The Mule (2018)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Imperative Entertainment, Bron Creative, The Malpaso Company, Bron Studios.  Screenplay by Nick Schenk, inspired by the New York Times article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick.  Cinematography by Yves Belanger.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Dan Friedkin, Jessica Meier, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, Bradley Thomas.  Music…

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Crank: High Voltage (Crank 2: High Voltage)

BB.5 (out of 5) [Spoiler alert for part one] More nonsense that begins within seconds of the last one’s conclusion.  A man falling from the sky should have been the end of his life, but our good friend Jason Statham is not one to be taken out so easily.  Instead, he bounces on the pavement and…

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Poetic Justice

BB (out of 5) John Singleton made history by becoming, at the tender young age of 24, the youngest nominee for the Best Director Oscar for his debut feature Boyz N The Hood and the first African-American to be recognized in that category (he remained the only one until Lee Daniels scored a nomination for…

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Brothers

BB (out of 5) Remake of the Danish film by Susanne Bier is hampered by a dull script and painfully inappropriate casting. Siblings Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire are complete opposites in ways that do not harm their relationship but seem to be a problem for those around them. Soldier Maguire is studious and responsible while local…

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Tigerland

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A group of young American soldiers are trained in a hellish boot camp in Louisiana before being sent off to Vietnam. Unlike the men who have come before them, however, these guys are being trained well past the point when news reports coming back from the battlefield are reporting heavy losses….

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Capote

BBBB (out of 5) Amid the successes of his first novel Other Voices, Other Rooms and short stories (including Breakfast At Tiffany’s), Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) takes a strange turn in his career by insisting to his New Yorker editor (Bob Balaban) that he must cover the police investigation and subsequent trial of two…

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The Last Castle

BB (out of 5) Robert Redford plays a top-ranking Army general who is sent to military prison after directly disobeying an order from a higher member of the command chain. Once there, he befriends other convicts who are absolutely worn out with the sadistic colonel who runs the jail (James Gandolfini) and leads them in a…

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Babel

BBBB (out of 5) It sure is a tough day when being American catches up with you. A random, careless act of violence has repercussions that span the globe when two children in a dusty, Moroccan village decide to test their new rifle by aiming at a tour bus, critically injuring an American tourist (Cate…

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Parker

0 (out of 5) Jason Statham pulls off a smooth heist with three cohorts, robbing the Ohio State Fair of millions of dollars. During the getaway his partners pull a fast one on him, robbing him of his cut and leaving him for dead on the side of the road. Time passes and he recovers enough…

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The Replacement Killers (1998)

ANTOINE FUQUA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1998.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, WCG Entertainment Productions.  Directed by Antoine Fuqua.  Screenplay by Ken Sanzel.  Cinematography by Peter Lyons Collister.  Produced by Bernie Brillstein, Brad Grey.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Naomi Shohan.  Costume Design by Arianne Phillips.  Film Editing by Jay Cassidy. Yun-Fat Chow plays a hired assassin who fails his assignment when…

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Grand Canyon

BBBB (out of 5) Eight years after Lawrence Kasdan caught the world’s attention with The Big Chill, he provides another tasteful and intelligent examination of a group of thirtysomething characters. Kevin Kline opens the film in a riveting sequence that has his car die in the middle of a troubled neighbourhood until a stranger (Danny…

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Pacific Rim (2013)

GUILLERMO DEL TORO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2013.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Double Dare You.  Story by Travis Beacham, Screenplay by Travis Beacham, Guillermo del Toro.  Cinematography by Guillermo Navarro.  Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Thomas Tull.  Music by Ramin Djawadi.  Production Design by Andrew Neskoromny, Carol Spier.  Costume Design by Kate Hawley.  Film Editing by Peter Amundson,…

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