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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

10-point review of Disney/Pixar’s “Up” (2009) PG 96min

June 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Up (2009) PG 96min

Disney/Pixar’s “Up” comes out almost 11 m0nths after release of “WALL-E” last summer. It was written and directed by Pete Docter (Toy Story 1&2, Monster, Inc., WALL-E) and Bob Peterson (Finding Nemo), who also gave his voice to the [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Drama · Movies · USA

Adventureland (2009) R 107min

April 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Adventureland (2009)

“Adventureland” is a comedy from the writer-director Greg Mottola (”Superbad”). Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig.
The plot: Set in a Reagan era, this movie about a misfit college graduate James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg of “The Squid and the [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Drama · Movies · USA

Gomorra (2008) R 137min

March 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Gomorra (2008)

“Gomorra” (English title “Gomorrah”) is a Golden Globe-nominated contemporary drama about mafia in Naples. Directed by Matteo Garrone, written by Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni Di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso and Roberto Saviano based on the book by Roberto Saviano.
The plot: [...]

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Tags: Crime/Gangster · Cult Films · DVD · Drama · Foreign · Italy · Movies

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

Review: Defiance (2008) R 137min

January 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Defiance (2008)

This true-story WWII drama is directed by Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, Glory) and stars Daniel Craig, Liev Schriber, Jamie Bell and Alexa Davalos. It is based on the book by Nechama Tec called “Defiance: The Bielski Partisans”.
The plot: In the autumn of 1941 when Hitler’s armies [...]

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

Valkyrie (2008) PG-13 120min

December 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Valkyrie (2008)

Based on a true story, Valkyrie is a historical thriller set in WWII Nazi Germany, starring Tom Cruise and many famous British actors, and directed by Bryan Singer (also directed Superman Returns).
The plot: 1943. German Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (Cruise) [...]

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Tags: Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · Germany · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA · War