Destroyer (2018)

KARYN KUSAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 2018.  30West, Automatik.  Screenplay by Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi.  Cinematography by Julie Kirkwood.  Produced by Fred Berger, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi.   Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Kay Lee.  Costume Design by Audrey Fisher.  Film Editing by Plummy Tucker.  Golden Globe Awards 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. A grizzled, self-destructive Los Angeles cop (Nicole…

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Halloween (2018)

DAVID GORDON GREEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Blumhouse Productions, Miramax, Rough House Pictures, Trancas International Films, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley, based on characters created by John Carpenter, Debra Hill.  Cinematography by Michael Simmonds.  Produced by Malek Akkad, Bill Block, Jason Blum.  Music by Cody Carpenter, John Carpenter, Daniel A. Davies.  Production Design…

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Ghostbusters

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ivan Reitman’s comedy classic has been updated to the new millennium but not a new setting as slimy creatures of the paranormal once again terrorize citizens of New York.  After a spectral figure appears to a tour guide in a historic Manhattan mansion, its manager begs a former believer and now…

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The Mod Squad (1999)

BB (out of 5) So-so action thriller that purports to be based on the original television show but is more along the lines of recent Levi’s jeans advertisements. Omar Epps, Claire Danes and perpetual numbskull Giovanni Ribisi are the three hipsters who team up to solve crime on the street. Okay, well actually they’re just getting back…

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Bedazzled

BB.5 (out of 5) Fairly diverting comedy remake of the 1960s Stanley Donen cult favourite, this time with Brendan Fraser selling his soul to the devil in exchange for seven wishes that give him the opportunity to win the girl of his dreams (Frances O’Connor). In this version, the horned one is played by a woman,…

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Dear God

BBB (out of 5) Lightweight comic fantasy from Garry Marshall about a n’er-do-welling con artist (Greg Kinnear in his first leading role) who is forced to get a legitimate job when he gets caught by the authorities and ends up working the dead mail department of the United States Post Office. He opens up letters from…

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The Basketball Diaries

BB.5 (out of 5) Jim Carroll’s autobiographical account of his days as a delinquent youth has been translated into an unenjoyable film experience. Carroll (played here by Leonardo DiCaprio) is a student at a Catholic high school with a particular aptitude for writing poetry. He spends most of his days getting high with his friends,…

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Enough Said

BBBB (out of 5) There’s no stopping Julia Louis-Dreyfus, here giving a fluidly perfect performance after years of having such exceptional success on television, and there’s no preventing Nicole Holofcener from making witty and insightful films about contemporary women.  Louis-Dreyfus plays a divorced masseuse who is dealing with an impending empty nest given that her…

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Rescue Dawn (2006)

WERNER HERZOG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2006.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Top Gun Productions, Thema Productions, Gibraltar Films, Blue Rider Pictures, Bruin Grip Services.  Screenplay by Werner Herzog.  Cinematography by Peter Zeitlinger.  Produced by Elton Brand, Harry Knapp, Steve Marlton.  Music by Klaus Badelt.  Production Design by Arin ‘Aoi’ Pinijvararak.  Costume Design by Annie Dunn.  Film Editing by Joe Bini.  Toronto International Film Festival 2006.  American army…

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R.I.P.D.

BB (out of 5) Ryan Reynolds is a narc who feels bad about stealing pricey gold pieces that he and fellow dirty cop Kevin Bacon snatched while on a raid.  Determined to give the good stuff back, he is killed by his corrupt partner and suddenly finds himself in the afterlife.  Reeling from the surprise…

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Cowboys & Aliens

B.5 (out of 5) Daniel Craig wakes up free of memory in the middle of a dusty western vista, finds his way to the nearest town and is immediately arrested for angering the local fat cat (Harrison Ford) and his wayward son (Paul Dano). This looks like the makings of your typical western revenge story except…

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Jerry Maguire

BBBB (out of 5) Tom Cruise‘s best performance (not including the tabloids or his many lawsuits) is this excellent comedy-drama by the charismatic Cameron Crowe. He plays a hotshot sports agent who one day has an epiphany that instructs him to live a smaller, more honest life, to be truer to his profession by not being…

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