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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The Birth Of A Nation (2016)

NATE PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Canada, 2016.  Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Follow Through Productions, Hit 55 Ventures, Infinity United Entertainment, Juniper Productions, Mandalay Pictures, Novofam Productions, Oster Media, Phantom Four, Point Made Films, Tiny Giant Entertainment.  Story by Nate Parker, Jean McGianni Celestin, Screenplay by Nate Parker.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Jason Michael…

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Furious Seven (Fast & Furious 7) (2015)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 2015.  Universal Pictures, Media Rights Capital, China Film Co., Original Film, One Race Films, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network, Québec Production Services Tax Credit, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, Abu Dhabi Film Commission.  Screenplay by Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.  Cinematography by Marc…

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The Founder

BB.5 (out of 5) A traveling salesman who has peddled everything possible is tired and disillusioned, trying to get drive-in burger joints to buy his multi-milkshake machine and getting nowhere until a phone call comes in that changes his life.  Two brothers running a burger joint that has endless lineups need to buy eight milkshake machines…

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The Conjuring 2 (2016)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2016.  New Line Cinema, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, The Safran Company, Atomic Monster.  Story by Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, James Wan, Screenplay by Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, James Wan, David Leslie Johnson.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Rob Cowan, Peter Safran, James Wan.  Music by Joseph Bishara.  Production Design by Julie Berghoff.  Costume Design by Kristin M….

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A Time To Kill

BB.5 (out of 5) One of the most overproduced John Grisham film adaptations is taken from his first book.  It would be far too easy to point out the drawbacks of this dramatic debacle (overly long running time, deceptively simple political issues dressed up as complex themes), so we’ll concentrate on the positive: this was…

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The Hunger Games

BBB.5 (out of 5) Deliverance and Westworld are combined for the teen set in this terrific adaptation of the popular novel by Suzanne Collins. It takes place in the chillingly not-so-distant future, where humanity’s crimes against itself have resulted in an authoritative government that chooses to control the need for violent expression in an unusual…

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Flight

BB.5 (out of 5) Denzel Washington is a coke-snorting, booze-guzzling airline pilot whose excellent track record easily covers up his bad habits and helps him forget the trouble he left behind when he lost his marriage and son to his addictions.  A mechanical fault on a plane he is flying across the country nearly crashes…

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The Conjuring (2013)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2013.  New Line Cinema, The Safran Company, Evergreen Media Group.  Screenplay by Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes.  Cinematography by John R. Leonetti.  Produced by Rob Cowan, Tony DeRosa-Grund, Peter Safran.  Music by Joseph Bishara.  Production Design by Julie Berghoff.  Costume Design by Kristin M. Burke.  Film Editing by Kirk M. Morri.   The hope is for a thriller as…

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The Odd Life Of Timothy Green

B (out of 5) A childless couple (Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Garner) are told by their doctor that there is no hope that they will ever conceive despite all the medical interventions they have attempted.  In their grief and disappointment, the pair imagine out loud the perfect child they dream of having, one who has great…

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