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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

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) PG-13 107min

May 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

A prequel to X-Men (2000), X-Men 2: X-Men United (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), directed by Gavin Hood (directed famous award-winning Tsotsi), written by David Benioff  and Skip Woods.
The plot: A brief history of James Logan (Hugh Jackman) begins with [...]

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Tags: Action · Additional Articles · Drama · Fantasy · Movies · Supernatural · 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

Mad Money (2008) PG-13 1h 44min

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Mad Money (2008)

Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes star in this comedy inspired by real events about janitors who stole money from Federal Reserve Bank. Directed by Callie Khouri.
The plot: Bridget Cardigan (Diane Keaton) is close to retirement and when her husband [...]

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Tags: Chick Flick · Comedy · Crime/Gangster · DVD · Movies · USA

Review: Death Race (2008) R 89min

August 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Death Race (2008)

The Death Race is an action movie based on 1975 film Death Race 2000 and written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Both movies were produced by Roger Corman. The original movie was starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone. The new [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Action · Movies · USA

Review: Tropic Thunder (2008) R 107min

August 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Tropic Thunder (2008)

This latest summer comedy is directed by Ben Stiller – his first movie since Zoolander (2001), and is written by Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen.
The plot: A big-budget war movie with star-actors is being cancelled by the studio. Desperate to save the [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Action · Adventure · Comedy · Movies · USA · War

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 “Rescue Dawn” (2006) PG-13 126min

February 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This Vietnam War drama was written and directed by Werner Herzog. The movie is vaguely based on Dieter Dengler’s book, “Escape From Laos”. The actual Dieter Dengler died just before the movie came out of ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Herzog previously filmed [...]

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Tags: Adventure · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · USA · War

Iraq In Fragments (2006) 94min

November 21st, 2007 · No Comments

This powerful Oscar-nominated documentary from director James Longley is a depiction of stories of modern-day Iraqis as they try to cope with the war, with life without Saddam, without law and order, occupation, violence and division of country into sectarian regions. Finally a [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Movies · War