Tomb Raider (2018)

ROAR UTHAUG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  GK Films, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Square Enix, Warner Bros..  Story by Evan Daugherty, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Screenplay by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Alastair Siddons.  Cinematography by George Richmond.  Produced by Graham King.  Music by Junkie XL.  Production Design by Gary Freeman.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Stuart Baird, Tom Harrison-Read, Michael Tronick.   Despite being heiress to…

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Straight Outta Compton

BBBB (out of 5) Thoroughly engrossing biography of the formation of N.W.A., the group that put rap music on the cultural map and paved the way for much of what is popular in music today. A group of friends from Compton, Los Angeles endure the poverty, violence and police brutality that is their everyday reality, turning…

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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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Remember The Titans

BBBB (out of 5) What do you get when you mix manipulative comedy-drama that plays its historical backdrop of racial intolerance in 1970s Virginia too broadly, with the slam-bang ridiculous action style of movies from the producing efforts of Jerry Bruckheimer? Not to mention an anti-airtight script that wanders around looking for a backbone? Thoroughly…

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Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add big hair, rocking tunes and John Travolta in a dress. Newcomer Nikki Blonsky plays the youngster in question, Tracy, in this wonderful…

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Eraser (1996)

CHUCK RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1996.  Kopelson Entertainment, Warner Bros..  Story by Tony Puryear, Walon Green, Michael S. Chernuchin, Screenplay by Tony Puryear, Walon Green.  Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.  Produced by Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Bill Kenney.  Costume Design by Richard Bruno.  Film Editing by Michael Tronick.  Academy Awards 1996. After a business executive in a high-tech weapons company…

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The Marrying Man

B.5 (out of 5) A 1940s playboy (Alec Baldwin) is all set to marry his pure hearted lady love (Elisabeth Shue) when disaster strikes: he meets a gorgeous nightclub singer (Kim Basinger, then Baldwin’s wife) and gets busy with her. Unfortunately, Basinger is the moll of the very powerful gangster Bugsy Siegel (Armand Assante), and…

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Blue Streak

BB (out of 5) Forgettable cop comedy about a bumbling criminal (Martin Lawrence) who is arrested during a jewel heist after managing to successfully hide a precious jewel in a hiding spot in the building. Years later, he is released from jail and the building he hid the jewel in turns out to be the…

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Hudson Hawk

BB (out of 5) You’re better off watching a spoof of action movies like Hot Shots than watching a lame action film that tries to be funny and never succeeds. Bruce Willis plays an ex-con who has just been released from prison after ten years and intends to live a totally clean, straightforward life. His…

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Mr. And Mrs. Smith (2005)

BBBB (out of 5) Ah, if only more couples took the Kurt ‘N’ Courtney approach to solving their marital difficulties, they’d end up looking as healthy and gorgeous as the stars of this highly enjoyable film. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie play assassins for hire who keep their jobs secret from each other and work for opposing…

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Straight Talk

BBB.5 (out of 5) Dolly Parton brings her naturally fresh and fun personality to this unoriginal romantic comedy. She plays an out-of-work small town gal who decides to leave her boyfriend and head for the big city of Chicago. After she accidentally stumbles into a stint taking over as a love doctor on a radio program,…

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Less Than Zero

B (out of 5) Bret Easton Ellis’ novel about rich kids living in the fast lane is given an atrocious screen treatment.  Andrew McCarthy comes back to his hometown of Los Angeles after his first year of college, discovering that ex-girlfriend Jami Gertz is now dating his best friend Robert Downey Jr.. She enlists McCarthy’s help as…

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