The Land of Steady Habits (2018)

NICOLE HOLOFCENER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Likely Story.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener, based on the novel by Ted Thompson.  Cinematography by Alar Kivilo.  Produced by Stefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Dina Goldman.  Costume Design by Alex Bovaird.  Film Editing by Robert Frazen.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Ben Mendelsohn is enjoying life in early retirement,…

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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

JORDAN VOGT-ROBERTS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Legendary Entertainment, Tencent Pictures, Warner Bros..  Story by John Gatins, Screenplay by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly.  Cinematography by Larry Fong.  Produced by Alex Garcia, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Thomas Tull.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by Stefan Dechant.  Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt.  Film Editing by Richard Pearson.  Academy Awards 2017.   Monkey…

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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

B (out of 5) Alice Englert shows up in a tiny South Carolina town and, as if being the new girl isn’t hard enough, has to face the legacy of her family, magically powered citizens who are thought Satanists by everyone else around them.  Falling in love with her kindness and mystery, charming mortal Alden…

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Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters

BB.5 (out of 5) As children, they ate the candy off a witch’s house and almost died for it, but thanks to some quick thinking were able to turn the game around and cook the old crone in her own oven instead. Now fully grown up, the most famously abandoned children in fairy tale history…

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Death In Venice (Morte A Venezia)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Luchino Visconti applies his obsessively elegant style to this adaptation of Thomas Mann’s story about repressed desire, set in turn of the century Venice.  Dirk Bogarde plays aging composer Aschenbach (Visconti’s idea, in the book he’s a writer) whose years of searching for beauty and originality in his music have taken…

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