The Mule (2018)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Imperative Entertainment, Bron Creative, The Malpaso Company, Bron Studios.  Screenplay by Nick Schenk, inspired by the New York Times article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick.  Cinematography by Yves Belanger.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Dan Friedkin, Jessica Meier, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, Bradley Thomas.  Music…

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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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X-Men 2: X-Men United (X2)

BBBB (out of 5) That superb collective of Marvel Comics superheroes has once again returned for another exciting adventure, this time even more breathtaking and fun than the last one was. In a tense political atmosphere that smells of greater conflict between mutants and humans to come in the future, a vengeful human scientist (Brian…

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Flight

BB.5 (out of 5) Denzel Washington is a coke-snorting, booze-guzzling airline pilot whose excellent track record easily covers up his bad habits and helps him forget the trouble he left behind when he lost his marriage and son to his addictions.  A mechanical fault on a plane he is flying across the country nearly crashes…

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Dead Poets Society (1989)

PETER WEIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1989.  Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners IV, A Steven Haft Production, Witt/Thomas Productions.  Screenplay by Tom Schulman.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Steven Haft, Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Wendy Stites.  Costume Design by Eddie Marks.  Film Editing by William M. Anderson.  Academy Awards 1989.  Golden Globe Awards 1989.   Students…

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Leatherheads

BB (out of 5) An unfortunate misfire given the talent involved. George Clooney directs this uneven comedy set in 1925, the early days of professional football, when college games had money and panache and professional matches were played in the dirt. Clooney, owner of his team and also a player, decides not to take it lying…

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