Where Is Kyra? (2017)

ANDREW DOSUNMU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017. Big Indie Pictures, Killer Films, Little Minx, Oldgarth Media.  Story by Andrew Dosunmu, Darci Picoult, Screenplay by Darci Picoult.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by David Hinojosa, Rhea Scott, Christine Vachon.  Music by Philip Miller.  Production Design by Lucio Seixas.  Costume Design by Mobolaji Dawodu.  Film Editing by Oriana Soddu. Michelle Pfeiffer…

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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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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

KENNETH BRANAGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Twentieth Century Fox, Genre Films, Kinberg Genre, The Mark Gordon Company, Scott Free Productions, Latina Pictures, The Estate of Agatha Christie.  Malta/USA, 2017.  Screenplay by Michael Green, based on the novel by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos.  Produced by Kenneth Branagh, Mark Gordon, Judy Hofflund, Simon Kinberg, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production…

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Mother! (2017)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Protozoa Pictures.  Screenplay by Darren Aronofsky.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Scott Franklin, Ari Handel.  Music by Tony Finno.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Danny Glicker.  Film Editing by Andrew Weisblum.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017.   A happily married couple live in a remote country home, the husband (Javier Bardem) a poet…

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Love Field

BBBB (out of 5) Sweet, heartfelt road movie that showcases Michelle Pfeiffer at her best and the screenwriting debut of writer Don Roos. Pfeiffer plays a Jackie Kennedy-obsessed Dallas housewife whose life seems to finally have a meaning when in November 1963, America’s royal couple announce a visit to her fair city. After missing her chance…

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Stardust (2007)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2007.  Paramount Pictures, Marv Films, Vaughn Productions, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Ingenious Film Partners, Truenorth Productions.  Screenplay by Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Dreyer, Neil Gaiman, Matthew Vaughn.  Music by Ilan Eshkeri.  Production Design by Gavin Bocquet.  Costume Design by Sammy…

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Tequila Sunrise

BBB.5 (out of 5) The age-old tale of two best friends who go separate ways is not in any way a new one (Manhattan Melodrama, Angels With Dirty Faces), but Robert Towne injects enough character into this drama to make it seem pretty fresh. Mel Gibson is the one who went bad and Kurt Russell…

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Dangerous Minds

BBB (out of 5) Michelle Pfeiffer is fantastic in this hackneyed To Ma’am With Love that gets a real E for effort. It tells the true story of Louanne Johnson, a U.S. marine who, following her departure from the army, takes a job as a supply teacher in an inner-city school that ends up becoming…

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Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add big hair, rocking tunes and John Travolta in a dress. Newcomer Nikki Blonsky plays the youngster in question, Tracy, in this wonderful…

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The Russia House

BB (out of 5) Sean Connery plays a British professor who is also a Russophile and lives in the U.S.S.R. because of how much he loves the culture. When the friend of a Russian spy (Michelle Pfeiffer) hands secret information over to the British government, they in turn ask Connery to investigate the nature of the material…

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To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday

BBB.5 (out of 5) Touching film about a lonely widower (Peter Gallagher) who can’t stop fantasizing that his late wife (Michelle Pfeiffer, whose husband David E. Kelley adapted the screenplay from Michael Brady’s play) is still having conversations with him long after she has passed away in a boating accident. His neglecting the real world…

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A Thousand Acres

BBB (out of 5) Jane Smiley’s brilliant Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is brought to the screen with less success than expected. The story, modelled on Shakespeare’s King Lear, concerns three sisters (Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh) who have grown up on a vast Iowa farm and now find their family tearing apart when their…

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