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The Proposal (2009) PG-13 107min

June 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The Proposal (2009)

Talented Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, Step Up), a choreographer, an actress and a film producer, directed “The Proposal” – a romantic comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock.
The plot: Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), chief editor or a publishing house, is a [...]

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Tags: Chick Flick · Comedy · Movies · Romance · USA

Joyeux Noel (2005) PG-13 1h 56min

April 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Joyeux Noel (2005)

“Joyeux Noël” (”Merry Christmas” (UK/US title) or “Happy Christmas”) is a drama set in 1914 during World War I and is inspired by a true story. The film is an international project involving people and locations from France, Germany, UK, Romania and [...]

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Tags: Belgium · Classic Films · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · France · Germany · Movies · Romania · UK · War

I Love You, Man (2009) R 105min

March 29th, 2009 · No Comments

I Love You, Man (2009)

“I Love You, Man” is a romantic comedy from John Hamburg (Along Came Polly, co-writer of Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers, Zoolander) starring Paul Rudd (Knocked Up, Role Models, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Walk Hard, The 40 Year Old [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Movies · Romance · 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

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

Apocalypto (2006) R 139min

September 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Apocalypto (2006)

Apocalypto, 3-Oscar-nominated drama is written and directed by Mel Gibson and produced by his company, ICON Productions and distributed by Touchstone Pictures.
The plot: Before conquistadors arrived in America, the Mayan culture was already in decline. The priests convinced people that the solution [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

In The Valley of Elah (2007) R 121 min

September 11th, 2008 · No Comments

In The Valley of Elah (2007)

This crime drama is based a true story by Mark Boal and published in Playboy Magazine. Written, directed and produced by Paul Haggis (Letters from Iwo Jima Crash and Million Dollar Baby) and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, [...]

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

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 “Evan Almighty” (2007) PG 90min

April 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Evan Almighty (2007)

A.k.a. “Bruce Almighty-2″, this is a sequel directed by same Tom Shadyac and starring Morgan Freeman as God and Steve Carell as TV anchorman-turned Congressman Evan Baxter.
The plot: Evan Baxter retires as Buffalo newscaster to become the Congressman for his state [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Comedy · DVD · Movies · USA

Review of “Enemy of the State” (1998) R 140min

April 14th, 2008 · No Comments

Enemy of the State (1998) DVD

Ridley Scott’s brother Tony directed this action flick starring Will Smith, Jon Voight, Gene Hackman, Lisa Bonet, Jack Black, Gabriel Byrne, and . He’s also known for producing series Numb3rs and The Company and films like Assassination of [...]

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Tags: Action · DVD · Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

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 “Click” (2006) PG-13 107min

March 4th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Click (2006)

Not a big fan of Adam Sandler, who always plays the same character: a good-hearted childish idiot. I’d never pay $10 for the movie ticket to see Adam Sandler, but I thought if I rent a DVD for less then a $1 [...]

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Tags: Comedy · DVD · Drama · Fantasy · Movies

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