Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

BOB PERSICHETTI, PETER RAMSEY, RODNEY ROTHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad Productions, Lord Miller, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Phil Lord, Screenplay by Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, story consultant Meghan Malloy, based on Spider-Verse created by Dan Slott and characters created by Peter…

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

DAVID YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Heyday Films, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by J.K. Rowling, based on her characters.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by David Heyman, Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling, Lionel Wigram.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Mark Day. The nefarious Grindelwald (Johnny Depp as Annie…

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Rough Night (2017)

LUCIA ANIELLO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2017.  Paulilu Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Screenplay by Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs.  Cinematography by Sean Porter.  Produced by Lucia Aniello, Dave Becky, Paul W. Downs, Matthew Tolmach.  Music by Dominic Lewis.  Production Design by Ryan Heck.  Costume Design by Leah Katznelson.  Film Editing by Craig Alpert.   All the elements should combine into something that works and…

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

BB.5 (out of 5) J.K. Rowling exploits her fans for all they’re worth in this original screenplay based in the world of her megahit Harry Potter series, taking place decades before the action in the previous books and films in the series. Eddie Redmayne gives a hopelessly mannered performance as an enthusiastic collector of wondrous creatures who…

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Mad Max: Fury Road

BBBBB (out of 5) George Miller returns to directing a live-action film for the first time in seventeen years, rebooting the post-apocalyptic franchise that brought him to fame in the late seventies and made Mel Gibson a star.  And what live action it is!  The solitary, wandering Max Rockatansky (here embodied by Tom Hardy) gets…

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X-Men: First Class (2011)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 2011.  Twentieth Century Fox, Marvel Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Bad Hat Harry Productions, Donners’ Company, Ingenious Media, Big Screen Productions, Ingenious Film Partners.  Story by Sheldon Turner, Bryan Singer, Screenplay by Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Gregory Goodman, Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan…

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The Brave One

BB.5 (out of 5) Jodie Foster is once again the nation’s face of tragedy, this time as a radio show host who spends her days travelling the streets of New York recording the many sounds of its energetic happenings as background for her on-air monologues. One night while walking her dog with her fiance (Naveen Andrews)…

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