Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

BOB PERSICHETTI, PETER RAMSEY, RODNEY ROTHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad Productions, Lord Miller, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Phil Lord, Screenplay by Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, story consultant Meghan Malloy, based on Spider-Verse created by Dan Slott and characters created by Peter…

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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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Creed (2015)

RYAN COOGLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, Chartoff-Winkler Productions.  Story by Ryan Coogler, Screenplay by Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, based on characters created by Sylvester Stallone.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Robert Chartoff, William Chartoff, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King Templeton, Charles Winkler, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Ludwig Göransson.  Production Design by…

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Spotlight

BBB.5 (out of 5) A new editor takes over the Boston Globe and tells members of “Spotlight”, a team of journalists who do deep work on long research projects, that a story has come up that he thinks they should pursue. A Catholic priest accused of multiple cases of sexual abuse against children in his…

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Fading Gigolo

B.5 (out of 5) Packing up the last inventory while closing his book store, impending retiree Woody Allen tells friend and sometimes assistant John Turturro that he has stumbled upon a terrific proposition for him: his gorgeous dermatologist (Sharon Stone) wants to do a threesome with her best friend (Sofía Vergara) and is willing to pay…

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Defiance

BB (out of 5) A family of Jewish brothers see their friends and neighbours being carted off by Nazis in World War II Russia and decide not to sit around and wait for the worst. Escaping into the woods, they soon find themselves joined by more friends and strangers, with news of the burgeoning makeshift…

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The Sum Of All Fears (2002)

PHIL ALDEN ROBINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/Germany, 2002.  Paramount Pictures, Mace Neufeld Productions, MFP Munich Film Partners GmbH & Company I. Produktions KG, S.O.A.F. Productions.  Screenplay by Paul Attanasio, Daniel Pyne, based on the novel by Tom Clancy.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Mace Neufeld.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design by Marie-Sylvie Deveau.  Film Editing by Nicolas…

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Salt

BBBB (out of 5) A routine corporate office building in Washington, D.C. is actually the headquarters of an elite chapter of the C.I.A., one of whose employees is about to go home to celebrate her wedding anniversary. Just as Agent Salt (Angelina Jolie) is about to leave, however, she and her superior Liev Schrieber are…

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The Daytrippers

BBBB (out of 5) Droll New York comedy about happy housewife Hope Davis, who sees husband Stanley Tucci off to work one morning and accidentally finds a love letter that he leaves behind, written to him by a person she does not know. Deciding to find out who it is that’s writing affectionate odes to her…

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The Omen (2006)

B (out of 5) What made thriller/horror movies of the sixties and seventies (The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby, even Marathon Man) so effective was that they always took place in the real world, thus making their paranormal events such as giving birth to the devil’s child or being operated on by a psychotic Nazi dentist seem…

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Party Girl

BBB.5 (out of 5) Parker Posey is a riot in this independent comedy about an aimless Manhattan party animal who decides to take life seriously and get a job. She ends up working in the public library with a close relative and, thanks to the Dewey decimal system and a handsome Middle Eastern falafel seller (who…

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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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