The Boss Baby (2017)

TOM McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2017.  DreamWorks Animation.  Screenplay by Michael McCullers, based on the book by Marla Frazee.  Produced by Ramsey Ann Naito.  Music by Steve Mazzaro, Hans Zimmer.  Film Editing by James Ryan.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.   A young boy’s perfect life as the top priority of his loving parents is dashed when they come home from the hospital…

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

DENIS VILLENEUVE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/United Kingdom/Canada, 2017.  16:14 Entertainment, Alcon Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Thunderbird Entertainment, Torridon Films, Warner Bros..  Story by Hampton Fancher, Screenplay by Hampton Fancher, Michael Green, based on characters from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Broderick Johnson,…

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Dunkirk (2017)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/Netherlands/France/USA, 2017.  Syncopy, Warner Bros., Dombey Street Productions, Kaap Holland Film,  Canal+, Cine+, RatPac-Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan.  Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Lee Smith.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.   British and French…

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Hidden Figures

BBBB (out of 5) The space race is a well documented period in American twentieth-century history, the project to get a man on the moon before the Russians could best the U.S.A. a second time one that had the government putting its best scientific minds together to make it happen.  What has rarely been highlighted…

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Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

ZACK SNYDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Warner Bros., Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, DC Comics, DC Entertainment, RatPac-Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer, based on Batman created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Superman created by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster.  Cinematography by Larry Fong.  Produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder.  Music by Junkie XL, Hans…

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Winter’s Tale

0 (out of 5) An incomprehensible mess that gives you a glimpse of what it looks like when good actors die for our sins.  Colin Farrell is raised an orphan after his parents are rejected in turn-of-the-century Ellis Island for contagious pulmonary illness, then years later is a ruffian on the streets of New York…

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Interstellar (2014)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2014.  Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Lynda Obst Productions, Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund, Atvinnuvega- og nýsköpunarráðuneytið.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan.  Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Lynda Obst, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing…

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Rush

BBB.5 (out of 5) The real-life rivalry between Formula One drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt provides the spine of this thoughtful and diverting drama set in the world of fast cars and explosive egos.  While Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) captures the world’s imagination with his handsome looks and irresistible, English playboy arrogance, Lauda (Daniel Brühl)…

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The Last Samurai

BBB.5 (out of 5) After participating in a number of Civil War battles (many of which helped decimate the populations of natives in North America), an embittered, drunken veteran (Tom Cruise) follows his superior officers to Japan in search of big money. He has been hired by the emperor to train the country’s army in…

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Kung Fu Panda 2

BBB (out of 5) The cuddly martial arts hero who bested all odds returns for another adventure in this colourful sequel to the 2008 hit. Jack Black voices panda bear Po once again as he and his team of superb warriors are dispatched to save the land of China from an evil peacock (Gary Oldman) who…

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Mission: Impossible II

BBB (out of 5) This time the film is shorter on brains and longer on excitement, making it pretty much just as good as the original but on its own terms. Where the first Tom Cruise adventure was craftier and better at paying tribute to international spy thrillers of the sixties, this time director John…

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Rango

BBBB (out of 5) Did you ever wonder what all those scaly critters were doing during westerns while John Wayne was duking it out against the bad guys? Apparently having a showdown of their own! At least that’s what we learn after a pet lizard (voiced irresistibly by Johnny Depp) accidentally falls out of his…

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