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Movie Ratings and Reviews

The Dark Knight

At a younger age I didn't appreciate The Dark Knight as a deep and complex crime movie but now I can see that The Dark Knight while somewhat overrated is a great and masterful film in every sense of the word. It has everything that you look for in a great movie: in front of the camera and behind it. I'm definately looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises. 9.5/10

Funny People
Funny People(2009)
½

Funny throughout and touching but my main problem with this movie was that I enjoyed the scenes with minor characters rather than the ones with the main characters. That being said Adam Sandler wasn't half bad in this one.

Von Ryan's Express
½

There's always been something endearing to me about the idea of a group of men putting aside their differences to achieve the common good and Von Ryan's Express is just that. Frank Sinatra is Colonel Ryan leading an armoured train filled with Allied POWs towards Switzerland with Nazis in hot pursuit. Von Ryan's Express works as a chase movie, a WW II drama (albeit not on the same level as Saving Private Ryan for example) and occasionally the film has light-hearted moments. The films had a terrific ensemble performance without a weak link.
This film is definitely a classic. 9/10

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

A great films for adults and kids alike, one of the more enjoyable films in movie history. The live-action and animation are ground breaking and the film's four Oscars are well deserved.

Starsky & Hutch

Starsky & Hutch is terribly cliched, however Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson's chemistry is just too funny and there are several good laughs.

The Blob
The Blob(1958)
½

A silly, but entertaining B movie horror flick.

Avatar
Avatar(2009)
½

Avatar to sum it up is a 22nd version of Dances With Wolves and has many things taken from another James Cameron film "Aliens", but who cares? Avatar has the most eye popping visuals in a movie you're ever likely to see.

The plot is similar to Dances With Wolves and the story has taken many ideas from "Aliens" such as the marines, a different planet, set in the future and a greedy person who works for the company who has no regard for life as long as he makes money. The movie didn't have any outstanding performances in my opinion except for relatively unknown Stephan Lang. I was surprised that Lang didn't get on Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor. The rest of the cast had strong performances but nothing crazy good.

It's hard to classify this movie into one genre it;s got a bit of romance, action, drama and sci-fi/fantasy.

What can I say about the visuals except for they're a breathtaking spectacle, ii every sense of the world. This is why people pay to see movies.

Overall this movie is move satisfying on a visual level then plot wise. Nevertheless this movie is entertaining and fun to watch. It's not a great movie but very entertaining and it's hard not to say you don't like Avatar. Overall 8.5/10

American History X
½

Edward Norton led the amazing acting, the movie had a good concept but the ending was weak, i didnt think there was a strong enough reason for why danny was killed.

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)

A classic, a fine example of an amazingly written film.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

You'd be hard pressed to find a mainstream Hollywood director worse than Michael Bay and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is without an argument Bay's worst film I've seen. Everything about this film is godawful, the corny screenplay, the hammy acting, the overlong pointless action, the editing, and the non-existent character and plot development to name a few. The last 20 or so minutes are more explosions than the Fourth of July, seemingly put in for no particular purpose other to appease the rednecks and pyromaniacs. The running time of 149 minutes is a bitch, especially for this borefest of a film. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a surefire contender for worst mainstream film of the decade.

Rebel Without a Cause

No one before or since has been able to capture James Dean's alienation of post-war teens in this landmark film.

Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

The FUNNIEST film of all time with Peter Sellers giving arguably one of the greatest acting performance ever.

The Big Lebowski

C'mon man its the Coen Brothers!! When have they ever let us down??? NEVER!! This is easily of of the best comedy movies of all time. Great plot, dialogue, acting, and FUNNY as hell! and easily the best movie character of all time: THE DUDE.

Public Enemies

Michael Mann's 'Public Enemies' is set in 1933. America is in the middle of the great depression. While most are struggling John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) and his gang of bank robbers including 'Red' Hamilton, Pete Pierpoint, Homer Van Meter and 'Baby Face Nelson' see it as an opportunity to make easy money robbing banks. To combat the rising crime wave is FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale).

Michael Mann's attempt to make John Dillinger a man and not a myth is only partially successful. The film hints at John Dillinger being a loyal friend and a kind man despite him being America's first 'Public Enemy'. However the film doesn't manage to explain Dillinger's motives. We also learn that the only thing more important than robbing banks to John is Billie Frenchette (Marrion Cotillard).

The film begins with Dillinger orchestrating a jail break to release several of his friends. After this the gang decides to hit banks in Chicago. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) becomes obsessed with capturing Dillinger. After several failed attempts to capture Dillinger, Purvis requests experienced men such as Stephen Lang's Charles Winstead. FInally capturing Dillinger he is sent to the 'safest prison' in Indiana. Dillinger breaks out again stealing the sheriff's car and drives by an army unit stationed by the prison and a cop car. Once again Dillinger is at large.

Mann's uses many different camera angles to capture several beautiful shots. The film consists of many exciting gun fights, and beautiful sets and costumes. Many of the scenes were filmed at the location were they occurred some 75 years ago. There is no doubt that the film is technically brilliant.

My problems with the film is simply that the film doesn't allow us to connect with the characters, it doesn't really explain their motivations. However the acting is very strong by the entire cast.

Considering who is directing and who is staring the film could and should have been better, still worth watching, It's entertaining enough but not really satisfying. 7.5/10.

True Grit
True Grit(2010)

True Grit is the Coen Brothers adaption of the book of the same name by Charles Portis. It's about a 14 year old girl named Mattie Ross (Haliee Stienfeld) who hires the toughest US Marshal around Roster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to find her fathers killer Tom Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger La Boeuf who is after Chaney for crimes he committed in Texas. And so the chase begins!!

I must say though since I've been waiting for this since July i was more then a bit disappointed. While True Grit is a good film i had a few problems with it. First I loved the acting I think The Dude is a worthy replacement for The Duke, but this leads me to my first problem. It was very hard to understand what Bridges was saying. The plot of the story is very simple and easy to understand which is a good thing because half the time i couldn't understand what Bridges was saying. Hailee Stienfeld did a good job playing Mattie Ross and i lot of the film rode on her and she didn't disappoint, at times though i wanted to slap her character and tell her to shut the hell up! Matt Damon does a good job as Texas Ranger La Boeuf, I admit it was weird to see him all dressed up like that but once you get used to him he does a great job. Josh Brolin is good but not great as Tom Chaney. For me i wasn't as creeped out by him as i felt i needed to be. However Barry Pepper who is "Lucky" Ned Pepper was creepy, Pepper who is a very underrated supporting actor does a great supporting job. He is very scary, but is a really, really cool character.

At times in the movie i felt like True Grit lacked in suspense,.but other times i found it very suspenseful. Other times the film got boring. Nonetheless it is a strong instalment into the Coen Brothers already stellar filmography. This movie even has the Coen Brothers dark sense of humour. Overall it's better than the original and fun to watch. I was a bit disappointed but it was still good. Maybe if I saw it again my I would like it more. Overall i give it an 8.5.

The Hangover Part II
½

Possibly the most awaited film of 2011, The Hangover Part 2 was met with mediocre reviews from critics, mostly saying that Part 2 is the exact same as the first one! But The Hangover Part 2 still has some tricks up it's sleeve.

The wolf pack has returned! This time to Thailand in time for Stu's (Ed Helms) wedding to Lauren (Jamie Chung). Coming with Stu are the foul mouthed Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha) and the possibly mentally unstable Alan (Zach Galifianakis). Phil proposes to go drinking on the beach one night with Lauren's brother Teddy (Mason Lee) and some crazy stuff goes down. The next morning the wolf pack wakes up in a shabby hotel room in Bangkok to finds Teddy missing and the gangster Chow (Ken Jeong) in their room.

Yes, Part two is a mirror image of the first one but except for a couple of references to the first film all the jokes are new and funny as hell. This film doesn't provide small chuckles, nearly all of the jokes are laugh out loud. I must admit this film relies more on shock humour than the first. The film pushes the 18a rating to the absolute limit. A strong stomach is required for some of the film.

