The Land of Steady Habits (2018)

NICOLE HOLOFCENER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Likely Story.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener, based on the novel by Ted Thompson.  Cinematography by Alar Kivilo.  Produced by Stefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Dina Goldman.  Costume Design by Alex Bovaird.  Film Editing by Robert Frazen.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Ben Mendelsohn is enjoying life in early retirement,…

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Ready Player One (2018)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Amblin Entertainment, De Line Pictures, Dune Entertainment, Farah Films & Management, Reliance Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Zak Penn, Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Ernest Cline.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Donald De Line, Dan Farah, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production…

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Darkest Hour (2017)

JOE WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  Working Title Films.  United Kingdom, 2017.  Screenplay by Anthony McCarten.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Lisa Bruce, Eric Fellner, Anthony McCarten, Douglas Urbanski.  Music by Dario Marianelli.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.  Film Editing by Valerio Bonelli.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. With the Nazi threat swallowing more…

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

GARETH EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2016.  Lucasfilm, Allison Shearmur Productions, Black Hangar Studios, Stereo D, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by John Knoll, Gary Whitta, Screenplay by Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy, based on characters created by George Lucas.  Cinematography by Greig Fraser.  Produced by Simon Emanuel, Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Doug Chiang,…

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Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA/Spain, 2014.  Chernin Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, Babieka, Volcano Films.  Screenplay by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine, Steven Zaillian.  Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by Mark Albela, Peter Chernin, Mohamed El Raie, Mark Huffam, Denise O’Dell, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott, Jenno Topping.  Music by Alberto Iglesias.  Production Design by Arthur Max.  Costume Design by…

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Slow West

BBB (out of 5) A young Scotsman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) shows up in the American west, a land that in the nineteenth century is still made up of wide, open frontiers and very little civilized law.  His purpose is to find the homestead of his beloved lass and her father who immigrated there before him, but along…

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Trespass

B (out of 5) A film so ludicrous it must be seen to be believed.  Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman live a gorgeous existence in their isolated manor, comfortable in their one-percentage and keeping a close eye on their rebellious teenage daughter.  When masked men break in and hold them hostage in the hopes of getting some…

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Map Of The Human Heart

BBB (out of 5) In Vincent Ward’s lush romantic drama, a young Inuit boy is sent down to Montreal from the Arctic Pole in order to survive a battle with tuberculosis. While staying at the hospital he meets and falls in love with a half-Native, half-French Canadian girl who is soon afterwards sent away. Years…

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9.99

BB (out of 5) Claymation film that focuses on the denizens of a Sydney apartment building, inspired by the stories of Etgar Keret. Among them is a perpetual Peter Pan who lets his girlfriend walk out on him before being inundated with hallucinations of two pint-sized party animals, a workaholic who lives with his son,…

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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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Animal Kingdom

BBBB (out of 5) In this marvelously intense crime drama, J (James Frecheville) is a young man whose mother has just died and left him completely alone. With no one else to turn to, he calls his grandmother Janine “Smurf” Cody (Jacki Weaver), from whom his mother had tried to protect him for years, and…

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The New World

BBB (out of 5) Like all of Terrence Malick’s films, this epic adventure is so gorgeous you’ll think you’re leafing through a book of high-art photographs; unfortunately, the experience of watching it is not much more exciting than that.  Colin Farrell is more than substantial as Captain John Smith, a mutineer who is given a second…

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