The Favourite (2018)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Ireland/United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Film4, Waypoint Entertainment.  Screenplay by Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara.  Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.   Produced by Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday.   Music by William Lyons, Johnnie Burn.  Production Design by Fiona Crombie.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis.  Golden Globe Awards 2018….

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X-Men: Apocalypse

BBB.5 (out of 5) After seeing their beginnings in training and their facing off with their future counterparts, the provocatively named X-Men are digging deep into their lore to investigate their very origins.  In Ancient Egypt, the first mutant (Oscar Isaac) is buried during a body-transference ceremony and lies dormant for thousands of years until awakened by penitent worshipers…

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Mad Max: Fury Road

BBBBB (out of 5) George Miller returns to directing a live-action film for the first time in seventeen years, rebooting the post-apocalyptic franchise that brought him to fame in the late seventies and made Mel Gibson a star.  And what live action it is!  The solitary, wandering Max Rockatansky (here embodied by Tom Hardy) gets…

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X-Men: First Class (2011)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2011.  Twentieth Century Fox, Marvel Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Bad Hat Harry Productions, Donners’ Company, Ingenious Media, Big Screen Productions, Ingenious Film Partners.  Story by Sheldon Turner, Bryan Singer, Screenplay by Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Gregory Goodman, Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan…

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

BBBB (out of 5) The adventure of the story behind the adventure continues with another enjoyable romp featuring that multi-pack of superheroes, divided as always between a desire to use their powers to protect humanity or destroy it.  In the not so distant present, the world is in shambles, with an all-out war between humans…

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The Weather Man

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Nicolas Cage plays a Chicago weather reporter whose life couldn’t possibly be less fulfilling: his ex-wife (Hope Davis) has no intention of trying to restore their union, his pre-teen son (Nicholas Hoult) is constantly getting into trouble and his overweight daughter is in a self-destructive funk. On top of this, his…

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Clash Of The Titans (2010)

0.5 (out of 5) The gods of Olympus created humans, but the love and adoration of humankind is what fuels their existence; ancient Greece is in trouble, then, when mortals become tired of their masters and decide to make war upon them, inspiring the wrath of Zeus (Liam Neeson) and even more ire from Hades…

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About A Boy

BBBB (out of 5) Just call it Barry Jones’s Diary. This perfect companion piece to Helen Fielding’s comedy classic is about a Peter Pan-complexed near-forty year-old git (Hugh Grant) who is of no profession and lives off the bountiful royalties from a song his father wrote decades earlier. His undisturbed, solitary life that includes womanizing…

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Wah-Wah

BBBB (out of 5) Richard E. Grant writes and directs this moving account of his childhood growing up in 1960s Swaziland as it approaches its independence from British influence. Young Ralph is sent into adolescent frenzy when his frosty mother (Miranda Richardson) can no longer take the conflict between herself and his alcoholic father (Gabriel…

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A Single Man

BBB.5 (out of 5) Tom Ford, the fashion world’s Princess Diana, decides to go entry level in a new medium and chooses film, directing and adapting a screen translation of a Christopher Isherwood novel. The film screams beauty at you from its opening shots, with delicate close-ups and a tidal-wave-level musical score gloriously ringing out…

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