Scary Movie 4

BBB (out of 5) More mayhem that continues the surprisingly successful franchise of spoofs. Anna Faris is back, this time no longer with husband Charlie Sheen after a Viagra accident gets him thrown off his balcony and killed. She takes up nursing work for a catatonic old lady (a wasted Cloris Leachman) in a takeoff of…

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Scary Movie 3

BB (out of 5) The spoofs keep rolling in as the Wayan Brothers step out of the way and let director David Zucker take over for the franchise. This time the jokes aren’t nearly as gross as they were in the first two films, but eventually the skits become as tedious they always do. The…

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White Chicks

0 (out of 5) In this painfully unfunny, and more than often offensive, comedy, Wayans brothers Shawn and Marlon play bumbling detectives who always screw up their undercover assignments. They intend to prove themselves, however, and so scam their way into being the official police protection for two Hilton-like sister heiresses who are on their…

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Scary Movie 2

B (out of 5) More comedy madness from the team that brought you the first horror movie spoof, and this one shows once again how unfortunate it is that the Wayans brothers can’t adapt the genius of their skits on TV’s In Living Colour to the big screen to any satisfaction. The surviving cast members…

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Scary Movie

BB.5 (out of 5) Very funny but eventually tiring satire of the teenage horror film genre; the Wayans brothers have produced their most financially successful comedy yet with this film that parodies the Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer films, among others, with biting sarcasm. Some of the jokes really work, some…

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G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra

BBB (out of 5) Well, it certainly doesn’t look like the little green guys my friends were playing with in the eighties. In this supercharged action flick, a group of soldiers are transporting a dangerous biochemical weapon when they are waylaid by bad guys who nearly get away with the loot. Thankfully, a team of…

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Dungeons And Dragons

BB (out of 5) I’ll give director Courtney Solomon credit for having the guts to purchase the rights to the popular role-playing game at the age of 19 and spend years raising the funds to make this film. That impressive detail aside, however, and all you have is a laughable sword-and-sorcery adventure that takes you…

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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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The Heat

BBB (out of 5) Sandra Bullock is an uptight, by-the-book FBI agent who is sent to Boston to take down a major drug operation run by a mysterious kingpin whom no one has ever seen. Melissa McCarthy is a sloppy local Boston cop who keeps the streets clean of little thugs, one of whom is connected to…

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The Ladykillers (2004)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hilarious remake of the Alec Guinness classic has been reset by those crafty Coen Brothers in modern-day Mississippi. Irma P. Hall steals the show as a traditional, God-fearing, church-going widow who has rooms to rent in her home. When double-talking, gentlemanly Tom Hanks shows up at her door with his mint-julipy Southern-fried breeding…

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Requiem For A Dream (2000)

DARREN ARONOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2000.  Artisan Entertainment, Thousand Words, Sibling Productions, Protozoa Pictures, Industry Entertainment, Bandeira Entertainment, Requiem for a Dream, Truth and Soul Pictures.  Screenplay by Hubert Selby Jr., Darren Aronofsky, based on the book by Hubert Selby Jr..  Cinematography by Matthew Libatique.  Produced by Eric Watson, Palmer West.  Music by Clint Mansell.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume…

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