Isle of Dogs (2018)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/Germany, 2018.  American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Story by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura, Screenplay by Wes Anderson.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Paul Harrod, Adam Stockhausen.  Film Editing by Edward…

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Annihilation (2018)

ALEX GARLAND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  DNA Films, Paramount Pictures,  Scott Rudin Productions, Skydance Media.  Screenplay by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer.  Cinematography by Rob Hardy.  Produced by Eli Bush, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Scott Rudin.  Music by Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury.  Production Design by Mark Digby.  Costume Design by Sammy Sheldon.  Film Editing by Barney Pilling.   A…

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The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) (2017)

NOAH BAUMBACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2017.  Gilded Halfwing, IAC Films, Netflix.   Screenplay by Noah Baumbach.   Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.  Produced by Noah Baumbach, Eli Bush, Scott Rudin, Lila Yacoub.  Music by Randy Newman.  Production Design by Gerald Sullivan.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Jennifer Lame.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Gotham Awards 2017 Comedic drama that provides something of…

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Lady Bird (2017)

GRETA GERWIG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2017.  Scott Rudin Productions, Entertainment 360, IAC Films.  Screenplay by Greta Gerwig.  Cinematography by Sam Levy.  Produced by Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott Rudin.  Music by Jon Brion.  Production Design by Chris Jones.  Costume Design by April Napier.  Film Editing by Nick Houy.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017. Gotham Awards 2017.   Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Saoirse…

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Fences

BBBB (out of 5) A garbage collector in 1950s Pittsburgh comes home every day to a loving wife and a teenage son, dispensing tough love and harsh wisdom on both while constantly harping on the need to fix the fences around his property’s yard; the fences, it turns out, are both literal and metaphorical, the…

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Steve Jobs

BBB (out of 5) Aaron Sorkin applies his fast-talking style to the career of Steve Jobs for a film that is, thankfully, not a biopic but an investigation of ambition and compromise. The entire thing takes place at three different stockholder presentations, all the action centered around the moments before show time: 1984, with the…

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While We’re Young (2014)

NOAH BAUMBACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Noah Baumbach.  Cinematography by Sam Levy.  Produced by Noah Baumbach, Eli Bush, Scott Rudin, Lila Yacoub.  Music by James Murphy.  Production Design by Adam Stockhausen.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Jennifer Lame.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014.  Gotham Awards 2015.   Ben Stiller is a documentary filmmaker who has been working on the…

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Rosewater

BB (out of 5) Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael Garcia Bernal) leaves his pregnant wife in London to visit his home country and cover the controversial 2009 democratic elections that saw incumbent Ahmadinejad’s established reign under threat. Insistent that he will only be gone for a few days and that his wife need not worry…

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Marci X

0.5 (out of 5) Not even the presence of two adorable stars can help this abysmally inept comedy, in which Lisa Kudrow stars as a privileged Jewish princess who needs to step in and help the family business after her tycoon father (director Richard Benjamin) is taken ill.  The provocative lyrics of a popular rapper (Damon…

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2014.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, American Empirical Pictures, TSG Entertainment, Scott Rudin Productions.  Story by Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness, Screenplay by Wes Anderson, inspired by the works of Stefan Zweig.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Adam…

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Searching For Bobby Fischer

BBBB (out of 5) Young Josh Waitzin (Max Pomeranc) feels only passably amused by the activities and sports he enjoys with his friends, until one day in the park with his mother he discovers something captivating: chess. When his parents Fred and Bonnie (Joe Mantegna and Joan Allen) realize he’s something of a prodigy, they immediately…

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The First Wives Club

BBBB (out of 5) Serious alterations have been made to Olivia Goldsmith’s original novel, but it’s possible that even devoted readers will still enjoy it. Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton are in peak form as three middle-aged women who are abandoned by their husbands (Dan Hedaya, Victor Garber, Stephen Collins respectively) for women much younger than…

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