Chronicles Of Riddick

BBB (out of 5) Five years after the exciting events of Pitch Black, morally ambiguous ex-convict Riddick (Vin Diesel) is caught by a bounty hunter and brought to a planet about to be invaded by the evil Necromongers. Led by a half-spirit general (Colm Feore), Necromongers are an army of controlled religious zealots who are…

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The Forgotten

BB (out of 5) Julianne Moore plays a devoted mother who is still grieving for the child she lost in an airplane accident years earlier. When she notices that her photographs no longer bear his face, and, even more horrible, her husband (Anthony Edwards) insists that they never had a child, she starts to wonder if…

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Batman Begins (2005)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2005.  Warner Bros., Syncopy, DC Comics, Patalex III Productions Limited.  Story by David S. Goyer, Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, based on characters created by Bob Kane.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Larry J. Franco, Lorne Orleans, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas.  Music by James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan…

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The Namesake

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel is brought to the big screen by director Mira Nair with wonderfully sentimental results. A Bengali man who has been living abroad goes back to India to find a wife, brings her to New York and they raise two children. The first of them, a son,…

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Hart’s War

BB.5 (out of 5) A United States soldier (Colin Farrell) is caught during a secret World War II operation in Germany and is sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. There he meets with resistance from an imprisoned captain (Bruce Willis) and a disrespectful and insubordinate soldier (Cole Hauser) who ranks lower than him. When Hauser is…

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Beyond Borders

BB (out of 5) Beyond boring. Angelina Jolie plays the wealthy wife of an industrialist’s son (Linus Roache) who is moved by an impassioned speech by a relief worker in Africa (Clive Owen) and decides to work with him. She shows up on foreign shores green and naive, wearing her crisp white linens and whiff of…

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Priest

BB.5 (out of 5) Linus Roache is excellent in the lead role of this British drama that features bad lighting and grimy-looking sets. He’s a Catholic priest who is extremely devoted to his work but has difficulty reconciling his homosexuality with the dogma of his faith. He also has personal conflicts that arise when his parishioners…

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The Wings Of The Dove

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Superior adaptation of the Henry James novel has Helena Bonham Carter encourage her secret fiance Linus Roache to feign love for dying heiress Alison Elliott in order for them both to get their hands on her money once the earnest woman dies. What neither of them count on is that they both grow true…

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