Love, Simon (2018)

GREG BERLANTI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Fox 2000 Pictures, New Leaf Literary & Media, Temple Hill Entertainment, Twisted Media.  Screenplay by Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker, based on the novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.  Cinematography by John Guleserian.  Produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner, Pouya Shahbazian.  Music by Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by … More Love, Simon (2018)

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Danny Collins

BB.5 (out of 5) Al Pacino plays a Manilow-esque crooner who hasn’t written a song in decades but spends his time making tons of cash playing stadium concerts for the nostalgia crowd. His long-time devoted manager (Christopher Plummer) informs him that he has found an incredible artifact that neither of them knew about before: a … More Danny Collins

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13 Going On 30

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool kids at school. She even goes as far as alienating her geeky best friend Matt at her birthday party in order to impress ‘in-crowd’ ringleader Lucy. When she’s sprinkled with some birthday wishing dust and announces … More 13 Going On 30

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Arthur (2011)

B.5 (out of 5) Remaking the classic Dudley Moore comedy with yet another fun, lovable rascal in the lead seemed like such a good idea at the time. The Bach family has been in possession of their multi-billion-dollar media empire for generations, and if it is going to stay in the family name, all hope … More Arthur (2011)

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Juno

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sixteen year-old wiseass Juno (Ellen Page) has curiousity-driven sex with her boyfriend (Michael Cera) and finds herself knocked up.  Without the slightest hesitation she seeks out a well-off childless couple (Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner) to be the adoptive parents, in the meantime befriending them and finding that the husband is more … More Juno

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Valentine’s Day

BB (out of 5) Garry Marshall spreads his penchant for empty-headed feelgood stories over a multitude of characters in this nearly unbearable romantic comedy that examines the lives of Los Angelinos on Valentine’s Day. Among them is a teenager (Emma Roberts) preparing to have sex with her boyfriend for the first time, a secretary (Anne … More Valentine’s Day

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