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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Manchester By The Sea

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A Boston janitor (Casey Affleck) works for demanding tenants all day and drinks alone in his miserable basement apartment at night, except for the evenings he spends picking fights in bars to release his pent-up aggression.  He heads back to his home town when he gets the news that his brother (Kyle…

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Jason Bourne

BBB (out of 5) It’s been a while since the world’s toughest amnesiac was on the big screen, and since the detour with his colleague didn’t set screens on fire with The Bourne Legacy, they’ve brought original star Matt Damon back in to revive the series.  After trusty sidekick Julia Stiles informs Bourne that a new, dirty training operation akin…

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The Martian (2015)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2015.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, TSG Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, Genre Films, International Traders, Kinberg Genre, Mid Atlantic Films.  Screenplay by Drew Goddard, based on the book by Andy Weir.  Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by Mark Huffam, Simon Kinberg, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott, Aditya Sood.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Arthur…

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Interstellar (2014)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2014.  Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Syncopy, Lynda Obst Productions, Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund, Atvinnuvega- og nýsköpunarráðuneytið.  Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan.  Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Lynda Obst, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing…

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Courage Under Fire

BB (out of 5) Pointlessly empty drama that really should have been excellent considering its story: based on real events, it tells the tale of a United States soldier (Denzel Washington) investigating the case of a woman (Meg Ryan) who might receive a posthumous Medal of Honour for her service in the Gulf War. Washington…

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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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All The Pretty Horses

BBBB (out of 5) Hauntingly beautiful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s celebrated novel. Finding himself without a home after his Hollywood-bound mother sells the family’s Texas ranch, Matt Damon travels down to Mexico with best friend Henry Thomas to find work and a place to stay. The vistas are gorgeous and the poetry that is created by Thornton’s…

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Dogma

BB.5 (out of 5) Kevin Smith stepped into unnecessary controversy when he released this spoof on Catholicism, one which isn’t in any way offensive to anybody smart enough to view it with an open mind. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon play two angels who have problems with the authority from upstairs, finding a loophole in…

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Chasing Amy

BBB (out of 5) Kevin Smith’s modern character piece is a feast for those who love great relationship studies. Ben Affleck plays a comic book artist who finds himself thrown into the deep end when he falls in love with a lesbian (Joey Lauren Adams) who also does the same work. She eventually finds a…

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Mystic Pizza

BBBB (out of 5) This charmer tells the tale of two Portuguese-American sisters and their best friend living in Massachusetts and working in a local pizza parlor:  Lili Taylor has left Vincent D’Onofrio at the altar, but still loves him despite her fear of commitment; Annabeth Gish becomes attached to a handsome architect whose children she…

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School Ties

BB.5 (out of 5) In this hybrid of Gentleman’s Agreement and Beverly Hills, 90210, Brendan Fraser plays a high school student whose exceptional scholastic achievements have earned him entrance into a high-ranking prep school. To succeed all he needs to do is maintain his grades and conceal his Jewish heritage from the bigoted student body and staff…

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