Nancy (2018)

CHRISTINA CHOE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2018.  Mental Pictures, EON Productions, Gamechanger Films, XS Media.  Screenplay by Christina Choe.   Cinematography by Zoe White.  Produced by Michelle Cameron, Amy Lo, Andrea Riseborough.  Music by Peter Raeburn.  Production Design by Charlotte Royer.  Costume Design by Tere Duncan.  Film Editing by David Gutnik. Andrea Riseborough gives a committed performance as a thoroughly unappealing…

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Sisters (2015)

JASON MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2015.  Little Stranger.  Screenplay by Paula Pell.  Cinematography by Barry Peterson.  Produced by Tina Fey, John S. Lyons, Jay Roach.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Lee Haxall.  Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reteam after the misfire of Baby Mama for another comedy contrivance that, while…

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John Wick (2014)

CHAD STAHELSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2014.  Thunder Road Pictures, 87Eleven, MJW Films, DefyNite Films, Company Films, Huayi Brothers Media, Poquito Productions, Unbelievable Entertainment.  Screenplay by Derek Kolstad.  Cinematography by Jonathan Sela.  Produced by Basil Iwanyk, David Leitch, Eva Longoria.  Music by Tyler Bates, Joel J. Richard.  Production Design by Dan Leigh.  Costume Design by Luca Mosca.  Film Editing by Elisabet Ronaldsdottir.  …

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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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Doctor Dolittle (1998)

BB.5 (out of 5) Boring and flat remake of the Rex Harrison turkey about a doctor who finds himself endowed with the ability to talk to animals. Stupid gags like rats with gas and tigers with identity crises never achieve more than ludicrous slapstick humour, so if you’re under ten you’ll have a great time….

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Ice Age: The Meltdown

BBB.5 (out of 5) Your favourite prehistoric pals Manny, Sid and Diego are back at it again in this beautifully animated, slightly superior sequel to the 2001 hit film. Mammoth Manny (Ray Romano) has to deal with the possibility of extinction when he realizes that there are no other mammoths that he knows of. This…

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Ice Age

BB.5 (out of 5) Twentieth Century-Fox has once again made an attempt to break into the major animation racket with this winsome comedy, following in the footsteps of two commercial disasters, Anastasia and Titan A.E.. Whereas Anastasia has beautiful widescreen photography and incredible musical score, and Titan A.E. has its imaginative settings and rock music soundtrack, Ice…

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Land Of The Dead

BB.5 (out of 5) George Romero’s later zombie film is not that much more interesting than the uninspired remake of Dawn Of The Dead that was produced a year earlier, but it is nice to still have the original master telling his stories and not an imitator. Trouble is, the plot is hardly any different…

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Frogs For Snakes

BBB (out of 5) Strange yet enjoyable film about a group of New York theatre actors who supplement their virtually non-existent artistic income by collecting money for a loan shark.  Barbara Hershey plays a member of the troupe who is looking to get out of her illegal sideline, but is convinced by her boss (Robbie Coltrane),…

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Moulin Rouge! (2001)

BBBB (out of 5) Forcefully passionate, Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s third film drops you immediately into a carnivalesque world of magical and musical mayhem, telling the story of a young writer (Ewan McGregor) who decides to live the bohemian life in the Montmartre district of Paris.  Rooming across the street from the famous Moulin Rouge, McGregor…

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William Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet

BB.5 (out of 5) Baz Luhrmann applies MTV music-video editing techniques to a classic play and comes out with an over-directed bore that is perked up by its few musical sequences but feels labored the rest of the time. Leonardo DiCaprio makes for a grating Romeo, while Claire Danes is only slightly better as a wide-eyed and…

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To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar

BBB (out of 5) When a novice drag queen (John Leguizamo) fails miserably in a local pageant, grand prize co-winners Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes decide to take the young lady under their wing and escort her across the country to the west coast where they’re headed for a nationwide drag pageant. To do so, of course,…

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