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Entries Tagged as 'Adventure'

Avatar 3D (2009) PG-13 162min

December 21st, 2009 · 6 Comments

Just saw Avatar in I-MAX 3D. Here’s a quick 10-point review.
1. The plot: it’s a lot like “Dances with wolves”: a white man wins the trust of the tribesmen and is accepted into the tribe as equal (becomes “one of us”), but later [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Fantasy · Movies · Sci-Fi · USA

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) PG 94min

July 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

This is the third installment of the “Ice Age” animated trilogy from 20th Century Fox Studios.
The plot: After mammoth Manny (Ray Romano) met Ellie (Queen Latifah) in “Ice Age: The Meltdown”, the previous episode, the couple now [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Movies · USA

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) PG-13 150min

June 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Michael Bay continued working on the sequel, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen“, a.k.a. “Transformers 2” in association with Hasbro written by Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
The plot: After Optimus Prime destroyed the Cube in the previous movie, [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Comedy · Fantasy · Movies · Sci-Fi · USA

10-point review of Disney/Pixar’s “Up” (2009) PG 96min

June 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Up (2009) PG 96min

Disney/Pixar’s “Up” comes out almost 11 m0nths after release of “WALL-E” last summer. It was written and directed by Pete Docter (Toy Story 1&2, Monster, Inc., WALL-E) and Bob Peterson (Finding Nemo), who also gave his voice to the [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Drama · Movies · USA

Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins (2009) PG-13 130min mini-review

May 21st, 2009 · No Comments

The long-awaited sequel to the Terminator trilogy was directed by McG, written by John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris. Starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Helena Bonham Carter and Michael Ironside.

The plot: After the Judgement Day, John Connor (Christian Bale) is now the leader [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Sci-Fi · Thrillers/Suspense

Monsters vs Aliens – 3D (2009) PG 94min

April 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Monsters vs Aliens – 3D (2009)

“Monsters vs Aliens” is a new 3D animated feature from DreamWorks Animation. Directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon, written by Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky, Rob Letterman, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.
The plot: Susan (Reese Witherspoon) was about to get [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Disaster · Fantasy · Movies · Sci-Fi · USA

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) R 120min

January 7th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Slumdog Millionaire is drama co-directed by brilliant directors Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, The Beach, 28 Days Later and more) and Loveleen Tandan (Vanity Fair, Monsoon Wedding etc.) based on Vikas Swarup’s novel with the same title. I had no idea what the movie [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Comedy · Crime/Gangster · Drama · Foreign · India · Movies · USA

The Tale of Despereaux (2008) G 100min

December 28th, 2008 · No Comments

The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

This 3D-animated adventure based on Kate DiCamillo’s book was directed by Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen, featuring voices of Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Sigourney Weaver, Matthew Broderic, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Klein and others.
The plot: The lives of three heroes, [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Fantasy · Movies · USA

Review: Australia (2008) PG-13 165min

December 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Australia (2008)

This pre-WWII adventure set in Australia’s Northern Territory is directed by Baz Luhrmann, written by Stuart Beattie, Baz Luhrmann, Ronald Harwood and Richard Flanagan based on story by the director himself and starring Australia’s natives Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.
The plot: In 1939 an [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Australia · Drama · Foreign · USA · Westerns

Review: Quantum of Solace (2008) PG-13

November 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Quantum of Solace (2008)

This new James Bond’s adventure is directed by Marc Forster, famous for Monster’s Ball (but also directed such notable movies as Finding Neverland, Stranger Then Fiction and last year’s The Kite Runner). It is written by Paul Haggis, an award-winning [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Miracle at St. Anna (2008) R 160min

October 4th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

A.k.a. Miracolo a Sant’Anna is directed Spike Lee (Malcolm X (1992), The Original Kings of Comedy (2000), 25th Hour (2002)) based on James McBride’s novel who also wrote the screenplay for this movie.
The plot: Miracle at St. Anna is [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Crime/Gangster · Drama · Epics/Historical · Germany · Italy · Movies · USA · War

Apocalypto (2006) R 139min

September 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Apocalypto (2006)

Apocalypto, 3-Oscar-nominated drama is written and directed by Mel Gibson and produced by his company, ICON Productions and distributed by Touchstone Pictures.
The plot: Before conquistadors arrived in America, the Mayan culture was already in decline. The priests convinced people that the solution [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Review: Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2006) R 121min

August 26th, 2008 · No Comments

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2006)

This award-winning picture was directed by Tommy Lee Jones, his first work as director, and based on the book by Guillermo Arriaga, an Oscar-nominated author and play-writer. Arriaga also wrote script for Universal/Focus feature film Amores Perros (2000) starring Benicio [...]

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Tags: Adventure · DVD · Dark comedy · Drama · Movies · Road Films · USA · Westerns

Review: Tropic Thunder (2008) R 107min

August 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Tropic Thunder (2008)

This latest summer comedy is directed by Ben Stiller – his first movie since Zoolander (2001), and is written by Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen.
The plot: A big-budget war movie with star-actors is being cancelled by the studio. Desperate to save the [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Action · Adventure · Comedy · Movies · USA · War

Review of “The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor” (2008) PG-13 112min

August 3rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor (2008)

Brendan Fraser returns to movie theaters for another adventure as intrepid explorer Rick O’Connell.
The plot: Rick and Eve O’Connell spend the fortune they earned in the past two adventures in after-war England in a huge mansion. [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Movies · Supernatural · Thrillers/Suspense

Review of “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (2008) PG-13 110min

July 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Better then the original Hellboy (2004). Very entertaining. Not particularly memorable. Would not watch it second time. No originality.

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Comedy · Drama · Fantasy · Movies · Sci-Fi · Supernatural · USA

WALL-E (2008) G 103min

June 30th, 2008 · 3 Comments

WALL-E (2008)

Another warm, thought-provoking and wonderfully animated movie from Disney Pixar, written and directed by Andrew Stanton.
The plot: In the not-so-far future humans trashed and polluted planet Earth and even space surrounding it so much, that life can no longer be sustained and they had [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Fantasy · Movies · Romance · Sci-Fi

Review of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008) PG-13 124min

May 23rd, 2008 · 4 Comments

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

19 years after “The Last Crusade”, Indiana Jones is back. So excited to see the favorite character of my childhood.
The plot: 1959. Indiana Jones is kidnapped by KGB agents to help them find the Crystal [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Movies · USA

Review of “The Forbidden Kingdom” (2008) PG-13 113min

May 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

Jet Lee and Jackie Chan star together in The Forbidden Kingdom, directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little I & II, Haunted Mansion) and written by John Fusco (Young Guns, The Babe, Loch Ness, Spirit: Stallion of the [...]

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Tags: Action · Additional Articles · Adventure · Fantasy · Movies · USA

Review of “Iron Man” (2008) PG-13 122min

May 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Iron Man (2008)

We tried to see this movie on Friday night, but it was sold out. On Saturday night we got in after standing in line for half an hour and watching commercials and trailers for another 25 minutes. Was the movie worth [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Drama · Movies · Sci-Fi · Thrillers/Suspense · USA