Girls Trip (2017)

MALCOLM D. LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Universal Pictures, Will Packer Productions.  Story by Erica Rivinoja, Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver, Screenplay by Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver.  Cinematography by Greg Gardiner.  Produced by Malcolm D. Lee, William Packer.  Music by David Newman.  Production Design by Keith Brian Burns.  Costume Design by Danielle Hollowell.  Film Editing by Paul Millspaugh.   Four women who were…

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The Phantom

BB (out of 5) A shady New York City gangster (Treat Williams) is looking to gain possession of three skulls with mystical powers that will give him reign over the world.  Thankfully, there’s a superhero in the jungles of a fictional island nation who dresses entirely in purple tights (because that’s how you blend in to the…

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The Cat In The Hat

0 (out of 5) It’s rather difficult to decide what’s the worst aspect of this dreadful adaptation of the popular Dr. Seuss novel. Could it be the painfully queasy production design that seems to have cost a bundle of money but at the same time looks incredibly cheap? Maybe it’s the disgusting screenplay that takes…

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Jinxed

BB (out of 5) A blackjack dealer (Ken Wahl) is in a major professional crisis when a lowlife gambler (Rip Torn) feeds off his luck and gets him fired from every casino on the west coast. The gambler’s abused wife (Bette Midler) begins an affair with the dealer and together they conspire to kill the…

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The Affair Of The Necklace

BBB (out of 5) Hilary Swank‘s faultless performance in this sudsy costume melodrama almost convinces you to forgive all the drawbacks that keep it from being great. She plays a mistreated woman of noble birth in the court of France’s Louis XVI whose land and title were stolen from her as a young girl, and…

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I Love Trouble

BBB (out of 5) Julia Roberts  is obviously having a gas in this mild-mannered romantic comedy, in which she and Nick Nolte play competing reporters for different newspapers who end up working the same case involving a mysterious train accident. Most of the key action scenes are done in a humorous style to up the romance…

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The Nutty Professor (1996)

BBBB (out of 5) Eddie Murphy  is brilliant in this hilarious remake of the Jerry Lewis classic. He plays a pleasingly plump university science professor who develops a potion that turns him into a svelt and sexy ladies man named Buddy Love, a man with razor-sharp wit and a talent for winning women over with a…

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Ice Age

BB.5 (out of 5) Twentieth Century-Fox has once again made an attempt to break into the major animation racket with this winsome comedy, following in the footsteps of two commercial disasters, Anastasia and Titan A.E.. Whereas Anastasia has beautiful widescreen photography and incredible musical score, and Titan A.E. has its imaginative settings and rock music soundtrack, Ice…

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Bedazzled

BB.5 (out of 5) Fairly diverting comedy remake of the 1960s Stanley Donen cult favourite, this time with Brendan Fraser selling his soul to the devil in exchange for seven wishes that give him the opportunity to win the girl of his dreams (Frances O’Connor). In this version, the horned one is played by a woman,…

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Norbit

0 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy has had a few dogs in his highly successful career, but it’s still surprising to think that this piece of garbage could involve him. Teaming up with makeup wizard Rick Baker, Murphy plays three characters: the title role, a soft-spoken dweeb who is raised in an orphanage, an (offensively stereotyped)…

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The Marrying Man

B.5 (out of 5) A 1940s playboy (Alec Baldwin) is all set to marry his pure hearted lady love (Elisabeth Shue) when disaster strikes: he meets a gorgeous nightclub singer (Kim Basinger, then Baldwin’s wife) and gets busy with her. Unfortunately, Basinger is the moll of the very powerful gangster Bugsy Siegel (Armand Assante), and…

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My Life In Ruins

BB.5 (out of 5) Seven years after her big, fat Greek wedding changed the face of ethnic comedies forever, Nia Vardalos is back and this time, she’s heading for the homeland. She plays a professor who was recently downsized at the University Of Athens and is now acting as tour guide for a rickety organization…

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