Need For Speed (2014)

SCOTT WAUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA/India/United Kingdom/France/Philippines, 2014.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Bandito Brothers.  Story by George Gatins, John Gatins, Screenplay by George Gatins.  Cinematography by Shane Hurlbut.  Produced by John Gatins, Patrick O’Brien, Mark Sourian.  Music by Nathan Furst.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Paul Rubell, Scott Waugh.  After an illegal race on…

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The Greatest Showman (2017)

MICHAEL GRACEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 2017.  Chernin Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by Screenplay by Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Peter Chernin, Laurence Mark, Jenno Topping.  Music by John Debney, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Joseph Trapanese.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Tom Cross, Robert Duffy, Joe Hutshing, Michael McCusker,…

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First They Killed My Father (2017)

ANGELINA JOLIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  Cambodia/USA, 2017.  Netflix, Bophana Production.  Screenplay by Loung Ung, Angelina Jolie, based on the book by Loung Ung.  Cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle.  Produced by Angelina Jolie, Rithy Panh, Ted Sarandos, Michael Vieira.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by Tom Brown.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Xavier Box, Patricia Rommel.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.  Toronto International…

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Logan Lucky (2017)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Trans-Radial Pictures, Free Association.  Screenplay by Rebecca Blunt.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Reid Carolin, Gregory Jacobs, Mark Johnson, Channing Tatum.  Music by David Holmes.  Production Design by Howard Cummings.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Steven Soderbergh.   Steven Soderbergh returns to feature film directing after a four year hiatus with a…

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One Night At McCool’s

B (out of 5) Liv Tyler gives a sexy performance in the best tradition of film noir goddesses as a double-crossing vixen who always gets her way. Paul Reiser, Matt Dillon and John Goodman are the seemingly innocent men who cross her path and fall instantly for her. The plot weaves and weaves like a spider spinning a…

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Rat Race

BB.5 (out of 5) A host of stars (including three Academy Award winners) wasted their time to appear in this so-so rehash of It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Hotel manager John Cleese is constantly looking for new ways to entertain his bored billionaire clients who are willing to bet money on anything, so he…

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Face/Off

BBB.5 (out of 5) You’ll actually enjoy being suckered in by this crazy action film from Hong Kong director John Woo.  John Travolta plays a straight-ace cop still haunted by the memory of the son who was murdered by his arch enemy, seething criminal Nicolas Cage. When Cage goes into a coma during an arrest…

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Chronicles Of Riddick

BBB (out of 5) Five years after the exciting events of Pitch Black, morally ambiguous ex-convict Riddick (Vin Diesel) is caught by a bounty hunter and brought to a planet about to be invaded by the evil Necromongers. Led by a half-spirit general (Colm Feore), Necromongers are an army of controlled religious zealots who are…

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G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra

BBB (out of 5) Well, it certainly doesn’t look like the little green guys my friends were playing with in the eighties. In this supercharged action flick, a group of soldiers are transporting a dangerous biochemical weapon when they are waylaid by bad guys who nearly get away with the loot. Thankfully, a team of…

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It Runs In The Family

BBB (out of 5) Once again returning to the classy New York film genre that he handled so well in Six Degrees of Separation, Australian-born Fred Schepisi ably directs this enjoyable comedy-drama. It centres around the men of a privileged family who can’t seem to stop performing well below their levels of potential. Kirk Douglas (giving…

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Intersection

B (out of 5) In the middle of a possibly fatal car crash, Richard Gere contemplates the two women in his life, a sexless marriage to Sharon Stone and a loveless affair with Lolita Davidovich. While his car spins out of control against the steely gray Vancouver landscape, he feels forced to decide which woman to stay…

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America’s Sweethearts

B (out of 5) Flat, boring and completely unsympathetic romantic comedy that wastes the talent of everyone involved. Billy Crystal (who wrote and produced) plays a publicity director at a major Hollywood studio who finds himself wrapped in problems when he is forced to reunite estranged Tom-and-Nicole-like couple Gwen Harrison and Eddie Thomas (Catherine Zeta-Jones,…

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