First Man (2018)

DAMIEN CHAZELLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 2018.  Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Perfect World Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner.  Music by Justin Hurwitz.  Production Design by…

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Skyscraper (2018)

RAWSON MARSHALL THURBER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2018.  Legendary Entertainment, Flynn Picture Company, Seven Bucks Productions.  Screenplay by Rawson Marshall Thurber.  Cinematography by Robert Elswit.  Produced by Beau Flynn, Hiram Garcia, Dwayne Johnson, Rawson Marshall Thurber.  Music by Steve Jablonsky.  Production Design by Jim Bissell.  Costume Design by Ann Foley, Luca Mosca.  Film Editing by Julian Clarke, Michael L. Sale.   A war…

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Breaking Upwards

0 (out of 5) Positively dreadful independent film about an established couple (Daryl Wein, Zoe Lister Jones) who decide to be grownups about breaking up and do it in stages. They pick their days to spend together or not, little by little informing their friends and family and gradually separating only to realize that they…

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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jonathan Demme once again adapts a popular 1960s movie for the modern age and this time does a much better job than his painful bastardization of Stanley Donen’s Charade (which was retitled The Truth About Charlie). Updated from the Korean war, where the original version had its plot based, this one…

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Spain/USA, 2008.  The Weinstein Company, Mediapro, Gravier Productions, Antena 3 Films, Antena 3 Television, Televisio de Catalunya.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Gareth Wiley.  Production Design by Alain Bainee.  Costume Design by Sonia Grande.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Academy Awards 2008.  Cannes Film Festival 2008.  Golden Globe Awards 2008.   Two American girls…

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