Aquaman (2018)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Australia/USA, 2018.  DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Panoramic Pictures, Rodeo FX, The Safran Company, Warner Bros..  Story by Geoff Johns, James Wan, Will Beall, Screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Will Beall, based on Aquaman created by Mort Weisinger, Paul Norris.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Rob Cowan, Peter Safran.  Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams.  Production…

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The Fate of the Furious (Fast & Furious 8)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) It always seems like these folks have no adventures left in them, but when the previous movie makes so much money (the sixth sequel to the surprise 2001 hit reached a billion dollars in ticket sales faster than any movie in history), there’s always another score to settle.  The challenge is also…

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Furious Seven (Fast & Furious 7) (2015)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 2015.  Universal Pictures, Media Rights Capital, China Film Co., Original Film, One Race Films, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network, Québec Production Services Tax Credit, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, Abu Dhabi Film Commission.  Screenplay by Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.  Cinematography by Marc…

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The Hangover

BBBB (out of 5) A wild Las Vegas bachelor party reduces a party of four to three when they wake up the morning after their fun times and realize that they remember nothing of the night before. Even worse, the missing member of their troupe is the groom (Justin Bartha) who is meant to walk…

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The Hangover Part II

BB (out of 5) They’re at it again, and this time they insist that they really have screwed up. The boys of the surprise hit comedy put together another bachelor party, this time for Stu (Ed Helms) who is getting married in Thailand. The morning after a quiet evening on the beach roasting marshmallows, they…

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Catwoman

BB.5 (out of 5) All hail Pussy Power! This movie is tacky and way too mired in cheesy modern action movie cliches, not to mention it has an incredibly bland leading lady, but Bob Kane’s original comic book creation is a character so delightfully indestructible that no manner of interpretation can ruin her.  Halle Berry…

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The Forbidden Kingdom

BB (out of 5) Yet another Hollywood invasion into the world of Asian Martial Arts films, using a dull story as an excuse to get people fighting in highly stylized ways. Michael Angarano plays a bullied teenager whose escape is kung fu movies, which he buys cheaply from a sweet old man in New York’s Chinatown…

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Stuart Little

BBBB (out of 5) What could be more adorable than a talking mouse outfitted by The Gap? Michael J. Fox winningly voices the little mouse who is adopted by a couple (Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie) looking to give their son (Jonathan Lipnicki) a sibling in this deliciously whimsical adaptation of E.B. White’s popular children’s book. Stuart…

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Stuart Little 2

BBBB (out of 5) Delightful comedy continues the adventures of E.B. White’s adorable little mouse (voiced by Michael J. Fox) who has been adopted by the Little family. In this instalment, Stuart finds himself at odds with his overprotective mother (Geena Davis), who wants her son to enjoy his life but can’t see fit to…

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Blue Streak

BB (out of 5) Forgettable cop comedy about a bumbling criminal (Martin Lawrence) who is arrested during a jewel heist after managing to successfully hide a precious jewel in a hiding spot in the building. Years later, he is released from jail and the building he hid the jewel in turns out to be the…

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Matilda

BBBB (out of 5) Hilarious comedy based on the Roald Dahl book.  Mara Wilson is perfect as the precocious young woman who is born to inattentive parents (director Danny DeVito and real-life wife Rhea Perlman) and subjected to cruelty by an evil school headmistress, but uses her natural smarts and magical talents to get even with them…

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Looney Tunes: Back In Action

BBB (out of 5) After movies like Space Jam and Monkeybone, the last thing we wanted any more of was live-action/animation combinations, especially ones with Brendan Fraser involved. How surprising, then, that this cute little comedy turns out to be charming and clever, not quite Roger Rabbit material but enjoyable nonetheless. The quirky and inventive…

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