Marshall (2017)

REGINALD HUDLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2017.  Chestnut Ridge Productions, China Wit Media, Starlight Media, Super Hero Films.  Screenplay by Jacob Koskoff, Michael Koskoff.  Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel.  Produced by Reginald Hudlin, Jonathan Sanger, Paula Wagner.  Music by Marcus Miller.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Tom McArdle.  Academy Awards 2017. Years before making history … More Marshall (2017)

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

KENNETH BRANAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Twentieth Century Fox, Genre Films, Kinberg Genre, The Mark Gordon Company, Scott Free Productions, Latina Pictures, The Estate of Agatha Christie.  Malta/USA, 2017.  Screenplay by Michael Green, based on the novel by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos.  Produced by Kenneth Branagh, Mark Gordon, Judy Hofflund, Simon Kinberg, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production … More Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

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Beauty And The Beast (2017)

BILL CONDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2017.  Mandeville Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky, Evan Spiliotopoulos, based on the story by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, and the 1991 screenplay by Linda Woolverton.  Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler.  Produced by David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman.  Music by Alan Menken.  Production Design by Sarah Greenwood.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.  Film Editing by Virginia … More Beauty And The Beast (2017)

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Pixels

B.5 (out of 5) Concept comedy that assembles a huge cast, a big-time director and tons of cash for the visual effects:  it all adds up to disaster in every possible way.  Decades after coming in second at a video game world tournament, Adam Sandler is now a cable repairman while his best friend Kevin James  is the … More Pixels

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Frozen

BBB (out of 5) Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen is given a thorough working over in this uneven but fully enjoyable Disney tale.  Two sisters are raised separately in the palace of their kingdom, elder sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) locked away in her room to hide her strange powers to turn everything into ice, … More Frozen

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The Internship

BBB (out of 5) Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn team up yet again, playing best friends and wristwatch salesmen whose company fires them when their luxury sales items stop being lucrative (people check the time on their phone in the modern world).  Desperate for employment but even more desperate for something to aspire to, these guys have … More The Internship

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Thanks For Sharing

BBB.5 (out of 5) Shame presented sexually compulsive behavior as the background upon which director Steve McQueen could render all his own personal feelings of the titular anguish without the least bit of honesty or credibility; Stuart Blumberg’s romantic comedy on the same subject has plenty of moments that veer into sitcom humour, but he … More Thanks For Sharing

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