I thought all the actors were in top form to play their characters, all of them as funny and loveable as the first. i thought it was a great idea to give Chow a bigger role in this film as he is my favourite character. Even Paul Giammatti was hilarious as the foul mannered undercover Interpol agent trying to track down Chow.

If you can stand the deja vu and have the stomach for it The Hangover Part 2 is the funniest film of 2011. 7/10

True Lies
True Lies(1994)
½

True Lies is dwarfed by the other James Cameron and Arnold films. While not even close to the same level of the Terminator films True Lies is still and entertaining action comedy. Cameron behind the camera masterfully directs the action scenes, which still stand out in my mind as some of the best movie action.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Harry belongs to the top secret government agency; Omega Sector. His wife Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) and daughter Dana believe he is a computer salesmen. On his latest mission in Switzerland Harry uncovers a terrorist organization the Crimson Jihad is planing to detonate nuclear warheads in major American cities unless America pulls all military presence from the Persian Gulf. Harry working so hard leaves Helen in the arms of sleazy used car salesman Simon who pretends he's a spy to get laid. Simon is hilariously played by Bill Paxton.

My biggest problem with the film is the mediocre script. It spends too much time on the affair between Helen and Simon instead of Harry hunting down the Crimson Jihad. Also without giving too much of the plot away, the film jumps quite abruptly from the Simon affair to Harry being captured by the Crimson Jihad,

True Lies could have been a lot better and it's running time and mediocre script bring it down but the great action scenes redeem it and make it a action comedy worth a watch. 7/10.

Fast Five
Fast Five(2011)

I had severe doubts about "Fast Five" before it came out but when I saw what the critics were saying I decided to give it a shot saying how bad can it be? As it turns out, pretty bad.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) is freed from his prison transport by Brian O' Conner and Mia Toretto played by the always terrible Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster respectively. After jumping borders they go to Rio where they meet VInce (Matt Schulze) who offers them a job high jacking three cars from a train in a 100% WTF style. After three DEA agents are killed, the group become the top on the wanted list. They decide to do one more job, taking 100 million from drug lord Hernan Reyes. Meanwhile they are pursued by DSS agent Hobbs played by Dwayne Johnson who is Jack Nicholson in the 70's compared to the rest of the cast. Hobbs enlists the help of local police officer Elena Neves to hunt the team down. Neves ends up falling for Dom.

I had extremely low expectations for the acting, characters, and dialogue but "Fast Five" exceeded those expectations and not in a good way. Vin Diesel is as usual awful and his character is a prick. Paul Walker will be unemployed after this series is over, however his character is somewhat likeable. There is one scene is this film between Diesel and Walker talking about their fathers which is just so laughable. Honestly anyone who spoke english in this film sucked except for "The Rock". When it came to the characters i was confused to as what Ludicrous' character's profession is. Apparently he is great with circuits but he's also mechanic for cars? Also Sung Kang's character literally had no purpose in the film.

Fast Five's poorly written script doesn't make it entertaining it only makes it easier to write. Shit blows up, Rio gets destroyed in a car chase but none of it was fun or suspenseful, all I wanted to do was leave. My 10 big problems of this film are as follow 1. How can the feds connect the train robbery to Dom and co? 2. Sung Kang and Gal Gadot's relationship is pointless and poorly developed. 3.Dwayne Johnson help them rob the 100 million but the tells them he will hunt them down. 4. The police station with the 100 million is more heavily guarded than Fort Knox yet two mid sized cars can break into the middle of it without getting a casualty. 5. The team steal four police cruisers and have a street race without anyone noticing. 6. two mid sized cars can tow a vault that weighs a ton with money inside that probably weighs more than the vault itself, oh yeah they're also outrunning an armada of police too. 7. The cord attaching the cars to the vault never snaps. 8. When they switch they real vault for the fake one, they continue killing cops only doing their jobs, destroying Rio and risking their lives for nothing. 9. The film is mostly boring and never does end. 10. Neves' husband was murdered by criminals yet she falls for Dom who is also killing cops.

