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 their…

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The Boss

BBBB (out of 5) Melissa McCarthy grew up in a series of foster homes and never knew familial love, which only spurred her ambition to succeed in the world and, as an adult, has done just that. Now one of the richest women in America, she has become a celebrity tycoon, giving stadium-sized seminars that promise…

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Toy Story 3 (2010)

LEE UNKRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2010.  Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios.  Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, Screenplay by Michael Arndt.  Produced by Darla K. Anderson.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Bob Pauley.  Film Editing by Ken Schretzmann.  Academy Awards 2010.  Golden Globe Awards 2010.  In 1995 the Pixar studio set off a cinematic revolution when they…

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Get Him To The Greek (2010)

NICHOLAS STOLLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2010.  Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Spyglass Entertainment, Apatow Productions.  Screenplay by Nicholas Stoller, based on characters created by Jason Segel.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Judd Apatow, David L. Bushell, Rodney Rothman, Nicholas Stoller.  Music by Lyle Workman.  Production Design by Jan Roelfs.  Costume Design by Leesa Evans.  Film Editing by William Kerr, Michael L. Sale.  …

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Norbit

0 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy has had a few dogs in his highly successful career, but it’s still surprising to think that this piece of garbage could involve him. Teaming up with makeup wizard Rick Baker, Murphy plays three characters: the title role, a soft-spoken dweeb who is raised in an orphanage, an (offensively stereotyped)…

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Valentine’s Day

BB (out of 5) Garry Marshall spreads his penchant for empty-headed feelgood stories over a multitude of characters in this nearly unbearable romantic comedy that examines the lives of Los Angelinos on Valentine’s Day. Among them is a teenager (Emma Roberts) preparing to have sex with her boyfriend for the first time, a secretary (Anne…

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Kate And Leopold

BBBB (out of 5) You have to be quite the humbug not to enjoy this heartwarming romance about cross-cultural love between two complete opposites. 19th-century English Duke Hugh Jackman has the surprise of a lifetime when he follows a strange party guest (Liev Schreiber) in his home to the newly-erected Brooklyn Bridge, falls into the…

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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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Adam & Steve

BBB (out of 5) Way back in 1987, stylish goths Adam (Craig Chester) and chubby best friend Rhonda (Parker Posey) go to Danceteria and he meets a go-go dancer named Steve (Malcolm Gets) who catches his eye. Their evening together is a happily forgotten disaster, and twenty years later the two meet by happenstance when…

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Going The Distance

BBBB (out of 5) Surprisingly charming romantic comedy that aims to step outside the usual boundaries of the genre and actually manages to pull that off.  Drew Barrymore visits New York from Los Angeles to do an internship at a newspaper; while in the city she meets Justin Long and the two hit it off immediately….

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The Muppets

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jason Segel and Amy Adams are a happy couple from Smalltown, USA who decide to take a vacation to Los Angeles, California and enjoy some fun in the sun together. She is rather chagrined when he asks if his brother Walter can come along, but she knows how close the siblings are…

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