Attenberg

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ariane Labed makes a startling film debut as a young woman disconnected from the few people she shares her dull factory town with.  Her father is dying and she is not overly sensitive about it, her only other companion is a friend of whom she asks advice on life’s banalities like french…

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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

BBB.5 (out of 5) A successful attorney from a notable, moneyed family, handsome and intelligent Eliot Spitzer climbed the ladder of success to Attorney General before becoming the governor of New York, easily making friends with his sensible attitude towards destroying Wall Street’s greed while just as easily making enemies for the same reason. A…

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Mysteries of Lisbon (Misterios de Lisboa) (2010)

RAOUL RUIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Portugal/France, 2010.  Clap Filmes, Alfama Films, Arte France, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Cofinova Développement, Câmara Municipal de Oeiras, Camara Municipal de Sintra, Câmara Municipal de Vila do Bispo, Egeac.  Screenplay by Carlos Saboga, based on the novel by Camilo Castelo Branco.  Cinematography by Andre Szankowski.  Produced by Paulo Branco.  Music by Jorge Arriagada, Luis de Freitas…

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Monsters

B (out of 5) The lengthy scenes of actors bandying dialogue between them while a monster movie happens in the background reveals a director who sees far more charisma in his own ability to create characters and situations than is actually there.  It begins with a clever conceit, that a probe returned to Earth years…

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Outside The Law (Hors La Loi)

BBB.5 (out of 5) The origins of the independent nation of Algeria are examined through the experience of three brothers in this captivating drama by Rachid Bouchareb.  It unsparingly shows the brutal nature of French colonialism that inspires these men to take whatever actions necessary to make their country free, which they do from their…

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Roses A Credit

BB.5 (out of 5) Amos Gitai once again creates a visually arresting and fluidly edited film, though his plotting isn’t quite as zesty as it was in Disengagement or Plus Tard.  Léa Seydoux is wonderful as a young woman who marries her boyfriend in post-war Paris and experiences all that the new suburban class has…

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Insidious (2010)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2010.  Alliance Films, IM Global, Haunted Movies.  Screenplay by James Wan.  Cinematography by David M. Brewer, John R. Leonetti.  Produced by Jason Blum, Oren Peli, Steven Schneider.  Music by Joseph Bishara.  Production Design by Aaron Sims.  Costume Design by Kristin M. Burke.  Film Editing by Kirk M. Morri, James Wan.  Toronto International Film Festival 2010.    Deliciously scary ghost story…

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Incendies (2010)

DENIS VILLENEUVE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Canada/France, 2010.  micro_scope, TS Productions, Phi Group.  Screenplay by Denis Villeneuve, Script consultant Valerie Beaugrand-Champagne, based on the play by Wajdi Mouawad.  Cinematography by Andre Turpin.  Produced by Luc Dery, Kim McGraw.  Music by Gregoire Hetzel.  Production Design by Andre-Line Beaupariant.  Costume Design by Sophie Lefebvre.  Film Editing by Monique Dartonne.  Academy Awards 2010.  Toronto International Film Festival 2010.   Twin brother and…

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Last Night (2010)

B.5 (out of 5) Well, who wouldn’t want to sit through the troubled love story of an overwrought lollipop and an untalented troll? Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington make a horrendous onscreen pair as a couple who have been married four years and, following a dinner party, have a major tiff over a minor incident: he admits…

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The Bang Bang Club

BBB (out of 5) A group of photographers become known by this film’s title with their willingness to step right into the fray of Apartheid-era violence in South Africa, taking the pictures that are believed to have contributed to the end of an evil regime.  At the centre of the experience is Greg Marinovich (Ryan…

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Never Let Me Go

BBB (out of 5) A medical breakthrough mid-twentieth century has allowed scientists to clone human beings and raise them as bodies with organs available for harvesting. Growing up in special schools, these children are given a hollow education and a false sense of social construct before one of their teachers (Sally Hawkins) has an emotional…

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