The Best of Enemies (2019)

ROBIN BISSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2019.  Astute Films, Material Pictures.  Screenplay by Robin Bissell, based on the book by Osha Gray Davidson.  Cinematography by David Lanzenberg.  Produced by Matt Berenson, Fred Bernstein, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Danny Strong, Dominique Telson.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall.  Costume Design … More The Best of Enemies (2019)

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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 … More The Boss Baby (2017)

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Brothers

BB (out of 5) Remake of the Danish film by Susanne Bier is hampered by a dull script and painfully inappropriate casting. Siblings Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire are complete opposites in ways that do not harm their relationship but seem to be a problem for those around them. Soldier Maguire is studious and responsible while local … More Brothers

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Seabiscuit

BBB.5 (out of 5) What do an abandoned horse jockey, a grieving millionaire car manufacturer and an unemployed horse whisperer have in common? Fate, for it seems that it will bring them together to be a part of the success of a racehorse who will symbolize the hope of Depression-era America. After losing his son … More Seabiscuit

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Pleasantville

BBBB (out of 5) Tobey Maguire experiences a dream come true when he is magically transported along with his always-at-odds sister (Reese Witherspoon) to the world of his favourite Leave It To Beaver-like 50s television sitcom. Once there, he and his sis find themselves slowly turning this quiet, peaceful black and white town into a … More Pleasantville

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Spider-Man 2

BBBB.5 (out of 5) It’s been two years since Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) was bitten by a radioactive spider and turned into the Manhattan superhero Spider-Man, and he’s still spinning webs across town keeping people safe from harm. No matter how well Spider-Man does at stopping crime, Peter Parker himself is having a hard time keeping … More Spider-Man 2

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Spider-Man 3

BB.5 (out of 5) After the enjoyable opening and the superb second act, it’s a shame that the third installment of the popular franchise would land with such a thud. It’s the same issues all over again as Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is having trouble balancing his complicated personal life with his duties as the … More Spider-Man 3

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