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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Private Life (2018)

TAMARA JENKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 2018.  Likely Story, Netflix.  Screenplay by Tamara Jenkins.  Cinematography by Christos Voudouris.  Produced by Stefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman, Tamara Jenkins.  Production Design by Ford Wheeler.  Costume Design by Leah Katznelson.  Film Editing by Brian A. Kates.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Tamara Jenkins returns to filmmaking eleven years after her masterful The Savages, directing Kathryn Hahn and…

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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Columbia Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Sony Pictures Animation.  Screenplay by Michael McCullers, Genndy Tartakovsky, based on characters created by Todd Durham.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh, Tiësto.  Production Design by Scott Wills.  Film Editing by Joyce Arrastia. With his daughter’s happiness well secured by her marriage in the previous film,…

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The Family Fang (2015)

JASON BATEMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2015.  Aggregate Films, Red Crown Productions, Blossom Films, ML Film Productions, Olympus Pictures, Papagjika Salloway Productions, QED International.  Screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire, based on the novel by Kevin Wilson.  Cinematography by Ken Seng.  Produced by Jason Bateman, James Garavente, Nicole Kidman, Riva Marker, Per Saari, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech.  Music by…

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Captain Fantastic (2016)

MATT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2016.  Electric City Entertainment, ShivHans Pictures.  Screenplay by Matt Ross.  Cinematography by Stephane Fontaine.  Produced by Monica Levinson, Jamie Patricof, Shivani Rawat.  Music by Alex Somers.  Production Design by Russell Barnes.  Costume Design by Courtney Hoffman.  Film Editing by Joseph Krings.  Academy Awards 2016.  Golden Globe Awards 2016. Viggo Mortensen is raising his children in the wilderness and giving them…

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Bad Moms

BBB (out of 5) Mila Kunis got married at twenty and before she knew it was the mother of two, now raising her kids with her immature husband while trying to manage a career.  Juggling mom, wife and boss duties means she can never be anywhere on time, and it doesn’t make her feel better that the wealthy…

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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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This Is Where I Leave You

BB.5 (out of 5) Jason Bateman‘s life hits a slew of giant roadblocks in one day when he catches his wife in bed with his boss (Dax Shepard) and then gets a call from his sister (Tina Fey) that their father has died.  When Bateman gets home for the funeral, he learns from his best-selling…

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The Last Mimzy

BB.5 (out of 5) Two little children playing on the beach near their family’s vacation home are delighted when a mysterious box appears in the sand and turns out to be full of wonderful toys. The objects inside include a bunch of rocks, a strange futuristic generator, and a stuffed rabbit that turns out to…

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Our Idiot Brother

BBB.5 (out of 5) Paul Rudd plays a good-hearted, almost simple-minded hippie whose pure faith in human nature finds him selling weed to a cop and getting himself thrown into prison for a number of months. When he gets out, his place on his commune has been replaced, his girlfriend doesn’t want him around and, most…

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How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days

BB.5 (out of 5) Kate Hudson plays a journalist whose Cosmopolitan-esque magazine constantly has her finding new ways to tell the same stories about romance and personal grooming in the Big Apple. When her editor (Bebe Neuwirth) assigns her a story on how to lose a guy in ten days, she picks an unwitting advertising…

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Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

BB (out of 5) The makeover that the information world received when women broke through barriers and became news anchors for the first time is turned into a bad, overly long Saturday Night Live skit in this sometimes funny but mostly tacky comedy. Will Ferrell is San Diego’s most trusted anchorman, who along with his…

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