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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Justice League (2017)

ZACK SNYDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/Canada, 2017.  Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Lensbern Productions, Warner Bros..  Story by Chris Terrio, Zack Snyder, Screenplay by Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon, based on Superman created by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Justice League of America created by Gardner Fox, Batman created by Bob…

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Silence

BBBB (out of 5) Informed that their colleague has abandoned the church and taken up life as a citizen of seventeenth-century Japan after voyaging there as a missionary, two Portuguese priests make it their mission to go to the far east and prove the news untrue.  What clerics Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver encounter when they arrive is…

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

BB.5 (out of 5) Seven books, eight movies and a whole heck of a lot of merchandising finally come down to a final adventure featuring the plucky young wizard and his best friends going head to head with a noseless evil who looks like a tapeworm. After mooning about without doing anything interesting for three…

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The Woman In Black

B.5 (out of 5) Daniel Radcliffe is given perpetual stubble to look old enough to have fathered a toddler in this washout thriller, about an estate agent who travels to a quiet English village to settle the affairs of a widow’s empty mansion. It turns out to be the town of Perpetually Grim Faces, with unwelcoming…

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The Phantom Of The Opera (2004)

BBB (out of 5) Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sappy Broadway musical, among the most successful stage productions of all time, makes it to the big screen with its romantic swagger intact. It tells the story, adapted from the novel by Gaston Leroux, of a disfigured musical genius (Gerard Butler) who lives in the bowels of a Parisian…

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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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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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The Sum Of All Fears (2002)

PHIL ALDEN ROBINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2002.  Paramount Pictures, Mace Neufeld Productions, MFP Munich Film Partners GmbH & Company I. Produktions KG, S.O.A.F. Productions.  Screenplay by Paul Attanasio, Daniel Pyne, based on the novel by Tom Clancy.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Mace Neufeld.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Marie-Sylvie Deveau.  Film Editing by Nicolas…

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Circle Of Friends

BBB.5 (out of 5) Adorable romantic comedy that was a huge hit among teenagers and made a star of its beautiful lead actress Minnie Driver. She plays a self-effacing Irish lass who would never dream that the cutest boy on the football team (Chris O’Donnell) would ever look her way. She has no idea, however,…

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Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (2008)

BHARAT NALLURI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2008.  Focus Features, Kudos Productions Ltd., Keylight Productions, Twins Financing, Shine Pictures.  Screenplay by David Magee, Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel by Winifred Watson.  Cinematography by John de Borman.  Produced by Nellie Bellflower, Stephen Garrett.  Music by Paul Englishby.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Michael O’Connor.  Film Editing by Barney Pilling.  …

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Miami Vice

BB.5 (out of 5) Another television series makes the jump to the big screen, this time helmed by the very artist who was instrumental in the original show’s production. Michael Mann takes the ultra-eighties-cool undercover detectives and puts them on the modern crime scene, with Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) having to crack…

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