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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

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

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

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 “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 “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 “Fool’s Gold” (2008) PG-13 113min

February 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The plot: Ben Finn Finnegan (Mathew McConaughey) and his wife Tess (Kate Hudson) were passionate about each other and treasure hunting, but now they are fed up with each other and decide to get divorced. Just as Tess has begun to rebuild her [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Comedy · Movies · Romance · USA

Review of “Vanity Fair” (2004) PG-13 141min

February 7th, 2008 · No Comments

Vanity Fair (2004)

I didn’t read William Makepeace Thackeray’s classic novel yet, but looking forward to it (should have read it when I was a kid – everyone I know did). The movie is directed by Mira Nair and script written by Matthew Faulk [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Foreign · Movies · Romance · UK · 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 “Premonition” (2007) PG-13 96min

January 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Premonition (2007)

The plot: A housewife (Sandra Bullock) is devastated when her husband (Julian McMahon) dies suddenly in a car crash. But when he reappears the next day as if nothing happened, she realizes that it may have been a premonition. Can she prevent [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Fantasy · Movies · Supernatural · USA

Annie Hall (1977) PG 93min

October 19th, 2007 · No Comments

A charming, clever and though-provoking movie that beaten Star Wars at the 1977 Oscars for best film. Not very exciting or gripping, even boring at times, but enjoyable romantic comedy.

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Tags: Comedy · 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

Good Night And Good Luck (2005) PG 93min

October 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Great film directed by George Clooney and starring himself and David Strathairn as CBS reporter Edward R. Morrow, who stood up to senator McCarthy, who was using fear to erode civil liberties, which makes it a very important movie of our time, when people who criticize the administration are accused of being unpatriotic and terrorist-huggers.

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Documentary · Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense