The Mule (2018)

CLINT EASTWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros., Imperative Entertainment, Bron Creative, The Malpaso Company, Bron Studios.  Screenplay by Nick Schenk, inspired by the New York Times article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick.  Cinematography by Yves Belanger.  Produced by Clint Eastwood, Dan Friedkin, Jessica Meier, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, Bradley Thomas.  Music…

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Secret In Their Eyes (2015)

BILLY RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/Spain/South Korea, 2015.  IM Global, STX Entertainment, Route One Entertainment, Union Investment Partners, Gran Via Productions, SITE Productions, Willies Movies, Ingenious Media.  Screenplay by Billy Ray, based on the film El Secreto De Sus Ojos by Juan Jose Campanella, Eduardo Sacheri.  Cinematography by Daniel Moder.  Produced by Matt Jackson, Mark Johnson.  Music by…

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Furious Seven (Fast & Furious 7) (2015)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 2015.  Universal Pictures, Media Rights Capital, China Film Co., Original Film, One Race Films, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network, Québec Production Services Tax Credit, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, Abu Dhabi Film Commission.  Screenplay by Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.  Cinematography by Marc…

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Bruce Almighty

BB (out of 5) Jim Carrey continues to go the family-friendly (aka most financially lucrative) route with his latest comedy, and the results are hardly worthy of Liar Liar or The Grinch. He plays a down-on-his-luck reporter who loses his livelihood and his love on the same day and throws his anger at the man upstairs….

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Old School

BB (out of 5) Luke Wilson stars as a bored traveling businessman who comes home to his girlfriend (Juliette Lewis) only to discover her in an orgy situation with a group of kinky strangers. He decides that the happiest days of his life were back when he was in college, and so sells his house, purchases…

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Crank

0.5 (out of 5) It’s no surprise that there are movies out there that are basically the filmic manifestation of male adolescent fantasies, but there are limits to what a person can stand.  Jason Statham plays a tough hit man who wakes up in a hotel room and is told by his random Asian enemy that…

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA/United Kingdom, 2012.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, DC Entertainment, Syncopy, DC Comics.  Story by David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, Screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, based on characters created by Bob Kane.  Cinematography by Wally Pfister.  Produced by Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Nathan Crowley, Kevin Kavanaugh.  Costume Design…

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S.W.A.T.

BB (out of 5) Colin Farrell is once again furrowing his eyebrows in the name of action heroism.  If it’s possible, however, this humdrum action film is less inspired and less interesting than his other starring vehicles The Recruit and Hart’s War. He plays a top-notch SWAT agent who is kicked off the force when his…

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Training Day

BBB.5 (out of 5) Exciting cop drama forgoes solid plot in favour of focusing on the irresistible personalities of its two leads. Ethan Hawke is superb as a rookie narc whose first day on the job has him working with his new superior officer (Denzel Washington), a fast-talking, slick-as-snot undercover cop who believes that to get…

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The Fast And The Furious

BBB.5 (out of 5) The California amateur drag-racing scene is the setting for this exciting car movie, and like the title suggests it is very fast and extremely furious, not to mention fun. Paul Walker stars as a novice race car driver (but is that all he is?) who joins a race car gang led by…

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