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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Battle Of the Sexes (2017)

JONATHAN DAYTON, VALERIE FARIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Robert Graf.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017.  …

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La La Land

BB.5 (out of 5) Sunny days in L.A. no matter what the season, and at the centre of the storm of young hopefuls trying to make their mark in the fame game are an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) working as a barista and a jazz enthusiast (Ryan Gosling) playing crummy night clubs while dreaming of…

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Joy

BBB (out of 5) Joy is at a point in her life where everyone is wearing her out: her mother (Virginia Madsen) watches soap operas all day and lives in a dream world, her ex-husband (Edgar Ramirez) is living in the basement, her father (Robert De Niro) has been dumped by his girlfriend and needs…

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American Hustle

BB.5 (out of 5) The Abscam affair of the late seventies is reenacted in this middling comedy, one with a few laughs and some enjoyable caricatures to punctuate a slow pace and uneven direction.  Christian Bale is a career con artist who stows young wife Jennifer Lawrence at home while parading around town with his partner in…

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