Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Columbia Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Sony Pictures Animation.  Screenplay by Michael McCullers, Genndy Tartakovsky, based on characters created by Todd Durham.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh, Tiësto.  Production Design by Scott Wills.  Film Editing by Joyce Arrastia. With his daughter’s happiness well secured by her marriage in the previous film,…

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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…

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Igby Goes Down

BBBB (out of 5) Kieran Culkin gives a fine performance as Igby, a troubled teenager who constantly infuriates his socially upstanding mother (Susan Sarandon) by getting himself kicked out of every prep school on the eastern seaboard. He eventually decides to strike out on his own, quitting his latest scholastic institution and becoming an independent man…

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Trust The Man

BB (out of 5) The ups and downs of two couples are examined in this romantic comedy, with director Bart Freundlich taking a stab at Woody Allen’s territory. David Duchovny has quit his job in advertising to be a househusband while his wife (Julianne Moore) continues her successful career as an actress. Her brother and…

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Away We Go

BBBB (out of 5) Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski are approaching one of life’s most dangerous adventures—parenthood. Well into their pregnancy, the couple are devastated when his free-wheeling parents (Jeff Daniels, Catherine O’Hara) announce that they have decided to finally follow their dreams, sell their house and move to Europe. This leaves our heroic duo feeling like…

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Going The Distance

BBBB (out of 5) Surprisingly charming romantic comedy that aims to step outside the usual boundaries of the genre and actually manages to pull that off.  Drew Barrymore visits New York from Los Angeles to do an internship at a newspaper; while in the city she meets Justin Long and the two hit it off immediately….

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Stephanie Daley

BBBB (out of 5) Tilda Swinton plays a forensic psychologist who is assigned the arduous task of assessing the mental competency of a teenager (Amber Tamblyn) on trial for the murder of her own baby. Swinton is herself heavily pregnant with her own child, a year after having given birth to a stillborn baby, so…

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Three Kings

BBBB.5 (out of 5) What at first seems like a boorish action movie about heroes in the Gulf War turns out to be a thoughtful and haunting meditation on the mercenary nature of that very war. George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube and Spike Jonze are American soldiers who take a detour from their regular duties…

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