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Hot new DVD releases for May 20, 2008

May 20th, 2008 · No Comments

National Treasure: Book of Secrets
(2007) PG-13
Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) and Dr. Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) — who found riches and romance at the end of their first hunt for national treasure — reteam with their wisecracking partner in crime, Riley Poole (Justin [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · DVD · Movies

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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Tags: Action · Cult Films · DVD · Movies · Sci-Fi · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Review of “Death at a Funeral” (2007) 90min

May 12th, 2008 · No Comments

From the animation and the music theme of the opening credits sequence you know you are watching a witty comedy that won director Frank Oz (famous for directing movies like Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Stepford Wives and giving his voice [...]

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Tags: Action · Comedy · DVD · Drama · Foreign · Germany · Movies · Nethedlands · Romance · Thrillers/Suspense · UK · USA

Review of “Aristide and the Endless Revolution” (2005) NR 84min

May 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This documentary directed by Nicolas Rossier examines the oft-suppressed story of the 2004 coup d’etat in Haiti. Only an hour south of Miami, the elected president of the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation, Jean Bertrand Aristide, has twice been forced from office with complicity [...]

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Documentary · Foreign · France · Movies

Review of “Ocean’s Thirteen” (2007) PG-13 122min HD-DVD

May 1st, 2008 · No Comments

The summary: this is definitely a better movie then Ocean’s Twelve, but the 11 was the best one of the trilogy. Good entertainment, in theater and on DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-Ray – whatever you watch it on.

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

Review of “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007) PG-13 113min

April 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

This is the sequel to 1998 Oscar-winning drama “Elizabeth”, also directed by Shekhar Kapur (The Four Feathers) starring Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen and Samantha Morton.
The plot: The original 1998 movie left us in 1555. The “Golden Age” picks up the story [...]

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies

Review of “Evan Almighty” (2007) PG 90min

April 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Evan Almighty (2007)

A.k.a. “Bruce Almighty-2″, this is a sequel directed by same Tom Shadyac and starring Morgan Freeman as God and Steve Carell as TV anchorman-turned Congressman Evan Baxter.
The plot: Evan Baxter retires as Buffalo newscaster to become the Congressman for his state [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Comedy · DVD · Movies · USA

Review of “The Brave One” (2007) R 122min

April 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

“The Brave One” is a drama directed by Neil Jordan and stars Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard.
The plot: A New York woman, a radio show host Erica Bain (Jodie Foster), was brutally beaten and her fiancé, David (Naveen Andrews), killed when they took [...]

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

Review of “Enemy of the State” (1998) R 140min

April 14th, 2008 · No Comments

Enemy of the State (1998) DVD

Ridley Scott’s brother Tony directed this action flick starring Will Smith, Jon Voight, Gene Hackman, Lisa Bonet, Jack Black, Gabriel Byrne, and . He’s also known for producing series Numb3rs and The Company and films like Assassination of [...]

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

Review of “Surf’s Up” (2007) PG 85min

April 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The plot: The reality/documentary follows Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf), a teenage Royal Penguin, and his friend Chicken Joe (Jon Heder), as Cody leaves his hometown of Shiverpool, Antarctica, to participate in “Big Z Memorial Surf Off” competition commemorating deceased surfing star Big Z (Jeff Bridges) on Pen Gu Island.

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · DVD · Movies · Sports Films

Hot new DVD releases (April 08, 2008)

April 7th, 2008 · No Comments

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
John C. Reilly stars as fictional pop star Dewey Cox in this parody of the increasingly predictable rags-to-riches music biopic. On his hard-knocks journey toward stardom, Dewey crosses paths with the likes of Elvis, Buddy Holly and the [...]

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Review of “Sami Swoi” (1967) UR 80min

April 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

“Our Folks” is a classic Polish comedy.
The plot: Two quarreling families were expatriated from Eastern Poland (now Belarus) to Western part of Poland that used to be German before the WWII. By accident they end up being settling on neighboring farms again.
The good: [...]

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Tags: Black and White · Classic Films · Comedy · DVD · Movies

Review of “Blades Of Glory” (2007) PG-13 93min HD-DVD

April 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

Yet another sport farce comedy with Will Ferrel and Jon Heder. Directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck.
The plot: Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite and The Benchwarmers, he also did a lot of voice overs, such as in Monster House, Robot [...]

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Tags: Action · Comedy · DVD · Movies · Romance · Sports Films · USA

Review of “The Black Dahlia” (2006) R 121min

April 1st, 2008 · No Comments

The Black Dahlia (2006) DVD

A sophisticated film noir from the director of Scarface, The Untouchables, Casualties Of War, Mission: Impossible, Snake Eyes, Mission To Mars and Redacted – Brian De Palma. It’s based on James Ellroy’s Novel “The Black Dahlia” inspired by the [...]

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Tags: Crime/Gangster · DVD · Drama · Film Noir · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Review of “The Bicycle Thief” (1948) UR 89min

March 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The plot: Post-World War II Italy is going through devastating period of depression. A job is hard to come by. Antonio Ricci manages to get a job after two years of unemployment: to drive around Rome and put up posters of Rita Heyworth, [...]

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

Basic Instinct (1992) UR 128min

March 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Basic Instinct (1992)

Just watched the original 1992 “Basic Instinct”, director’s cut. This was one of the most controversial and talked-about movies when it came out. Brought me back to the days when I saw it when I was in high-school.

The plot: everyone saw [...]

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

Review of “Road To Perdition” (2002) R 117min

March 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Road To Perdition (2002)

The plot: Mike Sullivan (Tom Hanks) works as a hit man and enforcer for crime boss John Rooney (Paul Newman), whom he views as a father figure. However after his son witnessed a killing he has done Rooney’s own sun [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Crime/Gangster · DVD · Drama · Movies · Road Films · USA

Review of “Night at the Museum” (2006) PG 105min

March 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Director – Shawn Levy | Writers – Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, based on book by Milan Trenc
Cast: Ben Stiller as Larry Daley | Carla Gugino as Rebecca | Dick Van Dyke as Cecil | Mickey Rooney as Gus | Bill Cobbs [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Comedy · DVD · Fantasy · Movies · USA

Review of “Snakes On The Plane” (2006) R 105min

March 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Snakes On The Plane (2006)

The plot: An FBI agent (Samuel L. Jackson) brings a murder witness on an airplane. During the flight, snakes come out out of everywhere. The good: ehm… nothing.
The bad: you can tell you are going to see a bad [...]

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Tags: Adventure · DVD · Dark comedy · Disaster · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

Review of “The Covenant” (2006) PG-13 97min

March 18th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The plot: Four high-school boys who inherited superpowers from their parents uncover that there’s a fifth powerful person who was thought to be long dead. Their powers come a the cost: each time they are used, the body of the warlock ages and [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · DVD · Fantasy · Horror · Movies · Supernatural · USA