Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)

JAKE KASDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2017.  Columbia Pictures, Matt Tolmach Productions, Radar Pictures, Seven Bucks Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Story by Chris McKenna, Screenplay by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, based on the film Jumanji, story by Greg Taylor, Jim Strain, Chris Van Allsburg, screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh, Greg Taylor, Jim…

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All About Steve

B (out of 5) A film that was released to an immediate reputation as a stinker, and sadly it is well deserved. Sandra Bullock gives an execrably bad, not to mention confusing performance as a quirky crossword puzzle writer who seems to be happy living her lonely life in her parents’ house, single and constantly rambling…

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The Last Samurai

BBB.5 (out of 5) After participating in a number of Civil War battles (many of which helped decimate the populations of natives in North America), an embittered, drunken veteran (Tom Cruise) follows his superior officers to Japan in search of big money. He has been hired by the emperor to train the country’s army in…

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Chronicles Of Riddick

BBB (out of 5) Five years after the exciting events of Pitch Black, morally ambiguous ex-convict Riddick (Vin Diesel) is caught by a bounty hunter and brought to a planet about to be invaded by the evil Necromongers. Led by a half-spirit general (Colm Feore), Necromongers are an army of controlled religious zealots who are…

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How To Deal

BB (out of 5) Mandy Moore is a teenager who has the difficult task of having to witness her parents’ divorce. Her father (Peter Gallagher) is not dealing with his mid-life crisis well, jacking up his efforts to look young and dumping her mom (Allison Janney) for a much younger woman. Meanwhile, her best friend suffers…

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The Box

BB.5 (out of 5) It’s mid-70s Virginia, and married couple Cameron Diaz and James Marsden have just received a strange package on their doorstep: an unassuming box with nothing but a button to push. Diaz receives a visit the next day from Frank Langella, whose face is creepily half-missing, and told that if she pushes the button…

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Zathura: A Space Adventure

BB.5 (out of 5) Kids will be less likely to be bothered by the cliched characters that populate this distracting adventure film, from the minds who brought you Jumanji. When a little boy discovers an old space-themed board game in his basement, he shows it to his brother for them to play, completely unaware that the…

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The Amityville Horror (2005)

BB (out of 5) Family man Ryan Reynolds moves wife Melissa George and three stepkids into a giant mansion on Long Island that is only affordable to them because, a year earlier, the entire family that lived there was murdered by their psychotic son. Not long after moving in and things start bumping around in the…

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Le Divorce

BB.5 (out of 5) In this latest offering from the team of Merchant Ivory, a young American woman (Kate Hudson) arrives in Paris to be with her newly pregnant sister (Naomi Watts), a poet who lives in the fair city with her French painter husband.  Hudson’s arrival is greeted with the husband’s departure when he…

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