Fast Five is boring, cliched, predictable, terribly acted with even worse dialogue, more plot holes that swiss cheese, useless characters, no suspense 1.5/10

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

A true masterpiece, director and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino mashes film noir with gangsters and a non-linear story line and puts into one of the best film of all time. it's Pulp Fiction!

Set in modern day LA, Pulp Fiction has an three stories which overlap in which the key characters interact.

The first story "Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace's Wife" Hit men Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vince Vega (John Travolta) are out to collect a briefcase from Brett who double crossed their boss Marsellus Wallace Ving Rhames), on the way there Vic expresses concerns about having to take Marsellus' wife Mia (Uma Thurman) out as he heard Marsellus threw a man out of a forth story window for giving Mia a foot massage.

The second story "The Gold Watch" follows Boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) who's paid to throw a fight by Marsellus, instead he bets on himself and wins but must run from Marsellus.

The third story "The Bonnie Situation" ties up the loose ends from the begging, Vic and Jules pay a visit to Jules friend Jimmy (Tarantino) to get cleaned up after a "slight" mishap. This story introduces Harvey Keitel as smooth talking fast working problem solver Wolf. Meanwhile Jimmy fear his wife will come back from work to see a blood soaked car and a man with out a head in the garage.

In typical Tarantino style the dialogue crackles with whip smart monologues, and are laced with humour. An all star cast led by John Travolta in a great comeback role, Ving Rhames, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, TIm Roth and Amanda Plummer as young lovers and even of course the director Quentin Tarantino. However the real star of the film is Samuel L. Jackson who steals absolutely every scene he's in. Such memorable characters don't come along ever and this ends up being a great ensemble acting group.

With great actors playing memorable characters with genius dialogue from arguably one of the greatest scripts ever written Pulp Fiction is an unforgettable film which is an absolute classic and one of the greatest films of the 90's and of all time.

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)
½

Black Swan

8.5/10

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Staring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Rating: 14a in Canada/ R in America

Run TIme: 108 Minutes

What's the story?
Nina Sayers (Portman) is a top dancer for a New York ballet company which is producing "Swan Lake." The ballet dancer needs to be able to be the innocent White Swan and also the seductive Black Swan. Nina is perfect for the White Swan while Lily (Kunis) is perfect for the Black Swan, the two dancers begin competing and Nina begins to loose her mind.

Why see it?
Natalie Portman certainly deserved the Oscar she gives a terrific performance, rarely will you see a performance where the actress plays such a vulnerable and aggressive character. I don't think words can describe her performance. Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel give terrific performances. Darren Aronofsky tops his direction in "The Wrestler", his direction was terrific and you can't stop thinking about it for quite a while. The costumes are beautiful as was the cinematography by Matthew Libatique. The plot is good however not great a bit cliched in my opinion. The idea is great but I felt like cliches didn't allow the script to reach the same level as the idea of the movie. "Black Swan" clicks on a technical level as well and as a entertaining and well made movie.

Why skip it?
If you're faint at heart, you should skip it, the film has a very dark dreamlike tone, and has disturbing images from (Spoiler) broken toe nails to stab wounds from glass and nail fillers being stabbed thru someones face. The plot is somewhat cliched but all in all it's good. It also has the cliche of the rookie coming to take the vet's job, Cassel's Character Thomas Leroy the director of "Swan Lake" is also somewhat of a cliched character but it's hardly noticeable. I also found Barbra Hershey's character of Nina's mom while well acted was more than a bit annoying.

All in All "Black Swan" is a one of a kind movie experience, where amazing acting, great directing, beautiful cinematography, a great score, great costumes and a great idea come to make a awesome movie. This is one of the better movies of 2010, 8.5/10

Gone Baby Gone

Ben Affleck's directorial debute was a succuss for lack of better word, the most overlooked talent Affleck has is his talent as a screen writer. The movie is so intense and full of surprises. Great script a great adaption of Dennis Lehane's novel of the same name. Another thing that makes this movie great is the acting. Casey Affleck, Ben's younger brother gives the performance of his career as does Michelle Monaghan. Amy Ryan, Ed Harris and Morgan Freeman are also very strong. A great movie directorial debuts dont get much better than this.

