Godzilla (2014)

GARETH EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Japan, 2014.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Disruption Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Toho Company.  Story by David Callaham, Screenplay by Max Borenstein.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Brian Rogers, Thomas Tull.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Owen Paterson.  Costume Design by Sharen Davis.  Film Editing by Bob Ducsay. With the disappointment of … More Godzilla (2014)

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City Of Angels

BBB.5 (out of 5) Stylish and poetic remake of Wim Wenders’ classic Wings of Desire, featuring Nicolas Cage as the wandering angel in search of his own humanity, and Meg Ryan as the love interest (now a surgeon instead of a circus performer) who inspires him to fall to earth and be a mortal. Cage takes the … More City Of Angels

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Volcano

B (out of 5) Anne Heche is a bouncy geologist who discovers the hard way that Los Angeles is sitting on a major volcano hot spot and is seconds away from turning into the world’s largest lava lamp.  Tommy Lee Jones plays a local cop who stumbles upon her during a city-wide panic and together they team … More Volcano

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Apollo 13

BBBBB (out of 5) Ron Howard’s best film as director is this gripping account of the failed Apollo 13 mission that thankfully never claimed the lives of its astronauts but threatened to on many occasions. Tom Hanks heads up the operation as Jim Lovell, an astronaut who loses out on Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 trip to … More Apollo 13

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Primary Colors

BBBBB (out of 5) Based on the tell-all book by “Anonymous” (actually Joe Klein), Elaine May’s excellent script fictionalizes the Clintons’ primary race towards the Oval Office. Presidential candidate Jack Stanton (John Travolta) is a womanizing manipulator who is still capable of being a great leader and worthy of admiration no matter what his personal … More Primary Colors

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Wolf

BBB (out of 5) Jack Nicholson is on a dark, winding road when his car leaves him stranded in an abandoned field and he is attacked by ravenous wolves. The next day he starts noticing hair in funny places on his body and can suddenly hear what’s going on in his office building thirty floors … More Wolf

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Charlie Wilson’s War

BB.5 (out of 5) A minor Texas congressman (Tom Hanks) finds himself inspired by a gutsy society dame (Julia Roberts) to get involved in post-Soviet invaded Afghanistan and help the country defend itself against their common enemy. Teaming up with a CIA operative (Philip Seymour Hoffman) with a knack for speaking his mind, Hanks manages … More Charlie Wilson’s War

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