Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

ROB LETTERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA/Japan/Canada, 2019.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, The Pokemon Company, Toho Company, Province of British Columbia Production Services Tax Credit.  Story by Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, Nicole Perlman, Screenplay by Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, Rob Letterman, Derek Connolly, based on Pokemon created by Satoshi Tajiri, Ken Sugimori, Junichi Masuda, … More Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge) (2017)

JOACHIM RONNING, ESPEN SANDBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA, 2017.  Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Infinitum Nihil.  Story by Jeff Nathanson,Terry Rossio, Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, based on characters created by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolper.  Cinematography by Paul Cameron.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Geoff Zanelli.  Production Design by Nigel Phelps.  Costume Design by Penny … More Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge) (2017)

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Life (2017)

DANIEL ESPINOSA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2017.  Columbia Pictures, Skydance Media.  Screenplay by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Bonnie Curtis, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Julie Lynn.  Music by Jon Ekstrand.  Production Design by Nigel Phelps.  Costume Design by Jenny Beavan.  Film Editing by Mary Jo Markey, Frances Parker.   The crew aboard an international space station orbiting Earth capture a probe returning … More Life (2017)

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The Bone Collector

BB.5 (out of 5) Typical and predictable thriller that is worth watching only for its amusingly gothic atmosphere and a great lead performance by Angelina Jolie.  She plays a patrol officer who stumbles on a serial killer’s trail when she discovers the body of a rich industrialist buried near an old railway station. The case … More The Bone Collector

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In Dreams

BB.5 (out of 5) Very strange nightmare thriller about a children’s writer (Annette Bening) who finds her mind beng invaded by visions of a ruthless murderer (Robert Downey Jr.) who may be coming after her daughter next. Neil Jordan’s moody direction and the beautiful camera work stand out immediately, but the plot becomes overbearing and … More In Dreams

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Alien Resurrection

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent entry in the Alien series is nowhere near the brilliance of the first two (Alien, Aliens) but is a considerable improvement upon the lackluster Alien 3. Sigourney Weaver‘s Ellen Ripley has been cloned from genetic samples found of her at the site of her death, brought back to life so … More Alien Resurrection

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Troy

BB (out of 5) How to stretch a segment of a Greek epic to three hours of cinematic junk: avoid the dramatic character development that, say, Euripides brought to ancient legends and instead just fill your movie with countless scenes of computer-generated extras flying at each other in battle. In fact, every time you run … More Troy

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