Bohemian Rhapsody

BRYAN SINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  GK Films, New Regency Pictures, Queen Films Ltd., Regency Enterprises, Tribeca Productions.  Story by Anthony McCarten, Peter Morgan, Screenplay by Anthony McCarten.   Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Jim Beach, Robert De Niro, Graham King.  Music by John Ottman.  Production Design by Aaron Haye.  Costume Design by Julian Day.  Film Editing…

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The Last Tycoon (1976)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1976.  Academy Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone, Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.  Academy Awards 1976.   F. Scott Fitzgerald’s stories frequently take…

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The Comedian

BB (out of 5) A once-famous comic (Robert De Niro) has to settle for the crummy gigs his devoted agent (Edie Falco) gets for him, divey bars outside the city where crowds mostly ignore his jokes and expect him to do famous catchphrases from the sitcom that made him a household name decades earlier.  Things hit a…

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Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

BBBB (out of 5) This film has been reviewed at Magenta Magazine. Dakota Group, Fischio Films, Submarine Entertainment USA/Italy/United Kingdom, 2015 Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland Screenplay by Bernadine Colish, Lisa Immordino Vreeland Cinematography by Peter Trilling Produced by Dan Braun, Stanley F. Buchthal, David Koh, Lisa Immordino Vreeland Music by Steven Argila Film Editing…

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Lenny Bruce: Swear To Tell The Truth

BBBB (out of 5) Robert Weide directs a loving tribute to the work of one of the founding fathers of stand-up comedy. Lenny Bruce had a charismatic manner about him that clicked with audiences practically from the start, his earlier, tamer routines finding him fame on television before he began to use the microphone to air…

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Joy

BBB (out of 5) Joy is at a point in her life where everyone is wearing her out: her mother (Virginia Madsen) watches soap operas all day and lives in a dream world, her ex-husband (Edgar Ramirez) is living in the basement, her father (Robert De Niro) has been dumped by his girlfriend and needs…

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The Intern

BB.5 (out of 5) Robert De Niro has reached seventy, a retired widower who hasn’t lost the desire to stay  busy or useful.  He answers an ad for an internet startup company that is looking to hire senior citizens as interns, likely to expand their online clothing-selling market to more than just the young people who…

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Bang The Drum Slowly

BBB.5 (out of 5) Touching film about the friendship between two baseball players on a major league team, something like Midnight Cowboy but without all the traumatic hardships. Upstanding and sensitive Michael Moriarty keeps a lid on the news when slovenly Robert De Niro finds out during a stay at the Mayo Clinic that he is dying…

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1900 (Novecento)

BBBB (out of 5) Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu are born on the same day at the very beginning of the twentieth century, one the grandson of the padrone (Burt Lancaster) who has ownership of the peasants who work his land, and the other Lancaster’s own illegitimate son with one of the farm labourers.  They are…

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Stardust (2007)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2007.  Paramount Pictures, Marv Films, Vaughn Productions, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Ingenious Film Partners, Truenorth Productions.  Screenplay by Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Dreyer, Neil Gaiman, Matthew Vaughn.  Music by Ilan Eshkeri.  Production Design by Gavin Bocquet.  Costume Design by Sammy…

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Men Of Honor

BBBB (out of 5) Exceptionally well-made movie about Carl Brashear, the very first African-American Navy diver. Cuba Gooding Jr. gives a sturdy and unsentimental performance as the man who overcame personal and political obstacles, withstood the tests of many individuals who preferred to shut him out because of his race and endured many setbacks along…

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American Hustle

BB.5 (out of 5) The Abscam affair of the late seventies is reenacted in this middling comedy, one with a few laughs and some enjoyable caricatures to punctuate a slow pace and uneven direction.  Christian Bale is a career con artist who stows young wife Jennifer Lawrence at home while parading around town with his partner in…

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