Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

ANTHONY RUSSO, JOE RUSSO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Marvel Studios.  Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and characters created by Joe Simon, Steve Englehart, Steve Gan, Bill Mantlo, Keith Giffen, Jim Starlin, Larry Lieber, Don Heck.  Cinematography by Trent Opaloch.  Produced by Kevin Feige. Music by Alan…

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

ANTHONY RUSSO, JOE RUSSO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Germany, 2016.  Marvel Studios, Vita-Ray Dutch Productions, Studio Babelsberg, Marvel Entertainment, Walt Disney Pictures.  Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on the comic book by Mark Millar, and characters created by Joe Simon, Jack Kirby.  Cinematography by Trent Opaloch.  Produced by Kevin Feige.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by Owen Paterson. …

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron

BBB (out of 5) The superhero variety bag is back, they once again have to save the world and, in an ironic twist, the villain trying to destroy humanity is their own damn fault!  Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man has been dabbling with artificial intelligence technology and his latest experiment has gone awry, a wormy…

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Swordfish

BB (out of 5) Listless, boring action adventure about a computer hacker (Hugh Jackman) recruited by a top-secret government official (John Travolta), who plans to siphon out money from various government projects in order to perform terrifying terrorist attacks on America and therefore increase the White House’s involvement in anti-terrorist funding.  The action is weary,…

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After The Sunset

BB (out of 5) Yay, more movies for stupid people! Pierce Brosnan, who looks like he’s lampooning himself in a Campari ad, plays a sophisticated jewel thief (ooh, where did they come up with that one?) who has one last big heist before retiring to the tropics with his beautiful thieving partner (Salma Hayek). They’re…

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The Assassination Of Richard Nixon

BB (out of 5) It’s 1974, and Samuel Bicke (Sean Penn) is sick and tired of not being respected. His ex-wife (Naomi Watts) treats him like he’s invisible, his boss (Jack Thompson) at the furniture store he works at puts ridiculous pressure on him to make sales, and the bank is stalling on whether or…

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Talk To Me

BBBB (out of 5) Petey Green (Don Cheadle) gets out of the clink where he has been entertaining fellow inmates on the prison’s radio system for years with his deep thoughts and smooth words. As soon as he is out, he and his wild-mouthed girlfriend (Taraji P. Henson) head over to the offices of a…

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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…

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The United States Of Leland

BB (out of 5) After a teenager (Ryan Gosling) murders a mentally challenged boy his own age, he is sent to prison where he spends his days being taught by the jail’s teacher (Don Cheadle) while his friends and family and the family of the victim sit in their homes and wonder how it all…

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Flight

BB.5 (out of 5) Denzel Washington is a coke-snorting, booze-guzzling airline pilot whose excellent track record easily covers up his bad habits and helps him forget the trouble he left behind when he lost his marriage and son to his addictions.  A mechanical fault on a plane he is flying across the country nearly crashes…

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Crash (2004)

BBB (out of 5) Culture clash in Los Angeles is the subject of this grim, multi-plotted drama, though deep down inside it’s also about the current climate of American politics: these characters make war on each other in an effort to feel safer in their own lives. Tragic events and terrible conflicts result in the…

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Hotel Rwanda

BBBB (out of 5) In 1994 Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) goes about his business managing the four-star Hotel Milles Collines and tries to ignore the growing unrest between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes of his country. Signs of serious trouble keep showing up that he tries to be optimistic about until a full-out genocide…

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