Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

BOB PERSICHETTI, PETER RAMSEY, RODNEY ROTHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad Productions, Lord Miller, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Phil Lord, Screenplay by Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, story consultant Meghan Malloy, based on Spider-Verse created by Dan Slott and characters created by Peter…

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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Columbia Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Sony Pictures Animation.  Screenplay by Michael McCullers, Genndy Tartakovsky, based on characters created by Todd Durham.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh, Tiësto.  Production Design by Scott Wills.  Film Editing by Joyce Arrastia. With his daughter’s happiness well secured by her marriage in the previous film,…

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Hotel Transylvania (2012)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2012.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Todd Durham, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Screenplay by Peter Baynham, Robert Smigel.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Marcelo Vignali.  Film Editing by Catherine Apple.  Golden Globe Awards 2012.  Toronto International Film Festival 2012. Even a famous vampire can’t help but turn into a…

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Rio

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Captured in the jungles as an infant and raised in the United States in a cage, blue macaw Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) lives a perfectly happy life with his devoted owner Linda (Leslie Mann). She gives in to her environmental guilt when a Brazilian scientist (Rodrigo Santoro) shows up and tells her…

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Osmosis Jones

BB.5 (out of 5) Half of this Farrelly Brothers comedy is a delight, while the other half is practically unbearable. A combination of live-action and animation filmmaking, it stars Bill Murray as a hygienically repulsive zoo worker whose concerned daughter is trying very hard to get him to live a healthier life. When he catches…

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Red Lights

BBB.5 (out of 5) Psychics, mediums and telekinetics abound everywhere, and Sigourney Weaver is determined to take them all down. She is excellent as a forthright and skeptical researcher who travels the world with her assistant (Cillian Murphy), debunking the pseudoscience that seems to draw people in so easily in such great numbers. When a…

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The Princess And The Frog

BBBB (out of 5) Anika Noni Rose contributes gorgeous singing and a delightful voice performance as a hard-working New Orleans waitress at the height of the jazz age, who dreams of one day opening up her own restaurant. On the night that a rich heiress, and her childhood friend, is to meet a prince (Bruno…

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Star Trek: Generations

BBB (out of 5) Now it is time for the two captains to meet:  both Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) are featured in this gorgeously shot Star Trek adventure that for the first time appeals to fans of both the older and newer series. Why they’re brought together…

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ParaNorman

BBBB (out of 5) It’s not easy being a kid, and when you’re the type who sees dead people it’s a little bit harder. At least that’s what we learn about young Norman, whose parents are frustrated whenever he tells them that his dead grandmother (voiced by Elaine Stritch) keeps him company while he watches…

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