Ready Player One (2018)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Amblin Entertainment, De Line Pictures, Dune Entertainment, Farah Films & Management, Reliance Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Zak Penn, Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Ernest Cline.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Donald De Line, Dan Farah, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production…

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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

ANTHONY RUSSO, JOE RUSSO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Marvel Studios.  Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and characters created by Joe Simon, Steve Englehart, Steve Gan, Bill Mantlo, Keith Giffen, Jim Starlin, Larry Lieber, Don Heck.  Cinematography by Trent Opaloch.  Produced by Kevin Feige. Music by Alan…

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The Delta Force (1986)

MENAHEM GOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Israel, 1986.  Golan-Globus Productions.  Screenplay by James Bruner, Menahem Golan.  Cinematography by David Gurfinkel.  Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Luciano Spadoni.  Costume Design by Tami Mor.  Film Editing by Alain Jakubowicz. Having previously made an Oscar nominated film about the 1976 Air France hijacking that resulted in a…

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Allied

BB.5 (out of 5) A Canadian spy (Brad Pitt) working for the British forces during World War II is sent to Casablanca, where he plays house with a French agent (Marion Cotillard) until they can pull off the assassination of a Nazi bigwig.  They do their jobs but they also give into a mutual attraction that…

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Maid In Manhattan

BB.5 (out of 5) An honest and hardworking hotel chambermaid (Jennifer Lopez) gets the chance to be a princess for a day when she tries on the discarded clothing of a wealthy guest (Natasha Richardson) and accidentally fools a senator (Ralph Fiennes) into thinking that she is a guest at the hotel herself. She doesn’t want…

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The Mexican

BBB (out of 5) Odd but often entertaining comedy that features humorous performances from its stars, though they hardly share any screen time together. After a very shaky start of watching odd couple Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts fight over a trip to Las Vegas, the film gets going when Pitt is forced by a group of…

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The Avengers (2012)

BBB (out of 5) Imagine the cinematic version of a cereal multi-pak and you have this combination of superhero films that puts some of Marvel’s most popular moneymakers together in an effort to, what else, save the world. The dull plot has Thor’s villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) descend to our modest earth in the hopes…

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Fools Rush In

BBB (out of 5) Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek are two strangers in the night who comfort each other to beat their loneliness. He thinks it was just a one-night thing until she shows up at his doorstep with a bun in her oven. Though she insists that she doesn’t expect anything of him, that she only…

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Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!

B (out of 5) Sylvester Stallone badly wants to break into a comedy career after a decade of Rockys and Rambos, and though he doesn’t have less talent for it than Schwarzenegger, his poor choices prevent the same level of success.  In this amazingly limp film, he plays a cop whose love life and career are…

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G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra

BBB (out of 5) Well, it certainly doesn’t look like the little green guys my friends were playing with in the eighties. In this supercharged action flick, a group of soldiers are transporting a dangerous biochemical weapon when they are waylaid by bad guys who nearly get away with the loot. Thankfully, a team of…

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Van Helsing

B.5 (out of 5) Combining all the classic horror stories and coming up with something so boring isn’t what you’d expect could happen, but this movie proves that any manner of bad filmmaking is possible no matter what the source material.  Hugh Jackman is perfectly bland as a newly revamped, pumped up version of Bram…

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The Mummy Returns

BBB (out of 5) The energetic cast from Stephen Sommer’s 1999 original returns completely intact with the new addition of the main couple’s son. Taking place a few years after the original adventure, this episode finds our heroes Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz taking on the vicious Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) once again, plus the added…

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