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How to rob a bank (2007) UnRated 81min

June 15th, 2009 · No Comments

How to rob a bank (2007)

The plot: Jinx (Nick Stahl – Sleepwalking, Sin City, Terminator 3), a slacker who walks into a branch of  a bank to withdraw $20, and an employee of the branch/babe, Jessica (Erika Christensen – Garden of Eden, Flightplan, The Upside [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Crime/Gangster · 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

The International (2009) R 118min

March 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

The International

The plot: An Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) are trying to bring to justice a bank that had become an institution of choice for international organized crime and involved in international arms [...]

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Tags: Action · Foreign · Germany · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · UK · USA

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

Inside Man (2006) R 129min

December 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Inside Man (2006)

Inside Man is a supposed perfect heist movie directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe and Christopher Plummer.
The plot: In the opening sequence Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) confesses on video from a cell  that he is [...]

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Tags: DVD · Movies · TV · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Sukiyaki Western Django (2007) R 121min

December 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)

Director Quentin Tarantino is a guest star in this Japanese spaghetti Western from cult film director Takashi Miike (who speaks no English, but learned a few phrases for his episodic role in Hostel).
The plot: Two rival gangs are fighting each [...]

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Tags: Crime/Gangster · Cult Films · DVD · Drama · Film Noir · Foreign · Movies · Westerns

The Good German (2006) R 105min

September 21st, 2008 · 3 Comments

The Good German (2006)

Steven Soderbergh (Good Night, and Good Luck, A Scanner Darkly) directed this 2006 after-WWII drama starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Jerry Maguire based on Joseph Kanon’s novel.
The plot: July 1945. Stalin, Roosevelt and Chirchill are meeting to divide liberated Europe. [...]

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Tags: Black and White · DVD · Drama · Film Noir · Movies · Mystery · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

The Counterfeiters (2007) R 1h 38min

September 16th, 2008 · No Comments

The Counterfeiters (2007)

A.k.a. Die Fälscher, this 2007 Oscar-winning drama was written and directed by Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky (All The Queen’s Men) based on “The Devil’s Workshop”, the book by Adolf Burger.
The plot: This movie is based on real events, when in 1932 [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Foreign · Movies · War

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: Stop-Loss (2008) R 112min

August 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Stop-Loss (2008)

This Paramount Pictures’ Iraq war-themed drama shot in Texas and Morocco was directed by Kimberly Peirce (writer and director behind Boys Don’t Cry) and written by her and Mark Richard. Starring Ryan Phillipe, Timothy Olyphant (Catch And Release, Live Free or Die [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · USA · War

Review: Pineapple Express (2008) R 111min

August 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Pineapple Express (2008)

After Seth Rogen and his buddy Evan Goldberg wrote the script for Superbad when they were 15 years old, they also were itching to write a script for an action movie, but with a twist. Nobody has done this before: if an [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Action · Comedy · Crime/Gangster · Thrillers/Suspense

Review: Wanted (2008) R 110min

July 7th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Wanted (2008)

Russian director Timur Bekmambetov is already known to American audience by his films Night Watch: Nochnoy Dozor and Day Watch: Dnevnoy Dozor and the next part, Twilight Watch: Sumerechniy Dozor based on Sergei Lukyanenko’s bestselling book. That movie went out in limited release. [...]

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Tags: Action · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Review of “There Will Be Blood” (2007) R 158min

February 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

“There Will Be Blood” based on the novel “Oil!” by Upton Sinclair and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Cigarettes & Coffee, Punch Drunk Love, Magnolia, and of course several episodes of Saturday Night Live) who also wrote the script. It was in theatres [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · USA

Review of “Rambo” (2008) R 93min

January 26th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Rambo (2008)

20 years since Rambo III Sylvester Stallone has revived Rambo. He wrote and directed this new action flick. I went to the theater with very low expectations because Rambo in Afghanistan was a major disappointment.
The plot: John Rambo lives peacefully in a [...]

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

Deja Vu (2006) PG-13 128min

November 11th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Déjà Vu was directed by Tony Scott, producer and director of such films as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Tristan and Isolde, In Her Shoes, Man on Fire, Big Time, Spy Game, Enemy of the State, True Romance, Top [...]

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Tags: Action · DVD · Drama · Movies · Sci-Fi · Thrillers/Suspense

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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Tags: Action · Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

Fracture (2007) R 1:40

September 22nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

Fracture (2007)

One of my most favorite actors, and maybe the best actor of the 20th century, Sir Antony Hopkins is starring in this thriller – the primary reason why I wanted to see it.
Hopkins plays an NTSB consultant, quite wealthy judging by his [...]

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Tags: DVD · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense