The Mule (2018)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Imperative Entertainment, Bron Creative, The Malpaso Company, Bron Studios.  Screenplay by Nick Schenk, inspired by the New York Times article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick.  Cinematography by Yves Belanger.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Dan Friedkin, Jessica Meier, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, Bradley Thomas.  Music…

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Brooklyn

BBB.5 (out of 5) Colm Toibin’s novel is adapted by Nick Hornby with pleasing results, starring Saoirse Ronan as the determined young woman who emigrates from Ireland to America in 1952 and does not allow herself to get swallowed up by the gigantic world she encounters. Encouraged to go by her loving older sister and sponsored…

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Wild

BBB (out of 5) It’s 1995 and Cheryl Strayed is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, an 1100-mile adventure that has her marching in the hot sun all the way up the California Coast through Oregon and up to the Washington state border, the entire time looking to get her life back on track and earn…

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Dallas Buyers Club

BBBBB (out of 5) Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is a man who does not tread lightly on the pleasures of life.  He works as an electrician but makes extra cash running bets (and outrunning angry betters) at the local rodeo.  When he parties, the drinks and drugs flow freely and he indulges himself in all…

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Laurence Anyways

BB.5 (out of 5) He teaches classes by day and carouses with his live-in girlfriend by night, until one evening an admission is made and a secret must come out: Laurence (Melvil Poupaud) has always believed that he is a woman born in the body of a man, and if he is going to mentally…

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