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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The Finest Hours (2016)

CRAIG GILLESPIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2016.  Walt Disney Pictures, Whitaker Entertainment.  Screenplay by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, based on the book by Casey Sherman, Michael J. Tougias.  Cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe.  Produced by Dorothy Aufiero, James Whitaker.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Tatiana S. Riegel. The true…

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Creed (2015)

RYAN COOGLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, Chartoff-Winkler Productions.  Story by Ryan Coogler, Screenplay by Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, based on characters created by Sylvester Stallone.  Cinematography by Maryse Alberti.  Produced by Robert Chartoff, William Chartoff, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King Templeton, Charles Winkler, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler.  Music by Ludwig Göransson.  Production Design by…

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of the Five Armies

BB.5 (out of 5) More bloated mayhem from the imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien as yet another trilogy comes to a close. The film opens with the messiness of Smaug setting Laketown on fire, which strands a group of humans and leaves them without homes, while in the distance Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) becomes ill with…

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Rambo

BB.5 (out of 5) Following the successful resurrection of the Rocky franchise, Sylvester Stallone got his dream of bringing back his other famous series come true with the return of John Rambo. Years after his last adventure in Afghanistan, Rambo now lives the solitary life in Thailand, working as a snake trapper who catches cobras to…

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

BB.5 (out of 5) Continuing the bombastic, pompous affair he began the previous year with the first chapter An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson again tries to reclaim the joys of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy with this continuation of Bilbo Baggins’ adventures towards the mountain where his dwarf companions’ treasure resides.  On this part…

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Colombiana

BB.5 (out of 5) After witnessing her parents’ murder before her eyes as a child, Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) grows up with nothing but vengeance on her mind, taken from her home in Colombia and raised in Chicago by her uncle (Cliff Curtis). Now a grown woman, Cataleya spends days and nights chasing down all the…

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King Arthur

B (out of 5) For all its claims at historical accuracy, there’s nothing particularly credible in this butt-numbing epic. That said, Braveheart wasn’t that much more successful at reflecting history accurately but at least it was entertaining. In this latest version of the Camelot legend (a prequel to it, actually), Arthur (Clive Owen) is a…

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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life

BBBB (out of 5) It’s not that difficult a task to make a sequel that would outdo the very disappointing Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, but this terrific action film manages to be great entertainment even without the comparison.  Angelina Jolie returns as the fabulous British heroine who scours ancient relics in search of valuable treasures, and…

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

BB (out of 5) It’s always a shock when a hack job rip-off of a great movie is perpetuated by the same filmmaker who made the brilliant original, but that is the case with this attempt to recapture the glory of the wonderful Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Peter Jackson has inexplicably split J.R.R. Tolkien’s…

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