Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

OL PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Legendary Entertainment, Universal.  Story by Richard Curtis, Ol Parker, Catherine Johnson, Screenplay by Ol Parker, based on a conception by Judy Craymer from the stage musical by Catherine Johnson.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Judy Craymer, Gary Goetzman.  Music by Benny Andersson, Anne Dudley, Bjorn Ulvaeus.  Production Design by…

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Book Club (2018)

BILL HOLDERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 2018.  Apartment Story, June Pictures.  Screenplay by Bill Holderman, Erin Simms.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Andrew Duncan, Bill Holderman, Alex Saks, Erin Simms.  Music by Peter Nashel.  Production Design by Rachel O’Toole.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Priscilla Nedd-Friendly.   Four Los Angeles women have stayed connected thanks to their monthly…

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Geostorm (2017)

DEAN DEVLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2017.  Warner Bros., Electric Entertainment, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Skydance Media.  Screenplay by Dean Devlin, Paul Guyot.  Cinematography by Roberto Schaefer.  Produced by Dean Devlin, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg.  Music by Lorne Balfe.  Production Design by Kirk M. Petruccelli.  Costume Design by Susan Matheson.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon, John Refoua, Ron Rosen. Gerard Butler plays a scientist…

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Passengers

BB (out of 5) Chris Pratt is on a spaceship holding hundreds of crew and thousands of passengers bound for Homestead II, a colonized planet that is among the many that exist as relief for overcrowded Earth.  Like all other humans on board, he has been in deep hypersleep to deal with the more than…

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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 Disappearance Of Garcia Lorca (Death In Granada)

BB (out of 5) Years after his family fled war-torn Spain and relocated to Puerto Rico, a young man (Esai Morales) decides to travel back to the homeland to research a book he is writing about poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca (played in flashback by Andy Garcia). He arrives in Granada to find well-guarded…

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Jennifer Eight

BB.5 (out of 5) As blind-girls-in-peril movies go, Blink is far superior to this mundane thriller. Andy Garcia plays a cop recently relocated to a small town who finds himself partnered up with Lance Henriksen on the hunt for a serial killer. He falls into protecting a visually impaired young woman (Uma Thurman) who might be the madman’s next…

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When A Man Loves A Woman

BB (out of 5) Alcoholism is given the shallow Ross Hunter treatment in this silly soap opera.  Meg Ryan is happily married to Andy Garcia but can’t seem to shake her addiction to the bottle. She puts her family through hell, but thankfully her hair always looks great. Beautifully photographed, it never really gets to the core…

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The Man From Elysian Fields

BBB (out of 5) Andy Garcia plays a novelist whose best work has gone to the bottom of the bargain fiction pile. Having immense trouble supporting his family with his writing, he accepts an offer from a swanky gigolo (Mick Jagger) to work as a male escort for Elysian Fields, a high-class prostitution racket. His…

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Twisted

B (out of 5) It’s rather nice to see that so many Hollywood thrillers have been made lately with tough, uppity females in the leads (Gothika, High Crimes, Trapped); what a shame that they all totally suck. Ashley Judd returns as Public Victim No. 1, playing a tough-as-nails patrol officer who has just been promoted…

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Internal Affairs

BBB (out of 5) Mike Figgis’ cop thriller stars Andy Garcia as an Internal Affairs investigator whose target is a crooked cop (Richard Gere) with ties to the mob. Without realizing it, Garcia has gotten into a scheme so deadly it could prove fatal for him and his family, not to mention his stalwart partner (Laurie…

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The Untouchables

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This adaptation of the Elliot Ness co-authored novel (the inspiration for a popular television series of the sixties) is a taut and exciting thriller in the best sense of the genre. Kevin Costner plays straight-arrow Ness, the federal agent who has made it his personal mission to bring down the gangland antics…

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