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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

Hot new DVD and Blu-Ray releases for Dec 23, 2008

December 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

These movies come out on DVD and Blu-Ray the week of December 23, 2008:

The Duchess
(2008) PG-13
Keira Knightley stars as Georgiana, duchess of Devonshire, in this adaptation of Amanda Foreman’s novel. Unhappily married to the duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes, in a Golden Globe-nominated [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · DVD · Movies

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

Hot new movie releases on DVD and Blu-Ray this week (Dec 16, 2008)

December 15th, 2008 · No Comments

These movies come out on DVD and Blu-Ray the week of December 16, 2008:

Mamma Mia!
(2008) PG-13

Based on the international hit musical featuring the songs of pop superstars ABBA, this charming tale centers on a bride-to-be (Amanda Seyfried) and her plan to uncover her [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · DVD · Movies

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

Hot New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases This Week (Dec 8, 2008)

December 7th, 2008 · No Comments

These movies and TV series come out on DVD and Blu-Ray the week of December 8, 2008:

The Dark Knight
(2008) PG-13 (152min)
Batman (Christian Bale) teams with Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) to continue dismantling Gotham City’s criminal [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · DVD · Movies · TV

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

Hot new DVD and Blu-Ray Releases this week (Nov 25, 2008)

November 24th, 2008 · No Comments

These movies and TV series come out on DVD and Blu-Ray disks the week of November 25, 2008:

Hancock
(2008) UR
Will Smith stars as Hancock, a down-and-out superhero forced to employ a PR expert, Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), to help repair his image when the [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · DVD · Movies

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

Hot New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases This Week (Nov 18, 2008)

November 17th, 2008 · No Comments

These movies and TV series come out on DVD and Blu-Ray disk the week of November 17-November 23, 2008:

WALL-E
(2008) G
In a futuristic world, human beings have destroyed Earth and evacuated the planet, leaving the cleanup to an army of robots they’ve programmed to [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · DVD · Movies

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

Review: Role Models (2008) R 99min

November 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Role Models (2008)

I love Paul Rudd for his roles in “Knocked Up“, “Veronica Mars”, “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story“, “Over her dead body” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall“. Not only he was cast in “Role Models”, which was the biggest selling point for me, but [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Movies · USA

Hot New DVD and Blu-Ray Movie Releases This Week (Nov 11, 2008)

November 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Hellboy II: The Golden Army
(2008) PG-13
The identities of Hellboy (Ron Perlman), Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) and Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) are exposed as they face a new threat: The Golden Army, assembled of long-hidden mythological creatures, is prepared to attack. As fantastic monsters [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · DVD · Movies

Review: Taxi To The Dark Side (2007) R 106min

November 6th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Taxi To The Dark Side (2007)

Director Alex Gibney’s “Taxi To The Dark Side” won 2008 Oscar for Best Documentary.
The plot: “Taxi To The Dark Side” focuses on the story of an innocent Afghani taxi driver who was tortured to death by U.S. forces [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Drama · Movies · USA

Hot New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases this week (Nov 4, 2008)

November 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

These movies come out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week:

Kung Fu Panda
(2008) PG
When China’s Valley of Peace is threatened, lazy Po the panda (voiced by Jack Black) discovers his destiny as the “chosen one” and trains to become a kung fu hero. Master [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · DVD · Movies · USA

Review: Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) R 102min

October 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

Written and directed by Kevin Smith (”Catch and Release“, “Dogma“) this romantic comedy starring Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express, Superbad, Knocked up etc.) and Elizabeth Banks (”Definitely, Maybe“, “The 40 Year Old Virgin“, “Catch me if you [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Movies · Romance · USA

Religulous (2008) R 101min

October 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Religulous (2008)

Stand-up comedian Bill Maher, who now works at HBO, has had this documentary in mind for many years and finally it seems he could not keep his thoughts to himself anymore. He spoke about religion and absurdity of it and all [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Documentary · Movies · USA

RocknRolla (2008) R 114min

October 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

RocknRolla (2008)

This is the first installment of director Guy Ritchie’s trilogy, also written by him.
The plot: When Russian mobster sets up a real-estate scam in London, all the underworld characters appear to get their share of the multi-million euro deal up for [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Action · Comedy · Crime/Gangster · Foreign · Movies · UK