Sicario (2015)

DENIS VILLENEUVE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2015.  Black Label Media, Lionsgate, Thunder Road Pictures.  Screenplay by Taylor Sheridan.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Basil Iwanyk, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill, Edward McDonnell, Molly Smith.  Music by Johann Johannsson.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by Joe Walker.  Academy Awards 2015.  Cannes Film Festival 2015.  Toronto International Film Festival 2015.   An FBI…

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Warrior

BBB (out of 5) It’s about MMA fighting and not boxing, but do you really think the story is going to be that much different from the other tales of underdogs in the ring?  You get two for the price of one in this enjoyable tale of brothers (Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton) split apart by…

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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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The Namesake

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel is brought to the big screen by director Mira Nair with wonderfully sentimental results. A Bengali man who has been living abroad goes back to India to find a wife, brings her to New York and they raise two children. The first of them, a son,…

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Thor (2011)

KENNETH BRANAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Paramount Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Studios.  USA, 2011.  Story by J. Michael Straczynski, Mark Protosevich, Screenplay by Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne, based on the comic book by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Bo Welch.  Costume Design by Alexandra…

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The Yards

BBB.5 (out of 5) James Gray’s career is marked by films that are rich with atmosphere and intensity, and while this one’s narrative is one of his weakest, it does not disappoint on those previous counts at all. Essentially his big studio breakout after the success of his first indie drama Little Odessa, The Yards…

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