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Gomorra (2008) R 137min

March 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Gomorra (2008)

“Gomorra” (English title “Gomorrah”) is a Golden Globe-nominated contemporary drama about mafia in Naples. Directed by Matteo Garrone, written by Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni Di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso and Roberto Saviano based on the book by Roberto Saviano.
The plot: [...]

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Tags: Crime/Gangster · Cult Films · DVD · Drama · Foreign · Italy · Movies

Review: Defiance (2008) R 137min

January 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Defiance (2008)

This true-story WWII drama is directed by Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, Glory) and stars Daniel Craig, Liev Schriber, Jamie Bell and Alexa Davalos. It is based on the book by Nechama Tec called “Defiance: The Bielski Partisans”.
The plot: In the autumn of 1941 when Hitler’s armies [...]

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Tags: Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · USA · War

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

Review: Fast Food Nation (2006) R 116 min

June 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Fast Food Nation (2006) R 116 min

This drama is directed by Richard Linklater (Before Sunset, A Scanner Darkly) on script he co-wrote with Eric Schlosser, who wrote the book, “Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal” and was an executive producer [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Movies · USA

Review of “Smart People” (2008) 95min

April 12th, 2008 · No Comments

“Smart People” is a comedy and drama based on novel by Mark Poirier and directed by Noam Murro, an award winning director [of commercials]. Correct me if I’m wrong, but “Smart People” appears to be the first feature film he directed. I went [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Drama · Romance

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

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

Review of “Into The Wild” (2007) R 148min

March 17th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Director: Sean Penn
Writer: Sean Penn (screenplay), Jon Krakauer (book)
Producers: David Blocker, Frank Hildebrand, John J. Kelly, Art Linson, Sean Penn, William Pohlad
Original Music: Michael Brook, Kaki King, Kaki King
Cinematography: Eric Gautier
Art Direction: John Richardson, Domenic Silvestri
Paramount Vantage | River Road Films | Art [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Biographical · DVD · Drama · Movies

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 “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007) R 97min

December 24th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

Pretty good!
The plot: Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) is a congressman from Texas. He’s been known for being a womanizer and alcoholic. In 1979 the policy of US regarding Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was to stay out of the conflict. While [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Comedy · Drama · Movies