What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

B (out of 5) A Donald E. Westlake novel has once again proven to make for an awkward and unhip comedy on screen.  Fernando Trueba’s half-baked Two Much is followed by this comedy about a high-end thief (Martin Lawrence) who gets embroiled in a battle of wills when he is apprehended during a heist and ends up…

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Bad Santa

BBB (out of 5) Billy Bob Thornton plays an alcoholic, foul-mouthed, angry thief who gets jobs in department stores during the Christmas season as Santa Claus in order to crack into store safes. On their latest gig, he and his assistant, a pint-sized fellow with an equally colourful vocabulary, risk losing it all when Thornton…

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Guess Who

BB (out of 5) A Manhattan couple go to the girl’s parents’ house for their wedding anniversary, providing her (Zoe Saldana) with the perfect opportunity to introduce her new boyfriend (Ashton Kutcher) to her family. Saldana has neglected to tell her kin that her boyfriend is white, providing for lots of opportunity for her boorish…

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Head Of State

B (out of 5) After a presidential candidate dies in a plane crash, members of his party decide to promote a completely hopeless candidate in order to build prestige for themselves in the election following the current one. Chris Rock plays a ruthlessly mouthy, totally unorthodox Washington, D.C. alderman (in a state that does not have…

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Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle

BBB (out of 5) Anyone who got any enjoyment out of the first film version of the popular television show will have no end of fun watching more of the same. Thanks to an inflated budget, the girls (Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore) have a lot more costume changes, high-tech gadgets and ridiculous action…

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Life (1999)

BB.5 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence play two bootleggers who stumble across a dead body in a barn one fine evening and end up being convicted of the victim’s murder. Now in prison, they have to spend a lifetime working on a chain gang while also trying to avoid the love-hate relationship between them…

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The Original Kings Of Comedy (2000)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2000.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Latham Entertainment, MTV Films.  Screenplay by Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Bernie Mac.  Cinematography by Malik Hassan Sayeed.  Produced by David Gale, Walter Latham, Spike Lee.  Music by Linda Cohen.  Production Design by Wynn Thomas.  Costume Design by Denise Marsh.  Film Editing by Barry Alexander Brown.   Spike…

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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

ERIC DARNELL, TOM McGRATH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2008.  DreamWorks Animation, Pacific Data Images.  Screenplay by Etan Cohen, Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath.  Produced by Mireille Soria, Mark Swift.  Music by Heitor Pereira, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Kendal Cronkhite.  Film Editing by Mark A. Hester, H. Lee Peterson.   Picking up where the last film left off, our former Central…

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Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight.  Screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.  Cannes Film Festival 2007.  …

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Ocean’s Twelve (2004)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight, WV Films III.  Screenplay by George Nolfi, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione.   After…

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Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Section Eight, WV Films II, St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission.  Screenplay by Ted Griffin, based on the 1960 film, story by George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell, Screenplay by Harry Brown, Charles Lederer.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Jerry Weintraub.  Music by…

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Transformers

BB (out of 5) Loud, unabashed mess from Michael Bay that updates the 80s toy sensation to the new millenium. Shia LaBeouf is a high-school student who is trying to get through his days without being beaten up by the cool guys and is hoping that the hot girl in class will someday notice him. He…

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