Serenity (2019)

STEVEN KNIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2019.  Global Road Entertainment, IM Global, Shoebox Films, Starlings Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Guy Heeley, Steven Knight, Greg Shapiro.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Laura Jennings. Matthew McConaughey has an Ahab-level obsession with catching a giant tuna…

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Ocean’s 8 (2018)

GARY ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Rahway Road Productions, Smokehouse Pictures.  Story by Gary Ross, Screenplay by Gary Ross, Olivia Milch, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Eigil Bryld.  Produced by Susan Ekins, Steven Soderbergh.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by Alex DiGerlando.  Costume Design by Sarah…

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The Intern

BB.5 (out of 5) Robert De Niro has reached seventy, a retired widower who hasn’t lost the desire to stay  busy or useful.  He answers an ad for an internet startup company that is looking to hire senior citizens as interns, likely to expand their online clothing-selling market to more than just the young people who…

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Interstellar (2014)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2014.  Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Lynda Obst Productions, Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund, Atvinnuvega- og nýsköpunarráðuneytið.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan.  Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Lynda Obst, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing…

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Valentino: The Last Emperor

BB.5 (out of 5) Entertaining look at the last of the giant fashion names of yore, whose solitary moniker has come to represent cutting-edge, classy style after decades in the business. The film centres around the preparation of what turned out to be Valentino’s final show, a days-long celebration of the man’s career including a…

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Get Smart

BB.5 (out of 5) The classic Mel Brooks/Buck Henry television series makes it to the big screen brimming with big laughs that make up for its few surprises. Basically a lampooning of the James Bond-style spy genre, it stars the magnificent Steve Carell as a pencil-pushing analyst who longs to be a field agent for the…

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Rio

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Captured in the jungles as an infant and raised in the United States in a cage, blue macaw Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) lives a perfectly happy life with his devoted owner Linda (Leslie Mann). She gives in to her environmental guilt when a Brazilian scientist (Rodrigo Santoro) shows up and tells her…

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA/United Kingdom, 2012.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, DC Entertainment, Syncopy, DC Comics.  Story by David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, based on characters created by Bob Kane.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley, Kevin Kavanaugh.  Costume Design…

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Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2002.  United Artists Film Corporation, Hart-Sharp Entertainment, Potboiler Productions.  Screenplay by Douglas McGrath, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams, John Hart, Jeffrey Sharp.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.  Golden Globe Awards 2002.  …

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Valentine’s Day

BB (out of 5) Garry Marshall spreads his penchant for empty-headed feelgood stories over a multitude of characters in this nearly unbearable romantic comedy that examines the lives of Los Angelinos on Valentine’s Day. Among them is a teenager (Emma Roberts) preparing to have sex with her boyfriend for the first time, a secretary (Anne…

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Becoming Jane

BB (out of 5) Passable if unnecessary examination of the events that led to Jane Austen’s abandoning any hopes of marriage and living by her writing. Anne Hathaway plays the young authoress, daughter of a clergyman (James Cromwell) whose impoverished situation would be helped quite a bit by her marrying well. She is proposed to by…

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The Devil Wears Prada

BBBB (out of 5) This movie is fabulous with a capital snap! Adapted from Lauren Weisberger’s popular novel, it features Meryl Streep as an Anna Wintour-esque magazine editor (commonly referred to as ‘Dragon Lady’) who makes life hell for a young journalist (Anne Hathaway) looking to survive her first big job in the Big Apple. Hathaway…

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