Aquaman (2018)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Australia/USA, 2018.  DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Panoramic Pictures, Rodeo FX, The Safran Company, Warner Bros..  Story by Geoff Johns, James Wan, Will Beall, Screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Will Beall, based on Aquaman created by Mort Weisinger, Paul Norris.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Rob Cowan, Peter Safran.  Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams.  Production…

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Justice League (2017)

ZACK SNYDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/Canada, 2017.  Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Lensbern Productions, Warner Bros..  Story by Chris Terrio, Zack Snyder, Screenplay by Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon, based on Superman created by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Justice League of America created by Gardner Fox, Batman created by Bob…

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The Danish Girl

BB.5 (out of 5) Einar (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda (Alicia Vikander) live happily as husband and wife in 1920s Copenhagen, both painters though she lives under the shadow of her more celebrated and respected spouse. Gerda uses Einar as a model when the girl she usually employs is unavailable, creating a whimsical joke that goes the…

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Magic Mike XXL

BBB (out of 5) We were so happy when the affable Mike managed to walk away from the exhausting grind of stripping in the conclusion of Steven Soderbergh’s mega hit of 2012, pursuing the dream of being in charge of his own business.  A mere three years later and the dream isn’t all it was…

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Drive Angry

BBB.5 (out of 5) There’s just the right level of grindhouse craziness in this wholly diverting indulgence, starting with the terrific performance by Nicolas Cage and right on through the exploitative violence and fully ludicrous premise.  So much does Cage love his family that, years after his death, he gets into his car and literally breaks…

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Pineapple Express

BB.5 (out of 5) Process server Seth Rogen makes a routine visit to his pot dealer (James Franco) and is sold a highly rare form of marijuana known as Pineapple Express. Later that evening he witness a cop (Rosie Perez) and a shady druglord (Gary Cole) murdering a man and takes off from the scene of…

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Zombieland

BB.5 (out of 5) Yet again, the world has been destroyed by a zombie virus that turns people into flesh-eating monsters. Among the few survivors is a neurotic, list-obsessed young man (Jesse Eisenberg) who teams up with a trash-talking, Twinkie-loving cowboy (Woody Harrelson) as they travel the country looking for safe haven between bouts of…

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Alpha Dog

BBB.5 (out of 5) Issues of peer pressure and the desire to fit in are applied to young people involved in organized crime in this absorbing , fact-based drama. Los Angeles drug dealer Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch) seizes the moment and kidnaps fifteen year-old Anton Yelchin off the street since his addict brother (Ben Foster) owes…

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North Country

BBB (out of 5) Charlize Theron stars in this true story about a woman who fought and won the first class-action sexual harassment suit against a major American company. An abused wife with two children, she bundles her family into her car and leaves her husband, moving back home to Minnesota and staying with her…

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Friday Night Lights (2004)

PETER BERG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2004.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Friday Night Lights LLC, MDBF Filmgesellschaft mbH & Company KG.  Screenplay by David Aaron Cohen, Peter Berg, based on the book Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, and a Dream by Buzz Bissinger.  Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler.  Produced by Brian Grazer.  Music by Explosions…

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