Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

BOB PERSICHETTI, PETER RAMSEY, RODNEY ROTHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad Productions, Lord Miller, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Phil Lord, Screenplay by Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, story consultant Meghan Malloy, based on Spider-Verse created by Dan Slott and characters created by Peter…

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Venom (2018)

RUBEN FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2018.  Avi Arad Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Matt Tolmach Productions, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Tencent Pictures.  Screen story by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Screenplay by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Kelly Marcel, based on Marvel’s Venom character created by Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by…

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Deadpool 2 (2018)

DAVID LEITCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Donners’ Company, Kinberg Genre, Marvel Entertainment, Maximum Effort, TSG Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds.  Cinematography by Jonathan Sela.  Produced by Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner.  Music by Tyler Bates.  Production Design by David Scheunemann.  Costume Design by Kurt and Bart.  Film Editing by Craig Alpert, Michael…

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Logan

BBBB (out of 5) We move about twenty-odd years beyond the present and things aren’t looking so slick for a couple of X-Men.  Professor X (Patrick Stewart) is in his nineties and mentally degenerating, his mind kept under control by tranquilizers to prevent the dangerous events that occur when he suffers a seizure.  He’s being looked after by…

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

ANTHONY RUSSO, JOE RUSSO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2016.  Marvel Studios, Vita-Ray Dutch Productions, Studio Babelsberg, Marvel Entertainment, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on the comic book by Mark Millar, and characters created by Joe Simon, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Trent Opaloch.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by Owen Paterson. …

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X-Men: Apocalypse

BBB.5 (out of 5) After seeing their beginnings in training and their facing off with their future counterparts, the provocatively named X-Men are digging deep into their lore to investigate their very origins.  In Ancient Egypt, the first mutant (Oscar Isaac) is buried during a body-transference ceremony and lies dormant for thousands of years until awakened by penitent worshipers…

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Deadpool

BB.5 (out of 5) Ryan Reynolds has a great life as a thug for hire, romancing a plucky hooker (Morena Baccarin) and enjoying the underworld night life until the bad news comes while visiting his doctor: he has terminal cancer in multiple organs. A desperate attempt to lengthen his life puts him in the laboratory of…

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X-Men: First Class (2011)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2011.  Twentieth Century Fox, Marvel Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Bad Hat Harry Productions, Donners’ Company, Ingenious Media, Big Screen Productions, Ingenious Film Partners.  Story by Sheldon Turner, Bryan Singer, Screenplay by Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Gregory Goodman, Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan…

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

BBBB (out of 5) The adventure of the story behind the adventure continues with another enjoyable romp featuring that multi-pack of superheroes, divided as always between a desire to use their powers to protect humanity or destroy it.  In the not so distant present, the world is in shambles, with an all-out war between humans…

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The Amazing Spider-Man

BBBB (out of 5) Deja vu is a disconcerting feeling in this reboot of the superhero franchise, a mere decade after it was originally launched by Sam Raimi with Tobey Maguire in the lead; here we follow the same plot (more or less) with the same goal of setting Peter Parker up in his new…

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The Punisher

BBBB (out of 5) Extremely entertaining action film that is also a very satisfying revenge story (ahem, not that I believe in revenge, but let’s face it, in movies it’s fun).  Thomas Jane is appropriately Neanderthal as a super-trained, living and breathing Delta Force GI Joe figurine whose family is taken out by a crime lord…

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Iron Man 2

BBB.5 (out of 5) Now that his status as Iron Man has made world news, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has become something of a joke, more a glorified party host than a superhero, and his ridiculously smarmy personality can’t get enough of the attention. His frustrated assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) has decided she’s…

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