The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, Annapurna Television, Mike Zoss Productions.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, segment All Gold Canyon based on a story by Jack London, segment The Gal Who Got Rattled inspired by a story by Stewart Edward White.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen,…

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Ready Player One (2018)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Amblin Entertainment, De Line Pictures, Dune Entertainment, Farah Films & Management, Reliance Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Zak Penn, Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Ernest Cline.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Donald De Line, Dan Farah, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production…

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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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The Witch

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Early seventeenth-century settlers are banished from their New England community for the father’s attitude towards the ruling religious order, quickly finding themselves living on an isolated farm and enduring the steely gray autumn days in anticipation of a hard winter. Their family has no idea that what they fear (and what…

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 2014.  Twentieth Century Fox, Marv Films, Cloudy Productions, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book The Secret Service by Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons.  Cinematography by George Richmond.  Produced by Adam Bohling, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn.  Music by Henry Jackman, Matthew Margeson.  Production Design by Paul Kirby.  Costume Design by Arianne…

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Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

JAMES GUNN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2014.  Marvel Studios, Marvel Enterprises, Moving Picture Company.  Screenplay by James Gunn, Nicole Perlman, based on the comic book by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning.  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Tyler Bates.  Production Design by Charles Wood.  Costume Design by Alexandra Byrne.  Film Editing by Fred Raskin, Hughes Winborne, Craig Wood.  Academy Awards 2014.    Those…

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Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

BB (out of 5) Yet another academic year at the Hogwarts school as the kids grow older and their hormones start pointing them towards each other for more than just spells and potions. Newly added to the staff is Jim Broadbent (brilliant as always), come to teach the kids the ins and outs of potion-mixing but…

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

BB.5 (out of 5) Seven books, eight movies and a whole heck of a lot of merchandising finally come down to a final adventure featuring the plucky young wizard and his best friends going head to head with a noseless evil who looks like a tapeworm. After mooning about without doing anything interesting for three…

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1

B.5 (out of 5) Films that began as a series of imaginative adventures have descended into self-important, jargon-spouting fan conventions that defy all manner of patience. This adaptation of half of J.K. Rowling’s final literary chapter in one of the most popular book franchises in publishing history is much ado about nothing, an opportunity to…

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First Knight

BB (out of 5) Just in case anyone thought that Lerner and Loewe’s musical was the most boring version of the Camelot legend, here’s director Jerry Zucker to provide film audiences with an all-time low. Stripping the story of its more fairy-tale magical elements (wizards and witches, magical spells), the story instead concentrates solely on…

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From Hell

BB.5 (out of 5) Annoyingly boring movie about Jack The Ripper that was intended by directors Allen and Albert Hughes to be the definitive movie on the world’s premier and most mysterious serial killer, but is really just another lame gorefest. By trying to incorporate all aspects of Victorian England (the Queen and her iron…

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Robin Hood (2010)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2010.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Relativity Media, Scott Free Productions.  Story by Brian Helgeland, Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris, Screenplay by Brian Helgeland.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Russell Crowe, Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott.  Music by Marc Streitenfeld.  Production Design by Arthur Max.  Costume Design by Janty Yates.  Film Editing by Pietro Scalia.  Cannes Film Festival…

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