First Man (2018)

DAMIEN CHAZELLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 2018.  Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Perfect World Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner.  Music by Justin Hurwitz.  Production Design by…

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

DENIS VILLENEUVE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/United Kingdom/Canada, 2017.  16:14 Entertainment, Alcon Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Thunderbird Entertainment, Torridon Films, Warner Bros..  Story by Hampton Fancher, Screenplay by Hampton Fancher, Michael Green, based on characters from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Broderick Johnson,…

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La La Land

BB.5 (out of 5) Sunny days in L.A. no matter what the season, and at the centre of the storm of young hopefuls trying to make their mark in the fame game are an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) working as a barista and a jazz enthusiast (Ryan Gosling) playing crummy night clubs while dreaming of…

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The Nice Guys

BBB.5 (out of 5) A hired thug (Russell Crowe, more lighthearted than he’s been in years) is hired by a young woman to keep a couple of guys off her tail; this leads him to a private investigator (Ryan Gosling, playing the clown to perfection) whose ineptitude reaches Inspector Clouseau levels who has been hired…

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The Big Short

BBB.5 (out of 5) The creation of Mortgage-backed Securities began a legacy of years of profit and greed that resulted in the economic bubble that, in 2008, collapsed the world economy. Ryan Gosling is on hand to explain the details to us when he’s not participating in the story, cheekily bringing on the likes of…

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Remember The Titans

BBBB (out of 5) What do you get when you mix manipulative comedy-drama that plays its historical backdrop of racial intolerance in 1970s Virginia too broadly, with the slam-bang ridiculous action style of movies from the producing efforts of Jerry Bruckheimer? Not to mention an anti-airtight script that wanders around looking for a backbone? Thoroughly…

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Drive

BBBB (out of 5) Ryan Gosling plays a stunt driver for the movies who sidelines as a driver for robbers during their getaways; he is also that cinematic favourite, the sexy loner. There’s always exceptions to the lone rider’s route, however, and Gosling cannot help but get sucked in when he meets a sweet waitress…

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The United States Of Leland

BB (out of 5) After a teenager (Ryan Gosling) murders a mentally challenged boy his own age, he is sent to prison where he spends his days being taught by the jail’s teacher (Don Cheadle) while his friends and family and the family of the victim sit in their homes and wonder how it all…

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Fracture

BB (out of 5) Selling your soul for cash is not without consequences, as Ryan Gosling learns in this tepid thriller.  It’s a film mainly designed to give Gosling another opportunity to rub his eyes and chin for two hours and let Anthony Hopkins phone in his Silence Of The Lambs performance from a faraway vacation spot….

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Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

CRAIG GILLESPIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Lars Productions.  Screenplay by Nancy Oliver.  Cinematography by Adam Kimmel.  Produced by Sarah Aubrey, John Cameron, Sidney Kimmel.  Music by David Torn.  Production Design by Arvinder Grewal.  Costume Design by Kirston Leigh Mann.  Film Editing by Tatiana S. Riegel.   Academy Awards 2007.  Golden Globe Awards 2007.  Toronto International Film Festival 2007. Lars (Ryan Gosling) is a soft-spoken, endearing…

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Half Nelson

BBB (out of 5) Ryan Fleck expands his short film Gowanus, Brooklyn to feature-length in this absorbing drama. Ryan Gosling is excellent as a junior high school teacher whose aimless drug addiction catches up with him when a student (Shareeka Epps) with problems of her own see him doping himself up in a school change room….

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Only God Forgives

BBBB (out of 5) Nicolas Winding Refn reunites with his Drive star Ryan Gosling for another mesmerizing combination of hypnotic visuals, pulsing soundtrack and supremely violent imagery.  Gosling plays a shady American living in Bangkok, running a Muay Thai boxing gym but actually making his money from importing drugs.  His mentally unstable brother opens the…

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