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10-point review of Iron Man-2 (PG-13) 124min

May 7th, 2010 · 8 Comments

Was excited to see Iron Man-2 finally, on the opening day, after long wait – in IMAX. I liked it. It’s good, but don’t set your expectations too high if you want to really enjoy it. The movie feels like it’s composed of [...]

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Tags: Action · Comedy · Movies · USA

10-point review of Disneynature’s “Oceans”

April 30th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Disneynature’s “Oceans”

Disneynature’s “Oceans” came out on the “Earth Day” Thursday, 2010, just like last year Disney’s “Earth” came out on the same date also. A small disclaimer: I have not seen Disney’s “Earth”.

The visuals in the “Oceans” are simply amazing. Most Earthlings will [...]

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Tags: Documentary · Drama · Movies

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

The Proposal (2009) PG-13 107min

June 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The Proposal (2009)

Talented Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, Step Up), a choreographer, an actress and a film producer, directed “The Proposal” – a romantic comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock.
The plot: Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), chief editor or a publishing house, is a [...]

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Tags: Chick Flick · Comedy · Movies · Romance · USA

The Hangover (2009) R 100min

June 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

The Hangover (2009)

Director Todd Phillips continues along the lines of his previous comedies, “The Old School” (2003) and “Road Trip” (2000).
The plot: The movie opens with one of the groom’s friends calling the bride and telling her the Doug is not going [...]

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

How to rob a bank (2007) UnRated 81min

June 15th, 2009 · No Comments

How to rob a bank (2007)

The plot: Jinx (Nick Stahl – Sleepwalking, Sin City, Terminator 3), a slacker who walks into a branch of  a bank to withdraw $20, and an employee of the branch/babe, Jessica (Erika Christensen – Garden of Eden, Flightplan, The Upside [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Crime/Gangster · Movies · USA

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) R 106min

June 13th, 2009 · No Comments

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) R 106min

The plot: A New York subway dispatcher Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) is summonned on the radio. He is told by the mastermind of the hijacking (John Travolta) of the Pelham 1 2 3 train to follow [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · 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

Interesting video comparing Forest Gump to Benjamin Button

May 28th, 2009 · No Comments

This video comparing “Forrest Gump” to “Curious Case of Benjamin Button” - both written by the same screen writer [Eric Roth - Munich (2005), The Good Shepherd (2006)] - was brought to my attention by a co-worker. It’s pretty funny. Watch!

See more funny videos and funny [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · Movies

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) PG-13 107min

May 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

A prequel to X-Men (2000), X-Men 2: X-Men United (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), directed by Gavin Hood (directed famous award-winning Tsotsi), written by David Benioff  and Skip Woods.
The plot: A brief history of James Logan (Hugh Jackman) begins with [...]

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Tags: Action · Additional Articles · Drama · Fantasy · Movies · Supernatural · USA

State of Play (2009) PG-13 127min

April 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

State of Play (2009)

“State of Play” is a contemporary political thriller based on award-wining BBC TV series with the same title. Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void), starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Married Life, The [...]

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Tags: Detective/Mistery · Movies · 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

Joyeux Noel (2005) PG-13 1h 56min

April 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Joyeux Noel (2005)

“Joyeux Noël” (”Merry Christmas” (UK/US title) or “Happy Christmas”) is a drama set in 1914 during World War I and is inspired by a true story. The film is an international project involving people and locations from France, Germany, UK, Romania and [...]

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Tags: Belgium · Classic Films · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · France · Germany · Movies · Romania · UK · War

Adventureland (2009) R 107min

April 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Adventureland (2009)

“Adventureland” is a comedy from the writer-director Greg Mottola (”Superbad”). Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig.
The plot: Set in a Reagan era, this movie about a misfit college graduate James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg of “The Squid and the [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Drama · Movies · USA

12 Rounds (2009) PG-13 108min

March 29th, 2009 · No Comments

12 Rounds (2009)

“12 Rounds” is an action thriller starring WWE’s John Cena (The Marine), Ashley Scott (S.W.A.T., Walking Tall, Into The Blue, The Kingdom) and Aidan Gillen (Shanghai Nights and The Wire TV series) directed by Finnish director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, The [...]

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Tags: Action · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

I Love You, Man (2009) R 105min

March 29th, 2009 · No Comments

I Love You, Man (2009)

“I Love You, Man” is a romantic comedy from John Hamburg (Along Came Polly, co-writer of Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers, Zoolander) starring Paul Rudd (Knocked Up, Role Models, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Walk Hard, The 40 Year Old [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Movies · Romance · USA

The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987) NR 2h 2min

March 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987)

A.k.a. “Yuki Yukite shingun”.
The plot: This documentary directed by Kazuo Hara follows Kenzo Okuzaki, a Japanese veteran of World War II, as he tries to seek justice – and vengeance – for the unexplained deaths of several soldiers [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Foreign · Japan · Movies · War

Hot New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases this week (Mar 17, 2009)

March 14th, 2009 · No Comments

These movies are coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray the week of March 17, 2009:

Twilight
(2008) PG-13

Based on Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novel, Twilight follows the saga of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), who moves to a small town to live with her father. At school, [...]

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Tags: Movies