Ant-Man (2015)

PEYTON REED Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Screenplay by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd, based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Shepherd Frankel.  Costume Design by…

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Deepwater Horizon (2016)

PETER BERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. Hong Kong/USA, 2016.  Summit Entertainment, Participant Media, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment, TIK Film.  Screen Story by Matthew Sand, Screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand, based on the article by David Barstow, David Rohde, Stephanie Saul.  Cinematography by Enrique Chediak.  Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Stephen Levinson,…

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

BB.5 (out of 5) The nonsense continues in this conclusion to the trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins, which like many of the adventure sagas aimed at young people ends with far more self-important sobriety than it began with. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) was informed in the first film that she’s going to have to fight…

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Drive Angry

BBB.5 (out of 5) There’s just the right level of grindhouse craziness in this wholly diverting indulgence, starting with the terrific performance by Nicolas Cage and right on through the exploitative violence and fully ludicrous premise.  So much does Cage love his family that, years after his death, he gets into his car and literally breaks…

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22 Jump Street

BBB.5 (out of 5) They ended in a blaze of glory and are ready for more, but there’s no way they could still pass for high school students (if ever they could). Thankfully there are criminal cases involving college students that also need to be looked into, which is what Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are assigned…

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The Ring

BB (out of 5) Flat, tepid thriller that steals from every film of its kind.  Naomi Watts stars as a driven journalist whose niece mysteriously dies of a stroke seven days after watching a videotape that depicts strange, nightmarish images. Deciding that the story of the tape is more than just urban legend, she begins to…

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Clockwatchers

BBB (out of 5) Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach and Toni Collette all give strong performances as four temps working mundane office jobs.  Each of them has goals they’re waiting to satisfy, except for Collette, who’s only temping because she can’t figure out what she really wants to do with her life. Trouble comes when someone…

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The Skeleton Key

BBB (out of 5) Silly, overwrought thriller that is entertaining enough to keep you seated for two hours.  Kate Hudson plays a nursing home employee who decides to improve her salary by working privately in the old New Orleans mansion of a cantankerous old woman (Gena Rowlands, brilliant as ever) and her ailing husband (John…

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The Campaign

0.5 (out of 5) A clever set-up with endless possibilities for sharp laughs is wasted on immature toilet humour in this brainless comedy. Will Ferrell plays an incumbent congressman whose election looks to be an easy win considering he has run unopposed so very many times. Greedy CEOs look to unseat him in order to promote…

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21 Jump Street

BBB.5 (out of 5) The popular eighties television series has been given the Brady Bunch Movie treatment in this surprisingly fun spoof. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum make a pleasing on-screen buddy team as former high school enemies who become best friends in police academy, where one’s brawn combines beautifully with the other’s brains. Upon graduation…

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On The Road

BBB (out of 5) At long last, after decades of false starts and development hell, Francis Ford Coppola’s dream of bringing Jack Kerouac’s milestone novel to the big screen has come true, with Coppola relegating the director seat to Walter Salles and keeping himself on as producer.  The narrative follows the fictionalized members of Kerouac’s…

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The Blind Side

BBB (out of 5) Sandra Bullock  shines so bright in this film that its shortcomings are wholly forgiveable. It tells the true story of Michael Oher, at the beginning of the film a shy young black man with no home or family who is sent to an upscale Christian school in Memphis. There he catches…

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