The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, Annapurna Television, Mike Zoss Productions.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, segment All Gold Canyon based on a story by Jack London, segment The Gal Who Got Rattled inspired by a story by Stewart Edward White.  Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel.  Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen,…

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Life of the Party

BEN FALCONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2018.  New Line Cinema, On the Day, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy.  Cinematography by Julio Macat.  Produced by Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy.  Music by Fil Eisler.  Production Design by Rusty Smith.  Costume Design by Suzy Freeman.  Film Editing by Brian Scott Olds.   Melissa McCarthy and her husband Matt Walsh drop their daughter…

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Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015)

MICHAEL SHOWALTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  Red Crown Productions, Haven Entertainment, Frame Switch.  USA, 2015.  Screenplay by Laura Terruso, Michael Showalter, based on the short film Doris & The Intern by Laura Terruso.  Cinematography by Brian Burgoyne.  Produced by Daniel Crown, Kevin Mann, Riva Marker, Jordana Mollick, Daniela Taplin Lundberg.  Music by Brian H. Kim.  Production Design by Melanie Jones.  Costume…

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Get Out (2017)

JORDAN PEELE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Blumhouse Productions, Monkeypaw Productions, QC Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jordan Peele.  Cinematography by Toby Oliver.  Produced by Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele.  Music by Michael Abels.  Production Design by Rusty Smith.  Costume Design by Nadine Haders.  Film Editing by Gregory Plotkin.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.  Gotham Awards 2017.  Daniel Kaluuya is heading to the country with…

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RoboCop 3

 BB.5 (out of 5) Our cyberhero keeps blowing stuff up but Detroit is no closer to being free of crime.  The corruption is once again coming from the top when real estate developers want to pave over an inner city neighbourhood, forcing residents out who become rebel warriors in protest.  The private corporation running law enforcement starts a…

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Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates

BBB (out of 5) Brothers Mike (Adam DeVine) and Dave (Zac Efron) Stangle spend their days selling beer to drinking establishments and their nights getting in trouble while drinking it.  Their parents, exasperated with the mayhem that these adorable but destructive boys cause, issue an ultimatum about their upcoming trip to their sister’s wedding in Hawaii: either…

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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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Trumbo

BBB.5 (out of 5) Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (played here by Bryan Cranston) easily became a prime target for the HUAC during the height of the Red Scare: gregarious, charismatic and a card-carrying Communist party member for years, Trumbo sees the congressional hearings as a blight on the First Amendment and, despite the suggestion of his peers,…

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Selma (2014)

AVA DuVERNAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2014.  Cloud Eight Films, Celador Films, Harpo Films, Pathe, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Paul Webb.  Cinematography by Bradford Young.  Produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey.  Music by Jason Moran.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Spencer Averick.  Academy Awards 2014.  Golden Globe Awards 2014.   By 1964, the…

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Ghost

BBB.5 (out of 5) Audiences always love a good romance, and when it’s spiced up by a nifty murder mystery and some supernatural plot elements, it’s not possible to believe that you have anything but a winner. This extremely enjoyable melodrama was released to ecstatic audience response, and along with Pretty Woman ruled the box…

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Rango

BBBB (out of 5) Did you ever wonder what all those scaly critters were doing during westerns while John Wayne was duking it out against the bad guys? Apparently having a showdown of their own! At least that’s what we learn after a pet lizard (voiced irresistibly by Johnny Depp) accidentally falls out of his…

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Ice Age: The Meltdown

BBB.5 (out of 5) Your favourite prehistoric pals Manny, Sid and Diego are back at it again in this beautifully animated, slightly superior sequel to the 2001 hit film. Mammoth Manny (Ray Romano) has to deal with the possibility of extinction when he realizes that there are no other mammoths that he knows of. This…

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