Destroyer (2018)

KARYN KUSAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  30West, Automatik.  Screenplay by Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi.  Cinematography by Julie Kirkwood.  Produced by Fred Berger, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi.   Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Kay Lee.  Costume Design by Audrey Fisher.  Film Editing by Plummy Tucker.  Golden Globe Awards 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. A grizzled, self-destructive Los Angeles cop (Nicole…

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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

ANTHONY RUSSO, JOE RUSSO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Marvel Studios.  Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and characters created by Joe Simon, Steve Englehart, Steve Gan, Bill Mantlo, Keith Giffen, Jim Starlin, Larry Lieber, Don Heck.  Cinematography by Trent Opaloch.  Produced by Kevin Feige. Music by Alan…

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I, Tonya (2017)

CRAIG GILLESPIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Clubhouse Pictures, LuckyChap Entertainment.  Screenplay by Steven Rogers.  Cinematography by Nicolas Karakatsanis.  Produced by Tom Ackerley, Margot Robbie, Steven Rogers, Bryan Unkeless.  Music by Peter Nashel.  Production Design by Jade Healy.  Costume Design by Jennifer Johnson.  Film Editing by Tatiana S. Riegel.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.  Gotham Awards 2017.  Independent Spirit Awards 2017. Toronto International Film Festival 2017….

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Logan Lucky (2017)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Trans-Radial Pictures, Free Association.  Screenplay by Rebecca Blunt.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Reid Carolin, Gregory Jacobs, Mark Johnson, Channing Tatum.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Steven Soderbergh.   Steven Soderbergh returns to feature film directing after a four year hiatus with a…

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

ANTHONY RUSSO, JOE RUSSO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2016.  Marvel Studios, Vita-Ray Dutch Productions, Studio Babelsberg, Marvel Entertainment, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on the comic book by Mark Millar, and characters created by Joe Simon, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Trent Opaloch.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by Owen Paterson. …

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The Martian (2015)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2015.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, TSG Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, Genre Films, International Traders, Kinberg Genre, Mid Atlantic Films.  Screenplay by Drew Goddard, based on the book by Andy Weir.  Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by Mark Huffam, Simon Kinberg, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott, Aditya Sood.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Arthur…

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Ricki And The Flash

BB (out of 5) Years after she walked out on her husband and three kids to pursue a career as a rock star, Meryl Streep is playing dive bars in Tarzana and about to file bankruptcy, so muddled about her relationship with her guitarist boyfriend (Rick Springfield) that she can barely keep from humiliating him onstage…

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Captain America: The First Avenger

BBBB (out of 5) More superhero fun from the Marvel universe, this time with the added charm of wide-eyed nostalgia for a bygone era. Scrawny, undersized Chris Evans (made diminutive thanks to some very impressive visual effects) is tired of losing fights and women to bigger, stronger men and, despite constant rejection, keeps trying to sign…

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Rachel Getting Married

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A former fashion model and junkie (Anne Hathaway) is released from rehab in perfect time to attend her sister’s wedding in Connecticut. Upon arrival she is greeted with hesitation by her sibling (Rosemarie DeWitt) and stepmother (Anna Deavere Smith) but open, optimistic arms by her father (Bill Irwin). Over the course…

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Black Swan (2010)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 2010.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Protozoa Pictures, Phoenix Pictures, Dune Entertainment.  Story by Andres Heinz, Screenplay by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brian Oliver.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Amy Westcott.  Film Editing…

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