Zodiac
Zodiac(2007)

Zodiac is a master piece from David Fincher. This is easily one of the top 5 underrated movies of the decade. I'm honestly surprised how bad it did at the box office with Robert Downey Jr, Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo leading the all-star cast. This is also directed by David Fincher who directs Fight Club and se7en.This movie is about the Zodiac killer who held the San Francisco bay area in terror during the late 60's and early 70's.

The acting in this movie awesome. Each character is cast perfectly. Gyllenhaal delivers one of his best acting performances in his young career he pays the role of a naive young man perfectly. Gyllenhaal plays Robert Graysmith a cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle who becomes caught up in the case and becomes obsessed with finding out who the Zodiac is. Mark Ruffalo is really an underrated actor who gives great supporting roles and this movie is no different. He plays SFP detective Dave Toschi who is assigned to the San Francisco killings. Robert Downey Jr. plays Paul Avery the chronicle's crime reporter. Anthony Edwards plays Toschi's police partner and his acting is also very strong.

This movie is psychologically thrilling which is great after Fight Club and Se7en. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and is very entertaining. About an hour or so into the movie it becomes clear about every characters motives and such because of the strong beginning hour that lays all the ground work. I admit in the last hour or so it does become a bit long and boring but regains its former beginning hour in the last 20 minutes.

It's a shame that this movie didn't do better at the box office cus it would have been an best picture contender. This is so much better then Antonement.

If you're a fan a psychological thrillers you should defiantly see this movie, it has some scenes that will scare the shit out of you. One of Fincher's best films and one of the best of 2007 and the decade.

Get Him to the Greek

Russell Brand and P Diddy are hilarious, and it's funny sometimes but i thought it tried too hard for jokes. I also felt like it tried to strike an emotional cord but it just didn't work. It also tried to be a buddy film too but i just wasn't there, it's an okay movie not as funny as I heard, the jokes pick up later in the movie. Mildly amusing comedy 4/10.

Employee of the Month
½

The movie has few laughs, a dumb plot and dane cook. wanna know if a movie is bad see if it has dane cook in it.

Red
Red(2010)

good balance between action and comedy, john malkovich is really funny in this movie. The part when they're trying to assassinate the VP has some great gun fights and action. nice comeback for bruce willis after the dreadful cop out.

The Lincoln Lawyer
½

The Lincoln Lawyer is Matthew McConaughey's return to form after rolling around in chick flick hell for the last five years. McCaughey plays Mickey Haller a Los Angles defence attorney who uses his Lincoln sedan as an office. His clients are mostly drug dealers and gangsters, he lands the case of Louis Roulet (Ryan Philippe) a Beverly Hills real estate agent accused of brutally beating a prostitute. The case seems straight forward but it quickly develops into a thrilling cat and mouse game and Haller begins to wonder if he's been set up. The Lincoln Lawyer is directed by Brad Furman and adapted from Michael Conelly's book of the same name. Marisa Tomei is Haller's ex-wife, Maggie McPherson a prosecuting attorney and William H. Macy is Haller's best friend and investigator Frank Levin.

Ryan Philippe gives the best performance of the movie and his career as Louis Roulet. Matthew McCaughey is perfectly cast and nails the character of Mickey Haller. Marisa Tomei is also very strong as Maggie. William H. Macy is a bit of a wild card playing a street wise investigator but more than handles it well.

The Lincoln Lawyer is a well made old school legal thriller, that keeps us guessing until the very end. It does however end somewhat abruptly and it would have been nice if it was a bit better explained, but The Lincoln Lawyer is a terrifically acted, engrossing film. The Lincoln Lawyer is so far the best film of the year in my books, 9/10.

Paul
Paul(2011)

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost the men behind "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" reunite for "Paul." Two British comic book geeks (Pegg and Frost) Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings go on a road trip across America to see some famous UFO sites and end up finding Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen). Paul is a real life alien who's been living on Earth sine 1947, Paul has escaped from the government and is planning to return to his planet. On their trail is the mysterious Agent Zoil who has two incompetent rookies for help. Unlike "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz' which are directed by Edgar Wright this is directed by Greg Mottola (Super Bad).

