Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

BOB PERSICHETTI, PETER RAMSEY, RODNEY ROTHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad Productions, Lord Miller, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Phil Lord, Screenplay by Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, story consultant Meghan Malloy, based on Spider-Verse created by Dan Slott and characters created by Peter…

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Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, LStar Capital, Sony Pictures Animation, Media Rights Capital, Sony Pictures Digital, Sony Pictures Imageworks.  Screenplay by Robert Smigel, Adam Sandler, based on characters created by Todd Durham.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Michael Kurinsky.  Film Editing by Catherine Apple.   In this hilarious sequel to…

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Big Hero 6 (2014)

DON HALL, CHRIS WILLIAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2014.  FortyFour Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Jordan Roberts, Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, based on the Big Hero 6 team and characters created by Steven T. Seagle, Duncan Rouleau, Joe Kelly, Joe Casey.  Cinematography by Rob Dressel.  Produced by Roy Conli.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production…

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Hotel Transylvania (2012)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2012.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Todd Durham, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Screenplay by Peter Baynham, Robert Smigel.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Marcelo Vignali.  Film Editing by Catherine Apple.  Golden Globe Awards 2012.  Toronto International Film Festival 2012. Even a famous vampire can’t help but turn into a…

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My Name Is Modesty: A Modesty Blaise Adventure

B (out of 5) Weak, unsatisfying adaptation of Peter O’Donnell’s spy novels that serves more as a prologue for future films than anything else.  Alexandra Staden does her best with a monochromatic character, a casino roulette hostess who is taken hostage, along with her fellow employees, when a thief (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) breaks in with his…

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Frozen

BBB (out of 5) Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen is given a thorough working over in this uneven but fully enjoyable Disney tale.  Two sisters are raised separately in the palace of their kingdom, elder sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) locked away in her room to hide her strange powers to turn everything into ice,…

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Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru No Ugoku Shiro)

BBBBB (out of 5) Hayao Miyazaki follows his Oscar-winning Spirited Away with this monumentally entertaining animated drama. A young milliner crosses the path of an evil witch and is transformed into an old woman, leaving her no choice but to seek out a young, heartless wizard and live with him in his walking castle until…

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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

BBB (out of 5) His unpronounceable invention created weather that rained hot dogs and hamburgers from the sky, but in the sequel his home island has gone full-on Lost World when science-geek Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) is informed that his creations have become sentient beings.  More exciting, though, is that his work has caught the…

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Tangled

BBB (out of 5) Rapunzel is given the modern-day spin by Disney, here creating their first computer-animated “princess” fable. After being kidnapped from her royal parents by a witch at birth, Rapunzel is raised in a high ivory tower and kept hidden from the world, her magical miles-long hair the method by which her adoptive…

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

ERIC DARNELL, TOM McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2008.  DreamWorks Animation, Pacific Data Images.  Screenplay by Etan Cohen, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath.  Produced by Mireille Soria, Mark Swift.  Music by Heitor Pereira, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Kendal Cronkhite.  Film Editing by Mark A. Hester, H. Lee Peterson.   Picking up where the last film left off, our former Central…

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Red Lights

BBB.5 (out of 5) Psychics, mediums and telekinetics abound everywhere, and Sigourney Weaver is determined to take them all down. She is excellent as a forthright and skeptical researcher who travels the world with her assistant (Cillian Murphy), debunking the pseudoscience that seems to draw people in so easily in such great numbers. When a…

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The Princess And The Frog

BBBB (out of 5) Anika Noni Rose contributes gorgeous singing and a delightful voice performance as a hard-working New Orleans waitress at the height of the jazz age, who dreams of one day opening up her own restaurant. On the night that a rich heiress, and her childhood friend, is to meet a prince (Bruno…

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