The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, Annapurna Television, Mike Zoss Productions.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, segment All Gold Canyon based on a story by Jack London, segment The Gal Who Got Rattled inspired by a story by Stewart Edward White.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, … More The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

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Julia (2008)

BB.5 (out of 5) Julia (Tilda Swinton) is a party girl who has never quite caught on to the idea of a responsible life. Partying all night, random sex partners and too much booze may have been glamorous twenty years ago, but now that she’s pushing forty she is merely a self-destructive addict. Her AA … More Julia (2008)

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I Love Trouble

BBB (out of 5) Julia Roberts  is obviously having a gas in this mild-mannered romantic comedy, in which she and Nick Nolte play competing reporters for different newspapers who end up working the same case involving a mysterious train accident. Most of the key action scenes are done in a humorous style to up the romance … More I Love Trouble

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Rush Hour 2

BB.5 (out of 5) Hilarious but quite useless sequel to Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker‘s 1997 blockbuster is so unimpressive because of how similar it is to its predecessor. This time Chan and Tucker are in Hong Kong battling evildoers who have bombed the American embassy and are involved in a counterfeiting operation. Ziyi Zhang is stunning … More Rush Hour 2

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The Contender

BBBB (out of 5) Joan Allen is fantastic as a woman chosen to take over for the late Vice-President, then plunged into controversy when a story surfaces that she once participated in a gang-bang in college that someone happened to photograph. Refusing to play the dirty games some politicians play, she offers no comment on the … More The Contender

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Barney’s Version

BBB (out of 5) Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) marries a crazy artist (Rachelle Lefevre) in Rome, later a mouthy, rich Montreal Jewish girl (Minnie Driver) and, following the divorce, finally settles down with the love of his life (Rosamund Pike), a woman he met at his second wedding. This adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s final novel … More Barney’s Version

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True Romance

BB (out of 5) Quentin Tarantino wrote the screenplay for this excessively violent road picture directed by Tony Scott. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette are excellent as lovers on the lam who are trying to outrun the police and the mob, while also hoping to maintain the delicious intensity of their relationship. There are some fun moments, … More True Romance

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