King Kong (1976)

JOHN GUILLERMIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1976.  Dino De Laurentiis Company.  Screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the 1933 screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman, Ruth Rose, from an idea conceived by Merian C. Cooper, Edgar Wallace.  Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by John Barry.  Production … More King Kong (1976)

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The Moderns

BB (out of 5) This meandering drama features characters who constantly threaten to be memorable but never quite manage it. Keith Carradine plays an American expatriate living as an artist in Paris who gets involved in a scam involving forged paintings. When he re-encounters an old flame (Linda Fiorentino), he is dismayed to find that she … More The Moderns

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Rush Hour 2

BB.5 (out of 5) Hilarious but quite useless sequel to Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker‘s 1997 blockbuster is so unimpressive because of how similar it is to its predecessor. This time Chan and Tucker are in Hong Kong battling evildoers who have bombed the American embassy and are involved in a counterfeiting operation. Ziyi Zhang is stunning … More Rush Hour 2

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The Shadow

BB.5 (out of 5) Alec Baldwin plays the lead character, a superhero originally born on a famous radio program decades ago. The Shadow is a former druglord in the Far East who reforms, thanks to the help of an Asian shaman, then comes to New York to keep evildoers in line. Forming a network of support … More The Shadow

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M. Butterfly

BB (out of 5) Reunite brilliant auteur David Cronenberg with his Dead Ringers star Jeremy Irons and you should have another classic, but this time the story just doesn’t play out all that well. Based on factual events, it stars Irons as a British diplomat in China during the eighties who strikes up an affair with … More M. Butterfly

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The Last Emperor

BBB.5 (out of 5) The life of the last emperor of China before the Cultural Revolution is told in this stunningly beautiful epic by Bernardo Bertolucci. It goes from his days in the royal palace through to his teenage life in the snazzy China of the 1930s, detailing just how much of a prisoner he … More The Last Emperor

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War

B (out of 5) Another mundane Jet Li movie with a tired premise and even more tired execution.  Jason Statham plays a (what else?) grizzled cop whose partner is killed, execution style, along with his wife and child by an evil hit man known only as Rogue (Li). Three years after the murders, Statham picks up Rogue’s … More War

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