The Upside (2017)

NEIL BURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2017.  Escape Artists, Lantern Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jon Hartmere, based on the motion picture Intouchables by Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Nick Greece, Steve Tisch.  Music by Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design…

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The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)

CHRIS RENAUD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  France/Japan/USA, 2019.  Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network, Universal Animation Studios.  Screenplay by Brian Lynch.  Produced by Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Colin Stimpson.  Film Editing by Tiffany Hillkurtz.   Now that he has made his peace with Duke (Eric…

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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)

JAKE KASDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 2017.  Columbia Pictures, Matt Tolmach Productions, Radar Pictures, Seven Bucks Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Story by Chris McKenna, Screenplay by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, based on the film Jumanji, story by Greg Taylor, Jim Strain, Chris Van Allsburg, screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh, Greg Taylor,…

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

DAVID SOREN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 2017.  DreamWorks Animation, Scholastic Productions.  Screenplay by Nicholas Stoller, based on the epic novels by Dav Pilkey, additional screenplay material by David Soren.  Produced by Mireille Soria, Mark Swift.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Nate Wragg.  Film Editing by Matt Landon. Dav Pilkey’s popular children’s books are brought to the big screen with…

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Central Intelligence (2016)

RAWSON MARSHALL THURBER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 2016.  New Line Cinema, Bluegrass Films, Perfect World Pictures,  Principato-Young Entertainment, Universal Pictures.  Story by Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen, Screenplay by Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen, Rawson Marshall Thurber.  Cinematography by Barry Peterson.  Produced by Peter Principato, Scott Stuber, Paul Young.  Music by Ludwig Göransson, Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Stephen J….

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Scary Movie 4 (2006)

DAVID ZUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2006.  Dimension Films, 415 Project, Brad Grey Pictures, Miramax, Scary Movie 4.  Story by Craig Mazin, Screenplay by Craig Mazin, Jim Abrahams, Pat Proft, based on characters created by Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer.  Cinematography by Thomas E. Ackerman.  Produced by Craig Mazin, Robert K. Weiss.  Music…

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Scary Movie 3 (2003)

DAVID ZUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Canada, 2003.  Dimension Films, Brad Grey Pictures.  Screenplay by Craig Mazin, Pat Proft, based on characters created by Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer.  Cinematography by Mark Irwin.  Produced by Robert K. Weiss.  Music by James L. Venable.  Production Design by William A. Elliott.  Costume Design by Carol Ramsey.  Film Editing…

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Grudge Match (2013)

PETER SEGAL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2013.  Callahan Filmworks, Gerber Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Warner Bros..  Story by Tim Kelleher, Screenplay by Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Michael Ewing, Bill Gerber, Mark Steven Johnson, Ravi D. Mehta, Peter Segal.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt.  Film Editing by William Kerr.  …

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Death At A Funeral (2010)

NEIL LaBUTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2010.  Screen Gems, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Wonderful Films, Parabolic Pictures Inc., Stable Way Entertainment.  Screenplay by Dean Craig.  Cinematography by Rogier Stoffers.  Produced by William Horberg, Sidney Kimmel, Laurence Malkin, Chris Rock, Share Stallings.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Jon Gary Steele.  Costume Design by Maya Lieberman.  Film Editing by Tracey Wadmore-Smith.   This…

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This Is The End

BB.5 (out of 5) One joke is spread quite thin over two hours as a group of popular comedic actors play fictionalized versions of themselves in an apocalyptic farce. Seth Rogen picks up surly Jay Baruchel from the airport and plans a big weekend for them, Rogen particularly sensitive to the fact that Baruchel hates spending…

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The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

JUDD APATOW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2005.  Universal Pictures, Apatow Productions.  Screenplay by Judd Apatow, Steve Carell.  Cinematography by Jack N. Green.  Produced by Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson, Clayton Townsend.  Music by Lyle Workman.  Production Design by Jackson De Govia.  Costume Design by Debra McGuire.  Film Editing by Brent White.  American Film Institute 2005. Boston Film Critics Awards 2005.   National Society…

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