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Premonition



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Directed by: Mennan Yapo
Written by: Bill Kelly
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Jeff Galpin, Nia Long, Amber Valletta, Mark Famiglietti, Marcus Lyle Brown
Studio: Sony/Columbia
Genre: Thriller
Official Site: www.sonypictures.com/movies/premonition/
Plot: Sandra Bullock over acts her way, through one of the most ridiculous thrillers in years.

Review:

This film is an incredibly ridiculous supernatural thriller, that falls apart the minute itís over, as you start to fill in the badly done pieces. It works okay for a while, good enough to keep you watching and wanting to know how it ends. But once some of the filmís mysteries start to unravel, you feel dumber for continuing to watch it. The film only works because of some blatant plot-holes and leaps in logic, that donít make sense even in a world where Sandra Bullockís life jumps back and forth between days of the week...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: frenzy227 (1/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: almost 6 years ago

Kung Fu Panda



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Directed by: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Written by: TBA
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman, Ian McShane
Studio: Dreamworks
Genre: Animation
Official Site: www.kungfupanda.com
Plot: Jack Black plays Po, a noodle making Panda, who dreams of being a Kung Fu Master.

Review:

Honestly when I saw the first previews for this film, I thought Iíd skip it all together. It didnít look good, didnít seem fresh in any way. But my son hadnít seen a movie in theaters in a few months, so we weíre dying to take him to anything. Maybe it was my low expectations, but I found myself truly enjoying Kung Fu Panda from beginning to end and actually came away thinking the film was a minor animation classic. Itís as good as, or better than some of the lesser Pixar films, and way better made than the Shrek or Ice Age films...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: DaFuNk44 (7/10) , KcMsterpce (7/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: almost 6 years ago

Semi-Pro



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Directed by: Kent Alterman
Written by: Scot Armstrong
Cast: Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Andre Benjamin, Will Arnett, Rob Corddry, Jackie Earle Haley
Studio: New Line
Genre: Comedy
Official Site: www.semipromovie.com
Plot: Will Ferrell in another sports movie, this time he plays Jackie Moon, the player/coach/owner of the Detroit Tropics.

Review:

Will Ferrel seems content in continuing to make the same film over and over until the well runs dry. We as an audience continue to lap up what heís serving, so heís able to continue to do so, not forcing him to move on to something greater. But I must admit that his films remain funny, heís such an offbeat, lovable character that his shtick has yet to grow old. Although Iím not sure how many more trips to the well I can take...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: DaFuNk44 (6/10) , Kevin Smith fan (6/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 6 years ago

3:10 to Yuma



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Directed by: James Mangold
Written by: Stuart Beattie, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
Cast: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol, Dallas Roberts, Ben Foster, Vinessa Shaw, Johnny Whitworth
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Western
Official Site: www.310toyumathefilm.com
Plot: Christian Bale and a gang of unprepared men, must get one of the most dangerous men alive, Russell Crowe, to the train to prison.

Review:

After watching Russell Crowe in hero mode a few nights back in American Gangster, it was fun to see him in all-out bad guy mode. Heís one of the few actors around that has the gravitas to make you fully believe him in either role, and itís fun to watch him stretch those impressive muscles. Here in 3:10 to Yuma, he plays one of the great western villains in Ben Wade. Until a third act slip-up nearly ruins his character and the entire movie. (Which, Iíll write about in full spoiler mode below.) I was enjoying the film and his character so much up till that point, that despite the total flaw, I tried to overlook it and enjoy the film for all its other great moments...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: DaFuNk44 (8/10) , bigred760 (8/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 6 years ago

Iron Man



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Directed by: Jon Favreau
Written by: Arthur Marcum, Matthew Hollaway
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow
Studio: Paramount
Genre: Action
Official Site: www.ironmanmovie.com
Plot: Billionaire weapons designer learns the error of his ways and becomes Iron Man to help save the world.

Review:

I canít believe that the whiny lead character from Swingers, ended up directing the biggest film of the summer. Itís amazing; and goes to show you never know what peopleís hidden talents are. Jon Favreau, A guy who had limited range as an actor, is now one of the top directors in Hollywood, and after Iron Man, can have his pick of projects. But itís well deserved, he showed great comedic timing with his Christmas film Elf, made a better version of Jamanji with Zathura, and shows he has an adept talent with action in Iron Man. I was really surprised by how well rounded the film is, and I think thatís why it connected with audiences so well. Weíve become so sick of the mindless action scenes and huge explosions, that when thereís a character to connect to behind it, it becomes much more enjoyable...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: DaFuNk44 (9/10) , KcMsterpce (6/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 6 years ago

Forgetting Sarah Marshall



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Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Written by: Jason Segel, Judd Apatow
Cast: Jason Segal, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Comedy
Official Site: www.forgettingsarahmarshall.com
Plot: Jason Segal gets his heart broken in the worst possible way, and must deal with it by spending a vacation in Hawaii with his ex-girlfriend.

