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Avatar 3D (2009) PG-13 162min

December 21st, 2009 · 6 Comments

Just saw Avatar in I-MAX 3D. Here’s a quick 10-point review.
1. The plot: it’s a lot like “Dances with wolves”: a white man wins the trust of the tribesmen and is accepted into the tribe as equal (becomes “one of us”), but later [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Fantasy · Movies · Sci-Fi · 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 of “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007) PG-13 113min

April 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

This is the sequel to 1998 Oscar-winning drama “Elizabeth”, also directed by Shekhar Kapur (The Four Feathers) starring Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen and Samantha Morton.
The plot: The original 1998 movie left us in 1555. The “Golden Age” picks up the story [...]

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies

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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Review of “The Golden Compass” (2007) PG-13 113min

December 9th, 2007 · 2 Comments

A major disappointment.
The script by Chris Weitz (”About a Boy“) is based on first story of Philip Pullman’s 1995 bestselling (in UK) trilogy novel, His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass.
The plot: The story is set in an alternative world where people’s souls manifest [...]

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Beowulf (2007) PG-13 113min

November 16th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Beowulf (2007)

Just came out of the theatre. Saw it in both regular and 3D. This movie should only be seen in 3D! Completely different experience.
The plot is based on the only known surviving Anglo-Saxon poetry manuscript about a warrior Beowulf, hero of Geats [...]

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Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” (2005) PG-13 181min

September 17th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” (2005)

It was so bloody long! And extended version is 20 minutes longer!
It seems Peter Jackson is still in his “Lord of the Rings” mode with huge budgets, enormous landscapes and mountains so tall one cal almost reach the Moon [...]

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