Destroyer (2018)

KARYN KUSAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  30West, Automatik.  Screenplay by Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi.  Cinematography by Julie Kirkwood.  Produced by Fred Berger, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi.   Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Kay Lee.  Costume Design by Audrey Fisher.  Film Editing by Plummy Tucker.  Golden Globe Awards 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. A grizzled, self-destructive Los Angeles cop (Nicole…

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The Post (2017)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks, Participant Media, Pascal Pictures, Star Thrower Entertainment, River Road Entertainment.  Screenplay by Liz Hannah, Josh Singer.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kristie Macosko Krieger, Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Sarah Broshar, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden…

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Get Out (2017)

JORDAN PEELE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Blumhouse Productions, Monkeypaw Productions, QC Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jordan Peele.  Cinematography by Toby Oliver.  Produced by Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele.  Music by Michael Abels.  Production Design by Rusty Smith.  Costume Design by Nadine Haders.  Film Editing by Gregory Plotkin.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017. Independent Spirit Awards 2017.  Gotham Awards 2017.  Daniel Kaluuya is…

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RoboCop 3 (1993)

FRED DEKKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1993.  Orion Pictures.  Story by Frank Miller, Screenplay by Frank Miller, Fred Dekker, based on characters created by Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner.  Cinematography by Gary B. Kibbe.  Produced by Patrick Crowley.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Hilda Stark.  Costume Design by Ha Nguyen.  Film Editing by Bert Lovitt.  Our cyberhero keeps blowing stuff up…

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Other People (2016)

CHRIS KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2016.  Park Pictures, Gettin’ Rad Productions.  Screenplay by Chris Kelly.  Cinematography by Brian Burgoyne.  Produced by Sam Bisbee, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott.  Music by Julian Wass.  Production Design by Tracy Dishman.  Costume Design by Kerry Hennessy.  Film Editing by Patrick Colman.  Aspiring television writer Jesse Plemons has returned home to be with his mother (Molly Shannon) for what will…

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Vital Signs

B.5 (out of 5) A gaggle of pretty, overly charming med students are gathered together for this shallow hospital drama. Adrian Pasdar is the son of the accomplished doctor who has to achieve everything his father did and more. He also falls for Diane Lane, who is busy having a relationship with an older student. Jack…

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The Client

BBBB (out of 5) The best John Grisham novel adaptation made so far (and most likely ever) is this excellent thriller starring newcomer Brad Renfro as a young Louisiana pre-teen who witnesses a suicide by a prominent big city lawyer. It turns out that the victim in question was the advocate for a known leader of…

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Saving Mr. Banks

BB.5 (out of 5) When Mary Poppins was released in 1964 it quickly became the most successful box office hit of all time and won five Academy Awards, making a superstar of its lead actress Julie Andrews and entering its musical score into the canon of instantly familiar tunes.  It also spawned a successful Broadway…

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Awakenings

BBBB (out of 5) Dr. Oliver Sacks’ autobiographical account of his years dealing with comatose patients makes for absorbing viewing in this touching, intelligent film. Sacks (Robin Williams) is presented with a room full of patients who all suffered during an encephalitis epidemic and fell into comas from which they have yet to awaken. Sacks’…

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Kate And Leopold (2001)

JAMES MANGOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2001.  Konrad Pictures, Miramax.  Story by Steven Rogers, Screenplay by James Mangold, Steven Rogers.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Cathy Konrad.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Donna Zakowska.  Film Editing by David Brenner.  Academy Awards 2001.  Golden Globe Awards 2001.  You have to be quite the humbug…

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Presumed Innocent

BBB.5 (out of 5) Harrison Ford plays a well-respected prosecutor (with a geeky buzz cut) whose girlfriend (Greta Scacchi) is viciously murdered shortly after he has seen her. The fact that he already has a wife (Bonnie Bedelia) spells very bad trouble for him, and he immediately becomes the prime suspect in the case. Raul Julia is…

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The Cabin In The Woods

BB.5 (out of 5) A group of college kids go out to a secluded cabin in the woods for the usual drinking and canoodling and, what else is new, a madman appears and begins killing them one by one. Sounds like the most formulaic plot for a horror movie except, in the hands of co-screenwriter…

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