Serenity (2019)

STEVEN KNIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2019.  Global Road Entertainment, IM Global, Shoebox Films, Starlings Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Guy Heeley, Steven Knight, Greg Shapiro.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Laura Jennings. Matthew McConaughey has an Ahab-level obsession with catching a giant tuna…

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Secret In Their Eyes (2015)

BILLY RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/Spain/South Korea, 2015.  IM Global, STX Entertainment, Route One Entertainment, Union Investment Partners, Gran Via Productions, SITE Productions, Willies Movies, Ingenious Media.  Screenplay by Billy Ray, based on the film El Secreto De Sus Ojos by Juan Jose Campanella, Eduardo Sacheri.  Cinematography by Daniel Moder.  Produced by Matt Jackson, Mark Johnson.  Music by…

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Silence

BBBB (out of 5) Informed that their colleague has abandoned the church and taken up life as a citizen of seventeenth-century Japan after voyaging there as a missionary, two Portuguese priests make it their mission to go to the far east and prove the news untrue.  What clerics Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver encounter when they arrive is…

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Locke

BBB.5 (out of 5) An impressive experiment that pays off, this entire film takes place in the driver’s seat of a car, with the unsurprisingly charismatic Tom Hardy driving to London and leaving destruction in his wake.  En route to the hospital where his child is about to be born, we learn through phone conversations that…

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Insidious (2010)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2010.  Alliance Films, IM Global, Haunted Movies.  Screenplay by James Wan.  Cinematography by David M. Brewer, John R. Leonetti.  Produced by Jason Blum, Oren Peli, Steven Schneider.  Music by Joseph Bishara.  Production Design by Aaron Sims.  Costume Design by Kristin M. Burke.  Film Editing by Kirk M. Morri, James Wan.  Toronto International Film Festival 2010.    Deliciously scary ghost story…

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W.E.

BB (out of 5) Everyone always talks about what Edward VIII gave up to marry Wallis Simpson, she tells us, but what about what she gave up to be with him? After deciding to marry the King of England, thereby forcing him to abdicate his throne for the twice-divorced American, Simpson no longer had her…

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Dead Man Down

BB.5 (out of 5) Colin Farrell is a hit man for a mob boss (Terrence Howard) who strikes up a friendship with the beautician (Noomi Rapace) whose balcony is visible from his window.  She witnessed him kill a man in his apartment and is willing to keep silent about it if he will do the same…

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Sinister

BB (out of 5) True crime author Ethan Hawke has seen better days; his most successful book was published more than a decade ago, but the two that followed were maligned by factual inaccuracies that have all but destroyed his reputation. He sees an opportunity to get back to the top of his game when…

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