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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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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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Here’s my take on two movies that were loved by the critics, and another one not so much. Guess which one I liked best? Moonlight, written and directed by Barry Jenkins, 1 h 50 min With a 98% rating from Rotten Tomatoes, this is the most critically acclaimed movie in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
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Queen of Fatwe, directed by Mira Nair, from an ESPN Magazine article and book by Tim Crothers, 2 h 4 min There are a lot of reasons to see this movie. First and foremost, there is the amazing story of a young Ugandan girl in the most meager of circumstances... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
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Equity, directed by Meera Manon, 1 hr 40 min As if to prove its point about the glass ceiling, Equity, a movie about women, starring women, written, directed and produced by women, opened in limited release. It deserved better. Starring Anna Gunn (Bryan Cranston's long suffering wife on Breaking Bad),... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
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68th Annual Emmy Awards, Sunday, 8 p.m, ABC The Billys continue! Here are my picks for Will Win and Should Win in selected categories. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series This guy kills it in every episode as Julia Louis Dreyfus's servile assistant. Will Win: Tony Hale as Gary... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
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Hell or High Water, directed by David Mackenzie, written by Taylor Sheridan, 1 hr 42 min The basic story of Hell or High Water will make you want to see this movie. Two brothers are robbing various branches of a bank in a dusty, depressed part of West Texas. Why... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
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The Lobster, written and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, 1 hr 58 min What a strange and fascinating movie. In a dystopian future, no one is allowed to be without a partner, what we might call a significant other. David, played by Colin Farrell, has just been told by his wife... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
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Florence Foster Jenkins, directed by Stephen Frears, 1 h 50 min If you’ve seen the trailers, you may think this is just a silly movie about a self-deluded eccentric who thinks she's a great singer. Her caterwauling seems to be the shallow crux of the movie. And for the first... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
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Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster, 1 h 38 min You can’t have missed the ubiquitous advertisements for Money Monster. It has lots going for it: two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Julia Roberts and George Clooney; a major director, Jodie Foster; and two easy-to-hate villains: the media and Wall Street.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
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A Bigger Splash, directed by Luca Guadagnino, 2 h 4 min Marianne, played with a shimmering élan by Tilda Swinton, is an international rock star, a female David Bowie (or maybe a glam Patti Smith), replete with a glistening unitard. She and her boyfriend, Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts), have gone to... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
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Long Day’s Journey Into Night, American Airlines Theatre, 3 h 40 m You never want to miss a revival of what many consider America’s greatest theatrical drama, and the latest version with Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne is no exception. Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a tale of addiction... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
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Where To Invade Next, directed and written by Michael Moore, 1 h 54 min Michael Moore is still schlubby, but as funny and insightful as ever. “Where to Invade Next” is the fanciful story of Moore “invading” countries he sees doing things better than we are in the USA. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
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10 Cloverfield Lane, directed by Dan Trachtenberg, 1 h 43 min You probably haven’t heard a word about “10 Cloverfield Lane.” If you have, it may be that it’s some sort of sci-fi thriller. Don’t let that put you off - there’s lots of breath-catching suspense, and only a dash... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
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Here’s my annual take on who will win and who should win at Sunday’s Oscars. This year I’m going to take a stab at the production categories as well. Film Editing I’ll warn you upfront that I was totally blown away by Mad Max: Fury Road. I literally have no... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
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In anticipation of Oscar night, we have been catching up on lots of movies - in theater and on demand. In theater Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, 1 h 58 min I really didn't want to see this movie. Watching a mother and a son locked up in a shed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
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Carol, directed by Todd Haynes 1 h 58 min The first thing that struck me about this film was how much Rooney Mara looked like Audrey Hepburn. As Therese Belivet, she is literally wide-eyed and innocent, replete with bangs and a headband. But she has a much darker streak, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?
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Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley, 1 h 51 min The stirring “Brooklyn” is a simple story. A young girl, seeing only a small, wasted life in her village in Ireland, heads to America, leaving behind her mother and sister. She has terrible homesickness, but soon adapts. She even falls in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Who's Your Favorite Beatle?