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Bill Miller
Magazine publishing executive, married with two grown daughters, and a small white dog.
Interests: reading, movies, theater, ballet, opera, baseball and football, golf, yoga, running, biking and, without apology, TV
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Black Panther, directed by Ryan Cogler, written by Ryan Cogler and Joe Robert Cole, 2h 14 min You have undoubtedly heard about Black Panther. It’s had ecstatic reviews (97% on Rotten Tomatoes) and spectacular box office (over $1 billion worldwide in just four weeks.) But is it a “good” movie?... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
My forecast for the 90th Academy Awards The nominations this year include many great movies and performances, but none so far above the others that it's easy to predict the winners. After last year's fiasco with Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty fumbling the Best Picture announcement, the show will be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Den of Thieves, written and directed by Christian Gudegast, 2h 20min Ever since I read Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep in college, I’ve been a sucker for LA noir detective stories. There is something about the sprawling, rootless city that breeds quirky criminals and their flawed, hard-boiled pursuers. This film... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
The Shape of Water, written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, 2h 2min There is a wide diversity of opinion about this undeniably outré fantasy. And that is very understandable. A mute, needy cleaning woman at a government facility falls in love with (and yes, has relations with!) something that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Phantom Thread, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, 2h 10min A fashion designer who both revers and fears his mother may not be that novel, but when Daniel Day-Lewis plays the designer, we are in for something exciting and new. Brilliant, but emotionally fragile, Reynolds Woodcock (Lewis) retreats to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
The Post, written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, directed by Steven Spielberg, 1h 55m There is so much to like about The Post, it’s hard to know where to start. On one level the film is the inspiring story of how Katharine Graham, the daughter and later wife of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Darkest Hour, directed by Joe Wright, written by Anthony McCarten, 2h 5min As with Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn a few years back, there has been a surfeit of films and TV shows featuring Winston Churchill: Churchill, Churchill’s Secret, Dunkirk, The Crown to name just a few. I thought Darkest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
The Florida Project, written by Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch, directed by Sean Baker, 1h 51min, This remarkable movie follows the life of a seven-year old girl and her desperate mother, not much more than a child herself, in the nether world of Florida’s welfare motels. That they live such... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, written and directed by Martin McDonagh, 1h 55min The operatic voice that opens the movie foreshadows the tragic circumstances to come. Three Billboards is not an easy movie, but it is a good one. Very dark, but ultimately hopeful, it chronicles one woman’s not-always-successful attempt... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, written and directed by Angela Robinson, 1h 48min Yes, this intriguing, surprising movie is about that “Wonder Woman,” the first comic book heroine, now a blockbuster cineplex draw. But don’t worry, no CGI, no guest appearances by Superman – this is a movie that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Battle of the Sexes, directed by Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, written by Simon Beaufoy, 2h 1min For most of us, this is a very familiar story. Loud-mouthed Bobby Riggs, 30 years past his prime, challenges Billie Jean King, the top female tennis player and ardent feminist, to prove even he... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Dunkirk, written and directed by Christopher Nolan, 1h 46min This one has Best Picture nomination written all over it. It's a big movie and beautifully executed, telling one of the 20th centuries most stirring and significant stories. Dunkirk, the event, evokes hundreds of small English fishing boats evacuating thousands of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Beatriz at Dinner, directed by Miguel Arteta, written by Mike White, I h 22 min This one is a surprising parable for our charged political world. Just don’t expect a happy ending. Beatrix (Salma Hayek) is a masseuse and holistic healer with a practice among the effete elite of Southern... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Baby Driver, written and directed Edgar Wright, 1 h 52 min The most spectacular parts of this movie are the car chases. But car chases have been franchised in The Fast and the Furious and its many sequels, so what makes Baby Driver special? First is a plot that keeps... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
The Good Fight, CBS All Access, one season, renewed For those exhibiting withdrawal symptoms from the last of The Good Wife, this may be for you. Of the main characters, only Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart is left. Swindled and thrown out of the firm she founded, she opens a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
It’s summer and the few decent network series (Scandal, Designated Survivor, Blacklist) have ended their seasons, and the summer movie blockbusters, interesting only to pre- and post-adolescent boys, have flooded the cineplexes. But your video craving in those few hours between sunset and bedtime doesn’t go on hiatus. With the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele, 1h 44min This is the first ever Who’s Your Favorite Beatle popcorn-back guarantee: If you don’t like Get Out, I’ll give you a full refund on popcorn or Junior Mints or whatever your guilty movie pleasure may be! Get Out is that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Patriots Day, written and directed by Peter Berg, 2h 13min The story of the Boston Marathon Bombing is well known, but Patriots Day is a surprisingly exciting dramatization of those events. The story centers on a fictitious Boston detective being disciplined with beat duty near the finish line of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Welcome to my annual, very subjective opinion on who should win and who will win this Sunday’s Oscars. This group may be the most diverse ever, with six African-American acting candidates and three nominees for best picture focusing on the Black experience, a sharp reversal after the criticism of last... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
La La Land, written and directed by Damien Chazelle, 2h 8min La La Land is really two movies in one. The first has a lot of singing and dancing with minimal plot; the second is more dramatic and thoughtful, with better music, less dancing and better acting. I liked the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve, 1h 56min Right from the start you know that Louise Banks’s beautiful young daughter is afflicted with an incurable disease and dies. The little girl’s life and death are shown in quick clips, but very little is revealed about Louise, other than her heartbreak. From... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Fences, written by August Wilson, directed by Denzel Washington, 2h 19 min Your opinion of the film adaptation of August Wilson’s play Fences depends mainly on whether you think Denzel Washington succeeds in the lead role of Troy Maxson, the embittered, restless trash collector from the Hill District of Pittsburgh.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
A Man Called Ove, written and directed by Hannes Holm, 1h 56min You may have missed this very funny, even touching Swedish film that has been nominated for Best Foreign Film. It’s no longer in theaters, but you can get it on demand for $1! Ove, played by the subtle... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Jackie, directed by Pablo Larraín, 1hr 40min Seared into our collective minds is the assassination of President Kennedy. We know where we were when we first heard about it. We watched the TV coverage, from Walter Cronkite fighting to regain his composure to the little boy we knew as John-John... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
Manchester by the Sea, written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, 2 hr 17 min If you have ever spent any time on the New England coast in the winter, you know how overwhelmingly bleak it can be: skeletal trees, grey water, grey skies, colorless, frozen ground. You need to store... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?