Venom (2018)

RUBEN FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2018.  Avi Arad Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Matt Tolmach Productions, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Tencent Pictures.  Screen story by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Screenplay by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Kelly Marcel, based on Marvel’s Venom character created by Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie.  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by…

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The Beguiled (2017)

SOFIA COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2017.  American Zoetrope, FR Productions.  Screenplay by Sofia Coppola, based on the screenplay by Albert Maltz, Irene Kamp, and the novel by Thomas Cullinan.  Cinematography by Philippe Le Sourd.  Produced by Sofia Coppola, Youree Henley.  Music by Laura Karpman, Phoenix.  Production Design by Anne Ross.  Costume Design by Stacey Battat.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack.  Cannes Film…

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Midnight Special

BB.5 (out of 5) Imagine if the character Michael Shannon played in Take Shelter got to write a movie and you have the results on display here. Shannon and buddy Joel Edgerton are on the run from the law after kidnapping a young boy (Jaeden Lieberher) from a religious cult that sees him and his gradually revealed…

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99 Homes

BBBBB (out of 5) Andrew Garfield is superb as a Florida construction worker who has done his best to keep his family afloat but is in a losing game; legal measures to avoid losing his house have resulted in the bank foreclosing and a real estate agent (Michael Shannon) showing up to take over the…

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The Big Short

BBB.5 (out of 5) The creation of Mortgage-backed Securities began a legacy of years of profit and greed that resulted in the economic bubble that, in 2008, collapsed the world economy. Ryan Gosling is on hand to explain the details to us when he’s not participating in the story, cheekily bringing on the likes of…

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Galaxy Quest

BBBB (out of 5) Marvelous science-fiction comedy about a troupe of has-been actors who were once stars of a Star Trek-like television show called Galaxy Quest, now making most of their money at conventions and store openings. Tim Allen accepts a job from obsessed groupies to do an event for them, not realizing that they…

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An Eye For An Eye

B (out of 5) It’s rather unfortunate when an Oscar winning star and similarly feted director can come up with nothing better to occupy their time and talent than this bullshit TV movie fare. Sally Field plays a woman whose life falls apart when her daughter is raped and murdered by an anonymous stranger (Kiefer Sutherland). When Sutherland’s…

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Full Frontal (2002)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2002.  Miramax, Monophonic Inc., Populist Pictures, Propaganda Films, Section Eight.  Screenplay by Coleman Hough.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Gregory Jacobs, Scott Kramer.  Music by Jacques Davidovici.  Costume Design by Shosahan Rubin.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack.   A group of characters spend their day in various complications until they are all (or most of…

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The Limey (1999)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1999.  Artisan Entertainment.  Screenplay by Lem Dobbs.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by John Hardy, Scott Kramer.  Music by Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Gary Frutkoff.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack.  Cannes Film Festival 1999.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Terence Stamp plays a British ex-con who flies to Los Angeles to find…

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The Informant! (2009)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Warner Bros., Participant Media, Groundswell Productions, Section Eight, Jaffe / Braunstein Enterprise.  Screenplay by Scott Z. Burns, based on the book by Kurt Eichenwald.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Howard Braunstein, Kurt Eichenwald, Jennifer Fox, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Jaffe.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Doug J. Meerdink.  Costume Design by Shoshana Rubin.  Film Editing…

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Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight.  Screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Cannes Film Festival 2007.  …

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Out Of Sight (1998)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1998.  Universal Pictures, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by Scott Frank, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.  Cinematography by Elliot Davis.  Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Gary Frutkoff.  Costume Design by Betsy Heimann.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.  Academy Awards 1998.   Ultra-cool tale of an ex-con bank…

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