Bird

BBBB (out of 5) The life and art of jazz trumpetist Charlie “Bird” Parker has been brought to the screen with vigour and intensity by director Clint Eastwood. Forest Whitaker is finely cast as Parker, a phenomenally talented musician whose personal life was dogged by tragedy and drug addiction. Eastwood uses an improvisational narrative style … More Bird

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The Human Stain

BBB (out of 5) Anthony Hopkins practically sleepwalks through his performance as a literature professor who is forced into retirement after more than thirty years of devotion to his college, following a comment regarding one of his students being interpreted as racist by the school’s governing board. Deciding to stay home and work on an anger-inspired … More The Human Stain

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Nobody’s Fool

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Terrific family drama, with Paul Newman as a construction worker who abandoned wife and kids decades earlier when life got too complicated for him. Now he lives blocks away from his family in a rooming house with an old lady (Jessica Tandy) who believes that he still might one day live up to his … More Nobody’s Fool

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Small Time Crooks (2000)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  DreamWorks, Sweetland Films.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Fei Zhao.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzanne McCabe.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Golden Globe Awards 2000.   Tracey Ullman is magnificent as Woody Allen‘s exasperated wife, who starts a cookie business as a front for her husband’s plans for … More Small Time Crooks (2000)

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Celebrity (1998)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Sweetland Films, Magnolia Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.   Woody Allen has made a shallow film about shallow people, but hopefully the parade of famous faces who traverse the screen will … More Celebrity (1998)

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