Black Panther (2018)

RYAN COOGLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2018.  Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole, based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Rachel Morrison.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Ludwig Göransson.  Production Design by Hannah Beachler.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Debbie Berman, Michael P. Shawyer.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

RIAN JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2017.  Lucasfilm, Ram Bergman Productions, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Rian Johnson, based on characters created by George Lucas.  Cinematography by Steve Yedlin.  Produced by Ram Bergman, Kathleen Kennedy.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Heinrichs.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan.  Film Editing by Bob Ducsay.  Academy Awards 2017. We last left our heroine Rey (Daisy Ridley)…

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War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

MATT REEVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Canada/New Zealand, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, River Road Entertainment, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Mark Bomback, Matt Reeves, based on characters created by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and the novel La Planete des Singes by Pierre Boulle.  Cinematography by Michael Seresin.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design…

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BBBB (out of 5) You destroy an evil empire twice, then years later you’re still having to disable their shields and look for the one weak spot in their giant planet-shaped weapon. It’s enough to induce an existential crisis: what’s it all for? To save the lives of puppet riffraff in yet another grungy bar…

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron

BBB (out of 5) The superhero variety bag is back, they once again have to save the world and, in an ironic twist, the villain trying to destroy humanity is their own damn fault!  Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man has been dabbling with artificial intelligence technology and his latest experiment has gone awry, a wormy…

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

MATT REEVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  Chernin Entertainment, Ingenious Media, Soho VFX, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, based on characters created by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, from the novel La Planete des Singes by Pierre Boulle.  Cinematography by Michael Seresin.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design…

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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

BBBB (out of 5) It’s always the mad scientists who ruin everything, isn’t it? Brainy geneticist James Franco is working on a drug to cure Alzheimers that he has been testing on chimpanzees in the lab to very successful effect, announcing at the beginning of this wonderful adventure that the medicine is ready and that investors…

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13 Going On 30

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool kids at school. She even goes as far as alienating her geeky best friend Matt at her birthday party in order to impress ‘in-crowd’ ringleader Lucy. When she’s sprinkled with some birthday wishing dust and announces…

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Inkheart

BB.5 (out of 5) It seems that there are people among us who possess a special power we don’t know about: their reading books out loud makes the characters on the pages come to life. Years after Brendan Fraser paid the price for this power without realizing he had it, his daughter is growing into…

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The Prestige (2006)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2006.  Touchstone Pictures, Warner Bros., Newmarket Productions, Syncopy.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, based on the novel by Christopher Priest.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Aaron Ryder, Emma Thomas.  Music by David Julyan.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Joan Bergin.  Film Editing by Lee Smith.  Academy Awards 2006.   The…

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The Adventures Of Tintin (2011)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/New Zealand, 2011.  Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, WingNut Films, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Hemisphere Media Capital, Nickelodeon Movies.  Screenplay by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, based on the comic book series The Adventures of Tintin by Herge.  Produced by Peter Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design…

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24 Hour Party People

BBB (out of 5) The punk music scene’s emergence from Manchester in the 1970s is the main subject of this mockumentary by director Michael Winterbottom. It centres on the story of British television personality Tony Wilson, who featured such bands as the Sex Pistols and Siouxsie And The Banshees on his popular variety show program…

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