The Expendables 3 (2014)

PATRICK HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA/France/Bulgaria, 2014.  Lionsgate, Millennium Films, Nu Image Entertainment GmbH, Davis Films, Ex3 Productions, Fipex Holding.  Story by Sylvester Stallone, Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, based on characters created by David Callaham.  Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr..  Produced by Avi Lerner, Danny Lerner, Kevin King Templeton, John Thompson, Les Weldon.  Music by Brian…

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Sorry To Bother You (2018)

BOOTS RILEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Cinereach, Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions, MACRO, MNM Creative, The Space Program.  Screenplay by Boots Riley.  Cinematography by Doug Emmett.  Produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi,  Jonathan Duffy, Charles D. King, George Rush, Forest Whitaker, Kelly Williams.  Music by The Coup, Merrill Garbus, Boots Riley, Tune-Yards. Production Design by Jason Kisvarday.  Costume Design by Deirdra Elizabeth Govan.  Film…

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Deadpool 2 (2018)

DAVID LEITCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Donners’ Company, Kinberg Genre, Marvel Entertainment, Maximum Effort, TSG Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds.  Cinematography by Jonathan Sela.  Produced by Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner.  Music by Tyler Bates.  Production Design by David Scheunemann.  Costume Design by Kurt and Bart.  Film Editing by Craig Alpert, Michael…

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The Expendables 2 (2012)

SIMON WEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2012.  Millennium Films.  Story by Ken Kaufman, David Agosto, Richard Wenk, Screenplay by Richard Wenk, Sylvester Stallone, based on characters created by Dave Callaham.  Cinematography by Shelly Johnson.  Produced by Avi Lerner, Danny Lerner, Miguel Menendez de Zubillaga, Kevin Kling Templeton, Les Weldon.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by Paul Cross.  Costume Design by Lizz…

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The Expendables

BB.5 (out of 5) Action heroes of the eighties are combined with a few more modern personalities for what should be a superbly fun indulgence in all-star power but is ultimately not very memorable.  Sylvester Stallone writes and directs himself as the head of a team of mercenary fighters who follow a slick rescue in Somalia…

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White Chicks

0 (out of 5) In this painfully unfunny, and more than often offensive, comedy, Wayans brothers Shawn and Marlon play bumbling detectives who always screw up their undercover assignments. They intend to prove themselves, however, and so scam their way into being the official police protection for two Hilton-like sister heiresses who are on their…

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The 6th Day

BB (out of 5) Arnold Schwarzenegger looks tired and bored in this lame retread of all the most popular science-fiction movies, mostly his own; plot elements from Total Recall, Terminator 2 and The Running Man are liberally borrowed. This film looks, talks and plays cheap, and the powerful cast (Michael Rapaport, Robert Duvall, Wendy Crewson) does…

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Get Smart

BB.5 (out of 5) The classic Mel Brooks/Buck Henry television series makes it to the big screen brimming with big laughs that make up for its few surprises. Basically a lampooning of the James Bond-style spy genre, it stars the magnificent Steve Carell as a pencil-pushing analyst who longs to be a field agent for the…

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Norbit

0 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy has had a few dogs in his highly successful career, but it’s still surprising to think that this piece of garbage could involve him. Teaming up with makeup wizard Rick Baker, Murphy plays three characters: the title role, a soft-spoken dweeb who is raised in an orphanage, an (offensively stereotyped)…

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Starsky & Hutch

BB (out of 5) The popular cop show of the seventies is brought to the big screen as an uncomfortable mix of groovy parody and straight whodunit. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson play the titular characters, two disciplinary cases on the force who are put together as an attempt by their superior officer to straighten them both…

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Who’s Your Caddy?

B (out of 5) I suppose you gotta appreciate the guts it takes to make any movie where the black people are mean and stupid and all the white people are racist and uncool. Antwan Andre Patton (aka Big Boi) plays a wealthy hip-hop label owner who wants to become a member of the country…

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Terminator Salvation

BBB (out of 5) The next step in the evolution of man vs. machine brings us into the future as Skynet has taken over and human beings are relegated to living as outlaws and rebels. John Connor (Christian Bale) has had the world on his shoulders ever since his mother told him about his destiny…

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