The Family Fang (2015)

JASON BATEMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2015.  Aggregate Films, Red Crown Productions, Blossom Films, ML Film Productions, Olympus Pictures, Papagjika Salloway Productions, QED International.  Screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire, based on the novel by Kevin Wilson.  Cinematography by Ken Seng.  Produced by Jason Bateman, James Garavente, Nicole Kidman, Riva Marker, Per Saari, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech.  Music by … More The Family Fang (2015)

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Jersey Boys (2014)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2014.  Four Seasons Partnership, GK Films, Malpaso Productions, RatPac Entertainment, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, based on their musical.  Cinematography by Tom Stern.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Tim Headington, Graham King, Robert Lorenz.  Production Design by James J. Murakami.  Costume Design by Deborah Hopper.  Film Editing by Joel Cox, … More Jersey Boys (2014)

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Illuminata

BB (out of 5) Too strange to be memorable, this odd mess of a film concerns a nineteenth-century minor theatre group putting on an opera. An A-list cast that includes John Turturro (who also directed), Susan Sarandon, Beverly D’Angelo, Katherine Borowitz (Turturro’s real-life wife) and Aida Turturro  (his sister) are all wonderful, but clearly the script they … More Illuminata

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Blast From The Past

BBBB (out of 5) Brendan Fraser stars as a man raised for thirty-five years in a bomb shelter with his Communist-paranoid parents (Sissy Spacek, Christopher Walken) who mistakenly took an airplane falling on their house to be a nuclear bomb and headed for their underground hideout. Now an adult, Fraser is sent out into the world … More Blast From The Past

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Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add big hair, rocking tunes and John Travolta in a dress. Newcomer Nikki Blonsky plays the youngster in question, Tracy, in this wonderful … More Hairspray (2007)

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