Dumplin’ (2018)

ANNE FLETCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2018.  COTA Films, Echo Films.  Screenplay by Kristin Hahn, based on the novel by Julie Murphy.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Mohamed AlRafi, Michael Costigan, Kristin Hahn, Trish Hofmann.  Music by Jake Monaco.  Production Design by Elizabeth J. Jones.   Costume Design by Bina Daigeler.  Film Editing by Emma E. Hickox.  Golden Globe Awards 2018….

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Dudley-Do-Right

BB (out of 5) Boring, uneventful adaptation of the popular Jay Roach cartoon. Brendan Fraser is a hoot as the bumbling Mountie who is stuck with trying to stop evil villain Snidely (Alfred Molina) all on his own when the town of Semi-Happy Valley abandons him. At stake is the preservation of the law as well…

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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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Bringing Down The House

BB (out of 5) This intellectually inferior Disney comedy is nothing but two hours of missed opportunities. Steve Martin plays a lonely divorcee who has struck up a sweet romance in an internet chat room, presumably with a pretty young lawyer named Charlene. When Charlene (Queen Latifah) shows up at his doorstep for their first…

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A Walk To Remember

BB.5 (out of 5) Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, this treacle centres on the inevitable love affair between a Christian girl (Mandy Moore) who suffers for her faith at a school full of disrespectful teenagers, and a popular jock (Shane West) with no religious bent who at first is disdainful of her but gradually…

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Monkeybone

BB (out of 5) Painfully unfunny comedy about a disenchanted cartoon artist (Brendan Fraser) who goes into a coma following a car accident and descends into an animated world of his own brain’s design. While down there, his precociously vulgar character Monkeybone steals his coma-exit visa and takes over Fraser’s human body, living his human…

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Bring It On

BBBB (out of 5) Kirsten Dunst gives a charming performance as a suburban high-schooler who has recently been promoted to the captain of the school’s cheerleading squad. Working towards winning a national championship, she finds out that her predecessor was stealing the group’s moves from a highly superior big-city high school team. Dunst has to build…

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The Guilt Trip

BBB.5 (out of 5) It’s difficult enough to get your entrepreneurial business of the ground without having to also accommodate your loud and overbearing mother, but that is where we find Seth Rogen at the beginning of this pleasant comedy. Rogen has invented a bio-friendly cleaning product so safe you can drink it, and is having…

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The Proposal (2009)

BBBB (out of 5) Green Card meets The Devil Wears Prada when a high-powered, highly despised New York City book editor (Sandra Bullock) finds herself being thrown out of her company for legal reasons: she’s Canadian and the government won’t accept her as a citizen. In order to keep a hold on the position that…

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Boogie Nights (1997)

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1997.  New Line Cinema, Lawrence Gordon Productions, Ghoulardi Film Company.  Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Paul Thomas Anderson, Lloyd Levin, John S. Lyons, JoAnne Sellar.  Music by Michael Penn.  Production Design by Bob Ziembicki.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Dylan Tichenor.  Academy Awards 1997.  Golden Globe Awards 1997. Toronto International Film…

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