San Andreas

BB.5 (out of 5) We all know that California is ready to fall off the face of the Earth and, in this imaginative disaster flick, it finally does when the San Andreas fault heats up and explodes all over the west coast.  Buildings crumble like dry cookies, people are injured and killed while the majority…

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Fantastic Four

BBB (out of 5) Another popular comic book reaches the big screen, with less than fantastic but still enjoyable results. While five researchers are conducting investigative work on a space station above earth, a dangerous solar flare envelops their craft before they have a chance to get under cover. Instead of killing them, as would…

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Solomon And Gaenor

BB.5 (out of 5) Beautifully photographed but dull romance about the forbidden love between a Jewish rag man and a Welsh woman in turn of the century Wales. Ioan Gruffudd is excellent as Solomon, a romantic idealist who doesn’t realize how much trouble he’s getting himself into when he befriends and then courts the lovely…

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102 Dalmatians

BBBB (out of 5) The smarmy, overlong and annoying 101 Dalmatians directed by Stephen Herek gets a huge lift from a highly superior sequel, this time directed by Tarzan‘s Kevin Lima. More faithful to the original animated version of the 60s than its predecessor, Lima keeps the pace going and keeps the action lively. This…

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Horrible Bosses (2011)

SETH GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2011.  New Line Cinema, Rat Entertainment.  Screenplay by Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein.  Cinematography by David Hennings.  Produced by Brett Ratner, Jay Stern.  Music by Christopher Lennertz.  Production Design by Shepherd Frankel.  Costume Design by Carol Ramsey.  Film Editing by Peter Teschner.   Combine The Hangover with 9 To 5 and you have this…

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Wilde

BB.5 (out of 5) According to director Brian Gilbert, Oscar Wilde never had a normal moment in his life–everything he says or does in this film is always perfectly spoken, perfectly lit and moved about at the pace of an oil painting. While the graphic sexuality and forthright attitude of the characters involved makes for…

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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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Titanic

BBBB.5 (out of 5) James Cameron’s expansive version of the Titanic story takes A Night To Remember and adds two fictional protagonists, a poor little rich girl (Kate Winslet) trapped in an unwanted engagement and a poor drifter (Leonardo DiCaprio) who ends up on the ship thanks to a lucky poker game.  Cameron creates a…

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Black Hawk Down (2001)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2001.  Revolution Studios, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Scott Free Productions.  Screenplay by Ken Nolan, based on the book by Mark Bowden.  Cinematography by Slawomir Idziak.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Ridley Scott.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Arthur Max.  Costume Design by David Murphy, Sammy Sheldon.  Film Editing by Pietro Scalia.  Academy Awards 2001.  This unapologetically violent war…

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Amazing Grace

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Here’s a rarity: a sumptuous period piece that takes one back to the age of horse-drawn carriages and candlelit drawing rooms without a single bodice ever being ripped or a handsome nobleman marrying beneath his class. Michael Apted’s best film in years uses the best trappings of period drama (particularly the…

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