The Equalizer 2 (2018)

ANTOINE FUQUA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Escape Artists, Fuqua Films, Lonetree Entertainment, Mace Neufeld Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment, ZHIV Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Wenk, based on the television series created by Michael Sloan, Richard Lindheim.  Cinematography by Oliver Wood.  Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Tony Eldridge, Antoine Fuqua, Mace Neufeld, Alex Siskin, Michael Sloan,…

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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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Freaky Friday

BBBB (out of 5) Surprisingly terrific adaptation of the comedy that originally starred Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris. Jamie Lee Curtis plays an overworked therapist and mother who is about to get married to her boyfriend (Mark Harmon), despite the emotional objections of her difficult teenaged daughter (Lindsay Lohan). The two fight about various mother-daughter conflict…

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Mighty Joe Young

BBBB (out of 5) In this remake of the forties classic, Bill Paxton plays an L.A. Zoo animal researcher who travels to Africa and witnesses a wonder: a fifteen-foot gorilla named Joe. Soon after a hazardous meeting with the great ape, he also meets Joe’s best friend, a beautiful blonde woman (Charlize Theron) who grew up…

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I Spy

BBB.5 (out of 5) Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy have a marvelous time clowning around in this silly spy movie, and you’ll enjoy watching them just as much. Adapted from the sixties television series of the same name, it stars Wilson and Famke Janssen as United States spies sent on a mission to recover a stolen stealth airplane…

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Fantastic Four

BBB (out of 5) Another popular comic book reaches the big screen, with less than fantastic but still enjoyable results. While five researchers are conducting investigative work on a space station above earth, a dangerous solar flare envelops their craft before they have a chance to get under cover. Instead of killing them, as would…

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For Love Or Money

BBB.5 (out of 5) Michael J. Fox is irresistible as a world-class hotel concierge who does all manner of favours for the wealthy clients who live in his establishment. He happily kowtows to all whims and desires because his services become big tips, which in turn become his savings for his ultimate dream: a luxury resort…

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Terminal Velocity

BB.5 (out of 5) The rare pleasure of seeing Nastassja Kinski starring in a film is a good reason to check out this silly action film, but be warned, it also stars Charlie Sheen.  He plays a skydiving instructor who initiates this lovely lady into her first sky jump, one that she doesn’t survive thanks to…

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U-571

BB.5 (out of 5) Well-intentioned but boring retread of Das Boot that features hunky Matthew McConaughey and a cast of good ole boys (who mysteriously all look the same, I could never tell who was being bumped off) who are sent on a mission to steal a decoding machine from a German U-boat, then end up…

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby

BB (out of 5) Sweet, goofy hick Will Ferrell was abandoned by his father at a young age and remembers only that the man loved vehicular speed; in his adulthood he becomes the most famous race car driver (with the smallest vocabulary) in the world, conquering the speedway with his bimbo wife and lifelong best friend…

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The Bourne Identity

BBB.5 (out of 5) Flawed and uneven but breezily enjoyable adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s popular spy novel.  Matt Damon is an amnesiac who is saved from choppy Mediterranean waters by French fishermen, then begins an intensive search for his identity once he reaches shore. Little by little the clues unveil themselves and he begins to figure…

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2 Days In The Valley

B (out of 5) Awkward rehash of Pulp Fiction has lame-brained characters running around sunny California in search of a life. Trust me, they never find one. Acting is a plus, especially a delightful Glenne Headly, but in general the cast is over-performing the kinds of characters that are in the background of better movies,…

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