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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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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Ghost In The Shell (2017)

RUPERT SANDERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2017.  Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Shanghai Film Group, Huahua Media, Arad Productions, Steven Paul Production,Amblin Partners,Grosvenor Park Productions, Seaside Entertainment, Weying Galaxy Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jamie Moss,William Wheeler, Ehren Kruger, based on the comic The Ghost in The Shell by Masamune Shirow.  Cinematography by Jess Hall.  Produced by Ari Arad, Avi Arad,…

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The Amazing Spider-Man

BBBB (out of 5) Deja vu is a disconcerting feeling in this reboot of the superhero franchise, a mere decade after it was originally launched by Sam Raimi with Tobey Maguire in the lead; here we follow the same plot (more or less) with the same goal of setting Peter Parker up in his new…

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Fantastic Four

BBB (out of 5) Another popular comic book reaches the big screen, with less than fantastic but still enjoyable results. While five researchers are conducting investigative work on a space station above earth, a dangerous solar flare envelops their craft before they have a chance to get under cover. Instead of killing them, as would…

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Spider-Man 2

BBBB.5 (out of 5) It’s been two years since Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) was bitten by a radioactive spider and turned into the Manhattan superhero Spider-Man, and he’s still spinning webs across town keeping people safe from harm. No matter how well Spider-Man does at stopping crime, Peter Parker himself is having a hard time keeping…

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Spider-Man 3

BB.5 (out of 5) After the enjoyable opening and the superb second act, it’s a shame that the third installment of the popular franchise would land with such a thud. It’s the same issues all over again as Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is having trouble balancing his complicated personal life with his duties as the…

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X-Men: The Last Stand

BB.5 (out of 5) After the enjoyment of the first installment and the thrilling adventure of the fantastic sequel, this third entry in the X-Men series is a letdown. Weak character development, unimaginative direction and a very cheap-looking production are to blame for this limp experience, in which the mutant superheroes are under threat from…

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The Incredible Hulk

BBB.5 (out of 5) The mean green mother is back, a little slicker than last time, and thankfully, a lot sillier. It’s been almost a year since anyone has seen Bruce Banner (Edward Norton), as he has escaped from his university laboratory and scientist girlfriend (Liv Tyler) to hide out in a Brazilian slum. Tyler’s…

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Daredevil

BB.5 (out of 5) After a little boy is blinded by toxic chemicals during a freak accident, he finds that his remaining sense of hearing is so strong that sound vibrations give him an X-ray vision of the world around him. He develops his newfound ability until his adulthood when he takes to the street…

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The Punisher

BBBB (out of 5) Extremely entertaining action film that is also a very satisfying revenge story (ahem, not that I believe in revenge, but let’s face it, in movies it’s fun).  Thomas Jane is appropriately Neanderthal as a super-trained, living and breathing Delta Force GI Joe figurine whose family is taken out by a crime lord…

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Iron Man

BBBB (out of 5) Weapons manufacturing tycoon Robert Downey Jr. is injured during a PR stunt in Afghanistan and ends up a hostage in a terrorist cell. A kindly fellow prisoner brings him back to health with a small adjustment: an electronic device attached to his body that keeps the bits of shrapnel still floating in…

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