Movie Review – Triple 9

 

 

 

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Michael Belmont (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is Ex-Special Forces and indebted to Irina Vlaslov (Kate Winslet), the wife of a Jewish Russian Mob Boss who’s imprisoned back home. Irina promises to pay handsomely if, Michael and his team of corrupt Atlanta detectives can recover items from a bank’s vault. Irina’s sister, Elena (Gal Gadot) has a son with Michael but, Irina has the boy in custody, as an extra incentive for Michael to complete his tasks. With a window of 5 minutes to acquire the package, the team moves quickly; but the apparently their mission isn’t complete in Irina’s eyes. There’s still one major item to be acquired before Michael’s debts are settled. The package sits somewhere inside of a Homeland Security compound. If everything went well, the crew could be in and out in about 15 minutes. Several minutes longer than the average response time for cops to arrive, the only chance of success is to draw all cops to an event, big enough to draw every cop in the city. A triple 9 call.  Continue reading “Movie Review – Triple 9”

Movie Review – The Night Before

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After the sudden death of his parents, Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) was destined to spend the Christmas holiday alone. Luckily for him, his best friends Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) were there for him. Isaac is Jewish and Chris avoids his overbearing mother on most holidays, so starting a new Christmas tradition of debauchery and merriment sounds like a good idea. That was 15 years ago. Now, Chris is a rising football star and Isaac is a married doctor who’s expecting his first child. The last 15 years haven’t been as kind to Ethan, still recovering from the breakup of longtime girlfriend Diana (Lizzy Caplan), Ethan has come to terms with the fact life is passing him by and his annual yuletide romp with his friends will come to an end. The one things the trio never got to do was attend the mysteriously awesome Nutcracker’s Ball. The clandestine bash, known only to a chosen few is purportedly legendary. If the guys are going to spend their last celebratory Christmas together before fully transitioning into adulthood, then they’re going out with a bang. However, life happens and people change, along with their priorities; but most importantly, the invitation to the party doesn’t have an address. A night on the town was already in the works, hopefully to culminate at the party of the year. 

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Movie Review – Our Brand Is Crisis

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A fictionalized remake of the 2005 documentary, this version of Our Brand is Crisis stars Sandra Bullock as the infamous political strategist ‘Calamity’ Jane Bodine. Retired and living deep in the Colorado woods, Jane seems content with her Native American inspired pottery and woodwork; until she’s convinced to help a struggling presidential candidate in Bolivia. With only a few months left before election day and sitting comfortably in a distant 3rd; former Bolivian president Pedro Gallo now viewed as arrogant and out of touch with the people sits 28 points behind in the polls with mere weeks remaining in the race. Though originally against the position, Bodine is eager to beat her former rival Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton) who is backing the frontrunner.  Continue reading “Movie Review – Our Brand Is Crisis”

Review – Avengers: Age Of Ultron

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The bar was set extremely high in 2012 with The Avengers. My second thought, after that was awesome was whether or not the series had peaked. The third highest grossing movie of all time (unadjusted for inflation); The Avengers was the culmination of five years of movies and the end of Phase one. The penultimate film of phase two is Avengers:  Age of Ultron with Ant-Man to début in July. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has ridden an unprecedented wave of successes. So far the eleven films has a joint worldwide gross of over $7 billion. The MCU is long overdue for a dud, it could be devastating to the franchise if that dud was the Avengers: Age Of Ultron. 

As improbable as it is that Age Of Ultron won’t be anything less than epic, it’s equally unlikely that the film will surpass its predecessors. The Avengers (2012) is the highest grossing superhero film of all time and three years later has a sequel that reaches a new, undiscovered level of awesome.  Continue reading “Review – Avengers: Age Of Ultron”

Movie Review – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier loses some of its charm that made the first movie so successful. The snappy banter has been turned up a notch in The Winter Soldier, but it is a very different movie. Superhero flicks like Man Of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises, tried too hard to be edgy and gritty. Others like Iron man 3 and The Wolverine were awash of pretty colours and high octane action, but little substance in the story.

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For the first time since the Avengers in 2012, a superhero movie has seamlessly blended the frenetic pacing and over the top action that we’ve come to expect of these movies ; with a story that is fluid and dare I say relevant story of the morality of freedom.

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MOVIE REVIEW – Gangster Squad

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Set in Los Angeles, 1949, The Gangster Squad is a shadowy division of the L.A.P.D., commissioned by Chief Bill Parker (Nick Nolte); whose sole purpose is to destroy the mob led by Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Lead by Sargent John O’Mara (Josh Brolin), the Gangster Squad proceeds with reckless abandon to do just that. The other members of the Gangster Squad shall remain a secret. You’ll find the best performances of the film there. The weapons training of the Squad is one of the more memorable scenes that doesn’t involve bullet-time shootouts.

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MOVIE REVIEW – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

How do you destroy a great man?  Well, you let Hollywood get their hands on the history of a great man and warp and twist it so much that you change him from a man of the people, into a man who was driven by vengeance and a man who was a master at killing vampires.  No, not the pretty glowing kind that the Twilight movies have come to make us believe they are, but the hideous and disgusting ones that are out to kill and dominate our country.  Pathetic right?

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GANGSTER SQUAD To Hit Theaters on September 7

 

Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures announced today that the release date for “Gangster Squad” is September 7, 2012.  The announcement was made by Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President, Domestic Distribution.

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MOVIE REVIEW-Man on a Ledge

So you’re sitting there in theater waiting to watch a movie and you see the trailers right? You see this movie come up with Mr. Avatar Sam Worthington and he’s on ledge of the building and then the title comes up on screen, Man on a Ledge. Your first thought is-you’re kidding right? Like Really? Really. That’s the best you can come up with. Then you see the rest of the cast, oh Ed Burns I like that guy. Elizabeth Banks-yeah I like her too. Ed Harris, that’s my man right there. So now you’re thinking you want to see this movie huh. Well let’s just see about that.
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MOVIE REVIEW: Man on a Ledge

The title says all you need to know about this movie: it’s about a man on a ledge.
Man on a Ledge boasts nothing.  It knows exactly what it is and how it’s going to get you there.  No awards will be given for its premise, its screenplay, its performances or its direction.  Instead, it’s only here to do one thing: keep you rooted in your seat for its 102-minute running time and make you squirm with anticipation for the next move, the next hustle, or the next twist.  And in that endeavor, this film succeeds.
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MOVIE REVIEW – Real Steel

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It’s “Rock’em Sock’em Robots: The Movie.”  Well, that’s what I heard before I walked into the theater from everyone I knew who had seen the film including some fellow critics.  But this isn’t a movie that’s just about boxing robots.  This is a movie that is about a lot more. 

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MOVIE REVIEW – Real Steel

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What do you get when you take a down and out boxer, a son meeting his dad for the first time, some rock’em sock’em robots and a little Osamu Tezuka for flavor. You get Real Steel. A nice big screen boy movie full of toys and fighting and CG all over the place but at it’s heart is it’s a movie about a father connecting with the son he never knew and didn’t know he wanted to know.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Real Steel

If Real Steel were to read as a recipe, it’d probably look something like this:
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup Paper Moon
1 cup Over The Top
1 cup The Iron Giant
3 cups Rocky
Liberal sprinkles of charm and heart
INSTRUCTIONS:
1)  Incorporate all ingredients well in blender.
2)  Enjoy immensely for 2 hours and 7 minutes.
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MOVIE REVIEW – The Adjustment Bureau

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How in control of your life are you? Do you really make the decisions each day or is it pre-destined? It’s a question that many people ask themselves. They call it fate. If you believe in it then every decision from what you are going to eat today, to life altering moments has been pre-told and you truly have no choice. Basically it means no free will. But if you learned what they plan was for you, would you be able to change it?

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