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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Creed II (2018)

STEVEN CAPLE JR. Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 2018.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., Chartoff-Winkler Productions.  Story by Cheo Hodari Coker, Sascha Penn, Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, Juel Taylor, based on characters created by Ryan Coogler.  Cinematography by Kramer Morgenthau.  Produced by William Chartoff, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King Templeton, Charles Winkler, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler.  Music by…

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The Expendables 3 (2014)

PATRICK HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA/France/Bulgaria, 2014.  Lionsgate, Millennium Films, Nu Image Entertainment GmbH, Davis Films, Ex3 Productions, Fipex Holding.  Story by Sylvester Stallone, Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, based on characters created by David Callaham.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by Avi Lerner, Danny Lerner, Kevin King Templeton, John Thompson, Les Weldon.  Music by Brian…

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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

MARK HARTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Israel/Australia/USA, 2014.  Fury Productions, RatPac Documentary Films, XYZ Films.  Screenplay by Mark Hartley.  Cinematography by Garry Richards.  Produced by Veronica Fury, James Packer, Brett Ratner.  Music by Jamie Blanks.  Film Editing by Jamie Blanks, Sara Edwards, Mark Hartley.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014. They’re described as the Weinstein Brothers except without any taste, which should sum…

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The Expendables 2 (2012)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2012.  Millennium Films.  Story by Ken Kaufman, David Agosto, Richard Wenk, Screenplay by Richard Wenk, Sylvester Stallone, based on characters created by Dave Callaham.  Cinematography by Shelly Johnson.  Produced by Avi Lerner, Danny Lerner, Miguel Menendez de Zubillaga, Kevin Kling Templeton, Les Weldon.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by Paul Cross.  Costume Design by Lizz…

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The Expendables

BB.5 (out of 5) Action heroes of the eighties are combined with a few more modern personalities for what should be a superbly fun indulgence in all-star power but is ultimately not very memorable.  Sylvester Stallone writes and directs himself as the head of a team of mercenary fighters who follow a slick rescue in Somalia…

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Rocky IV

BB.5 (out of 5) Commonly known as the one where he fights the Russian. How many times does this underdog have to go the distance before we get the point?  Sylvester Stallone has really overdone his most famous role by this point, a formulaic, by-the-numbers film that follows the paths of the equally forgettable sequels…

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Johnny Mnemonic

BBB (out of 5) Enjoyable science-fiction flick stars Keanu Reeves as a cyber-age messenger who delivers encrypted computer data to buyers around the world. The information is stored on a computer chip implanted in his brain, from which he has dumped some of his own personal childhood memories in order to make room for highly coveted…

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Masters Of The Universe

BB (out of 5) The popular He-Man television cartoon series makes its way to the big screen with unimpressive results. The stupid story has He-Man (Dolph Lundgren) get transported from his alien planet to modern-day Earth with the accidental help of a Cosmic Key that the evil Skeletor (Frank Langella) plans on using to take…

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A View To A Kill

BBB.5 (out of 5) Roger Moore was far too old to be playing the world’s greatest superspy by the time he got around to filming his last James Bond adventure, something even he admitted, but he still has a good time clowning around in this enjoyable entry. Bond is recruited to put a stop to the…

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Universal Soldier

BB (out of 5) Lame ripoff of Terminator 2 has Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren play soldiers who kill each other in the Vietnam war after Lundgren goes insane and starts making necklaces out of ears. Decades later they are still alive, having been resurrected by a top-secret government science project that combines human flesh…

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