Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

BOB PERSICHETTI, PETER RAMSEY, RODNEY ROTHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad Productions, Lord Miller, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Phil Lord, Screenplay by Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, story consultant Meghan Malloy, based on Spider-Verse created by Dan Slott and characters created by Peter…

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Neighbors (Bad Neighbours) (2014)

NICHOLAS STOLLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2014.  Good Universe, Point Grey Pictures.  Screenplay by Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver.  Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design by Julie Berghoff.  Costume Design by Leesa Evans.  Film Editing by Zene Baker.   Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne have a new baby, a new house and, like…

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

BB.5 (out of 5) After achieving fame as a pre-teen in the trio The Style Boyz, Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) has gone solo, leaving band mate Lawrence (Akiva Schaffer) to turn farmer and Owen (Jorma Taccone) to become his onstage DJ.  Conner is now a world-famous superstar who can’t even get his butt waxed without posting it online, constantly traveling,…

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The Lego Movie

BBB (out of 5) A nameless face in the crowd dreams of being unique, and thanks to luck and happenstance ends up becoming the hero for a nation: it’s a tale as old as time, and one that animated films have been mining countlessly since A Bug’s Life (or maybe earlier if I actually give…

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Role Models

BBB.5 (out of 5) Enjoyable exercise in the highly familiar that works thanks to great chemistry between the two leads.  Paul Rudd (who also co-wrote) plays a miserable employee of an energy-boosting soft drink who travels with the company’s mascot (Seann William Scott) to various high schools to promote the beverage to kids. When his frustrated…

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