Archive for May, 2011


The Lovely Bones

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A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970’s Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body. –IMDb

Director:

Peter Jackson

Writers:

Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens(screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay) and Alice Sebold (novel)

Stars:

Rachel WeiszMark Wahlberg and Saoirse Ronan

Genres:

 Drama | Fantasy | Thriller

Taglines:

 The story of a life and everything that came after…

If there’s one thing I dislike more than a bad movie it’s a bad movie with aspirations of greatness. This movie wants to be great. A work of art. Possibly a masterpiece. I have no doubt that Oscars were whispered of at some point during production. But here’s the catch: it’s no good.

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Unknown

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A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is. –IMDb

Director:

Jaume Collet-Serra

Writers:

Oliver Butcher (screenplay), Stephen Cornwell(screenplay), and Didier Van Cauwelaert (novel “Out of My Head”)

Stars:

Liam NeesonDiane Kruger and January Jones

Genres:

 Drama | Mystery | Thriller

Taglines:

 Take back your life.

Unknown was a really solid action thriller. It seems like Liam Neeson has done a lot of these types of movies lately, but I enjoyed this much more than Taken (which though I loved it, was a bit clichéd). Unknown is much more than the story of a man who lost his memory and seems to have been replaced by someone taking his identity. In fact, the sheer amount of plot twists and complexities keep building up, but you never feel too lost (the exposition bordered on making things way too obvious, but always hid something from you). The action scenes are clear and well done, and there’s tons of suspense and gasp-inducing moments that keep the film’s momentum going.

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Red Riding Hood

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Valerie (Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie’s older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon… –IMDb

Writer:

David Johnson


The Way Back

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In 1941, three men reach India from Tibet, having walked 4000 miles after escaping a Siberian gulag. The film tells their story and that of four others who escaped with them and a teenage girl who joins them in flight. The group’s natural leader is Janusz, a Pole condemned by accusations secured by torturing his wife; he knows how to live in the wilds. They escape under cover of a snowstorm: a cynical American, a Russian thug, a comic accountant, a pastry chef who draws, a priest, and a Pole with night blindness. They face freezing nights, lack of food and water, mosquitoes, an endless desert, the Himalayas, and moral questions of when to leave someone behind. –IMDb

Director:

Peter Weir

Writers:

Peter Weir (screenplay), Keith R. Clarke(screenplay) and Slavomir Rawicz (novel “The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom”)


The Amityville Horror

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George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move into a house that was the site of a horrific murder a year before. They decide to keep the house and try to keep the horror in the past. This is until, George starts to behave weirdly and their daughter, Chelsea starts to see people. What now follows is 28 days of sheer terror for the family. –IMDb

Director:

Andrew Douglas

Writers:

Scott Kosar (screenplay), Jay Anson (novel), Sandor Stern (earlier screenplay), George Lutz (material) and Kathy Lutz (material) (as Kathleen Lutz)

Stars:

Ryan ReynoldsMelissa George and Jimmy Bennett

Genres:

 Drama | Horror | Mystery | Thriller

Taglines:

 What happened over the next 28 days has never been explained.

For those who don’t know, this is a remake of 1979 movie of the same name. Well, I haven’t watched the original, so comparing is out of the concern. And I’ll be only commenting about this one.

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Rio

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When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams. –IMDb

Director:

Carlos Saldanha

Writers:

Carlos Saldanha (story), Earl Richey Jones(story)

Stars:

Jesse EisenbergAnne Hathaway and George Lopez

Genres:

 Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Musical

Taglines:

 Join the party!

The movie in general is good, the plot and design of everything from the animals to the city is really good, but…I just felt that there was something missing. There’s not a lot of laugh-out-loud moments like there was in the director’s previous Ice Age movies which are one of my favorite animated movies of all time. This movie lacked the humour which should have been given the main focus. But nevertheless, the most astonishing side of the film is the luminous vision of Rio de Janeiro and its carnival.

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The Road

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A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the warmer south, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless cannibalistic bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a rusting shopping cart of scavenged food–and each other.-IMDb

Director:

John Hillcoat

Writers:

Cormac McCarthy (novel), Joe Penhall(screenplay)

Stars:

Viggo MortensenCharlize Theron and Kodi Smit-McPhee

Genres:

 Adventure | Drama | Thriller

Taglines:

 In a moment the world changed forever.

If you don’t know, The Road is based on a Pullitzer-prize winning novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy. There’s been some kind of apocalypse, causes unknown, and a father and young son try to survive on the road to an hypothetical better place.

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