Serenity (2019)

STEVEN KNIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 2019.  Global Road Entertainment, IM Global, Shoebox Films, Starlings Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Guy Heeley, Steven Knight, Greg Shapiro.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Laura Jennings. Matthew McConaughey has an Ahab-level obsession with catching a giant tuna…

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Ghost In The Shell (2017)

RUPERT SANDERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2017.  Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Shanghai Film Group, Huahua Media, Arad Productions, Steven Paul Production,Amblin Partners,Grosvenor Park Productions, Seaside Entertainment, Weying Galaxy Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jamie Moss,William Wheeler, Ehren Kruger, based on the comic The Ghost in The Shell by Masamune Shirow.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Ari Arad, Avi Arad,…

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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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Brideshead Revisited

BBB.5 (out of 5) Nostalgia for the innocent days of youth tinges every frame of this sumptuous period piece adapted from the novel by Evelyn Waugh. Previously filmed as a highly successful eight-hour BBC miniseries with Jeremy Irons in 1981, this latest adaptation has Matthew Goode as a middle-class student studying at 1920s Oxford who befriends…

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Son Of Rambow

BBBB (out of 5) Sheltered, Quaker-raised William meets wealthy, parentally-ignored bully Lee and the two go into business together: Lee wants to make a film to enter into a British television contest, and after William accidentally sees Sylvester Stallone in First Blood at Lee’s house, he wants to be an action star. Suddenly this completely uncultured…

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The Switch

BBBB (out of 5) Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman are New York singletons who have been best friends for years, one of his many failed attempts at a relationship in his life. When she announces that she is tired of looking for the right man and has decided to have a child by artificial insemination, he reacts…

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Creation

BB (out of 5) Haunted by the death of his eldest daughter and emotionally estranged from his religious wife (Jennifer Connelly), Charles Darwin (Paul Bettany) is working on what would become the most divisive and controversial book of the century but is unable to complete it.  The Origin Of Species is a project that puts…

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