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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BlackkKlansman (2018)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 2018.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Blumhouse Productions, Legendary Entertainment, Monkeypaw Productions, Perfect World Pictures, QC Entertainment.  Screenplay by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee, based on the book by Ron Stallworth.  Cinematography by Chayse Irvin.  Produced by Jason Blum, Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele,…

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

J.A. BAYONA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2018.  Amblin Entertainment, Legendary Entertainment, Perfect World Pictures, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton.  Cinematography by Oscar Faura.  Produced by Belen Atienza, Patrick Crowley, Frank Marshall.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Andy Nicholson.  Costume Design by Sammy Sheldon.  Film Editing by Bernat Vilaplana. With the…

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Phantom Thread (2017)

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2017.  Annapurna Pictures, Focus Features, Ghoulardi Film Company, Perfect World Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson.  Cinematography by Paul Thomas Anderson.  Produced by Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi, JoAnne Sellar.  Music by Jonny Greenwood.  Production Design by Mark Tildesley.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing by Dylan Tichenor.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Victoria and Abdul (2017)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2017.   BBC Films, Cross Street Films, Perfect World Pictures, Working Title Films.   Screenplay by Lee Hall, based on the book by Shrabani Basu.  Cinematography by Danny Cohen.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Beeban Kidron, Tracey Seaward.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by…

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Nocturnal Animals

BBB (out of 5) Amy Adams plays a successful, perfectly coiffed Los Angeles art gallery owner whose relationship with husband Armie Hammer has cooled.  She receives a package in the mail from her first husband that turns out to be the galleys of his soon-to-be published novel, a violent and disturbing tale of brutal, feral…

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Bridget Jones’s Baby

BBBB (out of 5) Fifteen years after she first charmed us, and twelve years after she disappointed us with a sequel, the adorable London singleton is back and, despite not having been in a major film in a while, Renee Zellweger still has all the breezy, perfectly timed appeal that she brought to the role the first time…

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Central Intelligence (2016)

RAWSON MARSHALL THURBER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2016.  New Line Cinema, Bluegrass Films, Perfect World Pictures,  Principato-Young Entertainment, Universal Pictures.  Story by Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen, Screenplay by Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen, Rawson Marshall Thurber.  Cinematography by Barry Peterson.  Produced by Peter Principato, Scott Stuber, Paul Young.  Music by Ludwig Göransson, Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Stephen J. Lineweaver.  Costume Design…

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

BB.5 (out of 5) After achieving fame as a pre-teen in the trio The Style Boyz, Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) has gone solo, leaving band mate Lawrence (Akiva Schaffer) to turn farmer and Owen (Jorma Taccone) to become his onstage DJ.  Conner is now a world-famous superstar who can’t even get his butt waxed without posting it online, constantly traveling,…

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