It (2017)

ANDY MUSCHIETTI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2017.  New Line Cinema, KatzSmith Productions, Lin Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Vertigo Entertainment.  Screenplay by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by Stephen King.  Cinematography by Chung-hoon Chung.  Produced by Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Barbara Muschietti.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch.  Production Design by Claude Pare.  Costume Design by…

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Love, Sex And Eating The Bones

BBB.5 (out of 5) Photography doesn’t pay particularly well when you’re a burgeoning artist in Toronto, so Hill Harper has a job moonlighting as a security guard. He also has a completely enveloping obsession with porn, stacking his entire apartment with videos (how old is this movie?), particularly ones with his favourite, buxom star Lysette, whom…

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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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New York Minute

BB.5 (out of 5) The Olson twins have grown up and become ladies in this impressively stupid comedy, which they also co-produced. While one of them (I don’t know which one’s which, so your guess is as good as mine) prepares for an important speech that might get her a scholarship into Oxford, the other…

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The Recruit

BB (out of 5) Thank God for Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman; where would sexy young protégés in need of mentors go if it were not for them? This time Pacino plays a CIA recruiter who spots Colin Farrell working behind a bar and immediately pegs him for CIA work: he has that…

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Hollywoodland

BB.5 (out of 5) Another sordid tale from the treasure trove of Hollywood scandals: the mysterious death of television’s Superman, George Reeves, is examined in this unenergetic but engrossing drama. Adrien Brody, incomprehensibly mumbling for two hours, overplays a down-and-out private investigator who is hired by Reeves’s mother (Lois Smith) when her son’s headline death…

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Pushing Tin

BB.5 (out of 5) Ensemble comedy about air traffic controllers in New Jersey and the lives they lead.  John Cusack is a high-flying member of the team whose life is not seriously affected by the dangerously stressful career he engages in, one with a high suicide rate and many employees checking in to lifetime-committed therapy. In…

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