Isle of Dogs (2018)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/Germany, 2018.  American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Story by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura, Screenplay by Wes Anderson.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Paul Harrod, Adam Stockhausen.  Film Editing by Edward…

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Godzilla (2014)

GARETH EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Japan, 2014.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Disruption Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Toho Company.  Story by David Callaham, Screenplay by Max Borenstein.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Brian Rogers, Thomas Tull.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Owen Paterson.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing by Bob Ducsay. With the disappointment of…

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The Last Samurai

BBB.5 (out of 5) After participating in a number of Civil War battles (many of which helped decimate the populations of natives in North America), an embittered, drunken veteran (Tom Cruise) follows his superior officers to Japan in search of big money. He has been hired by the emperor to train the country’s army in…

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Batman Begins (2005)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2005.  Warner Bros., Syncopy, DC Comics, Patalex III Productions Limited.  Story by David S. Goyer, Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, based on characters created by Bob Kane.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Larry J. Franco, Lorne Orleans, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas.  Music by James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan…

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Inception (2010)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2010.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Kanjiro Sakura, Yoshikuni Taki, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Guy Hendrix Dyas.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Lee Smith.  Academy Awards 2010.  Golden Globe Awards 2010.   Leonardo DiCaprio works in the highly odd…

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Tampopo (Dandelion)

BBBB (out of 5) A cowboy (Tsutomu Yamazaki) walks into a noodle restaurant and informs its owner (Nobuko Miyamoto) that her noodles leave a lot to be desired. He then takes weeks to teach her how to reinvent the look of her establishment, the quality of its food, and, eventually, the quality of her life….

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Memoirs Of A Geisha

BB (out of 5) Shallow, endless adaptation of Arthur Golden’s unbelievably successful bestseller, with Ziyi Zhang as a poor young Japanese girl who is taken from her home as a child and sold into the home of a geisha when her mother dies. Raised as a servant girl, she is eventually taken under the wing…

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Letters From Iwo Jima

BBBBB (out of 5) Any suggestion that Flags Of Our Fathers was a shameless opportunity for flag-waving can easily be dismissed by the existence of this film, a superior, haunting look at the battle of Iwo Jima from the point of view of the Japanese side. Even more impressive is that director Clint Eastwood made…

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