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“Traitor” is this year’s “Departed”

September 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

Traitor (2008) PG-13

I did not have high expectations for this movie, but I knew that given right material and direction, Don Cheadle can perform miracles on screen. His roles in “Hotel Rwanda” and “Crash” won him Best Actor nominations. This time he also showed [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Review: Death Race (2008) R 89min

August 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Death Race (2008)

The Death Race is an action movie based on 1975 film Death Race 2000 and written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Both movies were produced by Roger Corman. The original movie was starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone. The new [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Action · Movies · USA

Review: Stop-Loss (2008) R 112min

August 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Stop-Loss (2008)

This Paramount Pictures’ Iraq war-themed drama shot in Texas and Morocco was directed by Kimberly Peirce (writer and director behind Boys Don’t Cry) and written by her and Mark Richard. Starring Ryan Phillipe, Timothy Olyphant (Catch And Release, Live Free or Die [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · USA · War

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: Pineapple Express (2008) R 111min

August 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Pineapple Express (2008)

After Seth Rogen and his buddy Evan Goldberg wrote the script for Superbad when they were 15 years old, they also were itching to write a script for an action movie, but with a twist. Nobody has done this before: if an [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Action · Comedy · Crime/Gangster · Thrillers/Suspense

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: The Dark Knight (2008) PG-13 152min

July 22nd, 2008 · 4 Comments

The Dark Knight (2008)

By now everyone knows that The Dark Knight (a.k.a. Batman Begins 2) has been a boxoffice record-setting sequel to the 2005′ Batman Begins. This menacing graphic novel made for screen was directed by Christopher Nolan, who also directed the original [...]

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Tags: Action · Dark comedy · Drama · Fantasy · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

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

Dead Man (1995) R 2h

July 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Review: Dead Man (1995)

This dramatic western starring Johnny Depp was written and directed by Jim Jarmusch.
The plot: After death of his parents, William Blake, an accountant from Cleveland, takes a job offer and moves to the Town of Machine at the end of the [...]

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Tags: Black and White · Cult Films · DVD · Dark comedy · Drama · Movies · USA · Westerns

Review: Wanted (2008) R 110min

July 7th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Wanted (2008)

Russian director Timur Bekmambetov is already known to American audience by his films Night Watch: Nochnoy Dozor and Day Watch: Dnevnoy Dozor and the next part, Twilight Watch: Sumerechniy Dozor based on Sergei Lukyanenko’s bestselling book. That movie went out in limited release. [...]

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Tags: Action · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Hancock (2008) PG-13 92min

July 4th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Hancock (2008)

Hancock (a.k.a. John Hancock, a.k.a. Tonight He Comes) is directed by Peter Berg written by Vincent Ngo and Vince Gilligan and starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman.
The plot: LA’s local super-hero John Hancock (Will Smith) is really unpopular. Homeless and drunkard, [...]

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Tags: Action · Comedy · Drama · Fantasy · Movies · 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: Running Scared (2006) R 122min

June 26th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Running Scared (2006) R 122min

Fast-paced crime action thriller written and directed by Wayne Kramer (The Cooler).
The plot: After a drug deal had gone bad, Joey Gazelle (Paul Walker – Fast and Furious, Into The Blue), a small-time mobster, is told by head-thug Tommy ‘Tombs’ [...]

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Tags: Action · Crime/Gangster · Drama · Thrillers/Suspense

Review: Fast Food Nation (2006) R 116 min

June 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Fast Food Nation (2006) R 116 min

This drama is directed by Richard Linklater (Before Sunset, A Scanner Darkly) on script he co-wrote with Eric Schlosser, who wrote the book, “Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal” and was an executive producer [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Movies · USA

Review: Get Smart (2008) PG-13 111min

June 20th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Get Smart (2008) PG-13 111min

Director Peter Segal (Nutty Professor II, 50 First Dates) revived flopped spy-spoof TV series from the 60s and 1995 as a feature film based on characters created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. Starring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne [...]

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Tags: Action · Comedy · Crime/Gangster · Movies

Review: Paris, je t’aime (2006) R 120min

June 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Paris, je t’aime (2006) R 120min

18 directors and writers combine their short stories into a collage declaring their love for Paris, a beautiful capital known as ”the city of love”. It stars many famous and wonderful French and American actors, including, but not limited to [...]

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Tags: Cult Films · Drama · Foreign · France · Liechtenstein · Movies · Romance · Switzerland

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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Tags: Action · Drama · Fantasy · Movies · Sci-Fi

Review: Love In Time Of Cholera (2007) R 1h 40min

June 12th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Love In Time Of Cholera (2007) R 1h 40min

This is an Golden Globe-nominated (2007) romantic drama directed by Mike Newell based on the novel by Gabriel García Márquez and starring Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno and John Leguizamo.
The plot: 19th century Colombia. An old man falls from a tree [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Movies · Romance · USA

Review: “Get Smart” (1995) NR 2hrs 38min

June 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment

“Get Smart” (1995) NR 2hrs 38min

This is an Emmy-winning follow-up to 1965 spy genre spoof TV series conceived by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry.
The plot: In the government organization known as CONTROL, Chief Maxwell Smart (Don Adams) and his seductive sidekick Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon) must [...]

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Tags: Comedy · DVD · Movies · Serial Films · TV · USA