Unstoppable (2010)

TONY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2010.  Twentieth Century Fox, Prospect Park, Scott Free Productions, Firm Films, Millbrook Farm Productions.  Screenplay by Mark Bomback.  Cinematography by Ben Seresin.  Produced by Eric McLeod, Mimi Rogers, Tony Scott, Julie Yorn, Alex Young.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Chris Seagers.  Costume Design by…

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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…

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Maleficent (2014)

ROBERT STROMBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2014.  Roth Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Linda Woolverton, based on the motion picture Sleeping Beauty, Story by Erdman Penner, Screenplay by Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright, Milt Banta, based on the story Little Briar Rose by Jacob Grimm, and Wilhelm Grimm, and the…

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Con Air (1997)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1997.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Kouf/Bigelow Productions, Runway Pictures, Hiett Designs of Las Vegas.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Mark Mancina, Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Chas. Butcher, Edward T. McAvoy, Seven L. Nielsen.  Costume Design by Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Steve Mirkovich, Glen…

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Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000)

DOMINIC SENA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2000.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg, based on the 1974 motion picture by H.B. Halicki.  Cinematography by Paul Cameron.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Mike Stenson.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Jeff Mann.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Roger Barton, Chris Lebenzon, Tom Muldoon.   Even by the standards of…

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Hudson Hawk (1991)

MICHAEL LEHMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1991.  TriStar Pictures, Silver Pictures, Ace Bone.  Story by Bruce Willis, Robert Kraft, Screenplay by Steven E. de Souza, Daniel Waters.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Joel Silver.  Music by Michael Kamen, Robert Kraft.  Production Design by Jackson De Govia.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Michael Tronick.   You’re better off watching a spoof…

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Weird Science (1985)

JOHN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1985.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by Joel Silver.  Music by Ira Newborn.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Scott K. Wallace, Mark Warner.   Two teenage geeks (Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith) grow tired of being the butt of…

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The Taking Of Pelham 123

BBBB (out of 5) Tony Scott remakes Robert Aldrich’s 1974 thriller with Denzel Washington and John Travolta filling in for Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw, and somehow the hack director who always over-edits and over-photographs his movies manages to not screw it up. Washington plays a desk jockey for New York’s subway traffic control who has…

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Enemy Of The State

BBB (out of 5) Tony Scott once again overdoes it with the flashy editing and melodramatic camera work in this rather hollow thriller, making his best effort to disguise a simple plot and shallow characters with high style and doing a very poor job of it. What there is to enjoy is actually not too…

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Crimson Tide

BBBB.5 (out of 5) What a ride! Submarines haven’t been this much fun since The Hunt For Red October, and if the fact that this film’s advertising campaign (red poster and everything) is completely ripped off from that Sean Connery vehicle is stopping you from renting this high-octane thriller, don’t let it! Gene Hackman and Denzel…

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Days Of Thunder

BB (out of 5) The formula is mighty tired in this completely unoriginal race-car film starring Tom Cruise.  Presumably intended as a project for Cruise to incorporate his love of car racing into his work, the story is basically a rehash of Top Gun: cocky young man is so good at what he does he’s…

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Beverly Hills Cop II

BB.5 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy‘s hit character Axel Foley returns in this less successful sequel. He is once again the wisecracking Los Angeles police detective who is hot on the trail of a woman (Brigitte Nielsen) who apparently shot his good friend and colleague (Ronny Cox). On the trail of the killer he stumbles…

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