The Pope Of Greenwich Village

BBB.5 (out of 5) Great character study whose shoddy plotting and weak direction is overcome by two sterling performances. Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts are terrific as New York City tough guys who desperately want to be worthy of a Martin Scorsese gangster epic but can only manage to barely make an impression on their…

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Casino

BBBB (out of 5) Fantastic Martin Scorsese gangster film about the Camelot-like rise and fall of a casino empire. Robert De Niro plays an ace bookie who is chosen by his hood friends to be the frontman for one of the most explosively impressive casinos in Las Vegas. He meets call girl Ginger (Sharon Stone),…

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Goodfellas

BBBBB (out of 5) Martin Scorsese’s greatest achievement among his Tough Guys movies. Featuring exceptional performances and a brilliant script co-written by Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi, author of the original novel Wise Guys that the screenplay is based on, it follows three New York City hoods through their lives in the crime racket. Ray Liotta…

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Gloria (1980)

BBBB (out of 5) Every once in a while, in between making epic movies about drunken lowlives swinging at each other in bars and living rooms for nights on end, pioneer indie filmmaker John Cassavetes enjoyed taking a classic Hollywood genre out and putting his own unique spin on it. If Minnie And Moskowitz was…

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Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1984.  Orion Pictures, Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe Awards 1984.   This wonderful comedy by Woody Allen finds the great director smack dab…

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