Review:

I really dig anti-romantic-comedies. Love is such a powerful emotion, that when it turns bad, it can truly ruin your life. So itís cathartic to watch fictional characters go through it so convincingly, instead of the typical romantic comedy where the characters find their perfect love and everything ends with a happily ever after. And sure, Forgetting Sarah Marshall gets around to that by the end, but it finds its where there in a completely different fashion than the usual film...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: DaFuNk44 (8/10) , KcMsterpce (7/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 6 years ago

Speed Racer



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Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowki
Written by: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowki
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox, Hiroyuki Sanada, Richard Roundtree, Ji Hoon Jung (aka ďRainĒ)
Studio: Warner Bros
Genre: Action
Official Site: www.speedracerthemovie.com
Plot: The Wachowski brothers push the limits with this remake of the campy 70's Japanese cartoon

Review:

The Matrix is my all time favorite film. I believe it's about the most perfect film ever made. (At least for my tastes.) It beautifully blends a mind-bending sci-fi story, with jaw-dropping action scenes, through brilliant, top-notch filmmaking. I became a Wachowski Brothers fan for life the moment I walked out of seeing The Matrix for the first time. I don't care that the sequels didn't live up to the original. I still enjoy them as decent follow-ups, they also have excellent action scenes and continue the story that I fell in love with. I think that the films were rushed out too quickly and that's what sullied what they had built. But I still think in time, as kids grow up with these films, without the great expectations from the first one, instantly able to pop in the sequels after watching the first, that the films will become a classic trilogy on level with Star Wars for my generation. I honestly think that The Matrix Revolutions is a much better film than Return of the Jedi, it's only a matter of nostalgic perception...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: DaFuNk44 (6/10) , KcMsterpce (6/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 6 years ago

Lust, Caution



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Directed by: Ang Lee
Written by: Hui-Ling Wang, James Schamus
Cast: Tony Leung, Tang Wei, Joan Chen, Wang Lee Hom
Studio: Focus Features
Genre: Thriller
Official Site:
Plot: A young Chinese woman, uses her sexual wiles to infiltrate the life of a highly ranked Chinese traitor who is tight with the Japanese during WWII.

Review:

This is an absolutely beautiful film, gorgeously photographed, with sets and costumes too die for, perfectly acted, an impeccably well told piece of history. You really couldn't ask for a better made film. That said, I struggled getting through it. It's long, slow moving and very depressing...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: KcMsterpce (9/10) , Rumpelstiltskin (10/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 6 years ago

Margot at the Wedding



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Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Written by: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John Turturro
Studio: Paramount Vantage
Genre: Drama
Official Site: www.margotatthewedding.com
Plot: Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Jason Leigh have some verbal fireworks playing estranged sisters, but not a whole lot else is going on.

Review:

I absolutely adored Noah Baumbach's last film The Squid and the Whale; it perfectly and realistically captured the drama of going through a divorce through a child's perspective. His first film Kicking and Screaming is a 90's classic, and very well sums up what it was like to be a young adult during that moment in time. So I was hoping and expecting more from Margot at the Wedding; a strangely unfocused film, with some very intense performances from Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Jason Leigh...[more]...

xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 6 years ago

30 Days of Night



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Directed by: David Slade
Written by: Stuart Beattie
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster
Studio: Sony/Columbia
Genre: Comic Book, Horror
Official Site: www.sonypictures.com/movies/30daysofnight/index.html
Plot: Vampires attack a small Alaskan town, just as the sun is setting for 30 days, and it's up to Josh Hartnett to save them.

Review:

I've never been that big of a vampire fan; too many weaknesses, too much romance, too little ferociousness. Getting bit on the neck, then getting to live forever, never seemed that threatening to me. (I've always preferred werewolves, though there isn't nearly as many films about them.) My favorite vampire film has always been Near Dark, it's gritty and violent, with a little more realistic approach to them as another species. When I saw the trailer for 30 Days of Night, it conveyed a dark edge; it was the first vampire film I was stoked to see in over 10 years, since the Tarantino and Rodriguez mash-up From Dusk Till Dawn. Once it came out, I didn't hear anybody have anything good to say about it, but I still had to check it out for myself...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: KcMsterpce (6/10) , Kevin Smith fan (6/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 6 years ago

The Invasion



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Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Written by: David Kajganich
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam
Studio: Warner Bros
Genre: Thriller
Official Site: theinvasionmovie.warnerbros.com
Plot: The 4th try at the Invasion of the Body Snatchers story; with a modern twist.

