The Brothers Bloom (2008)

RIAN JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.   USA, 2008.  Endgame Entertainment, Ram Bergman Productions, The Weinstein Company.  Screenplay by Rian Johnson.  Cinematography by Steve Yedlin.  Produced by Ram Bergman, James D. Stern.  Music by Nathan Johnson.  Production Design by Jim Clay.  Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor.  Film Editing by Gabriel Wrye.  Toronto International Film Festival 2008.  Imagine a movie in which every…

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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

ANTHONY RUSSO, JOE RUSSO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Marvel Studios.  Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and characters created by Joe Simon, Steve Englehart, Steve Gan, Bill Mantlo, Keith Giffen, Jim Starlin, Larry Lieber, Don Heck.  Cinematography by Trent Opaloch.  Produced by Kevin Feige. Music by Alan…

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Begin Again (Can A Song Save Your Life) (2013)

JOHN CARNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2013.  Exclusive Media Group, Sycamore Pictures, Apatow Productions, Likely Story.  Screenplay by John Carney.  Cinematography by Yaron Orbach.  Produced by Judd Apatow, Tobin Armbrust, Anthony Bregman.  Music by Gregg Alexander.  Production Design by Chad Keith.  Costume Design by Arjun Bhasin.  Film Editing by Andrew Marcus.  Academy Awards 2014.  Toronto International Film Festival 2013.   Lonely souls meet over music once again…

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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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Avengers: Age Of Ultron

BBB (out of 5) The superhero variety bag is back, they once again have to save the world and, in an ironic twist, the villain trying to destroy humanity is their own damn fault!  Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man has been dabbling with artificial intelligence technology and his latest experiment has gone awry, a wormy…

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Foxcatcher

BBBB (out of 5) The true story of wrestling champions Mark and David Schultz is brought to the screen by Bennett Miller, reuniting with Capote writer Dan Futterman (here sharing credit with E. Max Frye) for another grisly fact-based crime film told with unnerving simplicity.  The brothers were both Olympic gold medalists at the 1984…

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Windtalkers

B (out of 5) After suffering devastating losses to his group in the South Pacific (including some very bad personal injuries), Nicolas Cage recovers at an Army hospital when he is given a new order: the US army has developed a code based on the Navajo language that only native speakers understand completely. Each code…

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13 Going On 30

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool kids at school. She even goes as far as alienating her geeky best friend Matt at her birthday party in order to impress ‘in-crowd’ ringleader Lucy. When she’s sprinkled with some birthday wishing dust and announces…

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Shutter Island

BB.5 (out of 5) A terrific display of art direction surrounding a pretty empty experience of a movie, one that further aggravates the senses by taking up almost two and a half hours of your time.  Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo are New York City detectives who are brought to a spooky island asylum to investigate the…

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The Avengers (2012)

BBB (out of 5) Imagine the cinematic version of a cereal multi-pak and you have this combination of superhero films that puts some of Marvel’s most popular moneymakers together in an effort to, what else, save the world. The dull plot has Thor’s villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) descend to our modest earth in the hopes…

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All The King’s Men (2006)

BB (out of 5) An impressive cast is wasted around a two-hour Oscar speech by Sean Penn, who is impressive but has been given too much free reign to go crazy in this remake of the Robert Rossen 1949 Oscar winner. Penn plays a good ole boy from Louisiana who rises to the top of…

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Blindness

BBB (out of 5) Nobel Prize-winning author Jose Saramago’s bestselling novel reaches the big screen with mixed results. After a random driver succumbs to a case of instant blindness, his condition turns out to be an infectious disease that rages through his unnamed city and leaves its entire population without sight. The first large groups…

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