Seth Rogen is the absolute best choice to voice Paul, the foul mouthed flip flop wearing alien. Pegg and Frost are the usual hoot. Jason Bateman is also pretty good as Agent Zoil the mysterious Fed chasing Paul. "Paul" also has many familiar faces Sigourney Weaver as Zoil's boss, David Koechner as a hillbilly that has his car destroyed by Clive and Graeme not one but twice as well as John Carol Lynch and Jane Lynch. All of these characters are funny and we do really care for the protagonist.

The humour in "Paul" is good and has a good combination of physical humour and jokes, but sometimes the jokes seem forced or are just not funny. But when the jokes are funny they hit home.

Paul is definitely not as funny as Shaun or Hot Fuzz, but it's still funny with cool characters and is one of the better films of 2011, 8/10. Funny how two of the better films of the year have been with small green men.

Rango
Rango(2011)

Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp reunite for a forth time to bring you Rango. Rango is a animated comedy western about a pet lizard who after falling from the back of the car goes on a journey to discover who he truly is. He finds the town of "Dirt" and convinces them that he's tough and thru a series of actions the townsfolk believe him and make him their Sheriff. Eventually the town see's Rango isn't really what he claims. Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, and Ned Beatty lead the great voice work.

The plot is nothing new, but the screenplay, my friends is so.... WTF!! There are elements from Chinatown, the Man With No Name trilogy, Apocalypse Now and LOTR. It's completely unpredictable and filled with quirky humour.

The animation is damn good and this is one of the better non-Pixar animated films in God knowns how many years. The film does feel tiresome so times however and it's predictable as we've seen this plot before,

Rango is a strong film filled with a one of a kind screenplay, great voice acting specifically by Johnny Depp and funny cultural references. This a great heart warming film, one of the best movies in what has been a shitty year for movies that is 2011, 8/10.

Tropic Thunder
½

I don't find making jokes about the mentally disabled funny,kid drug dealers or mocking war funny. Now i understand that this is a satire on how actors feel like real soldiers but i didn't really see the satire and it ends up to be mocking war to me. I was annoyed like hell by jack black and tom cruise i laughed once for each probably. i thought that robert downey jr was great and that he would be a good in a serious war film, danny mcbride, brandon t. jackson and jay baruchel were all funny. i may be mistaken but i believe there's a plot hole, a very large plot hole, i dont understand how they could make a film with the hidden cameras if they were where the cameras werent supposed to be. the beginning scene could have been great if it was serious and not gory just for fun and then jack black ruined the scene. sometimes i saw flashes of brilliance but most of the time i had a somewhat uneasy feeling with most of the jokes.

The Usual Suspects

pure genius, the plot is so thrilling with so many turns. It's awesome to see such memorable characters like Verbal in modern movies. The acting is fantastic same with the script. Kevin Spacey really had a good last of half of the 90's with The Usual Suspect, LA confidential and American Beauty. The end of the movie is just awesome one of the best endings ive ever seen even if it was a bit predictable.

Sherlock Holmes
½

Robert Downey Jr. is awesome as Sherlock Holmes. Guy Ritchie the director has some cool camera work and special effects. The movie has a good balance between quirky dialogue and action. Even tho this is set in 19th Century London it has a modern touch. Downey Jr. play the complex character of Holmes very well and has good chemistry with Jude Law who plays Holmes' sidekick Watson. Together they try to track down Lord Blackwood who wants to take over England using black magic. Mark Strong is pretty good as Lord Blackwood. Sometimes the plot is too over the top and ridiculous and other times its boring. The costumes and sets are great they look like they are from the 1890's but they have a modern touch. The score of Sherlock Holmes is very nice also. Overall you should see it because of Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law , the witty, funny dialogue, and the convincing and creepy villain Lord Blackwood.

We Were Soldiers

We Were Soldiers is the movie based on the first major battle the Americans fought in Vietnam the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965. The acting is very strong with Mel Gibson, Berry Pepper, and Greg Kinnear, Even tho the cliches are everywhere it is still very entertaining and the battle scenes are very good. However sometimes it feels like the directer puts more focus on the gore than the characters. Unlike movies like Black Hawk Down it is easy to tell the characters apart. Overall this is still a strong film.

