Free Fire (2016)

BEN WHEATLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/France, 2016.  Film4, Protagonist Pictures, Rook Films.  Screenplay by Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley.  Cinematography by Laurie Rose.  Produced by Andrew Starke.  Music by Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury.  Production Design by Paki Smith.  Costume Design by Emma Fryer.  Film Editing by Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016.   A group of low creatures enter an abandoned…

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Kong: Skull Island

BBB.5 (out of 5) Monkey trouble doesn’t even begin to describe what a scientific expedition and ists military escort experience when the assessment of the geological properties of an uncharted island reveals the place to have more than a few aggressive inhabitants.  With the Vietnam War winding down and the American government looking to increase its power in the…

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Room

BBB (out of 5) We are introduced to a mother and son spending their days in a tiny one-room apartment that very quickly reveals a much more horrible truth: she (Brie Larson) was abducted seven years earlier and has been forced to stay in this padlocked cell the entire time, giving birth to her captor’s…

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Trainwreck

BBB (out of 5) Comedian Amy Schumer gets the star treatment in a big-screen comedy that showcases her talents, and since she wrote the screenplay, it makes sure to showcase them all: goofy comedy, sincere comedy, drama, moments both improvised and contrived, and a few dance moves.  Indulgence is one thing, but this romantic comedy about…

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

EDGAR WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Canada/Japan, 2010.  Universal Pictures, Marc Platt Productions, Big Talk Productions, Closed On Mondays Entertainment, Dentsu.  Screenplay by Michael Bacall, Edgar Wright, based on the graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Eric Gitter, Nira Park, Marc Platt, Edgar Wright.  Music by Nigel Godrich.  Production Design by Marcus Rowland.  Costume…

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13 Going On 30

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool kids at school. She even goes as far as alienating her geeky best friend Matt at her birthday party in order to impress ‘in-crowd’ ringleader Lucy. When she’s sprinkled with some birthday wishing dust and announces…

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21 Jump Street

BBB.5 (out of 5) The popular eighties television series has been given the Brady Bunch Movie treatment in this surprisingly fun spoof. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum make a pleasing on-screen buddy team as former high school enemies who become best friends in police academy, where one’s brawn combines beautifully with the other’s brains. Upon graduation…

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Greenberg (2010)

NOAH BAUMBACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2010.  Scott Rudin Productions, Twins Financing.  Story by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Noah Baumbach, Screenplay by Noah Baumbach.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Scott Rudin.  Music by James Murphy.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Tim Streeto.   Ben Stiller is released from the hospital after a nervous…

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