X-Men: First Class (2011)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2011.  Twentieth Century Fox, Marvel Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Bad Hat Harry Productions, Donners’ Company, Ingenious Media, Big Screen Productions, Ingenious Film Partners.  Story by Sheldon Turner, Bryan Singer, Screenplay by Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Gregory Goodman, Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan…

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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

BBBB (out of 5) It’s always the mad scientists who ruin everything, isn’t it? Brainy geneticist James Franco is working on a drug to cure Alzheimers that he has been testing on chimpanzees in the lab to very successful effect, announcing at the beginning of this wonderful adventure that the medicine is ready and that investors…

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Hot Fuzz (2007)

EDGAR WRIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/France, 2007.  StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Big Talk Productions, Ingenious Film Partners.  Screenplay by Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Nira Park.  Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Marcus Rowland.  Costume Design by Annie Hardinge.  Film Editing by Chris Dickens.   The makers of Shaun Of The Dead have returned with…

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Stardust (2007)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2007.  Paramount Pictures, Marv Films, Vaughn Productions, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Ingenious Film Partners, Truenorth Productions.  Screenplay by Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Dreyer, Neil Gaiman, Matthew Vaughn.  Music by Ilan Eshkeri.  Production Design by Gavin Bocquet.  Costume Design by Sammy…

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Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add big hair, rocking tunes and John Travolta in a dress. Newcomer Nikki Blonsky plays the youngster in question, Tracy, in this wonderful…

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The Walker

B.5 (out of 5) Woody Harrelson plays a southern aristocrat in Washington who has concluded the legacy started by his tobacco giant grandfather and politician father with a career as a “walker”, an ornamental dandy who spends his days entertaining rich political wives. When not playing canasta with lunching ladies Lauren Bacall and Lily Tomlin, he spends…

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X-Men: The Last Stand

BB.5 (out of 5) After the enjoyment of the first installment and the thrilling adventure of the fantastic sequel, this third entry in the X-Men series is a letdown. Weak character development, unimaginative direction and a very cheap-looking production are to blame for this limp experience, in which the mutant superheroes are under threat from…

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Australia

BBB (out of 5) Stuck-up British aristocrat Nicole Kidman arrives in Australia to inquire after the husband she amicably separated from years earlier to decide what is to be done with their costly outback ranch. Arriving safely thanks to the assistance of a terribly disrespectful and suspiciously sexy cattle drover (Hugh Jackman), Kidman is devastated to learn…

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Night At The Museum

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ben Stiller is a divorced dad who just can’t get it together; his hare-brained business schemes won’t get off the ground and he’s in financial trouble again, something that seems to be affecting his young son’s opinion of him in a big way. In need of a job as quickly as…

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The Golden Compass

BBB.5 (out of 5) The first book in Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy is an exciting, highly imaginative romp with Dakota Blue Richards giving a wonderful performance in the lead.  She plays the centre of a prophecy in a world parallel to our own, where everything is pretty much the same except for, among a few other minor differences…

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

BB (out of 5) I watched Alpha Male Wolverine mope around Patrick Stewart’s house for three movies, absolutely boggled as to what could have led any man to become a muscular, emotionally-retentive punching machine, and now I finally have the answer. As I suspected, the story of Wolverine’s origins are only enough of a plot…

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Enduring Love (2004)

ROGER MICHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 2004.  Pathe Pictures International, UK Film Council, FilmFour, Inside Track Films, Free Range Films, Ingenious Film Partners, Ridgeway Productions.  Screenplay by Joe Penhall, based on the novel by Ian McEwan.  Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos.  Produced by Kevin Loader.  Music by Jeremy Sams.  Production Design by John Paul Kelly.  Costume Design by Natalie Ward.  Film Editing…

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