A Simple Favor (2018)

PAUL FEIG Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  USA, 2018.  Bron Studios, Feigco Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jessica Sharzer, based on the novel by Darcey Bell.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson.  Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Jefferson Sage.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Brent White.  Anna Kendrick plays a suburban single mom who is … More A Simple Favor (2018)

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The Mountain Between Us (2017)

HANY ABU-ASSAD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Chris Weitz, J. Mills Goodloe, based on the novel by Charles Martin.  Cinematography by Mandy Walker.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, David Ready, Jenno Topping.  Music by Ramin Djawadi.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Lee Percy.  Toronto … More The Mountain Between Us (2017)

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I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011)

DOUGLAS McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2011.  The Weinstein Company.  Screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the novel by Allison Pearson.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Donna Gigliotti.  Music by Aaron Zigman.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Camilla Toniolo.   Sarah Jessica Parker is a successful trader at a financial investment firm who … More I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011)

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Hidden Figures (2016)

THEODORE MELFI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2016.  Levantine Films, Chernin Entertainment, Fox 2000 Pictures.  Screenplay by Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly.  Cinematography by Mandy Walker.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Donna Gigliotti, Theodore Melfi, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams.  Music by Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design … More Hidden Figures (2016)

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Ladder 49

BB (out of 5) Painfully cliché-riddled drama about firefighters that makes the lamentable Backdraft suddenly look so much better. The action takes place in a local firehouse chock full of grunting Irish Catholic firemen who eat sloppily and sing karaoke badly so that we know what brutish, straight jocks they really are. John Travolta is completely … More Ladder 49

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Baby Mama

BB (out of 5) A highly successful business woman (Tina Fey) finds herself anxious to become a mother but unwilling to wait for her Prince Charming. Deciding to have a child on her own, she is frustrated by adoption waiting lists and her own oddly-shaped uterus, and so turns to the next logical solution: surrogacy. … More Baby Mama

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Pay It Forward

BB (out of 5) Horrendously cheesy film, its excellent performance by Helen Hunt swamped by directionless direction by Mimi Leder and a hackneyed screenplay. The plot follows the plight of a troubled and shy young boy (Haley Joel Osment, his first post-Academy Award nomination role) who is given an assignment at school to change the world … More Pay It Forward

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