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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Fast & Furious 6 (Furious 6)

BBBB (out of 5) Paradise is everything but exciting, so it’s no surprise when the group that made off with such a huge payload in part 5 are ready to jump back into the hot seat. Vin Diesel is sure that he has nothing to say to DSS hotshot Dwayne Johnson, but when Johnson shows up at his house…

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Hail, Caesar!

B.5 (out of 5) It’s 1951 and the post-war boom that has made America the leading industrial country in the world is reflected in the glorious movies being made in Hollywood. Josh Brolin plays the problem solver for a fictional movie studio whose job is to keep stars in line and their projects on track,…

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Dracula Untold

BB.5 (out of 5) If everyone gets an origin story, it’s only fair that Bram Stoker’s evergreen anti-hero gets one too.  Most of the details are created from a few drops of history, a fair share of Francis Ford Coppola’s version and, for the most part, a lot of stealing from Lord Of the Rings…

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Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary)

BBBB (out of 5) Three sisters attend the funeral of their estranged father, where they encounter both the little girl he fathered with his mistress as well as the wife to whom he was married when he died.  Immediately liking young Suzu, they invite her to come and live with them where they become protectors…

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Trainwreck

BBB (out of 5) Comedian Amy Schumer gets the star treatment in a big-screen comedy that showcases her talents, and since she wrote the screenplay, it makes sure to showcase them all: goofy comedy, sincere comedy, drama, moments both improvised and contrived, and a few dance moves.  Indulgence is one thing, but this romantic comedy about…

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Jurassic World

BBB (out of 5) Just because the monsters get out of hand and tear humans apart is no reason to avoid the moneymaking potential they provide, which is why Richard Attenborough’s failed dream has been resurrected almost 20 years later.  Jurassic World is up and running, its attractions allowing people to see giant prehistoric creatures…

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The Theory Of Everything

BBB.5 (out of 5) A career for a science prodigy begins brilliantly with research on physics and cosmology at Cambridge in the early 60s, where also meets the woman who would become the great love of his life.  What happened after that is now well known, as Stephen Hawking (played here by Eddie Redmayne) achieves…

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Like Father, Like Son (Soshite Chichi Ni Naru)

BBBB (out of 5) A white-collar business man pushes his son to be an overachiever like himself, emotionally distanced from his six year-old child whom he is hoping to turn into a piano virtuoso. When he and his wife are brought into the hospital where their son was born and learn that their baby was…

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