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10-point review of Disney/Pixar’s “Up” (2009) PG 96min

June 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Up (2009) PG 96min

Disney/Pixar’s “Up” comes out almost 11 m0nths after release of “WALL-E” last summer. It was written and directed by Pete Docter (Toy Story 1&2, Monster, Inc., WALL-E) and Bob Peterson (Finding Nemo), who also gave his voice to the [...]

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

Monsters vs Aliens – 3D (2009) PG 94min

April 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Monsters vs Aliens – 3D (2009)

“Monsters vs Aliens” is a new 3D animated feature from DreamWorks Animation. Directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon, written by Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky, Rob Letterman, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.
The plot: Susan (Reese Witherspoon) was about to get [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Disaster · Fantasy · Movies · Sci-Fi · USA

12 Rounds (2009) PG-13 108min

March 29th, 2009 · No Comments

12 Rounds (2009)

“12 Rounds” is an action thriller starring WWE’s John Cena (The Marine), Ashley Scott (S.W.A.T., Walking Tall, Into The Blue, The Kingdom) and Aidan Gillen (Shanghai Nights and The Wire TV series) directed by Finnish director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, The [...]

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Tags: Action · 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 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

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

Disturbia (2007) PG-13 105min HD-DVD

December 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Disturbia (2007)

The plot: Kale (Shia LaBeouf) is sentenced to 3 months of house arrest for punching his Spanish teacher. His parole officer recommends to use his time constructively, so for a while he destroys buildings in XBox Live game, but eventually boredom overwhelms [...]

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Tags: Drama · Romance · Thrillers/Suspense

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

Review: The Dark Knight (2008) PG-13 152min

July 22nd, 2008 · 4 Comments

The Dark Knight (2008)

By now everyone knows that The Dark Knight (a.k.a. Batman Begins 2) has been a boxoffice record-setting sequel to the 2005′ Batman Begins. This menacing graphic novel made for screen was directed by Christopher Nolan, who also directed the original [...]

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Tags: Action · Dark comedy · Drama · Fantasy · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Review of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008) PG-13 124min

May 23rd, 2008 · 4 Comments

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

19 years after “The Last Crusade”, Indiana Jones is back. So excited to see the favorite character of my childhood.
The plot: 1959. Indiana Jones is kidnapped by KGB agents to help them find the Crystal [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Movies · USA

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

Review of “10,000 B.C.” (2008) PG-13 109min

March 7th, 2008 · 10 Comments

The plot: Narrator (Omar Sharif) talks about a legend about a blue-eyes child. It’s a girl who was discovered by tribal hunters in the mountains clinched to the body of her dead mother. Her mother and their clan were killed or enslaved by [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Drama · Epics/Historical · Fantasy · Movies · New Zeland · USA

Review of “Arthur and the Invisibles” (2006) PG 103min

November 28th, 2007 · No Comments

This film comes from a great French director Luc Besson, who is the king of French action movies. Here in the U.S. of A. we know him for creating “The Fifth Element“, which he conceived when he was a teenager, for [briefly] being [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · DVD · Fantasy · Movies

Review of “No Country for Old Men” (2007) R 122min

November 25th, 2007 · 8 Comments

Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, this is the best chase movie ever!
The plot: a hunter named Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) walks on the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad in the middle of the desert somewhere in Texas and [...]

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

The Kingdom (2007) R 110min

October 7th, 2007 · No Comments

A clone of “Clear and Present Danger” set in Saudi Arabia in present days. Not very deep, but the action and suspense of the second half of the film is quite good. The film makes the point is there’s more to the price of oil then Dollar amount, but it’s more of a background, a set up for another Hollywood movie.

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