Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

BOB PERSICHETTI, PETER RAMSEY, RODNEY ROTHMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad Productions, Lord Miller, Pascal Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by Phil Lord, Screenplay by Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, story consultant Meghan Malloy, based on Spider-Verse created by Dan Slott and characters created by Peter…

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Vampire’s Kiss

BB (out of 5) Nicolas Cage plays a literary agent with a bad attitude towards everyone except his kindly and understanding therapist.  He cats around with Kasi Lemmons until their fun times are interrupted by the intrusion of a bat in their bedroom.  When his next conquest, Jennifer Beals, bites him on the neck, he begins to…

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Drive Angry

BBB.5 (out of 5) There’s just the right level of grindhouse craziness in this wholly diverting indulgence, starting with the terrific performance by Nicolas Cage and right on through the exploitative violence and fully ludicrous premise.  So much does Cage love his family that, years after his death, he gets into his car and literally breaks…

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Trespass

B (out of 5) A film so ludicrous it must be seen to be believed.  Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman live a gorgeous existence in their isolated manor, comfortable in their one-percentage and keeping a close eye on their rebellious teenage daughter.  When masked men break in and hold them hostage in the hopes of getting some…

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Windtalkers

B (out of 5) After suffering devastating losses to his group in the South Pacific (including some very bad personal injuries), Nicolas Cage recovers at an Army hospital when he is given a new order: the US army has developed a code based on the Navajo language that only native speakers understand completely. Each code…

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Face/Off

BBB.5 (out of 5) You’ll actually enjoy being suckered in by this crazy action film from Hong Kong director John Woo.  John Travolta plays a straight-ace cop still haunted by the memory of the son who was murdered by his arch enemy, seething criminal Nicolas Cage. When Cage goes into a coma during an arrest…

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Guarding Tess

BBB (out of 5) Secret Service Agent Nicolas Cage is given his worst nightmare of an assignment when he is instructed to keep a close eye on a former president’s wife (Shirley MacLaine) who is involved in an important upcoming function. It seems boring enough considering that she isn’t exactly anyone’s idea of a hot political…

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Con Air (1997)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Kouf/Bigelow Productions, Runway Pictures, Hiett Designs of Las Vegas.  Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg.  Cinematography by David Tattersall.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Music by Mark Mancina, Trevor Rabin.  Production Design by Chas. Butcher, Edward T. McAvoy, Seven L. Nielsen.  Costume Design by Bobbie Read.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Steve Mirkovich, Glen Scantlebury.  Academy…

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The Weather Man

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Nicolas Cage plays a Chicago weather reporter whose life couldn’t possibly be less fulfilling: his ex-wife (Hope Davis) has no intention of trying to restore their union, his pre-teen son (Nicholas Hoult) is constantly getting into trouble and his overweight daughter is in a self-destructive funk. On top of this, his…

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Kick-Ass (2010)

MATTHEW VAUGHN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2010.  Marv Films, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book by Mark Millar, John Romita Jr..  Cinematography by Ben Davis.  Produced by Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack, Brad Pitt, David Reid, Kris Thykier, Matthew Vaughn.  Music by Marius De Vries, Ilan Eshkeri, Henry Jackman, John Murphy.  Production Design by…

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National Treasure

BBB.5 (out of 5) As a boy, Benjamin Franklin Gates is told a bedtime story he will never forget: his grandfather tells him of a secret conspiracy involving their family, about the Founding Fathers of America and their Masonic plot to conceal an enormous treasure trove of artifacts from around the world. The only clues…

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City Of Angels

BBB.5 (out of 5) Stylish and poetic remake of Wim Wenders’ classic Wings of Desire, featuring Nicolas Cage as the wandering angel in search of his own humanity, and Meg Ryan as the love interest (now a surgeon instead of a circus performer) who inspires him to fall to earth and be a mortal. Cage takes the…

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