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Review of “The Forbidden Kingdom” (2008) PG-13 113min

May 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

Jet Lee and Jackie Chan star together in The Forbidden Kingdom, directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little I & II, Haunted Mansion) and written by John Fusco (Young Guns, The Babe, Loch Ness, Spirit: Stallion of the [...]

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Tags: Action · Additional Articles · Adventure · Fantasy · Movies · 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 “Redbelt” (2008) R 99min

May 12th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Redbelt (2008)

This is a mixed-martial arts movie written and directed by David Mamet, a man behind scripts for The Untouchables, Ronin and Hannibal. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor in main role, as well as Tim Allen, Mike Goldberg, Alice Braga and Ricky Jay.

The plot: In [...]

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Tags: Action · Movies · USA

Review of “Iron Man” (2008) PG-13 122min

May 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Iron Man (2008)

We tried to see this movie on Friday night, but it was sold out. On Saturday night we got in after standing in line for half an hour and watching commercials and trailers for another 25 minutes. Was the movie worth [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Drama · Movies · Sci-Fi · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Review of “Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay” (2008) R 1h 42min

April 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Harold And Kumar From Guantanamo Bay (2008)

John Cho and Kal Penn of “Harold & Kumar go to White Castle” are back for a sequel written by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who also directed the film this time around.
The plot: The plot picks [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Comedy · Movies · Road Films · USA

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 Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) R 112min

April 20th, 2008 · 5 Comments

“Forgetting Sarah Marshall” is a comedy directed by Nicholas Stoller who is well known for co-writing Fun With Dick and Jane with Judd Apatow – his directorial debut. It is written by Jason Segel, an actor from a few episodes of CSI and [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Movies · Romance · 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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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 “21″ (2008) PG-13 123min

March 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

“21″ (2008)

The plot: (from IMDb) Inspired by the true story (based on “Bringing Down The House” book by Ben Mezrich) of how some of the very brightest young minds in the country took Vegas for millions, 21 stars Jim Sturgess as Ben Campbell, [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

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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Review of “Jumper” (2008) PG-13 90min

March 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

From the director of Mr. & Mrs. Smith and The Bourne Supremacy Doug Liman comes this action movie based on novel by Steven Gould.
The plot: David Rice (Hayden Christinsen, earlier Max Thieriot) discovers that he has a power to teleport himself anywhere on [...]

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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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Review of “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” (2008) G 88min

March 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

This 3D animated film based on Dr. Seuss’ (Theodore Geisel) short story is directed by Pixar veteran Jimmy Heyward and Steve Martino and produced by Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios – the creators of the Ice Age and special effects [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Fantasy · Movies · USA

Review of “Things We Lost In The Fire” (2007) R 119min

March 14th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The plot: After her husband (David Duchovny) died in a tragic accident, Audrey, his wife (Halle Berry) is trying to piece her life together and take care of her two kids. The house is falling apart without a man in it, and she [...]

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Tags: Drama · UK · USA

Review of “Ladrón que roba a ladrón” (2007) PG-13 1h 40min

March 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Yet another heist movie, this time – a Latino Hollywood flick.
The plot: two former thieves, a Colombian Emilio () and Alejandro, who sells pirated DVDs on the street, reunite in Los Angeles to rob the biggest and worst thief they know – also [...]

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