127 Hours
127 Hours(2010)
½

127 Hours is the true story of Aron Ralston who went hiking alone in Utah and ended up getting he right arm pinned underneath a rock at the bottom of Blue John Canyon. He examines his life and concludes that the boulder is punishment for all the bad things he's done.

This is Danny Boyle's first film since he won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire. The two year absence was well worth it. The film stars James France as Aron in an Oscar nominated role. The film had two huge challenges. First how to make a good movie were everybody knows the ending, Second how could the whole movie be filmed in almost only one location.

James Franco is terrific in his performance of Aron. The film is still very entertaining even tho we know what will happen, but i think the film surprised people with how unexpected some scenes were such as the Scooby-doo hallucination (which apparently happened according to Ralston.) The film is gut wrenching and inspirational with a great message, one of the best movies of the year my only problem was i thought some parts were a bit too short and i think they could of filled us in more about Aron after the accident at the end but if you really cared you can do your own research.

The Departed
The Departed(2006)

jack nicholson finally makes a movie with martin scorsese!!! Two movie legends finally make a film and it's one hell of a movie. add newer stars dicaprio, damon and wahlberg and u get a a nearly perfect master piece. the ending is amazing, beautiful acting and a great unpredictable script. scorsese finally gets his long deserved oscar! watch it this will blow your mind!

Raiders of the Lost Ark

simply put the best adventure movie ever.

Mystery Men
Mystery Men(1999)

incredibly stupid and painfully unfunny.

Crash
Crash(2004)

In crash all the characters are racial stereotypes. there is the bitchy rich white woman, the asian who cant speak english, a hispanic maid, and the list goes on and on. Thats the biggest problem in this film. its an effective film emotionally with the dramatic music and the close ups, but im not a fan of haggis gets the emotion from us. its artificial emotion, because most of the characters are unlikable. The movie raises some interesting points about racism and human nature but it falls flat for me because of stereotypes and unlikable characters who i cant feel real sympathy for.

The King's Speech

Bertie never thought he was going to be King but once his father King George the fifth dies his brother David become king. David soon abdicates to marry an American twice divorcee. Bertie become King George the sixth, but he has a terrible stammer. With World War II looming he hires the unconventional Lionel Logue to help him overcome it.

The acting is firing on all cylinders on this one, colin Firth is a shoo- in for best actor, James Franco for 127 hours is a distant second for best actor. Rarely have I ever seen a more inspiring performance than Colin Firth as King George the Sixth. Geoffrey Rush is a miracle of acting as Lionel Logue. Rush has the perfect combination of wit, humor and drama. Rush and Firth have better chemistry than most leads in rom coms. Helena Bonham Carter is also very strong as Queen Elizabeth. She is extremely likeable. Kudos goes out to Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill, Guy Pearce as David and Michael Gambon as King George the Fifth.

The sets and the costumes are superb. The plot is somewhat predictable but its still a very stylish film. It has great dialogue full of great one liners. All in all its an awesome film with nearly perfect everything, this is one for the ages.

The Social Network has some real competition dont be surprised if this pulls of the upset and wins best picture.

Dinner for Schmucks
½

i was disappointed by this movie quite a bit. Steve Carrel and Paul Rudd are two of the funniest guys around and they have had great movies together before, but this movie more then misses the mark. It was funny at times it has some great jokes and some funny slapstick humour but the plot was stupid, weak and it was predictable. So many side plots bog down the movie and make it boring. Also Steve Carell is funny but is character was just too impossibly stupid. Maybe rent this movie on dvd when it comes out.

