Blindspotting (2018)

CARLOS LOPEZ ESTRADA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 2018.  Foley Walkers Studio, Snoot Entertainment.  Screenplay by Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs.  Cinematography by Robby Baumgartner. Produced by Jessica Calder, Keith Calder, Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs.  Music by Michael Yezerski.  Production Design by Tom Hammock.  Costume Design by Emily Batson.  Film Editing by Gabriel Fleming.  Independent Spirit Awards 2018.   Daveed Diggs is on probation … More Blindspotting (2018)

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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 … More First Man (2018)

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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 … More The Guest

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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 … More Sweet Home Alabama

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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 … More Empire Records

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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 … More That Thing You Do!

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