Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

BOB PERSICHETTI, PETER RAMSEY, RODNEY ROTHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad Productions, Lord Miller, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Phil Lord, Screenplay by Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, story consultant Meghan Malloy, based on Spider-Verse created by Dan Slott and characters created by Peter…

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My Name Is Modesty: A Modesty Blaise Adventure

B (out of 5) Weak, unsatisfying adaptation of Peter O’Donnell’s spy novels that serves more as a prologue for future films than anything else.  Alexandra Staden does her best with a monochromatic character, a casino roulette hostess who is taken hostage, along with her fellow employees, when a thief (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) breaks in with his…

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House Of Sand And Fog

BBBB (out of 5) Following the death of her father, a house cleaner (Jennifer Connelly) is evicted from his house when she ignores her mail for too many months and leaves taxes unpaid. It is immediately bought up at a very cheap price by an Iranian immigrant (Ben Kingsley) who plans on selling it at…

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Brown’s Requiem

B.5 (out of 5) Awkward adaptation of James Ellroy’s first novel, about a disgruntled private investigator (Michael Rooker) who has no idea what he’s in for when he takes a job from a golf cabbie who asks him to keep an eye on his sister (Selma Blair). Rooker hasn’t the charisma to be a leading…

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Osmosis Jones

BB.5 (out of 5) Half of this Farrelly Brothers comedy is a delight, while the other half is practically unbearable. A combination of live-action and animation filmmaking, it stars Bill Murray as a hygienically repulsive zoo worker whose concerned daughter is trying very hard to get him to live a healthier life. When he catches…

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The Birdcage

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hysterical adaptation of the popular French comedy classic La Cage Aux Folles isn’t as well written as the original, but is still provides plenty of good laughs.  Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are a couple who are delighted when son Dan Futterman appears at their South Beach home for a visit, announcing that he is…

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Despicable Me

BBB.5 (out of 5) Being a world-renowned villain is about as precarious a position to hold as being a famous supermodel: sooner or later, someone younger and better is going to come along. This is the difficulty that smarmy supervillain Gru (Steve Carell donning a hilarious quasi-Italian bad guy accent) faces when the younger, more…

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