Breathe (Respire) (2014)

MELANIE LAURENT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France, 2014.  Move Movie, Gaumont, Mely Productions, Canal+, Cine@, Sofica Manon 4, Région Languedoc-Roussillon, Centre National De La Cinematographie.  Screenplay by Julien Lambroschini, Mélanie Laurent, based on the novel by Anne-Sophie Brasme.  Cinematography by Arnaud Potier.  Produced by Bruno Levy.  Music by Marc Chouarain.  Production Design by Stanislas Reydellet.  Costume Design by Cecilia Blom.  Film Editing…

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Amour Fou (2014)

JESSICA HAUSNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Austria/Luxembourg/Germany, 2014.  Coop99 Filmproduktion, Amour Fou Luxembourg, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH.  Screenplay by Jessica Hausner, dramaturgy by Géraldine Bajard.  Cinematography by Martin Gschlacht.  Produced by Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner.  Production Design by Katharina Woppermann.  Costume Design by Tanja Hausner.  Film Editing by Karina Ressler.  Cannes Film Festival 2014.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014.   A soiree among aristocrats in early…

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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

MARK HARTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Israel/Australia/USA, 2014.  Fury Productions, RatPac Documentary Films, XYZ Films.  Screenplay by Mark Hartley.  Cinematography by Garry Richards.  Produced by Veronica Fury, James Packer, Brett Ratner.  Music by Jamie Blanks.  Film Editing by Jamie Blanks, Sara Edwards, Mark Hartley.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014. They’re described as the Weinstein Brothers except without any taste, which should sum…

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A Little Chaos

BB.5 (out of 5) Louis XIV (Alan Rickman, who also directed) is moving his court to Versailles to appease France’s nervous aristocracy, turning the former hunting lodge into a glorious palace with a number of building projects including one he commissions of his designer Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts).  Unable to complete the project himself, Le…

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Still The Water (Futatsume No Mado)

BB.5 (out of 5) On a gorgeous tropical island in the Pacific, a boy is being raised by his single mother after being sent there from Tokyo by his father, while his friend is dealing with her mother’s terminal illness.  They live under the shadow of a situation at the beginning of the film when a dead body…

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The Judge

BB (out of 5) Robert Downey Jr. is a high-powered shark of a lawyer who interrupts his life of ruthlessly defending Wall Street crooks when he gets a call that his mother has died.  Going back to his small town means having to face off with his elderly father (Robert Duvall), a judge with whom Downey has not spoken in…

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The Look Of Silence

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The blazing effect of The Act Of Killing is developed further as director Joshua Oppenheimer goes deeper into his subject, this time centering on the experiences of one family that has been living under Indonesia’s military dictatorship since it overthrew the government in 1965. Adi Rukun lives with his aged parents and spends his days making…

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014)

BBBB (out of 5) Not a film adaptation but a filmed performance of Julie Taymor’s production for Theatre For A New Audience, arranged especially for cinematic adaptation.  Taymor recorded a number of performances, including one with an invited audience that situated the camera on stage and, as a result, keeps the performance situation intact but allows it…

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The New Girlfriend (Une Nouvelle Amie) (2014)

FRANCOIS OZON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France, 2014.  Mandarin Films, FOZ, Mars Films, France 2 Cinema, Canal+, CineCinema, France Televisions, Sofica Manon 4, La Banque Postale Image 7, Cofimage 25, Cinémage 8.  Screenplay by Francois Ozon, based on the novel by Ruth Rendell.  Cinematography by Pascal Marti.  Produced by Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer.  Music by Philippe Rombi.  Production Design by Michel…

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Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh, Ich seh)

BBBB (out of 5) In an ultra-modern mansion in the Austrian countryside, a woman recovers from plastic surgery, isolated in her house except for the presence of her precocious twin sons. The children spend their days being told to stay quiet for her to recuperate, her face covered by Franju-worthy bandages that give her haunting, almost grotesque eyes. The boys…

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99 Homes

BBBBB (out of 5) Andrew Garfield is superb as a Florida construction worker who has done his best to keep his family afloat but is in a losing game; legal measures to avoid losing his house have resulted in the bank foreclosing and a real estate agent (Michael Shannon) showing up to take over the…

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The Tribe (Plemya)

BBB (out of 5) A teenager goes to live in a boarding school and is immediately plunged into the shady dealings of his fellow students. After barely surviving a rough initiation, the boy joins up with kids who are dealing drugs and running prostitution out of the school, becoming quite the success at it until…

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