Deepwater Horizon (2016)

PETER BERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. Hong Kong/USA, 2016.  Summit Entertainment, Participant Media, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment, TIK Film.  Screen Story by Matthew Sand, Screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand, based on the article by David Barstow, David Rohde, Stephanie Saul.  Cinematography by Enrique Chediak.  Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Stephen Levinson,…

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Patriots Day (2016)

PETER BERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Bluegrass Films, CBS Films, Closest To The Hole Productions, Hutch Parker Entertainment, TIK Films.  Story by Peter Berg, Matt Cook, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Screenplay by Peter Berg, Matt Cook, Joshua Zetumer.  Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler.  Produced by Dorothy Aufiero, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson, Hutch Parker, Michael Radutzky, Scott Stuber, Mark…

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Midnight Special

BB.5 (out of 5) Imagine if the character Michael Shannon played in Take Shelter got to write a movie and you have the results on display here. Shannon and buddy Joel Edgerton are on the run from the law after kidnapping a young boy (Jaeden Lieberher) from a religious cult that sees him and his gradually revealed…

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Trumbo

BBB.5 (out of 5) Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (played here by Bryan Cranston) easily became a prime target for the HUAC during the height of the Red Scare: gregarious, charismatic and a card-carrying Communist party member for years, Trumbo sees the congressional hearings as a blight on the First Amendment and, despite the suggestion of his peers,…

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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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Seabiscuit

BBB.5 (out of 5) What do an abandoned horse jockey, a grieving millionaire car manufacturer and an unemployed horse whisperer have in common? Fate, for it seems that it will bring them together to be a part of the success of a racehorse who will symbolize the hope of Depression-era America. After losing his son…

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Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous

BB (out of 5) Three weeks after she prevented a murder from happening at the Miss America pageant, Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock, returning to the role that brought her critical acclaim) finds her famous, high-profile image works against her efforts as an undercover FBI agent. She decides to follow the advice of her boss (Ernie…

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Dallas Buyers Club

BBBBB (out of 5) Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is a man who does not tread lightly on the pleasures of life.  He works as an electrician but makes extra cash running bets (and outrunning angry betters) at the local rodeo.  When he parties, the drinks and drugs flow freely and he indulges himself in all…

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Drool

BBB (out of 5) Totally bent but hilarious black comedy that is destined to be a cult favourite in the years to come. Laura Harring and Oded Fehr are a miserable couple, she an abused zombie who takes her husband’s violence without complaint and listens to her children’s potty mouths without flinching, he a miserable rubber-factory worker…

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S.W.A.T.

BB (out of 5) Colin Farrell is once again furrowing his eyebrows in the name of action heroism.  If it’s possible, however, this humdrum action film is less inspired and less interesting than his other starring vehicles The Recruit and Hart’s War. He plays a top-notch SWAT agent who is kicked off the force when his…

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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2002.  DreamWorks, Kemp Company, Splendid Pictures, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Muse Entertainment Enterprises.  Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, based on the book Catch Me If You Can: The Amazing True Story Of the Youngest and Most Daring Con Man in the History of Fun and Profit by Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan…

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War Of The Worlds (2005)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2005.  Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Amblin Entertainment, Cruise/Wagner Productions.  Screenplay by Josh Friedman, David Koepp, based on the novel by H.G. Wells.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Joanna Johnston.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 2005.   Thrilling remake of the Oscar-winning 1953…

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