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 Shallows (2016)

JAUME COLLET-SERRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2016.  Columbia Pictures, Weimaraner Republic Pictures, Ombra Films.  Screenplay by Anthony Jaswinski.  Cinematography by Flavio Martinez Labiano.  Produced by Lynn Harris, Matti Leshem.  Music by Marco Beltrami.  Production Design by Hugh Bateup.  Costume Design by Kym Barrett.  Film Editing by Joel Negron. Blake Lively is an avid surfer who has just discovered a secret beach on a…

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Speed Racer

B (out of 5) A strong contender for Most Annoying Film Of All Time, adapted from the popular Japanese television series by the Wachowskis to look like a cartoon in live-action form.  What it actually looks like is a late-night commercial that you cannot escape, with constantly overlapping imagery, intentionally false backdrops and queasily colourful interiors occasionally…

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The Nice Guys

BBB.5 (out of 5) A hired thug (Russell Crowe, more lighthearted than he’s been in years) is hired by a young woman to keep a couple of guys off her tail; this leads him to a private investigator (Ryan Gosling, playing the clown to perfection) whose ineptitude reaches Inspector Clouseau levels who has been hired…

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The Green Hornet

BB.5 (out of 5) Seth Rogen attempts a different kind of superhero movie by injecting his loveable-loser brand of humour into the action genre, but with minimal results. Between his unintelligent script that trades mainly in blockheaded clichés, and the absent direction by Michel Gondry, the film is a tidy and bland tale of, what…

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The Matrix Revolutions

B (out of 5) While machine-controlled sentinels storm their way towards the city of Zion, Neo (Keanu Reeves) continues his quest to find out what his purpose is as “The One”, the saviour of humanity against the cold-hearted computers that have taken over Earth. This messy second sequel to the Wachowski brothers’s highly superior 1999…

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The Matrix Reloaded

BB.5 (out of 5) At long last, the inevitable sequel to the best science-fiction film of the last five years has finally arrived, and surprisingly enough the Wachowski boys have bitten off less than they can chew. Following the events that concluded the first Matrix, this one follows the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar as they…

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The Matrix

BBBBB (out of 5) Nothing is what it seems in this cyberkinetic action thriller that grabs hold and never lets go. Keanu Reeves plays a bottomfeeding computer hacker who goes from zero to hero when he pursues the myth of a world-class hack expert (Laurence Fishburne) and finds him. Discovering that he is a saviour of…

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Cloud Atlas

BB.5 (out of 5) A scientist in the late nineteenth century is beset by illness while on an ocean voyage; a composer in England in the 1930s becomes assistant to a cantankerous legend in his field; a reporter in 1970s America investigates the shady dealings of a nuclear power corporation; a struggling publisher in 2012…

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The Amazing Spider-Man

BBBB (out of 5) Deja vu is a disconcerting feeling in this reboot of the superhero franchise, a mere decade after it was originally launched by Sam Raimi with Tobey Maguire in the lead; here we follow the same plot (more or less) with the same goal of setting Peter Parker up in his new…

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Monster-In-Law

BB.5 (out of 5) Romance blooms between a dog-walker/office temp (Jennifer Lopez) and a successful doctor (Michael Vartan), with things moving at a steady pace until a giant bump in the road is encountered: his overprotective, nearly psychotic mother (Jane Fonda in a return to the big screen after a fifteen year absence). Fonda has recently…

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William Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet

BB.5 (out of 5) Baz Luhrmann applies MTV music-video editing techniques to a classic play and comes out with an over-directed bore that is perked up by its few musical sequences but feels labored the rest of the time. Leonardo DiCaprio makes for a grating Romeo, while Claire Danes is only slightly better as a wide-eyed and…

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