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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The Mummy (2017)

ALEX KURTZMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2017.  Universal Pictures, Dark Universe, Dentsu, Perfect World Pictures (Beijing), Sean Daniel Company, Secret Hideout.  Screen story by Jon Spaihts, Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet, Screenplay by David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, Dylan Kussman.  Cinematography by Ben Seresin.  Produced by Sarah Bradshaw, Sean Daniel, Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by Jon…

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The Fate of the Furious (Fast & Furious 8) (2017)

F. GARY GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Universal Pictures, China Film Co., Original Film, One Race Films, Dentsu, Fuji Eight Company Ltd..  Screenplay by Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.  Cinematography by Stephen F. Windon.  Produced by Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell, Chris Morgan, Neal H. Moritz.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by Bill Brzeski.  Costume…

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Furious Seven (Fast & Furious 7) (2015)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 2015.  Universal Pictures, Media Rights Capital, China Film Co., Original Film, One Race Films, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network, Québec Production Services Tax Credit, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, Abu Dhabi Film Commission.  Screenplay by Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.  Cinematography by Marc…

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Fast & Furious 6 (Furious 6) (2013)

JUSTIN LIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2013.  Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Original Film, One Race Productions, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network, Universal Studios, F & F VI Productions A.I.E..  Screenplay by Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.  Cinematography by Stephen F. Windon.  Produced by Vin Diesel, Neal H. Moritz, Clayton Townsend.  Music by Lucas Vidal.  Production Design…

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Fast Five (Fast & Furious 5) (2011)

JUSTIN LIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 2011.  Universal Pictures, Original Film, One Race Productions, Dentsu.  Screenplay by Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.  Cinematography by Stephen F. Windon.  Produced by Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell, Neal H. Moritz.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by Peter Wenham.  Costume Design by Sanja Milkovic Hays.  Film Editing by Kelly Matsumoto, Fred…

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Fast And Furious (2009)

JUSTIN LIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Original Film, One Race Productions, Dentsu.  Screenplay by Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell, Neal H. Moritz.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by Ida Random.  Costume Design by Sanja Milkovic Hayes.  Film Editing by Fred Raskin,…

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Hail, Caesar!

B.5 (out of 5) It’s 1951 and the post-war boom that has made America the leading industrial country in the world is reflected in the glorious movies being made in Hollywood. Josh Brolin plays the problem solver for a fictional movie studio whose job is to keep stars in line and their projects on track,…

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Dracula Untold

BB.5 (out of 5) If everyone gets an origin story, it’s only fair that Bram Stoker’s evergreen anti-hero gets one too.  Most of the details are created from a few drops of history, a fair share of Francis Ford Coppola’s version and, for the most part, a lot of stealing from Lord Of the Rings…

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Trainwreck

BBB (out of 5) Comedian Amy Schumer gets the star treatment in a big-screen comedy that showcases her talents, and since she wrote the screenplay, it makes sure to showcase them all: goofy comedy, sincere comedy, drama, moments both improvised and contrived, and a few dance moves.  Indulgence is one thing, but this romantic comedy about…

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Jurassic World

BBB (out of 5) Just because the monsters get out of hand and tear humans apart is no reason to avoid the moneymaking potential they provide, which is why Richard Attenborough’s failed dream has been resurrected almost 20 years later.  Jurassic World is up and running, its attractions allowing people to see giant prehistoric creatures…

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The World (Shijie)

BBB.5 (out of 5) World Park in Beijing is the setting of this enjoyable melodrama, in which global themes are played against personal ones. A young woman who works as a dancer in the park’s shows is having a relationship with a security guard, but has to deal with his commitment issues while also fighting…

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