The Favourite (2018)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Film4, Waypoint Entertainment.  Screenplay by Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara.  Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.   Produced by Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday.   Music by William Lyons, Johnnie Burn.  Production Design by Fiona Crombie.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis.  Golden Globe Awards 2018….

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Battle Of the Sexes (2017)

JONATHAN DAYTON, VALERIE FARIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Robert Graf.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017.  …

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La La Land

BB.5 (out of 5) Sunny days in L.A. no matter what the season, and at the centre of the storm of young hopefuls trying to make their mark in the fame game are an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) working as a barista and a jazz enthusiast (Ryan Gosling) playing crummy night clubs while dreaming of…

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Irrational Man (2015)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2015.  Gravier Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Carl Sprague.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.   Woody Allen returns to the landscape of dubious moral conundrums that he covered so well in Crimes And Misdemeanors and…

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)

BBBB (out of 5) Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu recovers from the bloated mess of Biutiful with a big movie in a small space, an eccentric and deliciously funny look at the mad world of live theatre.  Michael Keaton does a wryly charismatic riff on his own career as a has-been movie star whose success as a film…

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Magic In The Moonlight (2014)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2014.  Gravier Productions, Dippermouth Productions, Perdido Productions, Ske-Dat-De-Dat Productions, Cinéfrance 1888.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Anne Seibel.  Costume Design by Sonia Grande.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.   Woody Allen has such a good time lazing in the bright sunshine of the…

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The House Bunny

BB (out of 5) The comedy genius of Anna Faris gets center stage in this silly farce reminiscent of Legally Blonde in theme but not quality. She plays a former orphan turned Playboy bunny who is kicked out of Hugh Hefner‘s mansion when she is declared too old to stay. Taking to the streets to survive, she wanders…

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The Help

BB.5 (out of 5) Racism is given the soft-shoe Hollywood treatment with a view of the south on par with Gone With The Wind in this wan adaptation of the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett. As films about the birth of the civil rights movement go, it has nothing on better movies like Corrina Corrina…

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The Amazing Spider-Man

BBBB (out of 5) Deja vu is a disconcerting feeling in this reboot of the superhero franchise, a mere decade after it was originally launched by Sam Raimi with Tobey Maguire in the lead; here we follow the same plot (more or less) with the same goal of setting Peter Parker up in his new…

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Superbad

  BBB.5 (out of 5) The next entry in the American Pie series of kids doing whatever it takes to get drunk and laid is this hilarious, sometimes even sweet, comedy from the film factory that brought you Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin. Michael Cera and Jonah Hill are high school misfits who get the…

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Easy A

BBBB (out of 5) Emma Stone couldn’t be more deserving of her own film, particularly after having stolen scenes in films like Superbad and The House Bunny, and is shown off to great effect in this hilariously twisted comedy about a high school girl who wants to avoid spending the weekend with her best friend and…

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Friends With Benefits

BBB (out of 5) Corporate headhunter Mila Kunis recruits L.A. web designer Justin Timberlake for a job in New York City and, soon after their success professionally, they become the best of friends. As both of them are unable to hold down a successful relationship, and since both of them are unbelievably young and pretty,…

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