Full Moon In Paris (Les Nuits De La Pleine Lune)

BBB (out of 5) Pascale Ogier plays an indecisive woman who lives in the suburbs with sporty, reliable Tchéky Karyo but feels the need to keep a pied-a-terre in the city.  She is up front with her boyfriend about this, insisting that she loves him but wants a piece of her life for herself, but director Eric Rohmer’s wry sense of…

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Before Stonewall

BBBB (out of 5) Thought-provoking documentary about the life and culture of gays and lesbians in America before the Stonewall riots of 1969 prompted a change in the way the country saw them. A terrific collection of footage accentuates the powerful stories told by members of the community (including Allen Ginsberg) who relate their experiences…

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All Of Me

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Among the very best performances Steve Martin has ever given. During a ritualistic ceremony in which an Indian guru (the painfully unfunny racial stereotype being the film’s only flaw) tries to take the soul of a dying rich heiress (Lily Tomlin) and place it into a young, healthy woman (Victoria Tennant, Martin’s real-life…

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Another Country

BBB.5 (out of 5) Absorbing drama that looks into a fictionalized account of the life of Guy Bennett, an upper crust Brit who became a spy for communist Russia. As he’s being interviewed by a young reporter, Bennett (played extremely well by a young Rupert Everett) reveals in flashback how his life at his posh…

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Swann In Love (Un Amour De Swann)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sometimes flat but often engrossing adaptation of Marcel Proust’s novel, directed by Academy Award-winner Volker Schlondorff (The Tin Drum). Jeremy Irons plays an aristocrat in 19th-century Paris who won’t let go of his first consuming love for a famous courtesan (Ornella Muti). Though she does conduct an affair with him, she makes…

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Antonio Gaudi

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hiroshi Teshigahara takes his camera through Barcelona and films the magnificent, awe-inspiring architectural work of Antonio Gaudi, the unbounded artist whose vast body of work continues to boggle the mind. Teshigahara makes the bold move of using only visual footage (paired up with some funky 80s minimalist music), breaking to the…

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A Soldier’s Story (1984)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1984.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Caldix.  Screenplay by Charles Fuller, based on his play A Soldier’s Play.  Cinematography by Russell Boyd.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Patrick J. Palmer, Ronald L. Schwary.  Music by Herbie Hancock.  Production Design by Walter Scott Herndon.  Costume Design by Tom Dawson.  Film Editing by Caroline Biggerstaff, Mark Warner.  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe Awards…

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The Hit (1984)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1984.  Zenith Entertainment, Recorded Picture Company, Central Productions Ltd..  Screenplay by Peter Prince.  Cinematography by Mike Molloy.  Produced by Jeremy Thomas.  Music by Paco de Lucía.  Production Design by Andrew Sanders.  Costume Design by Marit Allen.  Film Editing by Mick Audsley.  Toronto International Film Festival 1984.   British criminal Terence Stamp goes into witness protection in Spain after ratting…

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Blood Simple

BBB.5 (out of 5) The Coen Brothers got off to a great start with their popular film debut, an excellent tale of murder and adultery in the style of the great 1940s film noirs. Frances McDormand leaves her husband to run away with bartender John Getz, but they don’t have far to go before her husband…

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Paris, Texas

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Wim Wenders’ American family saga may at first seem dry and uninteresting, but give it a chance and you’ll have warmed up to it thoroughly by the end. It’s about an amnesiac (Harry Dean Stanton in one of his few leading roles) who wanders the Texas desert in search of something…

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Places In The Heart

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Sally Field won her second Academy Award for her strong performance in this rural drama. After her sheriff husband is accidentally shot by a young boy playing with a gun in the Depression-era south, Field’s world as a single woman with a giant farm to keep running becomes much scarier. Now faced with the possibility…

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Secret Honor

BBBB (out of 5) Richard Nixon sits alone in his office and records a memo: his intention is to solidify information for his biographer to use in a forthcoming publication, but over the period of ninety minutes, this one-man show turns into a showcase of Philip Baker Hall‘s talent as he captures the frustrations of…

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