Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

BOB PERSICHETTI, PETER RAMSEY, RODNEY ROTHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad Productions, Lord Miller, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Phil Lord, Screenplay by Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, story consultant Meghan Malloy, based on Spider-Verse created by Dan Slott and characters created by Peter…

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Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, LStar Capital, Sony Pictures Animation, Media Rights Capital, Sony Pictures Digital, Sony Pictures Imageworks.  Screenplay by Robert Smigel, Adam Sandler, based on characters created by Todd Durham.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Michael Kurinsky.  Film Editing by Catherine Apple.   In this hilarious sequel to…

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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Columbia Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Sony Pictures Animation.  Screenplay by Michael McCullers, Genndy Tartakovsky, based on characters created by Todd Durham.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh, Tiësto.  Production Design by Scott Wills.  Film Editing by Joyce Arrastia. With his daughter’s happiness well secured by her marriage in the previous film,…

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Hotel Transylvania (2012)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2012.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Todd Durham, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Screenplay by Peter Baynham, Robert Smigel.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Marcelo Vignali.  Film Editing by Catherine Apple.  Golden Globe Awards 2012.  Toronto International Film Festival 2012. Even a famous vampire can’t help but turn into a…

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The Pirates! Band Of Misfits (The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists!)

BBBB (out of 5) The folks at Aardman have returned with another delightful feature-length animated film chock full of wondrous spectacle and insouciant humour.  Hugh Grant does a top-flight job voicing the Pirate Captain (with the “luxuriant” beard) of a rather unimpressive band of men (one of whom is Suspiciously Curvaceous). They aren’t much as pirates…

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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

BBB.5 (out of 5) Highly imaginative Flint (Bill Hader) has spent his entire life being shunned by his community on the tiny Atlantic island of Swallow Falls (it resides just below the “A” on the map). While the rest of the town works in sardines, Flint dreams of being an inventor, but unfortunately his attempts…

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Monster House

BBB.5 (out of 5) It’s so nice to know there are still politically incorrect people out there who are looking to scare the bejeesus out of children. In fact, this one has more than its share of dark moments that would make it quite unsuitable for the very young, unless of course you want them…

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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

BBB (out of 5) His unpronounceable invention created weather that rained hot dogs and hamburgers from the sky, but in the sequel his home island has gone full-on Lost World when science-geek Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) is informed that his creations have become sentient beings.  More exciting, though, is that his work has caught the…

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The Smurfs

BB.5 (out of 5) Peyo’s comic strip creations, which hit the pop culture mill when they became a Saturday morning cartoon in the eighties, have finally made their way to the big screen via modern technology which mixes their cute, computer-generated selves with live-action performers and settings. On the run from the evil Gargamel (Hank…

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