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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Big Hero 6 (2014)

DON HALL, CHRIS WILLIAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2014.  FortyFour Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Jordan Roberts, Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, based on the Big Hero 6 team and characters created by Steven T. Seagle, Duncan Rouleau, Joe Kelly, Joe Casey.  Cinematography by Rob Dressel.  Produced by Roy Conli.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production…

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The New Age

BB.5 (out of 5) Disappointing comedy that reunites Peter Weller and Judy Davis, who previously performed together in David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch. They play a middle-aging couple in California who, thanks to employment troubles, are being forced to catch up with the trendy times of modern L.A. in order to survive. They do power-lunches, swanky…

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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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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,…

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Bolt

BBB (out of 5) Charming animated film from the Disney studios whose writing isn’t quite up to the standard of its lovely animation. Bolt (John Travolta) is an adorable little pup who appears on a TV show with his human friend Penny (Miley Cyrus), the two of them starring as crime fighters aided by his…

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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

BBB (out of 5) His unpronounceable invention created weather that rained hot dogs and hamburgers from the sky, but in the sequel his home island has gone full-on Lost World when science-geek Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) is informed that his creations have become sentient beings.  More exciting, though, is that his work has caught the…

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Tangled

BBB (out of 5) Rapunzel is given the modern-day spin by Disney, here creating their first computer-animated “princess” fable. After being kidnapped from her royal parents by a witch at birth, Rapunzel is raised in a high ivory tower and kept hidden from the world, her magical miles-long hair the method by which her adoptive…

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Rain Man

BBBB (out of 5) This touching family drama was completely overrated at the time of its release but it still has good reason to be remembered.  Tom Cruise plays a bitter, emotionally distant importer of fancy foreign cars who learns that his father has died, putting him in the position to inherit a great fortune. What…

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Misery

BBBB (out of 5) This is among the best and most memorable screen adaptations of Stephen King’s novels, right up there with Carrie and The Shawshank Redemption. James Caan plays a successful novelist who leaves a secluded cabin during a snowstorm after just having completed his latest work. While on the road he suffers a terrible…

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The Princess And The Frog

BBBB (out of 5) Anika Noni Rose contributes gorgeous singing and a delightful voice performance as a hard-working New Orleans waitress at the height of the jazz age, who dreams of one day opening up her own restaurant. On the night that a rich heiress, and her childhood friend, is to meet a prince (Bruno…

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