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Review: W. (2008) PG-13 133min

October 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments

W. (2008)

Oliver Stone (Platoon (1986), The Doors (1991), JFK (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994), Nixon (1995), Alexander (2004)) directed this biographical dramedy about the current US president, George W. Bush. Written by Stanley Weiser. Starring Josh Brolin (American Gangster, In The Valley [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Documentary · Drama · Movies · USA

Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (1984)

October 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (1984)

Director Jonathan Demma very creatively crafted this film from the footage of several Talking Heads concerts at Los Angeles’ Pantages Theater.
The plot: The staging concept was developed by the lead vocalist of the Talking Heads, David Byrne, the band’s [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Movies · Musicals · USA

Hot New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases This Week (Oct 14, 2008)

October 12th, 2008 · No Comments

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crytal Skull
(2008) PG-13
Hollywood icon Harrison Ford returns to the role of the adventurous archaeologist Indiana Jones nearly 20 years after he last donned the famous fedora and bullwhip to save the world from imminent peril. Joining Ford [...]

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Review: Body of Lies (2008) R 128min

October 12th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Body of Lies (2008) R

This spy/action flick is directed by Ridley Scott (American Gangster (2007), Num3rs, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Matchstick Men (2003), Black Hawk Down (2001)). It’s based on Washington Post [...]

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

Hot New DVD and Blu-Ray releases this week (October 7, 2008)

October 5th, 2008 · No Comments

The Happening
(2008) R
In this thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, a deadly airborne virus threatens to wipe out the northeastern United States. Fleeing from contaminated cities into the remote countryside, science teacher Elliott Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and his wife, Alma (Zooey Deschanel), fight to [...]

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The Prisoner or: How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair (2006) PG-13 72min

October 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The Prisoner or: How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair (2006)

This is a documentary about Yunnis Abbas, Iraqi journalist and reporter, who was once tortured by Uday Hussein for writing an article about the embargo. 5 years later as he was returning from a [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Movies

Miracle at St. Anna (2008) R 160min

October 4th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

A.k.a. Miracolo a Sant’Anna is directed Spike Lee (Malcolm X (1992), The Original Kings of Comedy (2000), 25th Hour (2002)) based on James McBride’s novel who also wrote the screenplay for this movie.
The plot: Miracle at St. Anna is [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Crime/Gangster · Drama · Epics/Historical · Germany · Italy · Movies · USA · War

Coffee And Cigarettes (2003) R 95min

October 4th, 2008 · No Comments

Coffee And Cigarettes (2003)

Jim Jarmusch (Year of the Horse, Dead Man, Mystery Train) has shot this collage of short films over a  long period of time. The first episode, “Coffee and Cigarettes I”, came out in 1986.
In this full feature-length film he combined all [...]

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Tags: Black and White · Comedy · Cult Films · DVD · Drama · Movies · USA

Mad Money (2008) PG-13 1h 44min

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Mad Money (2008)

Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes star in this comedy inspired by real events about janitors who stole money from Federal Reserve Bank. Directed by Callie Khouri.
The plot: Bridget Cardigan (Diane Keaton) is close to retirement and when her husband [...]

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Tags: Chick Flick · Comedy · Crime/Gangster · DVD · Movies · USA

Hot New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases This Week (Sep 30, 2008)

September 28th, 2008 · No Comments

These movies come out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.
Iron Man
(2008) PG-13
After ultrarich inventor and weapons maker Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) escapes from kidnappers using makeshift power armor, he turns his invention to good by using it to fight crime. But when [...]

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Eagle Eye (2008) PG-13 118min

September 27th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Eagle Eye (2008)

Eagle Eye is the new product of Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks studio, starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis and Billy Bob Thornton.
The plot: Two unrelated people, a copy shop clerk Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) and a young single mom Rachel [...]

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Tags: Action · Movies · Mystery · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Apocalypto (2006) R 139min

September 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Apocalypto (2006)

Apocalypto, 3-Oscar-nominated drama is written and directed by Mel Gibson and produced by his company, ICON Productions and distributed by Touchstone Pictures.
The plot: Before conquistadors arrived in America, the Mayan culture was already in decline. The priests convinced people that the solution [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Hot New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases This Week (Sep 23, 2008)

September 21st, 2008 · 1 Comment

These movies come out on DVD this week:

Sex and the City – The Movie (2008)
“Sex and the City” fans rejoice! Carrie Bradshaw and her girls Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda are back, and this time, they’re coming to the big screen with this highly [...]

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The Good German (2006) R 105min

September 21st, 2008 · 3 Comments

The Good German (2006)

Steven Soderbergh (Good Night, and Good Luck, A Scanner Darkly) directed this 2006 after-WWII drama starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Jerry Maguire based on Joseph Kanon’s novel.
The plot: July 1945. Stalin, Roosevelt and Chirchill are meeting to divide liberated Europe. [...]

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Tags: Black and White · DVD · Drama · Film Noir · Movies · Mystery · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Persepolis (2007) PG-13 138min

September 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Persepolis (2007)

Persepolis is a political film describing life in Iran over the past 40 years in the form of… animated story.
The plot: Marjane Satrapi, director and writer of the movie, uses the comic and now the cartoon to tell the story of her [...]

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Tags: Animation · Black and White · DVD · Drama · France · Movies

The Counterfeiters (2007) R 1h 38min

September 16th, 2008 · No Comments

The Counterfeiters (2007)

A.k.a. Die Fälscher, this 2007 Oscar-winning drama was written and directed by Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky (All The Queen’s Men) based on “The Devil’s Workshop”, the book by Adolf Burger.
The plot: This movie is based on real events, when in 1932 [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Foreign · Movies · War

Hot New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases this week (Sep 16, 2008)

September 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

These movies come ot on DVD and Blu-Ray the week of 16 September, 2008.

Made of Honor
(2008) PG-13
Happy-go-lucky playboy Tom (Patrick Dempsey) finally decides to propose to his best friend, Hannah (Michelle Monaghan), when she returns from a trip. But when she gets home, [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · DVD · Movies

Best Films of 2008

September 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Below are the movies released or planned to be released in 2008 to the movie theaters of United States. They are ordered by approximate release date. The list of 200 movies is not complete by any means, so if you find movies not on [...]

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In The Valley of Elah (2007) R 121 min

September 11th, 2008 · No Comments

In The Valley of Elah (2007)

This crime drama is based a true story by Mark Boal and published in Playboy Magazine. Written, directed and produced by Paul Haggis (Letters from Iwo Jima Crash and Million Dollar Baby) and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, [...]

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

Foyle’s War (2002-2008) TV-PG

September 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Foyle’s War (2002-2008)

“Foyle’s War” is British TV drama series that marry history of World War II and detective mystery.
The plot: English Channel is the only thing that separates Britain from the Nazi invasion. In a small town of Hastings in the vulnerable Southern [...]

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Tags: DVD · Detective/Mistery · Drama · Foreign · Movies · Mystery · TV · UK