Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

NICHOLAS STOLLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA/China, 2016.  Universal Pictures, Perfect World Pictures, Point Grey Pictures, Good Universe.  Screenplay by Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, based on characters created by Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver.  Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design by…

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The Greatest Showman (2017)

MICHAEL GRACEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Screenplay by Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Laurence Mark, Jenno Topping.  Music by John Debney, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Joseph Trapanese.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Tom Cross, Robert Duffy, Joe Hutshing, Michael McCusker,…

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

JAMES FRANCO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2017.  Good Universe, New Line Cinema, Point Grey Pictures, RabbitBandini Productions, Ramona Films, RatPac-Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Scott Neudstadter, Michael H. Weber, based on the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by James…

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Neighbors (Bad Neighbours) (2014)

NICHOLAS STOLLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2014.  Good Universe, Point Grey Pictures.  Screenplay by Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien.  Cinematography by Brandon Trost.  Produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver.  Music by Michael Andrews.  Production Design by Julie Berghoff.  Costume Design by Leesa Evans.  Film Editing by Zene Baker.   Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne have a new baby, a new house and, like…

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Baywatch (2017)

SETH GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2017.  Paramount Pictures, Uncharted, Shanghai Film Group, Huahua Media, Flynn Picture Company, Fremantle Productions, The Montecito Picture Company, Seven Bucks Productions, Skydance Media.  Story by Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Screenplay by Damian Shannon, Mark Swift, based on the television series by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, Gregory J….

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Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates

BBB (out of 5) Brothers Mike (Adam DeVine) and Dave (Zac Efron) Stangle spend their days selling beer to drinking establishments and their nights getting in trouble while drinking it.  Their parents, exasperated with the mayhem that these adorable but destructive boys cause, issue an ultimatum about their upcoming trip to their sister’s wedding in Hawaii: either…

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That Awkward Moment

BB (out of 5) Three dapper young men in the Big Apple enjoy a city full of beautiful women while determined to stay free and easy forever.  Heartbreaker Zac Efron has sex-only relationships with girls until that “awkward moment” when they wonder if there is a future in their coupling, self-deprecating Miles Teller scores girls by having…

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Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add big hair, rocking tunes and John Travolta in a dress. Newcomer Nikki Blonsky plays the youngster in question, Tracy, in this wonderful…

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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

BBB.5 (out of 5) Gorgeously animated comedy from the Dr. Seuss book, beginning in a town made entirely out of plastic where no nature exists and the most powerful citizen is a zillionaire who has learned to sell people the very air they breathe. One little boy (voiced by Zac Efron) finds out about trees…

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Parkland

BB (out of 5) Released for the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and a more unimportant movie could not possibly have been made on the subject.  It covers the moments immediately following the shooting of the President, the horrific nightmare that occurred at the hospital when the staff did their…

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Me And Orson Welles

BBBB (out of 5) Memorably enjoyable comedy about a “never the same again after that summer” loss of innocence. Zac Efron is terrific as a young man in the 1930s who lets high school fall by the wayside when he gets the opportunity to be in a Mercury Theatre production of Julius Caesar and work…

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The Paperboy

BB.5 (out of 5) The southern gothic madness is laid on ridiculously thick for this adaptation of the novel by Peter Dexter, saved from years of development hell by Precious director Lee Daniels. The result is a huge disappointment, a combination of rich atmosphere, dull plotting and raucous miscasting that make for a fascinating and…

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