Review:

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers in all its incarnations is one of my favorite sci-fi stories. I remember seeing the original on TV when I was a kid, it left a large impression on me, because it was the first time I'd ever seen a movie where the good guys lost. The 2nd one is also very good. The third one, made during the 90's;The Body Snatchers is good cheesy fun. The idea of our loved ones being taken over by something alien, their body still being there, but their mind belonging to somebody else, is a wonderful plot device; and it seems worthwhile to remake every 10 years or so, because there are constantly new generational themes you can attach to it...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: DaFuNk44 (6/10) , MattSlash (6/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 6 years ago

Waitress



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Directed by: Adrienne Shelly
Written by: Adrienne Shelly
Cast: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Adrienne Shelly, Eddie Jemison, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/waitress/
Plot: Married to a louse of a man and pregnant with an unwanted child, Jenna hopes to escape town through her talents as a pie-maker.

Review:

In a decade where the art of the romantic-comedy seems to be lost, Waitress proves to be a fresh breath of air. I donít remember the last romantic-comedy released that was as equally entertaining for men and women. They are either, ridiculously sappy and unrealistic, trying to bring out the real girlie-girls, or theyíre gross-out comedies pretending to be love stories, where all the stupidity may be funny, it doesnít lend itself to romance. Rare is the film that can be truly funny, while retaining a realistic love story; one that doesnít pander to the lowest common denominator, like some horrible dime store romance novel...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: DaFuNk44 (6/10) , KcMsterpce (1/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 6 years ago

Hellboy



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Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Written by: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, John Hurt, Jeffrey Tambor, Karel Roden, Victoria Smurfit, Rupert Evans, Doug Jones, David Hyde Pierce
Studio: Sony/Columbia
Genre: Comic Book Action
Official Site: www.sonypictures.com/movies/hellboy/
Plot: The introduction to Hellboy and team; who must save the world from undead-Nazi's with nefarious plans.

Review:

I saw this film in the theater back in 2004 and enjoyed it, but didnít love it. Some of it was to ridiculous, the ending in particular, and it never seemed to fully gel to make a fully compelling film. I never thought much about it after that, though every once and a while I kept thinking I should revisit it, since it was now from the ďvisionary mindĒ of Guillermo del Toro, who was relatively unknown then. That urge caught up to me when I saw the trailer for Hellboy 2: Golden Army; I decided to watch the directors cut of the film, hoping that it might be a more rounded film...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: sarah1980 (9/10) , Cottonmouth (9/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 6 years ago

The Heartbreak Kid



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Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Written by: Scot Armstrong, Leslie Dixon, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Kevin Barnett
Cast: Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Malin Akerman, Jerry Stiller, Rob Corddry, Carlos Mencia, Scott Wilson, Danny McBride, Polly Holliday
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Comedy
Official Site: www.heartbreakkidmovie.com
Plot: The Farrelly Brother's sort of return to form, with this Ben Stiller gross-out romantic comedy.

Review:

For a few years during the 90's the Farrelly brothers were on top of the comedic world. Their first film, Dumb & Dumber, introduced us to a new brand of comedy; a mix of sweet slapstick humor and over-the-top grossness. They continued in the right direction with Kingpin. Then completely nailed it with There's Something About Mary, where every joke seemed to be firing on all cylinders...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: DaFuNk44 (5/10) , Hubbs (6/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 6 years ago

Sunshine



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Directed by: Danny Boyle
Written by: Alex Garland
Cast: Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Chris Evans, Troy Garity, Cillian Murphy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Genre: Science-Fiction
Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/sunshine/
Plot: A group of international scientists are sent deep into space to restart the sun and save mankind. (Not nearly as cheesy as that sounds.)

Review:

I was stoked when I first heard about this movie. Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later), is one of the most interesting filmmakers working these days. And to hear that he was making an ambitious sci-fi film, was music to my mind. There aren't enough smart sci-fi films, it's a genre too little explored. Most sci-fi films follow the Star Wars mode; adventure films in a sci-fi setting, which is fine, I enjoy them as well. But I like to see films, that generate new ideas about what may lie ahead for mankind...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: DaFuNk44 (4/10) , MrScissorhands (8/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 6 years ago

There Will be Blood



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Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Written by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciaran Hinds, Kevin J. OíConnor
Studio: Paramount Vantage
Genre: Drama
Official Site: www.paramountvantage.com/blood/
Plot: P.T. Anderson explores Daniel Plainview, a man obsessed with wealth, power and oil.

