Serenity (2019)

STEVEN KNIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2019.  Global Road Entertainment, IM Global, Shoebox Films, Starlings Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Guy Heeley, Steven Knight, Greg Shapiro.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Laura Jennings. Matthew McConaughey has an Ahab-level obsession with catching a giant tuna…

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Tea For Two (1950)

DAVID BUTLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1950.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Harry Clork, based on the play by Frank Mandel, Otto A. Harbach, Vincent Youmans, Emil Nyitray and the play by Irving Caesar and William Jacobs.  Cinematography by Wilfrid M. Cline.  Produced by William Jacobs.  Music by Howard Jackson.  Production Design by Douglas Bacon.  Costume Design by Leah Rhodes.  Film Editing…

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The Bang Bang Club

BBB (out of 5) A group of photographers become known by this film’s title with their willingness to step right into the fray of Apartheid-era violence in South Africa, taking the pictures that are believed to have contributed to the end of an evil regime.  At the centre of the experience is Greg Marinovich (Ryan…

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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

BB.5 (out of 5) The incredible life of one of the world’s most influential politicians is examined in this bland epic.  Idris Elba plays the man who grew up in a racially divided South Africa, escaping his humble origins to become a successful lawyer before the inspiration to free the black citizens of his nation, living in…

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The Plastic Age

B (out of 5) Should be called The Plastic Movie. Clara Bow and Donald Keith star as college students who meet and fall in love, but she gives him up when she realizes that her fast and loose ways are keeping him from achieving anything as a student or star player on the football team. Naturally, complications…

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Calamity Jane

BBBB (out of 5) I don’t know if Doris Day ever sounded lovelier than in this wonderful film. Obviously a rip-off of Annie Get Your Gun, this one features an inferior screenplay but a highly superior score to the Irving Berlin musical. Calamity Jane (Day) is a gun-slinging gal of the Old West who will never…

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By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

BBB.5 (out of 5) Superior sequel to On Moonlight Bay that continues to rip off Meet Me In St. Louis with its good ole’ fashioned family charm. Doris Day is once again the spunky lass who continues to romance returned serviceman Gordon MacRae. The shenanigans that they get into are more fun this time, and there’s also…

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April In Paris

BB.5 (out of 5) A minor American statesman (Ray Bolger) preparing a US/France-produced cultural festival in Paris accidentally mixes up his memos, sending Ethel Barrymore a work permit for Canada and an unknown chorus girl named Ethel “Dynamite” Jackson (Doris Day) an invitation to represent the nation in the City Of Lights. He apologizes to the…

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Lullaby Of Broadway

BBB.5 (out of 5) A stilted story and some corny setups for musical numbers (oh yeah, just asking someone to sing at a party means they instantly know all the words and moves) should get in the way of a movie being good, but Lullaby Of Broadway is one of Doris Day‘s best musicals. Credit the…

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They Got Me Covered

BB.5 (out of 5) Bob Hope plays the most inept journalist in the world, a field reporter who is put in the way of major world events but is somehow always distracted from actually writing about them. His reputation is based on having won a Pulitzer Prize for an article he wrote from information given by a…

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Road To Morocco

BBB (out of 5) Bing Crosby and Bob Hope whoop it up in yet another Road adventure, this one taking them to exotic North Africa. After washing onto the continental shores from a life raft, they follow their own ineptitude to the palace of a great sheik, with Hope being recruited as the slave of a beautiful princess (Dorothy…

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Pigskin Parade

BBB (out of 5) Cute musical comedy is now most notable for being the feature film debut of a fourteen year-old Judy Garland. Until her appearance halfway through the feature, you’ll enjoy the comedic antics of a tiny Texas university that has been selected, through clerical error, to compete their football team against Yale at a…

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