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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The Death Of Stalin (2017)

ARMANDO IANNUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France/United Kingdom/Belgium/Canada, 2017.  Quad Productions, Main Journey, Gaumont, France 3 Cinéma, Panache Productions, Canal+, Cine+, France Télévisions, Title Media.  Screenplay by Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, additional material by Peter Fellows, from a screenplay by Fabien Nury, based on the comic book by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin.  Cinematography by Zac…

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The Boss Baby (2017)

TOM McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2017.  DreamWorks Animation.  Screenplay by Michael McCullers, based on the book by Marla Frazee.  Produced by Ramsey Ann Naito.  Music by Steve Mazzaro, Hans Zimmer.  Film Editing by James Ryan.  Academy Awards 2017.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.   A young boy’s perfect life as the top priority of his loving parents is dashed when they come home from the hospital…

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Escape From L.A.

BB.5 (out of 5) John Carpenter returns to his early eighties cult classic with virtually the same plot on a higher budget. Kurt Russell is in fine form (especially his hair) in his second outing as Snake Plissken, the renegade called upon to help the government when yet another major city that has become a sequestered…

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Ghost World

BBBB (out of 5) Unforgettably funny look at the growing pains of high school girl Enid (Thora Birch) who doesn’t fit in with the perky teenagers around her, but is too smart and self-confident to apologize for herself. She and her best friend Becky (Scarlett Johansson) live in what is basically a “ghost world”, spending…

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Con Air

BBB.5 (out of 5) Nicolas Cage returns home to his pregnant wife (Monica Potter) after serving in a high-ranking military outfit, only to be caught defending her from bar thugs and thrown in jail for murder. Years later his term has been served and he is on his way home to his family (which now includes…

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Charlotte’s Web

BB.5 (out of 5) E.B. White’s novel, one of the most perfect books ever written for children, is given the big-screen treatment in this passable family film looking to take up where Babe left off. Wilbur is the runt of a litter of pigs who is saved from being executed by a farmer when little…

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The Impostors

BBB.5 (out of 5) Stanley Tucci’s tribute to silent-era filmmaking is an art-deco delight, one that is short on substance but long on rollicking humour. Tucci and Oliver Platt play two down-and-out unemployed actors who find themselves stowing away on an ocean liner when they have to hide out from an esteemed actor (Alfred Molina) they…

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28 Days

BBB (out of 5) Sandra Bullock is great in this enjoyable but odd comedy about a young woman who is sentenced to twenty-eight days in a rehab center after destroying her sister’s wedding (and public property) while under the influence. Her stay at the clinic teaches her a few things about herself she never knew, and…

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Hotel Transylvania

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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Parting Glances

BBBB (out of 5) This is one of the first pioneering efforts to move depictions of gay men and women away from narrowly stereotyped menial characters to front-and-centre, honestly detailed protagonists. In it, a happy couple (Richard Ganoung, John Bolger) enjoy their participation in their community of friends and family, though Bolger’s impending move to…

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