The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, Annapurna Television, Mike Zoss Productions.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, segment All Gold Canyon based on a story by Jack London, segment The Gal Who Got Rattled inspired by a story by Stewart Edward White.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen,…

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

JAMES FRANCO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2017.  Good Universe, New Line Cinema, Point Grey Pictures, RabbitBandini Productions, Ramona Films, RatPac-Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Scott Neudstadter, Michael H. Weber, based on the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by James…

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Alien: Covenant (2017)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/United Kingdom/Australia/New Zealand/Canada, 2017.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Scott Free Productions, TSG Entertainment, Brandywine Productions.  Story by Jack Paglen, Michael Green, Screenplay by John Logan, Dante Harper, based on characters created by Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett.  Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by David Giler, Walter Hill, Mark Huffam, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott.  Music…

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Queen Of The Desert

BB.5 (out of 5) Bored of life in the quiet English countryside, Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) heads to the middle east at the turn of the century to turn the entire Arab world on its ear, a pre-cursor to T.E. Lawrence (with whom she crossed paths on more than one occasion, portrayed here by a…

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King Cobra

BBBB (out of 5) Handsome young Sean Paul Lockhart (Garrett Clayton) shows up at the house of an independent porn producer (Christian Slater) and after filming a few scenes very quickly becomes an internet sensation.  Slater quickly becomes a svengali to the young man, personally obsessed with him while happily exploiting him financially, but their setup turns sour when Lockhart,…

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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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Spider-Man 2

BBBB.5 (out of 5) It’s been two years since Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) was bitten by a radioactive spider and turned into the Manhattan superhero Spider-Man, and he’s still spinning webs across town keeping people safe from harm. No matter how well Spider-Man does at stopping crime, Peter Parker himself is having a hard time keeping…

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Spider-Man 3

BB.5 (out of 5) After the enjoyable opening and the superb second act, it’s a shame that the third installment of the popular franchise would land with such a thud. It’s the same issues all over again as Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is having trouble balancing his complicated personal life with his duties as the…

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Spider-Man

BBB.5 (out of 5) Another comic book superhero finds his way to the big screen in this amiable high-flying adventure. Perpetually adorable Tobey Maguire plays Peter Parker, a geeky high-school student with an aptitude for science who is one day bitten by a mutant spider while attending a field trip to Columbia University, and suddenly finds…

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Eat Pray Love

BB (out of 5) What happens when an ignorant, self-indulgent American who is dissatisfied with her life for no specific reason decides to roam the Earth in search of her spiritual balance? Well, she certainly finds some lovely new ways to do her hair. Julia Roberts plays a fictionalized Elizabeth Gilbert in this insipid adaptation of…

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As I Lay Dying

B.5 (out of 5) James Franco continues his career as film director with this laborious adaptation of the novel by William Faulkner.  Beth Grant passes away and leaves behind her sons, whom she has instructed to make her coffin with their own hands and take her after her death to be buried in a nearby…

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Date Night

BB (out of 5) Tina Fey and Steve Carell play a comfortably married New Jersey couple whose life has become completely overrun with work and parenthood, their exciting nights out involving a local eatery and getting home in time for the babysitter. One night, deciding that his overtired self and overworked wife need a real evening on…

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