The House With A Clock In Its Walls (2018)

ELI ROTH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2018.  Amblin Entertainment, Mythology Entertainment.  Screenplay by Eric Kripke, based on the novel by John Bellairs.  Cinematography by Rogier Stoffers.  Produced by Bradley J. Fischer, Eric Kripke, James Vanderbilt.  Music by Nathan Barr.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Andrew S. Eisen, Fred Raskin.   A boy who carries…

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Ocean’s 8 (2018)

GARY ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Rahway Road Productions, Smokehouse Pictures.  Story by Gary Ross, Screenplay by Gary Ross, Olivia Milch, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Eigil Bryld.  Produced by Susan Ekins, Steven Soderbergh.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by Alex DiGerlando.  Costume Design by Sarah…

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Carol (2015)

TODD HAYNES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2015.  The Weinstein Company, Film4, Number 9 Films, StudioCanal, HanWay Films, Killer Films, Goldcrest Films International, Dirty Films, Infilm, Larkhard Films.  Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy, based on the novel The Price Of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen, Tessa Ross, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley.  Music by…

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Truth

BBB.5 (out of 5) Television reporter Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) has years of experience producing 60 Minutes news segments performed by Dan Rather (Robert Redford, making surprisingly little impact), the two of them red hot after the exposé of Abu Ghraib that scandalized the American military. Three years after 9/11, the Bush administration is determined to…

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How To Train Your Dragon 2

BBBB (out of 5) The success of the somewhat amusing original has been followed by a delightful sequel, brightly colourful and featuring great scenes of rich adventure.  Hiccup now exists in a happy kingdom where humans and dragons cohabitate, he himself still having his faithful Toothless as his best friend.  On an adventurous journey atop…

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Cinderella (2015)

KENNETH BRANAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Allison Shearmur Productions, Beagle Pug Films, Genre Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  USA, 2015.  Screenplay by Chris Weitz.  Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos.  Produced by David Barron, Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Dante Ferretti.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Martin Walsh.  Academy Awards 2015.   If you thought you didn’t need another Cinderella movie, you…

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of the Five Armies

BB.5 (out of 5) More bloated mayhem from the imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien as yet another trilogy comes to a close. The film opens with the messiness of Smaug setting Laketown on fire, which strands a group of humans and leaves them without homes, while in the distance Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) becomes ill with…

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Hanna (2011)

JOE WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2011.  Focus Features, Holleran Company, Sechzehnte Babelsberg Film, Neunte Babelsberg Film, Studio Babelsberg.  Story by Seth Lochhead, Screenplay by Seth Lochhead, David Farr.  Cinematography by Alwin H. Kuchler.  Produced by Marty Adelstein, Leslie Holleran, Scott Nemes.  Music by Tom Rowlands, Ed Simons.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Lucie Bates.  Film Editing by Paul Tothill. Imagine…

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Hot Fuzz (2007)

EDGAR WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/France, 2007.  StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Big Talk Productions, Ingenious Film Partners.  Screenplay by Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Nira Park.  Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Marcus Rowland.  Costume Design by Annie Hardinge.  Film Editing by Chris Dickens.   The makers of Shaun Of The Dead have returned with…

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The Monuments Men

BB.5 (out of 5) Nazi Germany is destroying life in Europe and threatening to take over the world, and with America’s entry into the war, George Clooney wants to get involved.  The preservation of human life is the highest priority, but Clooney sees that without the curating of human culture, life is merely survival.  With…

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Heaven

BB.5 (out of 5) When celebrated filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski passed away in 1995, he left behind him a proposed trilogy that began with the screenplay for this film. Tom Tykwer picked up the project in Kieslowski’s absence and directed this probing drama about an Englishwoman living in Italy (Cate Blanchett) who bombs a building in…

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Veronica Guerin

BBBB (out of 5) Cate Blanchett is mesmerizing in this tragic true story of a journalist whose work helped turn the tide of drug-related crime in Dublin in the mid-1990s. Veronica Guerin works for the Sunday Independent as a lightweight feature editor until she convinces her editor to let her pursue heavier subject matter, eventually coming…

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