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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Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

PEYTON REED Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 2018.  Marvel Studios.  Screenplay by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Stephen Broussard, Kevin Feige.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by Shepherd Frankel.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Dan…

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The Meddler (2015)

LORENE SCAFARIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Anonymous Content, Stage 6 Films.  Screenplay by Lorene Scafaria.  Cinematography by Brett Pawlak.  Produced by Joy Gorman Wettels.  Music by Jonathan Sadoff.  Production Design by Chris L. Spellman.  Costume Design by Annie Bloom.  Film Editing by Kayla Emter.   Recently widowed Susan Sarandon (her finest performance in years) finds herself with plenty of time and money…

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

JAMES FRANCO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2017.  Good Universe, New Line Cinema, Point Grey Pictures, RabbitBandini Productions, Ramona Films, RatPac-Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Scott Neudstadter, Michael H. Weber, based on the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by James…

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Neighbors (Bad Neighbours) (2014)

NICHOLAS STOLLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2014.  Good Universe, Point Grey Pictures.  Screenplay by Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver.  Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design by Julie Berghoff.  Costume Design by Leesa Evans.  Film Editing by Zene Baker.   Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne have a new baby, a new house and, like…

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Snatched (2017)

JONATHAN LEVINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, Feigco Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Katie Dippold.  Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Jenno Topping.  Music by Chris Bacon, Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Leesa Evans.  Film Editing by Zene Baker, Melissa Bretherton.   Amy Schumer‘s life is at…

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Office Christmas Party

BBBB (out of 5) The Chicago branch of a software company is preparing for a mild non-denominational holiday mixer when its tough-as-nails interim CEO (an outstanding Jennifer Aniston) storms in and brings Grinch-worthy news: the branch’s profit margin under her goofy, spoiled brother (T.J. Miller) is shoddy and, rather than wait for things to improve, she is planning to shut the entire…

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Trainwreck

BBB (out of 5) Comedian Amy Schumer gets the star treatment in a big-screen comedy that showcases her talents, and since she wrote the screenplay, it makes sure to showcase them all: goofy comedy, sincere comedy, drama, moments both improvised and contrived, and a few dance moves.  Indulgence is one thing, but this romantic comedy about…

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Larry Crowne

0.5 (out of 5) A film so disastrous it has to be seen to be believed.  Tom Hanks is a longtime employee at a Walmart-like store who is devastated when he gets fired due to downsizing, told that his lack of a college education is the reason why he has not been prioritized above employees with…

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