Halloween (2018)

DAVID GORDON GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Blumhouse Productions, Miramax, Rough House Pictures, Trancas International Films, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley, based on characters created by John Carpenter, Debra Hill.  Cinematography by Michael Simmonds.  Produced by Malek Akkad, Bill Block, Jason Blum.  Music by Cody Carpenter, John Carpenter, Daniel A. Davies.  Production Design…

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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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Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

PEYTON REED Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2018.  Marvel Studios.  Screenplay by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Stephen Broussard, Kevin Feige.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Shepherd Frankel.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Dan…

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Our Souls At Night (2017)

RITESH BATRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2017.  Netflix.  Screenplay by Kent Haruf, Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Finola Dwyer, Robert Redford, Erin Simms.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Jane Ann Stewart.  Costume Design by Wendy Chuck.  Film Editing by John F. Lyons.  Jane Fonda plays a widow who visits her widower neighbour Robert Redford…

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War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

MATT REEVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Canada/New Zealand, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, River Road Entertainment, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Mark Bomback, Matt Reeves, based on characters created by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and the novel La Planete des Singes by Pierre Boulle.  Cinematography by Michael Seresin.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design…

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Grandma

BB.5 (out of 5) Lily Tomlin brings a great deal of spirit to what is otherwise a slim experience. She plays a renowned poet whose rebound relationship with a much younger woman has just ended on the day that she is further distraught by the sudden appearance of teenage granddaughter Julia Garner, whose relationship with her own mother…

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Jurassic World

BBB (out of 5) Just because the monsters get out of hand and tear humans apart is no reason to avoid the moneymaking potential they provide, which is why Richard Attenborough’s failed dream has been resurrected almost 20 years later.  Jurassic World is up and running, its attractions allowing people to see giant prehistoric creatures…

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Tomorrowland (2015)

BRAD BIRD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/Spain, 2015.  Walt Disney Pictures, A113, Babieka.  Story by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Jeff Jensen, Screenplay by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird.  Cinematography by Claudio Miranda.  Produced by Brad Bird, Jeffrey Chernov, Damon Lindelof.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Scott Chambliss.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Walter Murch, Craig Wood.   A young boy brimming over…

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

MATT REEVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  Chernin Entertainment, Ingenious Media, Soho VFX, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, based on characters created by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, from the novel La Planete des Singes by Pierre Boulle.  Cinematography by Michael Seresin.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design…

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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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Jawbreaker

BB.5 (out of 5) Meanspirited teen flick tries for the horror-comic atmosphere of Carrie but is really just depressingly negative. Rose McGowan and two of her gals decide to give their best friend the birthday surprise of her life by staging a fake kidnapping, gagging her with a jawbreaker and throwing her in the trunk of…

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The Village

B (out of 5) This chapter in M. Night Shyamalan’s trove of scary tales is one of the most pretentiously idiotic pieces of tripe that you’ll ever see. It takes place in the 1890s, with citizens of a tiny village living in peaceful idyll away from the cares of the bustling towns near them. Surrounding…

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