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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Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)

NICK BROOMFIELD, RUDI DOLEZAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Lafayette Films, Passion Pictures, Showtime Networks.  Screenplay by Nick Broomfield.  Cinematography by Sam Mitchell.  Produced by Nick Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin.  Music by Nick Laird-Clowes.  Film Editing by Marc Hoeferlin.   The phenomenon of Whitney Houston‘s career as pop star came to a devastating end when she was found dead of a…

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Selma (2014)

AVA DuVERNAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2014.  Cloud Eight Films, Celador Films, Harpo Films, Pathe, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Webb.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey.  Music by Jason Moran.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Spencer Averick.  Academy Awards 2014.  Golden Globe Awards 2014.   By 1964, the…

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Charlotte’s Web

BB.5 (out of 5) E.B. White’s novel, one of the most perfect books ever written for children, is given the big-screen treatment in this passable family film looking to take up where Babe left off. Wilbur is the runt of a litter of pigs who is saved from being executed by a farmer when little…

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Bee Movie

BBB (out of 5) Animated films anthropomorphizing insects or inanimate objects have become as formulaic and predictable as romantic comedies, and this one is no exception.  Jerry Seinfeld, who also co-wrote and co-produced, plays the member of a bumblebee hive who just wants to get out and see the world. He sneaks into a group…

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The Color Purple

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Whoopi Goldberg makes a beautiful film acting debut as a mistreated woman in Georgia in the early teens and twenties, whose own sad story is surrounded by the misfortunes of close friends around her.  Steven Spielberg directs everyone to one extreme or another throughout–you’re either a big villain or the most noble…

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The Butler

BB.5 (out of 5) When Barack Obama was voted in to the White House in 2008, the first African American ever to take the highest office in the land and the breath of fresh air to breeze out the Bush administration, the meaning of the experience was most poignant for White House butler Cecil Gaines…

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Throw Momma From The Train

BBB.5 (out of 5) This enjoyable comedy takes Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train and adds humour. Danny DeVito plays a put-upon mama’s boy who is so desperate to be free of his clingy mother (a very funny Anne Ramsey) that he will even resort to murder to get rid of her.  After seeing Hitchcock’s film at…

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Beloved

BBBB (out of 5) Rich storytelling and absolutely stunning production design by Kristi Zea contribute greatly to this adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.  Oprah Winfrey, in her first big screen venture since she debuted with The Colour Purple in 1985, stars (and also produced) as Sethe, an escaped slave living in Ohio who…

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The Princess And The Frog

BBBB (out of 5) Anika Noni Rose contributes gorgeous singing and a delightful voice performance as a hard-working New Orleans waitress at the height of the jazz age, who dreams of one day opening up her own restaurant. On the night that a rich heiress, and her childhood friend, is to meet a prince (Bruno…

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Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight.  Screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Cannes Film Festival 2007.  …

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