First Man (2018)

DAMIEN CHAZELLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 2018.  Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Perfect World Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner.  Music by Justin Hurwitz.  Production Design by…

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Sisters (2015)

JASON MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2015.  Little Stranger.  Screenplay by Paula Pell.  Cinematography by Barry Peterson.  Produced by Tina Fey, John S. Lyons, Jay Roach.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Lee Haxall.  Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reteam after the misfire of Baby Mama for another comedy contrivance that, while…

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Molly’s Game (2017)

AARON SORKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  China/USA, 2017.  STX Entertainment, Huayi Brothers Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, Pascal Pictures, Entertainment One.  Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by Molly Bloom.  Cinematography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen.  Produced by Mark Gordon, Matt Jackson, Amy Pascal.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Alan Baumgarten, Elliot Graham, Josh…

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Spotlight

BBB.5 (out of 5) A new editor takes over the Boston Globe and tells members of “Spotlight”, a team of journalists who do deep work on long research projects, that a story has come up that he thinks they should pursue. A Catholic priest accused of multiple cases of sexual abuse against children in his…

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Friends With Kids

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ten years after the success of her co-written screenplay for Kissing Jessica Stein, Jennifer Westfeldt takes over the director’s chair for this smart and charming relationship comedy. Six best friends are made up of two couples and two best friends: Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd open the film with the announcement that they…

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Ghost Town

B (out of 5) Insipid romantic comedy that is neither funny nor particularly romantic, starring Ricky Gervais as an antisocial dentist who dies for a few minutes during a routine colonoscopy. When he returns to life he finds himself possessing a very convenient talent: he can see and talk to dead people. Manhattan’s ghosts are all after…

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Admission

BBB.5 (out of 5) A Princeton admissions officer (Tina Fey) has a whole world of problems dumped on her plate when she is advised that her school has slipped to #2 on the list of post-secondary institutions receiving interest from high school graduates. Her boss (Wallace Shawn) is retiring and putting her in direct competition…

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