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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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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Paris Can Wait (2016)

ELEANOR COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Lifetime Films, American Zoetrope, Corner Piece Capital, Protagonist Pictures, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, A+E Studios.  Screenplay by Eleanor Coppola.  Cinematography by Crystal Fournier.  Produced by Eleanor Coppola, Fred Roos.  Music by Laura Karpman.  Production Design by Anne Seibel.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Glen Scantlebury.  Toronto International Film Festival 2016. Diane Lane has accompanied…

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Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

ZACK SNYDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Warner Bros., Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, DC Comics, DC Entertainment, RatPac-Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer, based on Batman created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Superman created by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster.  Cinematography by Larry Fong.  Produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder.  Music by Junkie XL, Hans…

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Trumbo

BBB.5 (out of 5) Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (played here by Bryan Cranston) easily became a prime target for the HUAC during the height of the Red Scare: gregarious, charismatic and a card-carrying Communist party member for years, Trumbo sees the congressional hearings as a blight on the First Amendment and, despite the suggestion of his peers,…

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Inside Out

BBB (out of 5) Two decades of anthropomorphizing inanimate objects sees Pixar reaching a little deeper into the ephemeral, creating characters based purely on human emotions.  What you think is a singularly-minded human being is actually host to Joy, Anger, Sadness, Disgust and Fear, all of whom work the console on the bridge of the…

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Under The Tuscan Sun

BBBB (out of 5) After barely surviving a nasty and devastating divorce, a literary critic (Diane Lane) goes on an Italian vacation on the suggestion of her best friend (Sandra Oh) and ends up falling in love with the Tuscan countryside. Despite its being a risky idea, Lane purchases a rundown villa and decides to…

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Vital Signs

B.5 (out of 5) A gaggle of pretty, overly charming med students are gathered together for this shallow hospital drama. Adrian Pasdar is the son of the accomplished doctor who has to achieve everything his father did and more. He also falls for Diane Lane, who is busy having a relationship with an older student. Jack…

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My Dog Skip

BBBB (out of 5) Cute World War II-era film about a young boy (Frankie Muniz) and his devoted relationship to his adorable dog. Diane Lane is every bit the movie star as the young man’s mother, with Kevin Bacon quite touching as his wounded veteran father. Alcon Entertainment, MDS Productions LLC USA, 2000 Directed by Jay Russell…

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Hard Ball

BBB.5 (out of 5) Keanu Reeves plays a compulsive gambler whose debts have caught up with him and landed him in big trouble. To help ease his money problems, his friend (Michael McGlone) suggests he take over a coaching assignment of an inner-city Little League baseball team and he will pay him weekly for it. Reeves…

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The Only Thrill

BB.5 (out of 5) Diane Keaton meets Sam Shepard after she starts selling her seamstress services in his small town department store. The two embark on a close friendship that leads to love, though in their little community they manage to keep it a low-key affair for well over two decades. Their strong affection but constant emotional distance…

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Unfaithful (2002)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany/France, 2002.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Unfaithful Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, William Broyles Jr., based on the film La Femme Infidele by Claude Chabrol.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by G. Mac Brown, Adrian Lyne.  Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  Production Design by Brian Morris, Raj…

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