First Man (2018)

DAMIEN CHAZELLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 2018.  Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Perfect World Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner.  Music by Justin Hurwitz.  Production Design by…

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Game Night (2018)

JOHN FRANCIS DALEY, JONATHAN GOLDSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Aggregate Films, Davis Entertainment, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Mark Perez.  Cinematography by Barry Peterson.  Produced by Jason Bateman, John Davis, John Fox, James Garavente.  Music by  Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Debra McGuire.  Film Editing by David Egan, Jamie Gross, Gregory Plotkin.   Party game enthusiasts…

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Manchester By The Sea

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A Boston janitor (Casey Affleck) works for demanding tenants all day and drinks alone in his miserable basement apartment at night, except for the evenings he spends picking fights in bars to release his pent-up aggression.  He heads back to his home town when he gets the news that his brother (Kyle…

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Carol (2015)

TODD HAYNES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2015.  The Weinstein Company, Film4, Number 9 Films, StudioCanal, HanWay Films, Killer Films, Goldcrest Films International, Dirty Films, Infilm, Larkhard Films.  Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy, based on the novel The Price Of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen, Tessa Ross, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley.  Music by…

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The Wolf Of Wall Street

BBB (out of 5) Martin Scorsese situates GoodFellas in the stock exchange for this biopic of Jordan Belfort (played here by Leonardo DiCaprio), the Wall Street tycoon who starts out a faceless trader on the floors of the financial capital before owning his own multi-billion dollar company founded on shady deals and crooked methods.  By…

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The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)

B (out of 5) Disappointing remake of the science-fiction classic by Robert Wise.  Jennifer Connelly plays a biology professor whose home life is difficult thanks to the death of her husband and the care of his unhappy son. She is interrupted from her miserable home life when she is pulled into a secret project by the…

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King Kong (2005)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Exciting, touching and exhausting adventure by Peter Jackson, following up his Lord Of The Rings trilogy with another critical and commercial success. A desperate filmmaker (Jack Black, painfully miscast) needs to finish filming his epic adventure on an uncharted island in the Pacific, so he steals his studio’s camera equipment, cons…

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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

KATHRYN BIGELOW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2012.  Screenplay by Mark Boal.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Annapurna Pictures, First Light Production.  Cinematography by Greig Fraser.  Produced by Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Jeremy Hindle.  Costume Design by George L. Little.  Film Editing by William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor.  Academy Awards 2012.  Golden Globe Awards 2012. It’s not easy to have…

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The Kingdom

BBBB (out of 5) After a series of bombs and gunfire attacks are unleashed upon an American compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a group of FBI special agents in Washington whose friend was one of the many victims request to be sent over to the crime scene to investigate. The Saudi government, not wanting to…

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Argo

BBBB (out of 5) Following the terminally ill Shah’s escape to America and Ayatollah Khomeini’s rise to power over a newly conservative Iran, Americans at the U.S. embassy in 1979 Tehran find themselves in grave danger. Crowds storm the streets, furiously demanding that the Shah be sent back to Iran to be tried, the mob…

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Super 8

BBB (out of 5) A group of pre-teens in 1979 small town Ohio are busy making a zombie movie at a train station, but their playful fun turns dangerous when they witness a terrible accident involving a freight train (and, if these visual effects are to be believed, they possess some incredibly good luck in…

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