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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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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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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Hard Ball

BBB.5 (out of 5) Keanu Reeves plays a compulsive gambler whose debts have caught up with him and landed him in big trouble. To help ease his money problems, his friend (Michael McGlone) suggests he take over a coaching assignment of an inner-city Little League baseball team and he will pay him weekly for it. Reeves…

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Flight

BB.5 (out of 5) Denzel Washington is a coke-snorting, booze-guzzling airline pilot whose excellent track record easily covers up his bad habits and helps him forget the trouble he left behind when he lost his marriage and son to his addictions.  A mechanical fault on a plane he is flying across the country nearly crashes…

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Impostor

BB (out of 5) Boring science-fiction thriller adapted from the short story by Philip K. Dick, whose story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was the basis for the awe-inspiring Blade Runner; this yawn-inducer could only dream to be compared to Ridley Scott’s classic in any possible way. Gary Sinise plays a weapons designer in…

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Another Day In Paradise

BB (out of 5) Self-indulgent mess from Larry Clark about two nihilistic teenagers (Vincent Kartheiser, Natasha Gregson Wagner) who team up with a pair of adult crooks (James Woods, Melanie Griffith) and form a nuclear family as they terrorize the placid regions of the dull midwest. Drug deals, bar brawls and domestic disputes run rampant,…

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