Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)

DAVID GORDON GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2015.  Participant Media, Smokehouse Pictures.  Screenplay by Peter Straughan, suggested by the documentary by Rachel Boynton.  Cinematography by Tim Orr.  Produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov.  Music by David Wingo.  Production Design by Richard A. Wright.  Costume Design by Jenny Eagan.  Film Editing by Colin Patton.  Toronto International Film Festival 2015.   Sandra Bullock plays a political … More Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)

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Hail, Caesar! (2016)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2016.  Universal Pictures, Working Title Films, Mike Zoss Productions, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Eric Fellner.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Jess Gonchor.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Ethan Coen, … More Hail, Caesar! (2016)

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Tomorrowland (2015)

BRAD BIRD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/Spain, 2015.  Walt Disney Pictures, A113, Babieka.  Story by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Jeff Jensen, Screenplay by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird.  Cinematography by Claudio Miranda.  Produced by Brad Bird, Jeffrey Chernov, Damon Lindelof.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Scott Chambliss.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Walter Murch, Craig Wood.   A young boy brimming over … More Tomorrowland (2015)

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The Monuments Men

BB.5 (out of 5) Nazi Germany is destroying life in Europe and threatening to take over the world, and with America’s entry into the war, George Clooney wants to get involved.  The preservation of human life is the highest priority, but Clooney sees that without the curating of human culture, life is merely survival.  With … More The Monuments Men

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Spy Kids

BBB.5 (out of 5) Parents will undoubtedly approve of this extremely enjoyable kids’ romp that features no excessive violence, foul language or scary scenes. Newcomers Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara play two regular schoolkids who find themselves turning into international spies when their parents (Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino) mysteriously disappear without a trace. It is … More Spy Kids

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August: Osage County

BBBB (out of 5) The hit Broadway play by Tracy Letts makes its way to the big screen with fully satisfying results.  Meryl Streep lords over the roost of an eccentric (to say the least) Oklahoma family thrown into disarray when her husband (Sam Shepard) walks out of the house and vanishes without a trace.  Almost … More August: Osage County

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Gravity

BBBB (out of 5) George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are astronauts on a routine space-walk fixing machinery in orbit, he an old pro at the job and she in free-fall for the first time.  They try to wrap up quickly when they are informed that debris is speeding at them from a recently destroyed satellite, but are … More Gravity

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