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 Guest

BBBB (out of 5) Sharply handsome Dan Stevens shows up at the home of his late army buddy and immediately cuts through the dull air they live in: mom Sheila Kelley is still depressed over the death of her son in battle, dad Leland Orser has a miserable job at a store that won’t promote…

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Sweet Home Alabama

BB (out of 5) Even those who love a predictable romantic comedy will find this one hopelessly hokey.  Reese Witherspoon is buoyantly charming as a Manhattan fashion designer whose JFK-Jr.-esque boyfriend (Patrick Dempsey) proposes marriage to her. She readily accepts, but doesn’t mention to him that her marriage to her husband back home in Alabama (Josh…

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Empire Records

BB.5 (out of 5) Silly shenanigans take place at a local record store on the day of a huge rock star’s planned visit. The employees of the joint have their own personal problems to work out while trying not to be too impressed by the appearance of the celebrity (Maxwell Caulfield) who is coming to…

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Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle

BB.5 (out of 5) After a day of having his talents taken advantage of by his racist boss, investment banker Harold (John Cho) is happy to relax with his best friend and roommate Kumar (Kal Penn) and smoke a much-needed joint. While stoned, they realize they’ve got the munchies and nothing could possibly satisfy them…

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That Thing You Do!

BBBB (out of 5) Tom Hanks makes a notable directorial debut with this brilliantly edited, perfectly cast musical comedy. The story centres around a group of four friends in the sixties who form a band called The Wonders and, with their main song ‘That Thing You Do’, climb to the top of the American music…

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White Squall (1996)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1996.  Hollywood Pictures, Largo Entertainment, Scott Free Productions.  Screenplay by Todd Robinson, based on the book The Last Voyage Of The Albatross by Charles Gieg Jr., Felix Sutton.  Cinematography by Hugh Johnson.  Produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin, Rocky Lang.  Music by Jeff Rona.  Production Design by Peter J. Hampton, Leslie Tomkins.  Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky.  Film…

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Can’t Hardly Wait

BBB (out of 5) This cute ensemble comedy will have a great deal of appeal for its demographic target, taking place on the last night of high school following a graduation ceremony. A party at a young woman’s house gets out of control as a group of teenagers deal with their final moments together before entering the…

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Timeline

BBB.5 (out of 5) A group of archaeologists are informed that while developing a new teleportation invention, a corporation has discovered a wormhole into the past, six hundred years earlier to the same part of rural France where they have been excavating.  A group of diggers are sent back in time when it is discovered…

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Defending Your Life

BBB (out of 5) Hollywood’s vision of the afterlife is given a bitterly comic tone in this charmer by Albert Brooks. After dying in a car accident, Brooks finds himself in a world beyond earth where people can eat whatever fatty foods they want and use higher percentages of their brain. Before being taken to…

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