Mother! (2017)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Protozoa Pictures.  Screenplay by Darren Aronofsky.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Scott Franklin, Ari Handel.  Music by Tony Finno.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Andrew Weisblum.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017.   A happily married couple live in a remote country home, the husband (Javier Bardem) a poet…

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

BB.5 (out of 5) The nonsense continues in this conclusion to the trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins, which like many of the adventure sagas aimed at young people ends with far more self-important sobriety than it began with. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) was informed in the first film that she’s going to have to fight…

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

B (out of 5) The land of Panem is a dire place to be after our heroine Katniss has destroyed the Hunger Games, rendering the country just as humorless as it was before but without all the score keeping. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned to her home district from which she will grow a new career…

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Eros (2004)

MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI, STEVEN SODERBERGH, WONG KAR WAI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Italy/Hong Kong/France/Luxembourg/United Kingdom, 2004.  Block 2 Pictures, Roissy Films, Solaris, Cité Films, Fandango, Delux Productions, Jet Tone Films.  Screenplay by Wong Kar Wai, Steven Soderbergh, Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, segment The Dangerous Thread of Things based on the novel by Michelangelo Antonioni).  Cinematography by Christopher Doyle, Marco Pontecorvo, Steven…

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

BB.5 (out of 5) The girl who survived the Shirley Jackson-meets-Mad Max spectacle of the first film is back in mundane rehash that barely passes for a sequel.  Jennifer Lawrence‘s Katniss finds herself at the centre of constant media attention following her victory alongside Peta (Josh Hutcherson), the two of them encouraged to fake a…

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The Hunger Games

BBB.5 (out of 5) Deliverance and Westworld are combined for the teen set in this terrific adaptation of the popular novel by Suzanne Collins. It takes place in the chillingly not-so-distant future, where humanity’s crimes against itself have resulted in an authoritative government that chooses to control the need for violent expression in an unusual…

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8 Mile

BBBB (out of 5) Producer Brian Grazer saw the potential of acting charisma in rap star Eminem and commissioned screenwriter Scott Silver to write a story that would loosely revolve around the megastar’s own experiences:  breaking out of the Detroit hip hop scene and making it to the big time. What Grazer and director Curtis Hanson have…

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Che: Part Two (2008)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Spain/France/USA, 2008.  Wild Bunch, Telecinco, Laura Bickford Productions, Morena Films, Ministerio de Cultura, Guerrilla Films, Londra Films P&D, Pucara Films.  Screenplay by Peter Buchman, Benjamin A. van der Been,based on Bolivian Diary by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Laura Bickford, Benicio Del Toro.  Music by Alberto Iglesias.  Production Design by Antxon…

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Erin Brockovich (2000)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2000.  Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Susannah Grant.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.  Academy Awards 2000.  Golden Globe Awards 2000.   Excellent biography of the true-life woman who brought about…

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Traffic (2000)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Germany/USA, 2000.  Compulsion Inc., Initial Entertainment Group, Splendid Medien AG, The Bedford Falls Company, USA Films.  Screenplay by Stephen Gaghan, based on the miniseries Traffik by Simon Moore.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Laura Bickford, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick.  Music by Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Academy…

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Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight.  Screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Cannes Film Festival 2007.  …

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The Good German (2006)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2006.  Sunset Gower Studios, Warner Bros., Section Eight, Virtual Studios.  Screenplay by Paul Attanasio, based on the novel by Joseph Kanon.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Ben Cosgrove, Gregory Jacobs.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Steven Soderbergh.  Academy Awards 2006.   Underwhelming exercise in style…

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