The Mule (2018)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Imperative Entertainment, Bron Creative, The Malpaso Company, Bron Studios.  Screenplay by Nick Schenk, inspired by the New York Times article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick.  Cinematography by Yves Belanger.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Dan Friedkin, Jessica Meier, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, Bradley Thomas.  Music…

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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

JORDAN VOGT-ROBERTS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Legendary Entertainment, Tencent Pictures, Warner Bros..  Story by John Gatins, Screenplay by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly.  Cinematography by Larry Fong.  Produced by Alex Garcia, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Thomas Tull.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by Stefan Dechant.  Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt.  Film Editing by Richard Pearson.  Academy Awards 2017.   Monkey…

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Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates

BBB (out of 5) Brothers Mike (Adam DeVine) and Dave (Zac Efron) Stangle spend their days selling beer to drinking establishments and their nights getting in trouble while drinking it.  Their parents, exasperated with the mayhem that these adorable but destructive boys cause, issue an ultimatum about their upcoming trip to their sister’s wedding in Hawaii: either…

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Ghostbusters

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ivan Reitman’s comedy classic has been updated to the new millennium but not a new setting as slimy creatures of the paranormal once again terrorize citizens of New York.  After a spectral figure appears to a tour guide in a historic Manhattan mansion, its manager begs a former believer and now…

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The Kings Of Summer

B (out of 5) It’s rare to see a cast of such high quality and a script with such promise being undone by such inept direction, but an uncomfortable combination of tones makes a mystery of this terrible film.  Two boys fed up with being bossed around by their, in one case, emotionally distant father…

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