Danny Collins

BB.5 (out of 5) Al Pacino plays a Manilow-esque crooner who hasn’t written a song in decades but spends his time making tons of cash playing stadium concerts for the nostalgia crowd. His long-time devoted manager (Christopher Plummer) informs him that he has found an incredible artifact that neither of them knew about before: a … More Danny Collins

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Into the Storm

BB (out of 5) A bland update of Twister combined with the found-footage genre, which at this point has well overstayed its welcome, and with surprisingly little advancement in the visual effects technology of representing tornado storms. A small midwestern town is besieged by twisters and it’s good news for a storm-chasing documentary crew, outfitted … More Into the Storm

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Timecop (1994)

PETER HYAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Canada/USA/Japan, 1994.  Largo Entertainment, JVC Entertainment Networks, Signature Pictures, Renaissance Pictures, Dark Horse Entertainment, Largo International N.V..  Story by Mike Richardson, Mark Verheiden, Screenplay by Mark Verheiden, based on the comic series by Mike Richardson, Mark Verheiden.  Cinematography by Peter Hyams.  Produced by Moshe Diamant, Sam Raimi.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Philip … More Timecop (1994)

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The Social Network

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Facebook.com was already a giant phenomenon when it was an exclusive social network for university and college students around the globe; when it went beyond the scholastic borders and was available universally, the website mushroom-clouded into a brilliantly multifaceted spiderweb that has contributed to everyday vocabulary (“Facebook me”, “Unfriend her”) and … More The Social Network

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Avatar

BBB.5 (out of 5) James Cameron returns to the director’s chair twelve years after the success of Titanic to make another superbly expensive adventure. Where his wonderful epics usually hit emotional points as well as they do the adrenaline glands, Avatar is much heavier on the technical wizardry and not as impressive in any other … More Avatar

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Turbulence

BB.5 (out of 5) You’ll get guilty pleasure from this silly thrill ride about a plucky flight attendant (a strong Lauren Holly) who gets the flight of a lifetime when her airline flies a psychotic madman (Ray Liotta) across the country on a private chartered flight. Once Liotta has managed to free himself and dispense … More Turbulence

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