I, Tonya (2017)

CRAIG GILLESPIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Clubhouse Pictures, LuckyChap Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steven Rogers.  Cinematography by Nicolas Karakatsanis.  Produced by Tom Ackerley, Margot Robbie, Steven Rogers, Bryan Unkeless.  Music by Peter Nashel.  Production Design by Jade Healy.  Costume Design by Jennifer Johnson.  Film Editing by Tatiana S. Riegel.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.  Gotham Awards 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. “Everyone has their own…

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The Girl On The Train

BB.5 (out of 5) After her alcoholism destroys her marriage, Emily Blunt continues her downward spiral while on her daily commute, staring out the window of her train and into the home of a seemingly perfect couple (Luke Evans, Haley Bennett) who live two doors down from her ex-husband (Justin Theroux) and his new wife (Rebecca Ferguson)….

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Finding Dory

BBBB (out of 5) Pixar returns to one of its most adored tales for a sequel to Finding Nemo, the story of a loving clownfish (Albert Brooks) who crossed the ocean to find his missing son.  On that voyage he was accompanied by a blue tang with a short-term memory problem named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), whose own origins…

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The Rewrite

BBB (out of 5) Hugh Grant plays an Oscar winning screenwriter whose career has seen better days; he hasn’t had a hit since his breakthrough film and now his agent can’t get him arrested in Hollywood, so he agrees to a teaching job on the east coast that will at least tide him over until he…

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Spy

BBBB (out of 5) Handsome C.I.A. agent Jude Law works the field looking gorgeous in a tux, his ability to move smoothly through enemy territory and always know where bad guys are hiding possible thanks to the lonely, frumpy desk agent (Melissa McCarthy) who watches his every move on her computer monitors.  McCarthy has always dreamed…

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Tammy

BB (out of 5) Melissa McCarthy plays a mouthy, unkempt fast food employee whose day begins badly when she hits a deer on the road, her boss (Ben Falcone, McCarthy’s real life-husband who directed the film and with whom she co-wrote the script) fires her and sends her home to her husband (Nat Faxon), who…

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The Impostors

BBB.5 (out of 5) Stanley Tucci’s tribute to silent-era filmmaking is an art-deco delight, one that is short on substance but long on rollicking humour. Tucci and Oliver Platt play two down-and-out unemployed actors who find themselves stowing away on an ocean liner when they have to hide out from an esteemed actor (Alfred Molina) they…

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The Help

BB.5 (out of 5) Racism is given the soft-shoe Hollywood treatment with a view of the south on par with Gone With The Wind in this wan adaptation of the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett. As films about the birth of the civil rights movement go, it has nothing on better movies like Corrina Corrina…

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Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add big hair, rocking tunes and John Travolta in a dress. Newcomer Nikki Blonsky plays the youngster in question, Tracy, in this wonderful…

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Six Days, Seven Nights

BBB (out of 5) Harrison Ford is once again the reluctant hero with a crooked smirk, this time an inter-island pilot in the South Pacific who finds himself planewrecked on a deserted island with a mouthy New York magazine writer (Anne Heche). Normally, Ford has no problem travelling through his movies giving this performance, but in…

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Juno

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sixteen year-old wiseass Juno (Ellen Page) has curiousity-driven sex with her boyfriend (Michael Cera) and finds herself knocked up.  Without the slightest hesitation she seeks out a well-off childless couple (Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner) to be the adoptive parents, in the meantime befriending them and finding that the husband is more…

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The Associate

BBB (out of 5) Whoopi Goldberg is her usual winning self as a frustrated financial stock broker who decides to start her own company after realizing she has hit the glass ceiling in her sexist workplace. As a front for her new business, she invents a mythical old white man who really runs the joint,…

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