Molly’s Game (2017)

AARON SORKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  China/USA, 2017.  STX Entertainment, Huayi Brothers Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, Pascal Pictures, Entertainment One.  Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by Molly Bloom.  Cinematography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen.  Produced by Mark Gordon, Matt Jackson, Amy Pascal.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Alan Baumgarten, Elliot Graham, Josh … More Molly’s Game (2017)

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Away From Her

BBBB (out of 5) Actress Sarah Polley makes her directorial debut with this poignant adaptation of Alice Munro’s story The Bear Came Over The Mountain.  Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie play a four-decades married couple whose relationship unravels when the symptoms of her Alzheimers disease begin to appear with a vengeance. He is eventually forced to place her … More Away From Her

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Amelia

BBBB (out of 5) Absorbing biopic of famed aviation legend Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) that improves greatly on the TV movie The Final Flight starring Diane Keaton. Director Mira Nair wisely touches on aspects of Earhart’s biography without going into unnecessary detail as she covers the period from the relationship between her subject and George … More Amelia

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How To Deal

BB (out of 5) Mandy Moore is a teenager who has the difficult task of having to witness her parents’ divorce. Her father (Peter Gallagher) is not dealing with his mid-life crisis well, jacking up his efforts to look young and dumping her mom (Allison Janney) for a much younger woman. Meanwhile, her best friend suffers … More How To Deal

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Stories We Tell

BBBB (out of 5) Sarah Polley puts her own life on camera as she explores the way that memories of are shaped in the collective consciousness of groups (in this case, her family) who undergo notable experiences or realizations.  The investigation is inspired by her discovery some years ago that she is not the biological … More Stories We Tell

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Adoration

BBBB (out of 5) Atom Egoyan gets it right with this powerful drama starring a moving Scott Speedman as the young uncle to Sam, whom he has been raising since his parents died in a car accident, and an excellent Arsinée Khanjian as the young man’s high school French teacher. Sam has drawn fire at school by … More Adoration

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