First Man (2018)

DAMIEN CHAZELLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 2018.  Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Perfect World Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner.  Music by Justin Hurwitz.  Production Design by … More First Man (2018)

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

DENIS VILLENEUVE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/United Kingdom/Canada, 2017.  16:14 Entertainment, Alcon Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Thunderbird Entertainment, Torridon Films, Warner Bros..  Story by Hampton Fancher, Screenplay by Hampton Fancher, Michael Green, based on characters from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Broderick Johnson, … More Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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La La Land (2016)

DAMIEN CHAZELLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  Summit Entertainment, Black Label Media, TIK Films, Impostor Pictures, Gilbert Films, Marc Platt Productions.  Screenplay by Damien Chazelle.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Fred Berger, Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt.  Music by Justin Hurwitz.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Tom Cross.  Academy Awards 2016.  Golden Globe … More La La Land (2016)

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The Nice Guys

BBB.5 (out of 5) A hired thug (Russell Crowe, more lighthearted than he’s been in years) is hired by a young woman to keep a couple of guys off her tail; this leads him to a private investigator (Ryan Gosling, playing the clown to perfection) whose ineptitude reaches Inspector Clouseau levels who has been hired … More The Nice Guys

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The Big Short (2015)

ADAM McKAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2015.  Plan B Entertainment, Regency Enterprises.  Screenplay by Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, based on the book by Michael Lewis.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Clayton Hartley.  Costume Design by Susan Matheson.  Film Editing by Hank Corwin.  Academy Awards … More The Big Short (2015)

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Remember The Titans

BBBB (out of 5) What do you get when you mix manipulative comedy-drama that plays its historical backdrop of racial intolerance in 1970s Virginia too broadly, with the slam-bang ridiculous action style of movies from the producing efforts of Jerry Bruckheimer? Not to mention an anti-airtight script that wanders around looking for a backbone? Thoroughly … More Remember The Titans

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Drive

BBBB (out of 5) Ryan Gosling plays a stunt driver for the movies who sidelines as a driver for robbers during their getaways; he is also that cinematic favourite, the sexy loner. There’s always exceptions to the lone rider’s route, however, and Gosling cannot help but get sucked in when he meets a sweet waitress … More Drive

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