Isle of Dogs (2018)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/Germany, 2018.  American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Story by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura, Screenplay by Wes Anderson.  Cinematography by Tristan Oliver.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Paul Harrod, Adam Stockhausen.  Film Editing by Edward…

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Okja (2017)

JOON-HO BONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  South Korea/USA, 2017.  Kate Street Picture Company, Lewis Pictures, Plan B Entertainment.  Story by Joon-ho Bong, Screenplay by Joon-ho Bong, Jon Ronson.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Joon-ho Bong, Dooho Choi, Dede Gardner, Lewis Taewan Kim, Jeremy Kleiner, Ted Sarandos, Woo-sik Seo.  Music by Jaeil Jung.  Production Design by Ha-jun Lee, Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by Se-yeon Choi, Catherine George.  Film…

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Doctor Strange

BBB.5 (out of 5) A top-tier brain surgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) has his future destroyed when a car accident causes nerve damage in his once steady hands that he cannot repair.  Turning his back on his colleague and lover (a wonderfully breezy Rachel McAdams), he tries every medical method to restore his skills until, out of desperation,…

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A Bigger Splash (2015)

LUCA GUADAGNINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  Italy/France, 2015.  Frenesy Film Company, Cota Film, StudioCanal, Ministero per I Beni e le Attivita Culturali, Regione Siciliana, Sicilia Film Commission, Sensi Contemporanei Cinema e Audiovisivo.  Screenplay by David Kajganich, based on the story by Alain Page.  Cinematography by Yorick Le Saux.  Produced by Michael Costigan, Luca Guadagnino.  Production Design by Maria Djurkovic.  Costume…

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Hail, Caesar!

B.5 (out of 5) It’s 1951 and the post-war boom that has made America the leading industrial country in the world is reflected in the glorious movies being made in Hollywood. Josh Brolin plays the problem solver for a fictional movie studio whose job is to keep stars in line and their projects on track,…

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Trainwreck

BBB (out of 5) Comedian Amy Schumer gets the star treatment in a big-screen comedy that showcases her talents, and since she wrote the screenplay, it makes sure to showcase them all: goofy comedy, sincere comedy, drama, moments both improvised and contrived, and a few dance moves.  Indulgence is one thing, but this romantic comedy about…

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Snowpiercer (2013)

JOON-HO BONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  South Korea/Czech Republic/USA/France, 2013. SnowPiercer, Moho Film, Opus Pictures, Stillking Films, CJ E&M Film Financing & Investment Entertainment & Comics, CJ Entertainment.   Screen story by Joon-ho Bong, Screenplay by Joon-ho Bong, Kelly Masterson, based on the Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, Jean-Marc Rochette.  Cinematography by Kyung-pyo Hong.  Produced by Miky Lee, Steven…

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Blue

BBB.5 (out of 5) Nearing the end of his life and losing his eyesight, filmmaker Derek Jarman made his last work without compromising his ability to have audiences see life through his perspective. A screen that is perpetually, endlessly blue appears for eighty minutes while music and a host of voices appear on the soundtrack,…

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Possible Worlds

BB (out of 5) A surprising misfire from Robert Lepage, here adapting someone else’s theatrical piece in place of his own.  Tom McCamus plays a man who lives two lives, both of which involve a love affair with Tilda Swinton that is jaded in one story and passionate in the other.  At the same time there is…

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

WES ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2014.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, American Empirical Pictures, TSG Entertainment, Scott Rudin Productions.  Story by Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness, Screenplay by Wes Anderson, inspired by the works of Stefan Zweig.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Adam…

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Julia (2008)

BB.5 (out of 5) Julia (Tilda Swinton) is a party girl who has never quite caught on to the idea of a responsible life. Partying all night, random sex partners and too much booze may have been glamorous twenty years ago, but now that she’s pushing forty she is merely a self-destructive addict. Her AA…

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Female Perversions

BBB (out of 5) Interesting examination of the many images and roles women in modern-day society take upon and/or create for themselves; Susan Streitfeld’s plotline doesn’t measure up to the message, but it does have its moments. Tilda Swinton plays an ambitious judge-to-be who has to battle with pre-conceived notions that people have of women in powerful…

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