Aquaman (2018)

JAMES WAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Australia/USA, 2018.  DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Panoramic Pictures, Rodeo FX, The Safran Company, Warner Bros..  Story by Geoff Johns, James Wan, Will Beall, Screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Will Beall, based on Aquaman created by Mort Weisinger, Paul Norris.  Cinematography by Don Burgess.  Produced by Rob Cowan, Peter Safran.  Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams.  Production…

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Wonder Woman (2017)

PATTY JENKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/China/Hong Kong, 2017.  Warner Bros., Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, DC Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Tencent Pictures, Wanda Pictures.  Story by Zack Snyder, Allan Heinberg, Jason Fuchs, Screenplay by Allan Heinberg, based on characters from DC and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston.  Cinematography by Matthew Jensen.  Produced by Charles Roven, Deborah…

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Hacksaw Ridge

BBB (out of 5) Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) does not want to stay home when all his friends are leaving to fight in World War II, but enlistment is also a problem for a man who has vowed, thanks to the violence he witnessed in childhood, to never pick up a weapon for the purpose…

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The Legend Of Tarzan

BB.5 (out of 5) How you gonna keep him down on the manse, after he’s seen the free, free jungles of Africa?  Tarzan, now John Clayton, lord of Greystoke, has returned to the land of his ancestry and is the proper gentleman of his estate, living happily with his wife Jane and charming the children with…

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Winter’s Tale

0 (out of 5) An incomprehensible mess that gives you a glimpse of what it looks like when good actors die for our sins.  Colin Farrell is raised an orphan after his parents are rejected in turn-of-the-century Ellis Island for contagious pulmonary illness, then years later is a ruffian on the streets of New York…

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Made Of Honor

B (out of 5) No one can feel cheated when they watch a romantic comedy that is predictable and formulaic; these movies are like fast food, you know what you’re going to get and you’re either in the mood for it or you aren’t. That said, the best in the genre manage to include enough…

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Just Go With It

B (out of 5) Adam Sandler‘s brand of comedy is stale and this unwatchable remake of Cactus Flower is scientific proof.  He is once again the loveable schlub who bags an untold number of gorgeous women, this time a successful dentist who gets girls to sleep with him by pretending to be married (and therefore intoxicatingly unavailable)….

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Crime Spree

B (out of 5) Messy garbage directed and written by Brad Mirman, scribe of that classic Madonna thriller Body Of Evidence. Gerard Depardieu and pals are bumbling thieves who have screwed up their last heist, according to boss Richard Bohringer.  He gives them one last chance to prove themselves, sending them to the United States to…

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Bee Movie

BBB (out of 5) Animated films anthropomorphizing insects or inanimate objects have become as formulaic and predictable as romantic comedies, and this one is no exception.  Jerry Seinfeld, who also co-wrote and co-produced, plays the member of a bumblebee hive who just wants to get out and see the world. He sneaks into a group…

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Hotel Rwanda

BBBB (out of 5) In 1994 Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) goes about his business managing the four-star Hotel Milles Collines and tries to ignore the growing unrest between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes of his country. Signs of serious trouble keep showing up that he tries to be optimistic about until a full-out genocide…

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Click

BB (out of 5) Adam Sandler whips out the ‘concept comedy’ wand once again for this ridiculous film.  He plays an overworked architect (is there something cinematic about architecture that makes it so common in movies about overworked dads?) who can’t keep up with his wife and kids in his desperate effort to get ahead at…

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