Game Night (2018)

JOHN FRANCIS DALEY, JONATHAN GOLDSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Aggregate Films, Davis Entertainment, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Mark Perez.  Cinematography by Barry Peterson.  Produced by Jason Bateman, John Davis, John Fox, James Garavente.  Music by  Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Debra McGuire.  Film Editing by David Egan, Jamie Gross, Gregory Plotkin.   Party game enthusiasts … More Game Night (2018)

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Doctor Strange

BBB.5 (out of 5) A top-tier brain surgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) has his future destroyed when a car accident causes nerve damage in his once steady hands that he cannot repair.  Turning his back on his colleague and lover (a wonderfully breezy Rachel McAdams), he tries every medical method to restore his skills until, out of desperation, … More Doctor Strange

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Spotlight

BBB.5 (out of 5) A new editor takes over the Boston Globe and tells members of “Spotlight”, a team of journalists who do deep work on long research projects, that a story has come up that he thinks they should pursue. A Catholic priest accused of multiple cases of sexual abuse against children in his … More Spotlight

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A Most Wanted Man

BBBB (out of 5) Another John Le Carre adaptation, which we recognize as being his because the spies can’t enjoy their coffee and their clothing is never ironed, but better executed and far more exciting than the lesser versions of his works (I’m looking at you, Tailor of Panama).  Philip Seymour Hoffman ably heads a terrific cast as … More A Most Wanted Man

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Mean Girls

BBB.5 (out of 5) A fresh-faced sixteen year-old girl (Lindsay Lohan) who has spent her life home-schooled in Africa is brought back to the States and put into a public school for the first time. She immediately befriends both misfits and in-crowders, plus falls for the cutest boy in school (Jonathan Bennett) who sits right … More Mean Girls

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State Of Play

BBB (out of 5) Russell Crowe is a frumpy journalist of the old-school variety who is perpetually annoyed by snappy new member of the team Rachel McAdams.  They cross paths when he investigates a murder of a street kid and she the accidental death of a senator’s aide who died in a subway accident. Connections begin … More State Of Play

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Morning Glory (2010)

ROGER MICHELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.5.  USA, 2010.  Bad Robot, Goldcrest Pictures.  Screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna.  Cinematography by Alwin H. Kuchler.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk.  Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Frank L. Fleming.  Film Editing by Dan Farrell, Nick Moore, Steven Weisberg. Rachel McAdams is let go from her job producing a middling New Jersey morning news show … More Morning Glory (2010)

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