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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

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) R 120min

January 7th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Slumdog Millionaire is drama co-directed by brilliant directors Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, The Beach, 28 Days Later and more) and Loveleen Tandan (Vanity Fair, Monsoon Wedding etc.) based on Vikas Swarup’s novel with the same title. I had no idea what the movie [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Comedy · Crime/Gangster · Drama · Foreign · India · Movies · USA

Review: Quantum of Solace (2008) PG-13

November 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Quantum of Solace (2008)

This new James Bond’s adventure is directed by Marc Forster, famous for Monster’s Ball (but also directed such notable movies as Finding Neverland, Stranger Then Fiction and last year’s The Kite Runner). It is written by Paul Haggis, an award-winning [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · 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 “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 “Away From Her” (2006) PG-13 110min

February 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Away From Her (2006)

This movie is a debut as a director for young Sarah Polley, based on short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain” by Alice Munro.
The plot: A man (Gordon Pinsent) who’s wife Fiona (Julie Christie/Stacey LaBerge) loses her memory due [...]

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Tags: Drama · Romance

Review of “SiCKO” (2007) PG-13 123min

January 23rd, 2008 · 5 Comments

I live in LA, and I remember a recent “episode” that was all over local news when a security camera noticed the ambulance pull over in Skid Row and dump a lady with head trauma with almost no clothes on the street. The [...]

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Tags: Comedy · DVD · Documentary · Drama · Movies

Review of “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005) PG-13 145min

January 16th, 2008 · No Comments

It’s interesting that Steven Spielberg was the executive producer of this movie. I didn’t read the book, but I interviewed some people who did and they said that the movie is mostly faithful to the 1997 best-selling novel, with just a few scenes [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · Romance · USA

Review of “A Good Year” (2006) PG-13 114min

December 7th, 2007 · No Comments

A Good Year (2006)

Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott (American Gangster, Numb3rs, Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Company, Tristan and Isolde, Orpheus, Kingdom of Heaven, Matchstick Men, Hostage, Black Hawk Down, Hannibal, Gladiator and many many more) directs this adaptation [...]

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Tags: Comedy · DVD · Drama · Movies · Romance

The Heartbreak Kid (2007) R 115min

October 13th, 2007 · 1 Comment

It may not be worth the price of movie tickets. You can safely wait for DVD release and rent it. Do not take your date to see it. It’s an OK gross-out comedy, but by no means does it compare to this year’s great comedies like “Superbad” and “Knocked up”.

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Tags: Comedy · Movies · Romance

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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Tags: DVD · Drama · Foreign · France · Movies