The Predator (2018)

SHANE BLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA/Canada, 2018.  Twentieth Century Fox, Davis Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Canada Film Capital, Dark Castle Entertainment.  Screenplay by Fred Dekker, Shane Black, based on characters created by Jim Thomas and John Thomas.  Cinematography by Larry Fong.  Produced by John Davis, Lawrence Gordon.  Music by Henry Jackman.  Production Design by Martin Whist.  Costume Design by Tish Monaghan.  Film Editing…

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Game Night (2018)

JOHN FRANCIS DALEY, JONATHAN GOLDSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Aggregate Films, Davis Entertainment, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Mark Perez.  Cinematography by Barry Peterson.  Produced by Jason Bateman, John Davis, John Fox, James Garavente.  Music by  Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Michael Corenblith.  Costume Design by Debra McGuire.  Film Editing by David Egan, Jamie Gross, Gregory Plotkin.   Party game enthusiasts…

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Birdemic: Shock and Terror

0 (out of 5) There’s a level of bad that almost becomes masterful, and it’s impossible to really communicate the feelings caused by this film’s standard of storytelling. A lingerie model and a software salesman meet and fall in love right before their town is taken over by killer birds, though it takes about an…

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Joy

BBB (out of 5) Joy is at a point in her life where everyone is wearing her out: her mother (Virginia Madsen) watches soap operas all day and lives in a dream world, her ex-husband (Edgar Ramirez) is living in the basement, her father (Robert De Niro) has been dumped by his girlfriend and needs…

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

GUY RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2015.  Warner Bros., RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Wigram Productions, Davis Entertainment.  Story by Jeff Kleeman, David C. Wilson, Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, Screenplay by Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, based on the television series by Sam Rolfe.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Steve Clark-Hall, John Davis, Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design…

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Paycheck

BBB.5 (out of 5) Another Philip Dick story makes it to the big screen, a fun one free of intellectual challenge or even a fully comprehensive plot. Ben Affleck plays a computer engineer who is hired by companies to pirate existing software for them to improve upon, followed by his having his memory erased to avoid…

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Dudley-Do-Right

BB (out of 5) Boring, uneventful adaptation of the popular Jay Roach cartoon. Brendan Fraser is a hoot as the bumbling Mountie who is stuck with trying to stop evil villain Snidely (Alfred Molina) all on his own when the town of Semi-Happy Valley abandons him. At stake is the preservation of the law as well…

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Courage Under Fire

BB (out of 5) Pointlessly empty drama that really should have been excellent considering its story: based on real events, it tells the tale of a United States soldier (Denzel Washington) investigating the case of a woman (Meg Ryan) who might receive a posthumous Medal of Honour for her service in the Gulf War. Washington…

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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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Loving Couples

BB (out of 5) Couple swapping is yet again the subject of a romantic comedy, and this one barely rises above the quality of forgettable drivel. Shirley MacLaine plays a successful doctor whose surgeon husband (James Coburn) can barely be bothered to make time for her. When a handsome, womanizing patient (Stephen Collins) starts making eyes…

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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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I, Robot

BBB.5 (out of 5) Isaac Asimov’s popular science-fiction story has been liberally adapted into an exciting action thriller with Will Smith as a cop who is not pleased with the modern advent of robot technology. In 2035, android workers are as common as household assistants and companions, with three programmed laws built in to them…

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