Vice (2018)

ADAM McKAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, Gary Sanchez Productions, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Adam McKay.  Cinematography by Greig Fraser.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Will Ferrell, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay, Kevin J. Messick, Brad Pitt.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Susan Matheson.  Film Editing by Hank Corwin.  Golden Globe…

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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…

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Fast & Furious 6 (Furious 6) (2013)

JUSTIN LIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2013.  Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Original Film, One Race Productions, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network, Universal Studios, F & F VI Productions A.I.E..  Screenplay by Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.  Cinematography by Stephen F. Windon.  Produced by Vin Diesel, Neal H. Moritz, Clayton Townsend.  Music by Lucas Vidal.  Production Design…

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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

JORDAN VOGT-ROBERTS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Legendary Entertainment, Tencent Pictures, Warner Bros..  Story by John Gatins, Screenplay by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly.  Cinematography by Larry Fong.  Produced by Alex Garcia, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Thomas Tull.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by Stefan Dechant.  Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt.  Film Editing by Richard Pearson.  Academy Awards 2017.   Monkey…

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Star Trek Beyond (2016)

JUSTIN LIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2016.  Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, Alibaba Pictures Group, Huahua Media, Bad Robot, Sneaky Shark, Perfect Storm Entertainment.  Screenplay by Simon Pegg, Doug Jung, based on the television series Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry.  Cinematography by Stephen F. Windon.  Produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Roberto Orci.  Music by Michael Giacchino.  Production Design by Thomas…

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Fast And Furious (2009)

JUSTIN LIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Original Film, One Race Productions, Dentsu.  Screenplay by Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell, Neal H. Moritz.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by Ida Random.  Costume Design by Sanja Milkovic Hayes.  Film Editing by Fred Raskin,…

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This Must Be The Place

BB.5 (out of 5) Sean Penn plays an aging Robert Plant-like rock star who has left the business and lives off his riches in a small Irish town with his firefighter wife (Frances McDormand).  He spends days with his few friends, among them a groupie girl and a chatty, womanizing bloke.  Penn’s thin, reedy voice flatly…

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Tigerland

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A group of young American soldiers are trained in a hellish boot camp in Louisiana before being sent off to Vietnam. Unlike the men who have come before them, however, these guys are being trained well past the point when news reports coming back from the battlefield are reporting heavy losses….

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The Wolf Of Wall Street

BBB (out of 5) Martin Scorsese situates GoodFellas in the stock exchange for this biopic of Jordan Belfort (played here by Leonardo DiCaprio), the Wall Street tycoon who starts out a faceless trader on the floors of the financial capital before owning his own multi-billion dollar company founded on shady deals and crooked methods.  By…

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American Hustle

BB.5 (out of 5) The Abscam affair of the late seventies is reenacted in this middling comedy, one with a few laughs and some enjoyable caricatures to punctuate a slow pace and uneven direction.  Christian Bale is a career con artist who stows young wife Jennifer Lawrence at home while parading around town with his partner in…

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Take Shelter

BBBB (out of 5) Michael Shannon is electrifying as a steadily employed Ohio construction worker who lives the good life with his wife (Jessica Chastain) and daughter but is plagued by unsettling, apocalyptic visions. Night after night he experiences nightmares about Biblical destructions upon the land, and things get hairier when he begins to see omens…

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All The Real Girls

BBB.5 (out of 5) A girl recently returned from school (Zooey Deschanel) begins a shy affair with her brother’s womanizing best friend (Paul Schneider), both of them in fear of the consequences if her protective sibling were ever to find out. As their relationship progresses, he realizes that he really is in love this time,…

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