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Review: W. (2008) PG-13 133min

October 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments

W. (2008)

Oliver Stone (Platoon (1986), The Doors (1991), JFK (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994), Nixon (1995), Alexander (2004)) directed this biographical dramedy about the current US president, George W. Bush. Written by Stanley Weiser. Starring Josh Brolin (American Gangster, In The Valley [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Documentary · Drama · Movies · USA

The Prisoner or: How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair (2006) PG-13 72min

October 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The Prisoner or: How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair (2006)

This is a documentary about Yunnis Abbas, Iraqi journalist and reporter, who was once tortured by Uday Hussein for writing an article about the embargo. 5 years later as he was returning from a [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Movies

WALL-E (2008) G 103min

June 30th, 2008 · 3 Comments

WALL-E (2008)

Another warm, thought-provoking and wonderfully animated movie from Disney Pixar, written and directed by Andrew Stanton.
The plot: In the not-so-far future humans trashed and polluted planet Earth and even space surrounding it so much, that life can no longer be sustained and they had [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Fantasy · Movies · Romance · Sci-Fi

Review: “Bella” (2006) PG-13 91min

June 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

“Bella” (2006)

This drama directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde was a surprise People’s Choice Award winner at Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. Consequently, it won Crystal Heart Award at Heartland Film Festival in 2007 and the actor in main role, Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, a prize [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Foreign · Mexico · 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 “The Bucket List” (2007) PG-13 93min

January 14th, 2008 · 3 Comments

The plot: two terminally ill old men (Morgan Freeman and Jack Nickolson) in the cancer ward of the hospital owned by Jack Nickolson character decide to write a list of all the things they’d like to do before they die. Then they escape [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Comedy · Drama · Movies

Review of “Juno” (2007) PG-13 92min

December 16th, 2007 · 4 Comments

*** WARNING: This review contains spoilers. ***
This is a funny, witty and sweet comedy from director of Thank you for smoking Jason Reitman and 29-year-old writer Diablo Cody.
The plot: Juno McGuff (Ellen Page) is a Mid-Western girl in high-school. One day she decided [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Drama · Movies · Romance

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

Running With Scissors (2006) R 120min

November 14th, 2007 · No Comments

This all-star cast movie is based on Augusten Burroughs’s best-selling novel memoir.
The plot: Augusten Burroughs (Jack Kaeding -> Joseph Cross) was growing up in a dysfunctional family, with alcoholic father (Alec Baldwin) and mentally unstable mother (Annette Bening) with her delusions of grandeur. As a boy [...]

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Tags: Comedy · DVD · Dark comedy · Drama · Movies

Bee Movie (2007) PG 90min

November 12th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Lovely and funny animated feature for the whole family about a bee who discovers that humans steal honey from bees and decides to sure the Humanity.

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Tags: Animation · Comedy · Movies

La Petite Jérusalem (2005) 96min

October 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

This is a beautiful and gentle drama that looks at several issues that are as old as the World itself. The first one is “Romeo and Juliet” story of love across borders of the clans, or religious borders in this case. The second is even older: can people be rational or logical about things like love and god. The third issue is how can people achieve freedom: by renouncing the law or by following it religiously.

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