Snatched (2017)

JONATHAN LEVINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, Feigco Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Katie Dippold.  Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Jenno Topping.  Music by Chris Bacon, Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Leesa Evans.  Film Editing by Zene Baker, Melissa Bretherton.   Amy Schumer‘s life is at … More Snatched (2017)

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The Judge

BB (out of 5) Robert Downey Jr. is a high-powered shark of a lawyer who interrupts his life of ruthlessly defending Wall Street crooks when he gets a call that his mother has died.  Going back to his small town means having to face off with his elderly father (Robert Duvall), a judge with whom Downey has not spoken in … More The Judge

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Trumbo

BBB.5 (out of 5) Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (played here by Bryan Cranston) easily became a prime target for the HUAC during the height of the Red Scare: gregarious, charismatic and a card-carrying Communist party member for years, Trumbo sees the congressional hearings as a blight on the First Amendment and, despite the suggestion of his peers, … More Trumbo

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Prime

BB (out of 5) Uma Thurman visits her psychiatrist (Meryl Streep) to deal with the pain of her recent divorce, which is then alleviated somewhat by her striking up a romance with a cute 23 year-old (Bryan Greenberg) she meets at a movie theatre. What she does not know is that her new boyfriend is her therapist’s … More Prime

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The Help

BB.5 (out of 5) Racism is given the soft-shoe Hollywood treatment with a view of the south on par with Gone With The Wind in this wan adaptation of the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett. As films about the birth of the civil rights movement go, it has nothing on better movies like Corrina Corrina … More The Help

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The Substance Of Fire

BBBB (out of 5) Sterling drama stars an excellent Ron Rifkin as a Holocaust survivor now entering his twilight years and enjoying the success of his profitable Manhattan publishing firm. Having hired his estranged son (Tony Goldwyn) to help him pull the business out of a temporary slump, the two butt heads when Rifkin decides he … More The Substance Of Fire

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