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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Tammy

BB (out of 5) Melissa McCarthy plays a mouthy, unkempt fast food employee whose day begins badly when she hits a deer on the road, her boss (Ben Falcone, McCarthy’s real life-husband who directed the film and with whom she co-wrote the script) fires her and sends her home to her husband (Nat Faxon), who…

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Captain Phillips

BBBB (out of 5) A freighter off the shores of Somalia is overtaken by armed pirates in this fact-based story starring a superb Tom Hanks as the titular leader of the vessel.  Paul Greengrass directs a tense action thriller that begins with a routine job assignment as Hanks leaves wife Catherine Keener (in an inexplicable cameo) to…

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Bad Boys II

BB (out of 5) Everything that was good about the original has been overdone to death in this extremely long sequel, an action film that just doesn’t know when to quit. Miami cops Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back, this time investigating another drug lord (Spanish actor Jordi Mollà playing Cuban in the same year that Spanish…

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