Aquaman (2018)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Australia/USA, 2018.  DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Panoramic Pictures, Rodeo FX, The Safran Company, Warner Bros..  Story by Geoff Johns, James Wan, Will Beall, Screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Will Beall, based on Aquaman created by Mort Weisinger, Paul Norris.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Rob Cowan, Peter Safran.  Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams.  Production…

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The Commuter (2018)

JAUME COLLET-SERRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Ombra Films, StudioCanal, The Picture Company.  Story by Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi, Screenplay by Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi, Ryan Engle.  Cinematography by Paul Cameron.  Produced by Alex Heineman, Andrew Rona.  Music by Roque Baños.   Production Design by Richard Bridgland.  Costume Design by Betsy Heinemann, Jill Taylor.  Film Editing by Nicolas De Toth….

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The Founder

BB.5 (out of 5) A traveling salesman who has peddled everything possible is tired and disillusioned, trying to get drive-in burger joints to buy his multi-milkshake machine and getting nowhere until a phone call comes in that changes his life.  Two brothers running a burger joint that has endless lineups need to buy eight milkshake machines…

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The Conjuring 2 (2016)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  New Line Cinema, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, The Safran Company, Atomic Monster.  Story by Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, James Wan, Screenplay by Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, James Wan, David Leslie Johnson.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Rob Cowan, Peter Safran, James Wan.  Music by Joseph Bishara.  Production Design by Julie Berghoff.  Costume Design by Kristin M….

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Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

ZACK SNYDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Warner Bros., Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, DC Comics, DC Entertainment, RatPac-Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer, based on Batman created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Superman created by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster.  Cinematography by Larry Fong.  Produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder.  Music by Junkie XL, Hans…

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Space Station 76

B.5 (out of 5) Generation X-ers who grew up watching Battlestar Galactica reruns and the original Star Wars movies indulge in the pleasure of seventies-style fashions in this sci-fi attempt at campy comedy. Based on a play by a number of comedic performers, who also wrote the screenplay and many of whom appear on screen,…

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Insidious (2010)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2010.  Alliance Films, IM Global, Haunted Movies.  Screenplay by James Wan.  Cinematography by David M. Brewer, John R. Leonetti.  Produced by Jason Blum, Oren Peli, Steven Schneider.  Music by Joseph Bishara.  Production Design by Aaron Sims.  Costume Design by Kristin M. Burke.  Film Editing by Kirk M. Morri, James Wan.  Toronto International Film Festival 2010.    Deliciously scary ghost story…

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Watchmen (2009)

ZACK SNYDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Legendary Entertainment, Lawrence Gordon Productions, DC Comics.   Screenplay by David Hayter, Alex Tse, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons.  Cinematography by Larry Fong.  Produced by Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Deborah Snyder.  Music by Tyler Bates.  Production Design by Alex McDowell.  Costume Design by Michael Wilkinson.  Film…

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Hard Candy

BBB.5 (out of 5) Fourteen year-old Haley (Ellen Page) flirts with 32 year-old Jeff (Patrick Wilson) online and makes a plan to meet with him in person. They go back to his place where they enjoy some drinks and get flirty until he passes out, waking up later tied to a chair and woozy from…

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The Phantom Of The Opera (2004)

BBB (out of 5) Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sappy Broadway musical, among the most successful stage productions of all time, makes it to the big screen with its romantic swagger intact. It tells the story, adapted from the novel by Gaston Leroux, of a disfigured musical genius (Gerard Butler) who lives in the bowels of a Parisian…

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Young Adult

BBBB (out of 5) Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) lives the truly glamorous life: she has random sex on first dates, passes out fully dressed and drunk on her bed every night and is still thrown for a loop when reminded about her high school boyfriend (Patrick Wilson). She also has an illustrious career as a…

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Running With Scissors

BBBB (out of 5) The Addamses are Kooky, the Tenenbaums are Quirky, but these people are just plain Fucked Up. Augusten Burroughs’ heartbreaking memoir has been turned into a savagely funny and heartrending account of growing up under the most unusual of circumstances. After a beautifully glowing childhood spent basking in the erratic energy of…

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