Justice League (2017)

ZACK SNYDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA/United Kingdom/Canada, 2017.  Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Lensbern Productions, Warner Bros..  Story by Chris Terrio, Zack Snyder, Screenplay by Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon, based on Superman created by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Justice League of America created by Gardner Fox, Batman created by…

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Supergirl (1984)

JEANNOT SZWARC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1984.  Artistry Limited, Investors In Industry PLC, Robert Fleming Leasing Limited, St. Michael Finance Limited.  Screenplay by David Odell, based on the character created by Otto Binder, Al Plastino.  Cinematography by Alan Hume.  Produced by Timothy Burrill.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Emma Porteous. Film Editing by Malcolm…

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Freaky Friday (2003)

MARK WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2003.  Casual Friday Productions, Gunn Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Heather Hach, Leslie Dixon, based on the novel by Mary Rodgers.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.  Produced by Andrew Gunn.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Cary White.  Costume Design by Genevieve Tyrrell.  Film Editing by Bruce Green.  Golden Globe Awards 2003.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2003. …

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That Thing You Do!

BBBB (out of 5) Tom Hanks makes a notable directorial debut with this brilliantly edited, perfectly cast musical comedy. The story centres around a group of four friends in the sixties who form a band called The Wonders and, with their main song ‘That Thing You Do’, climb to the top of the American music…

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Frost/Nixon (2008)

RON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/France, 2008.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Working Title Films, StudioCanal, Relativity Media, Digital Image Associates.  Screenplay by Peter Morgan, based on his play.  Cinematography by Salvatore Totino.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Daniel Orlandi.  Film Editing by Daniel…

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Apollo 13 (1995)

RON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1995.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment.  Screenplay by William Broyles Jr., Al Reinert, based on the book Lost Moon by Jim Lovell, Jeffrey Kluger.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by Brian Grazer.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Rita Ryack.  Film Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill.  Academy Awards 1995.  Golden…

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Superman III

BBB (out of 5) Supercheese entry in the franchise, in which a hilarious Richard Pryor is hired by a multimillionaire (Robert Vaughn) to build a supercomputer that will give him and his power hungry sister (Annie Ross) control over all the world’s weapons. Naturally, Superman will stand for none of this, so when not making goo-goo…

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Back To The Future Part III

BBBB (out of 5) The fun continues! When filming began on the set of Back To The Future Part II, the filmmakers decided that they had far too much story for one film and ended up making two instead. This left a dull, shallow sequel (II) followed by a much more satisfying, entertaining ride (III)….

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Back To The Future (1985)

ROBERT ZEMECKIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1985.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by Neil Canton, Bob Gale.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Lawrence G. Paull.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by Harry Keramidas, Arthur Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1985.  Golden Globe Awards 1985.  National Board of Review…

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Superman IV: The Quest For Peace

BB.5 (out of 5) Christopher Reeve‘s hero franchise definitely reached its finale when this under-baked adventure was released. Despite an earnest plot line devoted to dealing with current world issues (nuclear disarmament and world peace), there’s very little fun to it and even less creativity. Reeve (who also co-wrote) is once again the man of…

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Superman II

BBBB (out of 5) Superfun sequel to the 1978 original, with better character development and a zippier pace. Now that Lex Luthor is safely locked away in prison, the world can rest easy and not worry about his criminal shenanigans. Or can they? It seems Luthor (Gene Hackman) has escaped from the klink, and just…

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Superman

BBB.5 (out of 5) Despite an extended opening setup, this is an exciting and inventive film version of the classic comic book superhero. Christopher Reeve is perfectly cast as the man of steel, an alien from another planet who is left on earth by his desperate father (Marlon Brando) and raised by farmers (Glenn Ford,…

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