.  Music by Jaeil Jung.  Production Design by Ha-jun Lee, Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by Se-yeon Choi, Catherine George.  Film…

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Youth

BBBB (out of 5) Famous composer and conductor Michael Caine and filmmaker Harvey Keitel are old friends staying at a luxurious resort in Switzerland, Caine retired from conducting music and Keitel working on his latest film with his screenwriting team. Surrounding them are bodies old and young that spin them off into contemplations of their…

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12 Years A Slave

BBBB (out of 5) A rarely told tale is that of Solomon Northup, a free musician from Saratoga who was hired by two men for a performance gig and then drugged and sold into captivity in the American south, his name changed and his identity wiped out to prevent him getting back to his own…

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The Ballad Of Jack And Rose

BB (out of 5) Years after the dissolution of his commune on an eastern seaboard island, Daniel Day-Lewis raises his completely isolated daughter (Camilla Belle) without much interference from the outside world, waiting to die of the weak heart that has afflicted him for quite some time. She is completely dependent on him, insistent that without…

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Knight And Day (2010)

JAMES MANGOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2010.  Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises, Pink Machine, Tree Line Film, Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Patrick O’Neill.  Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael.  Produced by Todd Garner, Cathy Konrad, Steve Pink.  Music by John Powell.  Production Design by Andrew Menzies.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Quincy Z. Gunderson, Michael McCusker.  Cameron Diaz is an…

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Fast Food Nation

BBB (out of 5) A globally urgent message and a collection of superb performances can’t make a classic out of Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Eric Schlosser’s non-fiction book.  Greg Kinnear plays an executive for a fictional multi-million dollar fast-food chain (with the non-subtle name Mickey’s) who has to go to his company’s meat manufacturers in Texas…

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Looper

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Near the end of the twentieth century, hit men known as “loopers” are hired by mobsters from the future to kill the men they send back in time.  As one of these employees, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a hired gun who stands in a cornfield at the same time every day, waiting for…

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Where The Wild Things Are

BB (out of 5) A young boy gets tired of being ignored by his overworked single mother (Catherine Keener) and his mean older sister. After deciding he’s had enough (he’s actually a bit bratty and, quite frankly, I’d be frustrated if I was his mother too), he runs into the woods where his make-believe world…

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The Emperor’s Club

BB (out of 5) Oh dear, Mr. Holland has written an essay about Dead Poets and said Goodbye to Mr. Chips before signing it To Sir With Love. There is absolutely not one cliché of teacher films that hasn’t already been mined in this flat drama starring Kevin Kline. He plays a prestigious ancient history…

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Cowboys & Aliens

B.5 (out of 5) Daniel Craig wakes up free of memory in the middle of a dusty western vista, finds his way to the nearest town and is immediately arrested for angering the local fat cat (Harrison Ford) and his wayward son (Paul Dano). This looks like the makings of your typical western revenge story except…

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L.I.E.

BBBB (out of 5) Disturbing, dramatically intense film about a fifteen year-old boy whose entire world leaves him prey to destruction in a very short period of time. After an accident on the Long Island Expressway takes his mother, young Howie Blitzer (Paul Dano) is further upset by his father taking up a sexual affair…

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