Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

PEYTON REED Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2018.  Marvel Studios.  Screenplay by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Stephen Broussard, Kevin Feige.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Shepherd Frankel.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Dan…

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The Finest Hours (2016)

CRAIG GILLESPIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2016.  Walt Disney Pictures, Whitaker Entertainment.  Screenplay by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, based on the book by Casey Sherman, Michael J. Tougias.  Cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe.  Produced by Dorothy Aufiero, James Whitaker.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Tatiana S. Riegel. The true…

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Unbroken (2014)

ANGELINA JOLIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2014.  3 Arts Entertainment, Jolie Pas, Legendary Entertainment.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson, based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Matthew Baer, Angelina Jolie, Erwin Stoff, Clayton Townsend.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by…

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The Monuments Men

BB.5 (out of 5) Nazi Germany is destroying life in Europe and threatening to take over the world, and with America’s entry into the war, George Clooney wants to get involved.  The preservation of human life is the highest priority, but Clooney sees that without the curating of human culture, life is merely survival.  With…

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Stigmata

BB (out of 5) As with other ‘spiritual thrillers’ of its kind, this one treats religion like a carnival ride. Unwitting victim Patricia Arquette receives a mysterious South American necklace from her vacationing mother, and suddenly starts having attacks that resemble the Catholic affliction of Stigmata, where a spiritually conflicted person starts bleeding at the feet…

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The Skeleton Key

BBB (out of 5) Silly, overwrought thriller that is entertaining enough to keep you seated for two hours.  Kate Hudson plays a nursing home employee who decides to improve her salary by working privately in the old New Orleans mansion of a cantankerous old woman (Gena Rowlands, brilliant as ever) and her ailing husband (John…

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Fair Game (1995)

BB.5 (out of 5) Cindy Crawford‘s performance in this run of the treadmill thriller can’t manage a whit of energy, playing a hard working lawyer with the world’s most hard working mole who gets caught in a deadly game when ex-KGB agents are after her hide. William Baldwin is the FBI cop who is assigned to…

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Bull Durham

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of the most enjoyable sports movies ever made is this classic comedy by Ron Shelton.  Susan Sarandon is lethally sexy as a boy-crazy baseball fan who every season picks a member of a minor-league baseball team to ‘sponsor’; her inspirational techniques with men guarantee a red-letter season, and this season…

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Constantine

BBB (out of 5) John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), a detective of the spirit world, roams the city looking for half-breed demons who break the rules of human interference and sends them back to hell. Not the kind of job you grow up hoping to have, but a steady one as the villains are in no…

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Mona Lisa

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Bob Hoskins is released from prison and goes back to work for his gangster boss (Michael Caine). Immediately assigned as a driver to a high-class call girl (Cathy Tyson), this meathead thug finds himself falling for his beautiful charge and willing to do whatever she needs. His survival skills are put to…

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The Cure

BBB (out of 5) Uncomfortable cross between cute family movie and powerful grown-up drama is at times quite touching.  Brad Renfro plays a lonely adolescent who is subject to the prejudices of his small town’s residents because he lives next door to a young boy (Joseph Mazzello) suffering from AIDS. The two become friends, and eventually…

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Man On Fire

BB (out of 5) This film operates under the grave misapprehension that, once taken, anyone would want Dakota Fanning back. Somehow, Radha Mitchell has given birth to the whitest child on Earth with Marc Anthony, and they are devastated when she is kidnapped from under the nose of her tough-as-nails bodyguard (Denzel Washington). The girl’s father…

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