Deadpool 2 (2018)

DAVID LEITCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Donners’ Company, Kinberg Genre, Marvel Entertainment, Maximum Effort, TSG Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds.  Cinematography by Jonathan Sela.  Produced by Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner.  Music by Tyler Bates.  Production Design by David Scheunemann.  Costume Design by Kurt and Bart.  Film Editing by Craig Alpert, Michael…

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Allied

BB.5 (out of 5) A Canadian spy (Brad Pitt) working for the British forces during World War II is sent to Casablanca, where he plays house with a French agent (Marion Cotillard) until they can pull off the assassination of a Nazi bigwig.  They do their jobs but they also give into a mutual attraction that…

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Smash His Camera

BBBB (out of 5) The current era of tabloid photography owes a lot to the career of Ron Galella, a photog for whom no potted plant was too small from which to get the shot of any celebrity he was in pursuit of. His life and career are covered by a bemused by Leon Gast…

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The Big Short

BBB.5 (out of 5) The creation of Mortgage-backed Securities began a legacy of years of profit and greed that resulted in the economic bubble that, in 2008, collapsed the world economy. Ryan Gosling is on hand to explain the details to us when he’s not participating in the story, cheekily bringing on the likes of…

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Fury

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The feeling that you have already seen every possible take on World War II is forgotten within minutes of this exceptional drama, one whose scenes of graphic war violence make Saving Private Ryan look like a Disney cartoon. Its gory details aside, it is also a powerful character piece about survival…

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Exit Through The Gift Shop

BBBB (out of 5) The world of street art (graffiti has such a negative ring, doesn’t it?) is a demimonde all to itself, one that captured the fancy of obsessive enthusiast Thierry Guetta to the point that he decided to make a movie about it.  Actually, it turns out that Guetta has been filming just…

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Legends Of The Fall

BBBB (out of 5) Three brothers grow up with their father on a sprawling Montana ranch, living wild, boisterous lives until tragedy strikes each of them (and all of it brought about by a woman, go figure). The middle son, played by Brad Pitt, is the heart and soul of the clan, experiencing the most…

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The Mexican

BBB (out of 5) Odd but often entertaining comedy that features humorous performances from its stars, though they hardly share any screen time together. After a very shaky start of watching odd couple Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts fight over a trip to Las Vegas, the film gets going when Pitt is forced by a group of…

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Kick-Ass (2010)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2010.  Marv Films, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book by Mark Millar, John Romita Jr..  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack, Brad Pitt, David Reid, Kris Thykier, Matthew Vaughn.  Music by Marius De Vries, Ilan Eshkeri, Henry Jackman, John Murphy.  Production Design by…

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Kalifornia

BB.5 (out of 5) David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes are travelling the country visiting the sites of famous American murders. He is presumably working on a book about the subject, but the matter becomes something of a reality when they pick up two hitchhikers (Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis) who turn out to be as dangerous as they are…

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A River Runs Through It

BBBB (out of 5) Poetic and touching, this is a good film for those who love movies about fly fishing. All five of you. For the rest, it’s a fantastic drama about two Montana brothers in the 1920s (Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt) who experience family life and growing pains while also being taught to express…

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12 Years A Slave

BBBB (out of 5) A rarely told tale is that of Solomon Northup, a free musician from Saratoga who was hired by two men for a performance gig and then drugged and sold into captivity in the American south, his name changed and his identity wiped out to prevent him getting back to his own…

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