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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Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA/Spain, 2014.  Chernin Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, Babieka, Volcano Films.  Screenplay by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine, Steven Zaillian.  Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by Mark Albela, Peter Chernin, Mohamed El Raie, Mark Huffam, Denise O’Dell, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott, Jenno Topping.  Music by Alberto Iglesias.  Production Design by Arthur Max.  Costume Design by…

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Ghostbusters

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ivan Reitman’s comedy classic has been updated to the new millennium but not a new setting as slimy creatures of the paranormal once again terrorize citizens of New York.  After a spectral figure appears to a tour guide in a historic Manhattan mansion, its manager begs a former believer and now…

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Finding Dory

BBBB (out of 5) Pixar returns to one of its most adored tales for a sequel to Finding Nemo, the story of a loving clownfish (Albert Brooks) who crossed the ocean to find his missing son.  On that voyage he was accompanied by a blue tang with a short-term memory problem named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), whose own origins…

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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (Jag Ar Ingrid)

BBBB (out of 5) A richly enjoyable valentine to one of the cinema’s greatest performers, for the celebration of her centenary. Originally from Sweden, Ingrid Bergman grew up the adored child of her father before losing him as a pre-teen, and having already lost her mother as an infant was freely set upon the world…

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Vamps

BB.5 (out of 5) Alicia Silverstone plays a vampire who has been roaming Manhattan since the 1840s when her “stem” (Sigourney Weaver) turned her into a bloodsucker.  In the nineties, Silverstone was given a companion in the form of Krysten Ritter, and now the two of them spend their days in side-by-side coffins and their nights…

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Tadpole

BB.5 (out of 5) This shallow little story made in the early stages of digital guerilla filmmaking is about a fifteen year-old Manhattanite (Aaron Stanford) returning from boarding school for Thanksgiving weekend with the intention of finally telling his beautiful stepmother (Sigourney Weaver) that he is in love with her. Weaver herself is completely unaware…

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The Guys

BBB (out of 5) Anthony LaPaglia is called upon to give a eulogy at the funeral of his fellow firefighters who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Feeling the need to get it right, he hires a writer (Sigourney Weaver) to help him shape the piece into what he wants…

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The Village

B (out of 5) This chapter in M. Night Shyamalan’s trove of scary tales is one of the most pretentiously idiotic pieces of tripe that you’ll ever see. It takes place in the 1890s, with citizens of a tiny village living in peaceful idyll away from the cares of the bustling towns near them. Surrounding…

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Dave

BBBB (out of 5) Delightful political comedy, featuring a brilliant screenplay by Gary Ross and intelligent direction by Ivan Reitman. When the President of the United States (Kevin Kline) is taken gravely ill during sex with a secret mistress, his staff members immediately hire a dead-on lookalike (also Kline) to take on the job permanently….

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Ghostbusters (Ghost Busters)

BBBB (out of 5) After three scientists (Bill Murray, who is terrific, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis) investigating supernatural phenomena are fired from their university and have their grants taken away, they set up shop in an old fire hall and sell themselves as ‘ghost busters’. New York City, as it turns out, is a giant…

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Ghostbusters II

BBB (out of 5) Tepid sequel finds the gang of Ghostbusters living on skid row now that the city is cleaned of all its paranormal activity and they’ve become a big joke. Working birthday parties to stay afloat while fighting a court case that threatens to bankrupt them, the boys suddenly spring back into action…

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