Ant-Man (2015)

PEYTON REED Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Screenplay by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd, based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Russell Carpenter.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Shepherd Frankel.  Costume Design by…

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Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

PEYTON REED Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2018.  Marvel Studios.  Screenplay by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Stephen Broussard, Kevin Feige.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Shepherd Frankel.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Dan…

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One Night At McCool’s

B (out of 5) Liv Tyler gives a sexy performance in the best tradition of film noir goddesses as a double-crossing vixen who always gets her way. Paul Reiser, Matt Dillon and John Goodman are the seemingly innocent men who cross her path and fall instantly for her. The plot weaves and weaves like a spider spinning a…

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The Jewel Of The Nile

BB (out of 5) One of the worst sequels ever made to an excellent film, this messy adventure’s shaggy plot defies all description. Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner reunite as the adventurous couple who travel to the Middle East and get involved in the pursuit of a precious artifact known only as “the jewel of the Nile”….

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Shining Through

BBB.5 (out of 5) This war drama provides a thrilling look back to the more innocent spy movies of the forties, and it’s possible that this pie-eyed attitude about it that convinced film critics to tear it to shreds. Melanie Griffith excels as a half Irish, half Jewish secretary who willingly puts herself in danger when…

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Falling Down

BB.5 (out of 5) Michael Douglas is stuck in traffic on a super hot day in L.A. and decides he’s mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Busting up after an altercation with a Korean store owner who is the victim of Douglas’ ignorant racism, our “hero” then takes to the streets, gets…

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Flatliners

BBB.5 (out of 5) Apparently medical school doesn’t keep you busy enough: a group of students find that taking themselves to the brink of death gives them insights to the great beyond. It also gives them strange visions relating to their own long-kept memories and childhood experiences that start to seep into their waking life…

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It Runs In The Family

BBB (out of 5) Once again returning to the classy New York film genre that he handled so well in Six Degrees of Separation, Australian-born Fred Schepisi ably directs this enjoyable comedy-drama. It centres around the men of a privileged family who can’t seem to stop performing well below their levels of potential. Kirk Douglas (giving…

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You, Me And Dupree

BBB (out of 5) ‘Loveable fuckup’ Dupree (Owen Wilson) loses his job and his apartment and asks to stay over at the house of his best friend Carl (Matt Dillon). Carl has just gotten married to Molly (Kate Hudson), and Dupree’s visit puts a strain on their newlywed happiness that isn’t helped by the terrific…

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Fatal Attraction (1987)

ADRIAN LYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on his short film.  Cinematography by Howard Atherton.  Produced by Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger, Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.   Michael Douglas plays a hapless married man who is left…

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One Day In September

BBBB.5 (out of 5) In 1972, a group of Palestinian terrorists walked right into Munich’s Olympic Village during the summer games and took eleven Israeli athletes hostage, immediately killing two of them and holding the other nine until their demands were met. Thirty years later, director Kevin MacDonald has assembled the many hours of available…

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Disclosure

BB.5 (out of 5) Michael Douglas is once again the bitch-magnet in this foray into misogyny and what it does to the corporate man. He plays an important executive at a computer software company who is sexually harassed by his tough boss (Demi Moore). Moore gets no character depth except as a two-dimensional villain, thus erasing some…

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