I Spy

BBB.5 (out of 5) Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy have a marvelous time clowning around in this silly spy movie, and you’ll enjoy watching them just as much. Adapted from the sixties television series of the same name, it stars Wilson and Famke Janssen as United States spies sent on a mission to recover a stolen stealth airplane…

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Doctor Dolittle (1998)

BB.5 (out of 5) Boring and flat remake of the Rex Harrison turkey about a doctor who finds himself endowed with the ability to talk to animals. Stupid gags like rats with gas and tigers with identity crises never achieve more than ludicrous slapstick humour, so if you’re under ten you’ll have a great time….

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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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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 Haunted Mansion

B (out of 5) Eddie Murphy plays a real-estate agent who has been ignoring his family in his devotion to his career. When he and his real-estate partner wife get a call about a beautiful manor in the countryside that is up for sale, they immediately forego their weekend vacation plans and go stay at the…

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Shrek The Third

BBB.5 (out of 5) You’d think that the pop culture references and jabs at traditional childhood fairy tales would have gotten old by the third installment, but this second sequel to the surprise 2001 hit (which was the highest critically rated film of its year) turns out be another fresh, if inevitably familiar, helping of…

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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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Trading Places

JOHN LANDIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1983.  Cinema Group Ventures, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod.  Cinematography by Robert Paynter.  Produced by Aaron Russo.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Gene Rudolf.   Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman.  Film Editing by Malcolm Campbell.  Academy Awards 1983.  Golden Globe Awards 1983. This is one of the films that led to Eddie Murphy becoming…

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Coming To America

JOHN LANDIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1988.  Paramount Pictures, Eddie Murphy Productions.  Directed by John Landis.  Story by Eddie Murphy, Screenplay by David Sheffield, Barry W. Blaustein.  Cinematography by Sol Negrin, Woody Omens.  Produced by George Folsey Jr., Robert D. Wachs.  Music by Nile Rodgers.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Deborah Nadoolman.  Film Editing by Malcolm Campbell, George Folsey…

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Showtime

BB.5 (out of 5) Robert De Niro plays a badass cop who shoots a television camera and incurs the wrath of the network that owned it, then told he can make up for it by taking part in a new reality-based television series invented by a perpetually creative executive (Rene Russo).  Giving him a loud-mouthed rookie…

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Life (1999)

BB.5 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence play two bootleggers who stumble across a dead body in a barn one fine evening and end up being convicted of the victim’s murder. Now in prison, they have to spend a lifetime working on a chain gang while also trying to avoid the love-hate relationship between them…

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Vampire In Brooklyn

BB (out of 5) Eddie Murphy plays an ages-old vampire who arrives by ship in New York and is awakened there; one look at policewoman Angela Bassett and he’s hooked. The film tries to be funny, but its unappetizing combination of screwball comedy and disgusting imagery will keep fans from really warming up to it, even those…

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