Review:

Paul Thomas Anderson has been one of my favorite directors for over 10 years now. His second film Boogie Nights was so perfect, so crazily wonderful that I instantly knew he was a filmmaker that would forever be remembered. His follow-up Magnolia was also a brilliant piece of filmmaking, his version of a rambling Altman film. With his fourth film Punch-Drunk Love, it was almost like he was taking some time off, doing something small and fun, it was far less ambitious than his previous films, but also very well made and a fully interesting film. There Will Be Blood is probably my favorite film of 2007, an incredible masterwork, something that I didn't even believe he was capable of. Which in my eyes, moves him among the all time greats, with only five films under his belt. My only complaint is that it takes him two to three years to make a new film, but they're well worth the wait...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: DaFuNk44 (8/10) , Snowboy (10/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 6 years ago

Cloverfield



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Directed by: Matt Reeves
Written by: Drew Goddard
Cast: Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T. J. Miller
Studio: Paramount
Genre: Thriller
Official Site: www.cloverfieldmovie.com
Plot: The Blair Witch Project meets Godzilla in this crafty monster flick.

Review:

I was pretty jazzed by the original teaser for Cloverfield. It looked like a well done mix of Godzilla and The Blair Witch Project, which intrigued me. Plus the fact that J.J. Abrams was producing it; pretty much everything he touches these days, is at the very least entertaining. The film got pretty hyped in the days leading up to it, I was hoping that we didn't have another Snakes on the Plane situation on our hands, where the hype far outweighed the quality of the film...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: DaFuNk44 (7/10) , Snowboy (8/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 6 years ago

Juno



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Directed by: Jason Reitman
Written by: Diablo Cody
Cast: Rainn Wilson, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Allison Janney, JK Simmons, Olivia Thirlby
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Genre: Comedy
Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/juno/
Plot: Who knew teenage pregnancy could be so hilarious?

Review:

I'm writing this after the Academy Awards, even though I saw the film about a month before. (Yeah, I'm way behind.) I'm glad that all it won is Best Screenplay, I think Diablo Cody has a fresh new voice, so it was somewhat deserved. But I would have been seriously pissed if it had won best picture, I was mad that it was even nominated. Sure it's a cute little film, but it's not mind-blowing. What I'm worried about is all the Juno clones we can expect in the next few years; sassy girls, speaking hip, through some life changing situation...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Lazy Boy (6/10) , KcMsterpce (4/10) > Display all
xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 6 years ago

Man of the Year



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Directed by: Barry Levinson
Written by: Barry Levinson
Cast: Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Laura Linney, Jeff Goldblum, Lewis Black
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Comedy
Official Site:
Plot: Robin Williams has some fun running for president in this okay political comedy.

Review:

This is one of those movies, that looked so middle of the road, that I really had no interest in it. I enjoy Robin Williams for the most part, but this looked like his same old shtick warmed over. Barry Levinson is a decent director, but he hasn't done anything truly memorable in almost two decades. It looked like all the same jokes I've seen in other political comedies like Wag the Dog or The Daily Show. I really only bothered with it, because I try to see everything, it'd been sitting on our DVR for a few weeks, and I was in the mood for a comedy. Luckily it turned out better than I thought...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: KcMsterpce (5/10) , chilli pepper (5/10) > Display all
DaFuNk44
DaFuNk44 at 12:00 AM Mar 13

I might give this movie a try. I have been avoiding it for the same reason it has been sitting in your DVR for so long, I already knew it would be "middle of the road". But, if it has some laughs, what the heck, I'll give it a try!

aditi
aditi at 12:00 AM Mar 21

will watch it for robin williams

xrats posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: over 6 years ago

The Ten



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Directed by: David Wain
Written by: David Wain, Ken Marino
Cast: Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder, Adam Brody, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, Rob Corddry, Liev Schreiber, Oliver Platt, Justin Theroux, Ken Marino
Studio: ThinkFilm
Genre: Comedy
Official Site: www.thetenmovie.com
Plot: The comedy group The State's second film outing. A few big laughs, a lot of groaners in this religious send up.

Review:

Making a comedy compilation based on the Ten Commandments, is a wonderful idea. Actually pulling it off, is much tougher. The comedy group The State does an okay job with it in The Ten. Some of the skits are brilliant and had me laughing throughout, some of the other skits, not so much. But if you're a fan of offbeat comedies, you should check out the film for yourself...[more]...

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