Black And White

BB (out of 5) Exploitative and depressingly awful film by James Toback about rich white kids and their identity-seeking obsession with all things black. Toback proudly stated that most of the actors were improvising their scenes and dialogue, and the result is nothing impressive.  The performances are good, especially from Marla Maples and Claudia Schiffer, but…

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Gone In Sixty Seconds

BB (out of 5) Even by the standards of the adrenaline-heavy Jerry Bruckheimer action films this one still falls very short. Nicolas Cage plays a retired car thief who is suckered back into the business for one night when he has to steal twenty (or was it thirty?) cars to save his brother (Giovanni Ribisi) from…

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Friends With Money

BBBB (out of 5) Nicole Holofcener has created another fascinating look at women who are both challenging and challenged in this too-short but wholly engrossing character piece. Four women, three wealthy and successfully paired and one an unmarried former teacher who gave it up to be a maid, interact as their lives go haywire to…

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Enemy Of The State

BBB (out of 5) Tony Scott once again overdoes it with the flashy editing and melodramatic camera work in this rather hollow thriller, making his best effort to disguise a simple plot and shallow characters with high style and doing a very poor job of it. What there is to enjoy is actually not too…

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Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight.  Screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Cannes Film Festival 2007.  …

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Ocean’s Twelve (2004)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight, WV Films III.  Screenplay by George Nolfi, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.   After…

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Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight, WV Films II, St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission.  Screenplay by Ted Griffin, based on the 1960 film, story by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell, Screenplay by Harry Brown, Charles Lederer.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by…

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Novocaine

BB.5 (out of 5) A by-the-book dentist (Steve Martin, who excels in a non-comedic role) finds his life turned upside down when a quirky patient (Helena Bonham Carter) makes a move on him while in the dentist chair. Martin wants to indulge himself in the pleasure but his fidelity to his gorgeous fiance and assistant…

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Nowhere

BB (out of 5) Gregg Araki’s tribute to the soulless residents of California’s teen set is an unpleasant journey into the grotesque. James Duval travels around the L.A. party scene witnessing sex, rape, drugs, violence and all kinds of ridiculous behaviour, all the while getting glimpses of the boy of his dreams and hoping he…

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