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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Moana

BBB (out of 5) Moana, daughter to the chief of her village, longs to go beyond the shallow waters surrounding her island, but her father refuses to let any of his subjects travel.  Her grandmother puts her in touch with her people’s history, telling her that they were once great voyagers before a mischievous demigod…

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Green Lantern

BB.5 (out of 5) Ambitious, beautifully shot but ultimately flat entry in the superhero genre, with the always amiable Ryan Reynolds trying but failing to make much of an impression.  He plays a hotshot jet pilot whose unruly ways are hemmed in good when an alien crash lands on earth’s shores and its powerful ring becomes…

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Once Were Warriors

BBBBB (out of 5) Fascinating, intense drama about the life of a Maori family in New Zealand, and the many troubles they suffer thanks to the destructive behaviour of their alcoholic father (Temuera Morrison). Rena Owen is excellent as the mother of this damaged family, now at the point of deciding what she must do to…

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Six Days, Seven Nights

BBB (out of 5) Harrison Ford is once again the reluctant hero with a crooked smirk, this time an inter-island pilot in the South Pacific who finds himself planewrecked on a deserted island with a mouthy New York magazine writer (Anne Heche). Normally, Ford has no problem travelling through his movies giving this performance, but in…

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Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith

BB.5 (out of 5) Following their rescue of Chancellor Palpatine from the separatist Droid army, headstrong Annakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) finds himself wavering between his devotion to the Jedi and his growing fondness for the Chancellor’s admonishment. Meanwhile, his secretly wedded wife Padmé (Natalie Portman) is pregnant with their child and worried about their future…

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Star Wars: Episode II – Attack Of The Clones

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Vast improvement on Episode One of the Star Wars series’ adventures continues the story from The Phantom Menace ten years later with a grown up Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), hotheaded and ready for love. Political stability in the Republic led by shady Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) threatens to crumble at any…

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The Island Of Dr. Moreau

BB (out of 5) John Frankenheimer’s adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells novel is full of exciting action and exotic locales, but lacks any depth or charisma. David Thewlis is excellent as a shipwreck survivor who lands on a mysterious island only to discover that the crazed scientist who runs it (Marlon Brando) is doing…

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Speed 2: Cruise Control

0 (out of 5) Worthless sequel to the excellent 1994 action flick is a complete headache from beginning to end.  Sandra Bullock returns as the neurotic lass without a driver’s license who has dumped Keanu Reeves for Jason Patric, not knowing he’s a SWAT cop who has no plans to make her life any easier…

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Vertical Limit

BBB (out of 5) Great fun from Goldeneye director Martin Campbell that offers North American audiences another glimpse of Campbell’s Bond girl Izabella Scorupco. Chris O’Donnell is a mountain climbing expert whose desire to conquer peaks is halted by his father’s accidental death somewhere in what looks like a simulated mountain climbing set stuck in the…

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