Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

BOB PERSICHETTI, PETER RAMSEY, RODNEY ROTHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad Productions, Lord Miller, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Phil Lord, Screenplay by Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, story consultant Meghan Malloy, based on Spider-Verse created by Dan Slott and characters created by Peter…

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At Eternity’s Gate (2018)

JULIAN SCHNABEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Switzerland/United Kingdom/France/USA, 2018.  Iconoclast, Riverstone Pictures, SPK Pictures.  Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carrière, Louise Kugelberg, Julian Schnabel.  Cinematography by Benoit Delhomme.  Produced by Jon Kilik.  Music by Tatiana Lisovkaia.  Production Design by Stéphane Cressend.  Costume Design by Cecile Vatelot.  Film Editing by Louise Kugelberg, Julian Schnabel.  Golden Globe Awards 2018. It seems incredible after almost forty films have…

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Annihilation (2018)

ALEX GARLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  DNA Films, Paramount Pictures,  Scott Rudin Productions, Skydance Media.  Screenplay by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer.  Cinematography by Rob Hardy.  Produced by Eli Bush, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Scott Rudin.  Music by Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury.  Production Design by Mark Digby.  Costume Design by Sammy Sheldon.  Film Editing by Barney Pilling.   A…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

RIAN JOHNSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2017.  Lucasfilm, Ram Bergman Productions, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Rian Johnson, based on characters created by George Lucas.  Cinematography by Steve Yedlin.  Produced by Ram Bergman, Kathleen Kennedy.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Heinrichs.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan.  Film Editing by Bob Ducsay.  Academy Awards 2017. We last left our heroine Rey (Daisy Ridley)…

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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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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BBBB (out of 5) You destroy an evil empire twice, then years later you’re still having to disable their shields and look for the one weak spot in their giant planet-shaped weapon. It’s enough to induce an existential crisis: what’s it all for? To save the lives of puppet riffraff in yet another grungy bar…

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Ex Machina (2015)

ALEX GARLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2015.  Universal Pictures International, Film4, DNA Films.  Screenplay by Alex Garland.  Cinematography by Rob Hardy.  Produced by Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich.  Music by Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury.  Production Design by Mark Digby.  Costume Design by Sammy Sheldon.  Film Editing by Mark Day.  Academy Awards 2015.  Golden Globe Awards 2015.   Ace computer coder Domhnall Gleeson is thrilled when he wins a…

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A Most Violent Year

BBBBB (out of 5) New York City:  if you can make it there you can make it anywhere, and if you can get through 1981 when the rates of crime were at their highest ever in history, you’ve probably got an angel on your shoulder.  The darkness of the city’s corruption enfolds aspiring business tycoon…

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Drive

BBBB (out of 5) Ryan Gosling plays a stunt driver for the movies who sidelines as a driver for robbers during their getaways; he is also that cinematic favourite, the sexy loner. There’s always exceptions to the lone rider’s route, however, and Gosling cannot help but get sucked in when he meets a sweet waitress…

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Inside Llewyn Davis

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Another terrific example of how magical the Coen Brothers can be when they let go their desire to be cute about their favourite movie genres.  This indelibly perfect tribute to the folk music scene in 1960s Greenwich Village has a superb Oscar Isaac as the title character, struggling and failing to…

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W.E.

BB (out of 5) Everyone always talks about what Edward VIII gave up to marry Wallis Simpson, she tells us, but what about what she gave up to be with him? After deciding to marry the King of England, thereby forcing him to abdicate his throne for the twice-divorced American, Simpson no longer had her…

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The Bourne Legacy

BB.5 (out of 5) The franchise that had great success with Matt Damon from 2002-2007 has now been resurrected laterally with Jeremy Renner taking the lead in a new character. His Aaron Cross is a former colleague of Bourne’s who has also surfaced after going stealth, though in his case his memory is intact and his…

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