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Gomorra (2008) R 137min

March 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Gomorra (2008)

“Gomorra” (English title “Gomorrah”) is a Golden Globe-nominated contemporary drama about mafia in Naples. Directed by Matteo Garrone, written by Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni Di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso and Roberto Saviano based on the book by Roberto Saviano.
The plot: [...]

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Tags: Crime/Gangster · Cult Films · DVD · Drama · Foreign · Italy · Movies

The International (2009) R 118min

March 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

The International

The plot: An Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) are trying to bring to justice a bank that had become an institution of choice for international organized crime and involved in international arms [...]

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Tags: Action · Foreign · Germany · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · UK · USA

Taken (2008) PG-13 93min

January 31st, 2009 · 3 Comments

Taken (2008)

This action thriller is directed by Pierre Morel, who is mostly known for his work as cinematographer (War (2007), Love and other disasters (2006), The Transporter (2002)). Of course, a French director could not make an action movie without the best French [...]

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Tags: Action · Crime/Gangster · Drama · Foreign · France · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

Revolutionary Road (2008) R 119min

January 26th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Revolutionary Road (2008)

“Revolutionary Road” is a drama set in 1950s based on Robert Yates’s novel and directed by Sam Mendes (Jarhead, Road to Perdition, American Beauty) starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates.
The plot: A young couple living in mid-1950s in a [...]

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Tags: Drama · Foreign · Movies · UK · USA

Frost/Nixon (2008) R 122min

January 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Frost/Nixon (2008)

A great movie by Oscar-winning director and producer Ron Howard (Changeling (2008), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Cindirella Man (2005), A Beautiful Mind (2001), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)) starring Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell and Kevin Bacon based on the [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · France · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · UK · USA

Review: Defiance (2008) R 137min

January 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Defiance (2008)

This true-story WWII drama is directed by Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, Glory) and stars Daniel Craig, Liev Schriber, Jamie Bell and Alexa Davalos. It is based on the book by Nechama Tec called “Defiance: The Bielski Partisans”.
The plot: In the autumn of 1941 when Hitler’s armies [...]

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Tags: Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · USA · War

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

Seven Pounds (2008) PG-13

January 2nd, 2009 · 8 Comments

Seven Pounds (2008)

Warning: this review contains spoilers, but the plot is not too thick.
Seven Pounds is drama from director of “Pursuit of Happiness” Gabriele Muccino, again starring Will Smith. Also cast are Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Barry Pepper and Michael Ealy.
The plot: An [...]

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Tags: Drama · Melodrama or Women's Weepers · 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

Inside Man (2006) R 129min

December 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Inside Man (2006)

Inside Man is a supposed perfect heist movie directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe and Christopher Plummer.
The plot: In the opening sequence Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) confesses on video from a cell  that he is [...]

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Tags: DVD · Movies · TV · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Valkyrie (2008) PG-13 120min

December 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Valkyrie (2008)

Based on a true story, Valkyrie is a historical thriller set in WWII Nazi Germany, starring Tom Cruise and many famous British actors, and directed by Bryan Singer (also directed Superman Returns).
The plot: 1943. German Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (Cruise) [...]

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Tags: Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · Germany · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA · War

The Invisible (2007) PG-13 97min

December 24th, 2008 · No Comments

The Invisible (2007)

The plot: A talented high-school student is beaten and left for dead by his criminal classmate. He becomes a ghost, helplessly trying to figure out why he was killed and hopefully get his life back – the cops should find his [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Movies · Supernatural · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Transsiberian (2008) R 111min – Review

December 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Transsiberian (2008)

The plot: An American couple, Roy (Woody Harrelson) and Jessie (Emily Mortimer) take a 7-day train ride from China, where they completed  a church humanitarian mission, to Moscow on Trans-Siberian railroad. On the train they meet another young couple, a Spaniard Carlos (Eduardo [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Disturbia (2007) PG-13 105min HD-DVD

December 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Disturbia (2007)

The plot: Kale (Shia LaBeouf) is sentenced to 3 months of house arrest for punching his Spanish teacher. His parole officer recommends to use his time constructively, so for a while he destroys buildings in XBox Live game, but eventually boredom overwhelms [...]

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Tags: Drama · Romance · Thrillers/Suspense

Sukiyaki Western Django (2007) R 121min

December 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)

Director Quentin Tarantino is a guest star in this Japanese spaghetti Western from cult film director Takashi Miike (who speaks no English, but learned a few phrases for his episodic role in Hostel).
The plot: Two rival gangs are fighting each [...]

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Tags: Crime/Gangster · Cult Films · DVD · Drama · Film Noir · Foreign · Movies · Westerns

Review: I am Cuba (1964) UR 141min

December 1st, 2008 · No Comments

I am Cuba (1964)

A classic… absolutely astonishing! I AM CUBA is that rarity of rarities, a genuine hidden treasure. It puts to shame anything we’re doing today.
–Martin Scorsese
Soviet director  Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1964 film “Soy Cuba” (a.k.a. I am Cuba in 1995 US release) depicts [...]

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Tags: Black and White · Classic Films · Cuba · DVD · Drama · Foreign · Movies · USSR

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: Kung Fu Hustle (2004) R 95min

November 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

Kung Fu Hustle by director Stephen Chow, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Xin Huo, is an imaginative action comedy that won over 20 international awards.
The plot: In 1940s Shanghai, China before the Revolution, the city is terrorised by ruthless gangs. A petty [...]

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Tags: Action · Comedy · Crime/Gangster · DVD · Movies · TV · USA

Review: No Reservations (2007) PG 1h 44min

November 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

No Reservations (2007)

This is a remake of award-winning European romantic comedy Mostly Martha (a.k.a. Bella Martha). Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart and Abigail Breslin.
The plot: Kate (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is a head-strong chef who is fully in control of her life and her kitchen [...]

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Tags: Comedy · DVD · Drama · Movies · Romance · USA

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