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The Hangover (2009) R 100min

June 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

The Hangover (2009)

Director Todd Phillips continues along the lines of his previous comedies, “The Old School” (2003) and “Road Trip” (2000).
The plot: The movie opens with one of the groom’s friends calling the bride and telling her the Doug is not going [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Comedy · Movies · 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

Taken (2008) PG-13 93min

January 31st, 2009 · 3 Comments

Taken (2008)

This action thriller is directed by Pierre Morel, who is mostly known for his work as cinematographer (War (2007), Love and other disasters (2006), The Transporter (2002)). Of course, a French director could not make an action movie without the best French [...]

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Tags: Action · Crime/Gangster · Drama · Foreign · France · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

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

Review: Body of Lies (2008) R 128min

October 12th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Body of Lies (2008) R

This spy/action flick is directed by Ridley Scott (American Gangster (2007), Num3rs, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Matchstick Men (2003), Black Hawk Down (2001)). It’s based on Washington Post [...]

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

Review: Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2006) R 121min

August 26th, 2008 · No Comments

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2006)

This award-winning picture was directed by Tommy Lee Jones, his first work as director, and based on the book by Guillermo Arriaga, an Oscar-nominated author and play-writer. Arriaga also wrote script for Universal/Focus feature film Amores Perros (2000) starring Benicio [...]

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Tags: Adventure · DVD · Dark comedy · Drama · Movies · Road Films · USA · Westerns

Review of “The Wicker Man” (2006) PG-13 102min

March 7th, 2008 · No Comments

The Wicker Man (2006)

This is a remake of 1973 British horror movie with the same title written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Nicolas Cage.
The plot: a motorcycle cop Edward Malus (Nicolas Cage), traumatized by the road-side death of the occupants of [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Horror · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

Review of “Vantage Point” (2008) PG-13 90min

March 3rd, 2008 · 2 Comments

WARNING: this review may contain spoilers.
This is yet another fiction thriller movie about a President of The Fee World (that is, USA) being saved by his security detail.
The plot: President Ashton (William Hurt) arrives to Salamanca, Spain to attend a summit on global [...]

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Tags: Action · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Gone Baby Gone (2007) R 114min

October 22nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

Pretty good movie, with a lof of similarities to Mystic River – a novel also written by Denis Lehane. I recommend to see it. It could be the “Crash” of 2007.

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Tags: Detective/Mistery · Drama · Movies

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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La Chèvre (1981)

September 18th, 2007 · No Comments

“Knock on Wood” is the American title of this excellent French classic – a comedy directed by Msr. Francis Veber and starring great comedian Pierre Richard and famous Gérard Depardieu. I have not seen it since the 80s when it was in theatres and [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Comedy · DVD · Foreign · France · Movies