Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)

JOACHIM RONNING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 2019.  Roth Films, Walt Disney Pictures.  Story by Linda Woolverton, Screenplay by Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Linda Woolverton.  Cinematography by Henry Braham.  Produced by Duncan Henderson, Angelina Jolie, Joe Roth.  Music by Geoff Zanelli.  Production Design by Patrick Tatopoulos.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film…

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Justice League (2017)

ZACK SNYDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA/United Kingdom/Canada, 2017.  Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Lensbern Productions, Warner Bros..  Story by Chris Terrio, Zack Snyder, Screenplay by Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon, based on Superman created by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Justice League of America created by Gardner Fox, Batman created by…

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Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

ZACK SNYDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 2016.  Warner Bros., Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, DC Comics, DC Entertainment, RatPac-Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer, based on Batman created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Superman created by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster.  Cinematography by Larry Fong.  Produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder.  Music by Junkie XL,…

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Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans (2009)

PATRICK TATOPOULOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/New Zealand, 2009.  Sketch Films, Lakeshore Entertainment, Screen Gems, UW3 Film Productions.  Story by Len Wiseman, Robert Orr, Danny McBride, Screenplay by Danny McBride, Dirk Blackman, Howard McCain, based on characters created by Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, Danny McBride.  Cinematography by Ross Emery.  Produced by Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Len Wiseman.  Music by Paul Haslinger.  Production…

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I, Robot (2004)

ALEX PROYAS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2004.  Twentieth Century Fox, Mediastream Vierte Film GmbH & Co. Vermarktungs KG, Davis Entertainment, Laurence Mark Productions, Overbrook Entertainment, Canlaws Productions.  Story by Jeff Vintar, Screenplay by Jeff Vintar, Akiva Goldsman, suggested by the book by Isaac Asimov.  Cinematography by Simon Duggan.  Produced by Michael Lee Baron, John Davis, Topher Dow,…

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The Patriot (2000)

ROLAND EMMERICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  Germany/USA, 2000.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Centropolis Entertainment, Mutual Film Company, Global Entertainment Productions GmbH & Company Medien KG.  Screenplay by Robert Rodat.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Dean Devlin, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Kirk M. Petruccelli.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by David Brenner.  Academy Awards…

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Independence Day (1996)

ROLAND EMMERICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1996.  Twentieth Century Fox, Centropolis Film Productions.  Screenplay by Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich.  Cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub.  Produced by Dean Devlin. Music by David Arnold.  Production Design by Oliver Scholl, Patrick Tatopoulos.  Costume Design by Joseph A. Porro.  Film Editing by David Brenner.   Trite and dull science-fiction disaster film. President Bill…

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Battlefield Earth

B.5 (out of 5) John Travolta is physically striking yet laughable as the head of the villainous Psychlo race who have taken over a futuristic Earth and made slaves of humans. Barry Pepper is the leader of the good ole boys who help restore order. Every science-fiction film imaginable, from Planet of the Apes to Goldfinger…

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Underworld: Evolution

BB (out of 5) Vampiress/action-babe Kate Beckinsale dons her faux Catwoman suit once again to go head to head with the criminal world of undead monsters in this unimaginative sequel to the fun original. She and vampire/lycan hybrid (Scott Speedman) are on the run from baddies of all sorts as they try to put an ancient blood…

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Total Recall (2012)

BBBB (out of 5) The stylistics and effects of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” are starting to look creaky, making a reboot of the story wholly welcome and, in this case, very enjoyably executed. The story has been given a facelift (and, sadly, this time…

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Live Free Or Die Hard

BB.5 (out of 5) Bruce Willis makes an attempt to get back on top of the action game by resurrecting a franchise after twelve years. Years after his divorce from his wife, he is now living in Brooklyn and trying to reconnect with his fully estranged daughter (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). One night after interrupting her date…

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