Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

CHRISTOPHER McQUARRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Bad Robot, Paramount Pictures,  Skydance Media, TC Productions. Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller.  Cinematography by Rob Hardy.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, Raphael Benoliel, Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, Jake Myers.  Music by Lorne Balfe.  Production Design by Peter Wenham.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film…

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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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Ghostbusters

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ivan Reitman’s comedy classic has been updated to the new millennium but not a new setting as slimy creatures of the paranormal once again terrorize citizens of New York.  After a spectral figure appears to a tour guide in a historic Manhattan mansion, its manager begs a former believer and now…

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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

B (out of 5) Alice Englert shows up in a tiny South Carolina town and, as if being the new girl isn’t hard enough, has to face the legacy of her family, magically powered citizens who are thought Satanists by everyone else around them.  Falling in love with her kindness and mystery, charming mortal Alden…

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Tomorrowland (2015)

BRAD BIRD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/Spain, 2015.  Walt Disney Pictures, A113, Babieka.  Story by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Jeff Jensen, Screenplay by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird.  Cinematography by Claudio Miranda.  Produced by Brad Bird, Jeffrey Chernov, Damon Lindelof.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Scott Chambliss.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Walter Murch, Craig Wood.   A young boy brimming over…

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What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

B (out of 5) A Donald E. Westlake novel has once again proven to make for an awkward and unhip comedy on screen.  Fernando Trueba’s half-baked Two Much is followed by this comedy about a high-end thief (Martin Lawrence) who gets embroiled in a battle of wills when he is apprehended during a heist and ends up…

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Inception (2010)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2010.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Kanjiro Sakura, Yoshikuni Taki, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Guy Hendrix Dyas.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Lee Smith.  Academy Awards 2010.  Golden Globe Awards 2010.   Leonardo DiCaprio works in the highly odd…

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Collateral

BBBB (out of 5) Jamie Foxx is excellent as a cab driver who drops off the beginning of a promising relationship in the form of Jada Pinkett Smith (who has never been more captivating) and picks up trouble in the form of Tom Cruise. Cruise forces Foxx to drive him around Los Angeles to five different locations,…

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Living Out Loud

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Powerful film inspired by Chekhov stories from first-time director and accomplished screenwriter Richard LaGravenese. Holly Hunter superbly plays a recent divorcee who has no idea that reclaiming her own identity after her husband (Martin Donovan) leaves her for a much younger woman will be a long journey of self-discovery and painful missteps….

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In Dreams

BB.5 (out of 5) Very strange nightmare thriller about a children’s writer (Annette Bening) who finds her mind beng invaded by visions of a ruthless murderer (Robert Downey Jr.) who may be coming after her daughter next. Neil Jordan’s moody direction and the beautiful camera work stand out immediately, but the plot becomes overbearing and…

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Hidalgo

BB.5 (out of 5) Inspired by the supposedly true story of Frank Hopkins (most historians can’t agree on just how much of it is fiction), the famous cowboy who witnessed the massacre at Wounded Knee and later rode with Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley in their Wild West show. When Hopkins’ mustang horse Hidalgo is…

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The Reaping

BBB (out of 5) Glad to know the Bible is at least providing fun ways to exploit the American South. This hammy combination of Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist and The Wicker Man stars a very serious Hilary Swank as a miracle-debunker who is invited to a dust mite of a town to investigate the possibility that…

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