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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) R 106min

June 13th, 2009 · No Comments

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) R 106min

The plot: A New York subway dispatcher Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) is summonned on the radio. He is told by the mastermind of the hijacking (John Travolta) of the Pelham 1 2 3 train to follow [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Revolutionary Road (2008) R 119min

January 26th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Revolutionary Road (2008)

“Revolutionary Road” is a drama set in 1950s based on Robert Yates’s novel and directed by Sam Mendes (Jarhead, Road to Perdition, American Beauty) starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates.
The plot: A young couple living in mid-1950s in a [...]

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Tags: Drama · Foreign · Movies · UK · USA

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) R 120min

January 7th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Slumdog Millionaire is drama co-directed by brilliant directors Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, The Beach, 28 Days Later and more) and Loveleen Tandan (Vanity Fair, Monsoon Wedding etc.) based on Vikas Swarup’s novel with the same title. I had no idea what the movie [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Comedy · Crime/Gangster · Drama · Foreign · India · Movies · USA

The Tale of Despereaux (2008) G 100min

December 28th, 2008 · No Comments

The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

This 3D-animated adventure based on Kate DiCamillo’s book was directed by Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen, featuring voices of Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Sigourney Weaver, Matthew Broderic, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Klein and others.
The plot: The lives of three heroes, [...]

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

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

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

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

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

Review: Love In Time Of Cholera (2007) R 1h 40min

June 12th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Love In Time Of Cholera (2007) R 1h 40min

This is an Golden Globe-nominated (2007) romantic drama directed by Mike Newell based on the novel by Gabriel García Márquez and starring Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno and John Leguizamo.
The plot: 19th century Colombia. An old man falls from a tree [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Movies · Romance · USA

Review of “The Namesake” (2006) PG-13 122min

May 7th, 2008 · No Comments

Another wonderful movie based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri directed and produced by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding (2001), Vanity Fair (2004)) starring Irfan Khan and Kal Penn.
The plot: In the late 60s-early 70s Ashoke Ganguli (Irfan Khan) was traveling on the train [...]

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Tags: Drama

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 “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 “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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Tags: Action · Adventure · Fantasy · Movies · USA

Review of “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006) PG-13 109min

February 23rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

The plot: Andrea Sachs’s (Anne Hathaway) dream was to become a journalist. A naive young woman, she comes to New York and scores a temporary job for the Runway [fashion] magazine working as an assistant secretary to ruthless, if [...]

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Tags: Chick Flick · Comedy · Drama

Review of “Martian Child” (2007) PG 108min

February 12th, 2008 · No Comments

This is a feel-good drama starring Hollywood sweethearts John Cusack and Amanda Pete based on a novel “Martian Child” by David Gerrold.
The plot: a widowed science fiction writer, who writes about Mars, decides to adopt a child. He picks a 6-year old who [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Movies

Review of “There Will Be Blood” (2007) R 158min

February 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

“There Will Be Blood” based on the novel “Oil!” by Upton Sinclair and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Cigarettes & Coffee, Punch Drunk Love, Magnolia, and of course several episodes of Saturday Night Live) who also wrote the script. It was in theatres [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · USA

Review of “Vanity Fair” (2004) PG-13 141min

February 7th, 2008 · No Comments

Vanity Fair (2004)

I didn’t read William Makepeace Thackeray’s classic novel yet, but looking forward to it (should have read it when I was a kid – everyone I know did). The movie is directed by Mira Nair and script written by Matthew Faulk [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Foreign · Movies · Romance · UK · USA

Review of “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005) PG-13 145min

January 16th, 2008 · No Comments

It’s interesting that Steven Spielberg was the executive producer of this movie. I didn’t read the book, but I interviewed some people who did and they said that the movie is mostly faithful to the 1997 best-selling novel, with just a few scenes [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · Romance · USA