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Entries Tagged as 'Sci-Fi'

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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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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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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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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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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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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Review: The Incredible Hulk (2008) PG-13 114min

June 14th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The Incredible Hulk (2008) PG-13 114min

In this sequel to the original 2003 movie based on Marvel’s comic, Edward Norton replaces Eric Bana as The Hulk, and Liv Tyler replaces Jennifer Connely as Dr. Betty Ross. This time the movie is directed by Louis Leterrier [...]

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Review of “Cloverfield” (2008) PG-13 85min

May 20th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Cloverfield (2008)

The plot: A monster attacks Manhattan. A guy at a go-away party has a camcorder and keeps filming the story of survival of him and his friends among the devastation caused by the monster.
The good: Lots of loud explosions and cool CGI effects. [...]

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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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Review of “The Prestige” (2006) PG-13 130min

January 3rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

The director of “Batman Begins” Christopher Nolan directed this film written by him and Jonathan Nolan based on the novel by Christopher Priest. Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie star.
The plot: End of 19th century London. Three friends, [...]

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Review of I Am Legend (2007) PG-13 101min

December 29th, 2007 · 5 Comments

This movie may become the legend of the box office success: it’s been in theaters for two weeks now and it’s still selling out.
The plot: Brilliant scientist Robert Neville (Will Smith) may be the only survivor of the human-engineered virus that wiped out [...]

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Review of “Children Of Men” (2006) R 109min HD DVD

December 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Children Of Men (2006)

The plot: in the alternate near future women stopped getting pregnant and giving birth – on the entire planet. Societies are collapsing, and only Britain has maintained some sort of order by introducing strict military control everywhere. Illegal immigrants are [...]

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Deja Vu (2006) PG-13 128min

November 11th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Déjà Vu was directed by Tony Scott, producer and director of such films as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Tristan and Isolde, In Her Shoes, Man on Fire, Big Time, Spy Game, Enemy of the State, True Romance, Top [...]

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The Time Machine (2002)

August 24th, 2007 · No Comments

The Time Machine (2002)

This adaptation of H.G. Wells’s classic is a big departure from the novel. Here an inventor living in New York is trying to go back in time using his invention to save the life of his girlfriend – because he’s [...]

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The Fountain (2006)

August 7th, 2007 · 1 Comment

The Fountain (2006)

The Fountain is a very strange and moody movie, with weird visuals that reminded me of “The Night Watch” introductory sequence, Peter Gabriel’s “Growing Up” tour visuals, Andrei Tarkovsky’s original 1972 “Solaris” and a more recent “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. [...]

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Transformers (2007)

July 4th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Transformers (2007)

Saw ”Transformers” on the 4th of July. My rating is A++. Would’ve been A++++, but I knocked out two stars for
a) some robots still talk like in the 80s: “NUMBER FIVE – ALIVE - NO DISASSEMBLE”
b) uhm.. ok, great movie. A+++.
As always in Spielberg’s [...]

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