Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

SAM TAYLOR-JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2015.  Focus Features, Michael De Luca Productions, Trigger Street Productions.  Screenplay by Kelly Marcel, based on the novel by E.L. James.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, E.L. James.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates, Lisa Gunning, Debra … More Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

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Dracula Untold

BB.5 (out of 5) If everyone gets an origin story, it’s only fair that Bram Stoker’s evergreen anti-hero gets one too.  Most of the details are created from a few drops of history, a fair share of Francis Ford Coppola’s version and, for the most part, a lot of stealing from Lord Of the Rings … More Dracula Untold

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Drive Angry

BBB.5 (out of 5) There’s just the right level of grindhouse craziness in this wholly diverting indulgence, starting with the terrific performance by Nicolas Cage and right on through the exploitative violence and fully ludicrous premise.  So much does Cage love his family that, years after his death, he gets into his car and literally breaks … More Drive Angry

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Brothers

BB (out of 5) Remake of the Danish film by Susanne Bier is hampered by a dull script and painfully inappropriate casting. Siblings Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire are complete opposites in ways that do not harm their relationship but seem to be a problem for those around them. Soldier Maguire is studious and responsible while local … More Brothers

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Captain Phillips

PAUL GREENGRASS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2013.  Scott Rudin Productions, Michael De Luca Productions, Trigger Street Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Ray, based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days At Sea by Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design … More Captain Phillips

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Moneyball

BBB (out of 5) With the Oakland Athletics soon to suffer the loss of star players and the ball club not in its pinkest years, general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) has to find a way to put together a crack team of athletes on a constricted budget that will hopefully yield results on the … More Moneyball

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Fright Night (2011)

CRAIG GILLESPIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2011.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Michael De Luca Productions, Gaeta / Rosenzweig Films.  Story by Tom Holland, Screenplay by Marti Noxon, based on the film by Tom Holland.  Cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe.  Produced by Michael De Luca, Alison R. Rosenzweig.  Music by Ramin Djawadi.  Production Design by Richard Bridgland.  Costume Design by Susan Matheson.  Film Editing by Tatiana … More Fright Night (2011)

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