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 … More 13 Going On 30

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Jennifer Eight

BRUCE ROBINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1992.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Bruce Robinson.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Gary Lucchesi, David Wimbury.  Music by Christopher Young.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Judy L. Raskin.  Film Editing by Conrad Buff IV.   As blind-girls-in-peril movies go, Blink is far superior to this mundane thriller. Andy Garcia plays a cop recently … More Jennifer Eight

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Saving Mr. Banks

BB.5 (out of 5) When Mary Poppins was released in 1964 it quickly became the most successful box office hit of all time and won five Academy Awards, making a superstar of its lead actress Julie Andrews and entering its musical score into the canon of instantly familiar tunes.  It also spawned a successful Broadway … More Saving Mr. Banks

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Take Shelter

BBBB (out of 5) Michael Shannon is electrifying as a steadily employed Ohio construction worker who lives the good life with his wife (Jessica Chastain) and daughter but is plagued by unsettling, apocalyptic visions. Night after night he experiences nightmares about Biblical destructions upon the land, and things get hairier when he begins to see omens … More Take Shelter

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