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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Ant-Man (2015)

PEYTON REED Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Screenplay by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd, based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Shepherd Frankel.  Costume Design by…

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Gold

BB.5 (out of 5) With the recession of the early eighties driving his commodities business into the ground, Matthew McConaughey is looking for the redemption that will get him out of making calls from the bar where his girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) slings drinks and back to the glory of the days when his father (Craig…

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Cafe Society (2016)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2016.  FilmNation Entertainment, Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Woody Allen reaches a career low with this tired and charmless period piece. Jesse Eisenberg heads out to Los Angeles…

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Black Mass

BB (out of 5) Combining a true-life crime figure who was larger than life with the tradition of charismatic mob dramas that have been coming from the Warner Bros logo for decades should have provided for another Long Good Friday, something residing comfortably between gritty drama and the sexy mythologizing that these films have been…

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C.O.G.

BB (out of 5) Jonathan Groff plays a Yale student who decides to take time off from the fine life, running away from his family to Oregon where he and his best friend plan to work an apple orchard.  She changes her mind at the last minute and takes off with her new boyfriend, leaving him…

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This Is Where I Leave You

BB.5 (out of 5) Jason Bateman‘s life hits a slew of giant roadblocks in one day when he catches his wife in bed with his boss (Dax Shepard) and then gets a call from his sister (Tina Fey) that their father has died.  When Bateman gets home for the funeral, he learns from his best-selling…

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Salt

BBBB (out of 5) A routine corporate office building in Washington, D.C. is actually the headquarters of an elite chapter of the C.I.A., one of whose employees is about to go home to celebrate her wedding anniversary. Just as Agent Salt (Angelina Jolie) is about to leave, however, she and her superior Liev Schrieber are…

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The Bourne Legacy

BB.5 (out of 5) The franchise that had great success with Matt Damon from 2002-2007 has now been resurrected laterally with Jeremy Renner taking the lead in a new character. His Aaron Cross is a former colleague of Bourne’s who has also surfaced after going stealth, though in his case his memory is intact and his…

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North Country

BBB (out of 5) Charlize Theron stars in this true story about a woman who fought and won the first class-action sexual harassment suit against a major American company. An abused wife with two children, she bundles her family into her car and leaves her husband, moving back home to Minnesota and staying with her…

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Midnight In Paris (2011)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Spain/USA, 2011.  Mediapro, Versátil Cinema, Gravier Productions, Pontchartrain Productions, Televisió de Catalunya.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Jaume Roures, Stephen Tenenbaum.  Production Design by Anne Seibel.  Costume Design by Sonia Grande.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Academy Awards 2011.  Cannes Film Festival 2011.  Golden Globe Awards 2011.   You’ll fall in love with this…

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