The Mule (2018)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Imperative Entertainment, Bron Creative, The Malpaso Company, Bron Studios.  Screenplay by Nick Schenk, inspired by the New York Times article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick.  Cinematography by Yves Belanger.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Dan Friedkin, Jessica Meier, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, Bradley Thomas.  Music…

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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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A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

AVA DuVERNAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2018.  Walt Disney Pictures, Whitaker Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jennifer Lee, Jeff Stockwell, based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle.  Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler.  Produced by Catherine Hand, Jim Whitaker.  Music by Ramin Djawadi.  Production Design by Naomi Shohan.  Costume Design by Paco Delgado.  Film Editing by Spencer Averick.   The disappearance of a brilliant physicist (Chris…

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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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Vacation (2015)

JOHN FRANCIS DALEY, JONATHAN GOLDSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 2015.  BenderSpink, David Dobkin Productions, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein, based on characters created by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Barry Peterson.  Produced by Chris Bender, David Dobkin.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Barry Robison.  Costume Design by Debra McGuire.  Film Editing by Jamie Gross.  …

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Fury

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The feeling that you have already seen every possible take on World War II is forgotten within minutes of this exceptional drama, one whose scenes of graphic war violence make Saving Private Ryan look like a Disney cartoon. Its gory details aside, it is also a powerful character piece about survival…

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Gone In Sixty Seconds

BB (out of 5) Even by the standards of the adrenaline-heavy Jerry Bruckheimer action films this one still falls very short. Nicolas Cage plays a retired car thief who is suckered back into the business for one night when he has to steal twenty (or was it thirty?) cars to save his brother (Giovanni Ribisi) from…

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American Hustle

BB.5 (out of 5) The Abscam affair of the late seventies is reenacted in this middling comedy, one with a few laughs and some enjoyable caricatures to punctuate a slow pace and uneven direction.  Christian Bale is a career con artist who stows young wife Jennifer Lawrence at home while parading around town with his partner in…

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Lions For Lambs

BB.5 (out of 5) Three stories play out simultaneously in this highly charged political drama. A university professor (Robert Redford) in California councils a student (Andrew Garfield) about his failing attendance in his political science course. In Washington, a successful journalist (Meryl Streep) is brought in to a one-hour interview with a Republican senator (Tom…

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Babel

BBBB (out of 5) It sure is a tough day when being American catches up with you. A random, careless act of violence has repercussions that span the globe when two children in a dusty, Moroccan village decide to test their new rifle by aiming at a tour bus, critically injuring an American tourist (Cate…

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The United States Of Leland

BB (out of 5) After a teenager (Ryan Gosling) murders a mentally challenged boy his own age, he is sent to prison where he spends his days being taught by the jail’s teacher (Don Cheadle) while his friends and family and the family of the victim sit in their homes and wonder how it all…

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