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)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) It always seems like these folks have no adventures left in them, but when the previous movie makes so much money (the sixth sequel to the surprise 2001 hit reached a billion dollars in ticket sales faster than any movie in history), there’s always another score to settle.  The challenge is also…

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Fast & Furious 6 (Furious 6)

BBBB (out of 5) Paradise is everything but exciting, so it’s no surprise when the group that made off with such a huge payload in part 5 are ready to jump back into the hot seat. Vin Diesel is sure that he has nothing to say to DSS hotshot Dwayne Johnson, but when Johnson shows up at his house…

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Fast Five (Fast & Furious 5)

BB (out of 5) With the heartfelt (not really) reunion out of the way in the last one, it’s time to enjoy the rush with this action packed if dimwitted fourth sequel.  After an amazing prison break in the pre-credits sequence, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker head to Brazil to hide out in Rio De Janeiro before the old life…

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Fast And Furious

BB.5 (out of 5) Paul Walker‘s Brian O’Conner is now working for the FBI, while Vin Diesel‘s Dominic Toretto has been living in exile when he hears that his lady love has been killed in a car accident. Her death is linked to a heroin smuggler who transports drugs across state lines, which is also…

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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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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

EDGAR WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Canada/Japan, 2010.  Universal Pictures, Marc Platt Productions, Big Talk Productions, Closed On Mondays Entertainment, Dentsu.  Screenplay by Michael Bacall, Edgar Wright, based on the graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Eric Gitter, Nira Park, Marc Platt, Edgar Wright.  Music by Nigel Godrich.  Production Design by Marcus Rowland.  Costume…

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