Yogi Bear
Yogi Bear(2010)
½

the movie is aimed primarily at children audiences, so its not like toy story 3 where both kids and adults will have fun. The plot is very stale and predictable. Since its mainly for kids most of the laughs come from slapstick. Sometimes the laughs come from the dialogue but its only mildly funny and u'll end up laughing more because of the way dan akroyd sounds. I'l admit the 3-d effects were good and so were the voice talents of akyroyd and timberlake but the movie is easily forgettable. below average movie dont go to the theatre this week go next week and see TRUE GRIT cus its gonna be awesome

The Social Network

The Social Network is the heavily fictionalized story of how the social networking site Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard in 2003. Acclaimed director David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Zodiac, Fight Club, Seven) directs the Social Network. The casting is excellent with Jesse Eisenberg playing Mark Zuckerberg who is being sued by his former best friend Eduardo Saverin because Mark reduces Eduardo's share of Facebook from 34% to .03%. To add to all this twins, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, and their partner Divya Narendra are also suing Mark for stealing the idea of Facebook from them.

The script written by Aaron Sorkin, should be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars this year. Sorkin adapted the screenplay from Ben Mezchrich's novel The Accidental Billionaires. Jesse Eisenberg does a fine job as Mark Zuckerberg, but the acting that really stood out to me was Andrew Garfield's portrayal of Eduardo Saverin, I think Garfield should have been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and I'm shocked that he didn't. Justin Timberlake, also surprised me in this movie, he plays Sean Parker the founder of free music website Napster who latches onto Facebook and helps it grow. I really thought Justin Timberlake would be bad to terrible in this movie but I was very surprised. He's not going to get an Oscar but very solid acting.

The Social Network has some technical talk that some people might not understand but the movie is still easy to follow. The humor in the movie is smart and works well with the mood of the actors. Peter Travers of The Rolling Stone Magazine says, "The Social Network is the movie of the year. But Fincher and Sorkin triumph by taking it further. Lacing their scathing wit with an aching sadness, they define the dark irony of the past decade."
I completely agree with Peter Travers, this movie does define the decade so well Facebook has changed the world we live in. The Social Network, should be a front runner for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director but "The Kings Speech" could pull of the upset. One of the best movies of the year, possibly of the decade. I give this movie a definite A+.

Animal Farm
Animal Farm(1999)

quick rundown of the movie. Usually you should view the book and movie separately but of course this is an obvious exception. Animal Farm is the 1945 classic novel by George Orwell. The book is a satire of the Russian Revolution to pre World War II this book doesnt follow that at all!!! The flag in the book is made to resemble the soviet flag in this movie the flag is a frikin z! The main character jessie has no speaking lines in the book and they completely ignore mollie in the movie. the voice acting is the worst ive ever heard! i cant put into words how awful it is. the special effects suck, and they try to make it dramatic by having lightning storms and dramatic music, but it doesn't work since we cant take the film seriously. Also this film has some very obvious plot holes such as napoleon doesn't give an explanation for why he supports the windmill after he chases snowball out. excruciatingly painful to watch. everything is so awful. I loved the book, its one of my favourites but now when i think about i always think about how awful this is and how it butchered the classic novel. the only reason this gets a 10% is cus its a tv movie so u cant expect the same quality as a big budget film.

Saving Private Ryan

Completely redefines the war drama genre. Unforgettable epic led by amazing acting from the entire cast particularly Tom Hanks. Great direction, sets, special effects, sound effects, score and costumes. Very inspirational. Steven Spielberg's masterpiece, one of the greatest movies of all time.

The Soloist
The Soloist(2009)
½

The performances are amazing but i couldn't get into the movie. I lost interest a lot and it dragged on for to long despite being 109 minutes. Okay movie maybe a rental but nothing breathtaking or amazing except for the acting.

Zelig
Zelig(1983)

Hilarious! Very creative concept and wholly original. Great chemistry between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. Zelig is for sure under the radar, one of Allen's best. One of my favourite comedies of all time.

Stripes
Stripes(1981)
½

it'd give it a 75% but i cant so i'll give it 70. This was pretty hilarious i loved the acting in this every character was cast perfectly. i especially like harold ramis's character. for me my biggest problem was the plot it was kind of weak. it felt a little rushed and the two main characters love relationships werent really developed. i also thought that the soviets are portrait inaccurately but it was all for comedy's sake. But other then that it was hilarious and should be seen by any comedy fan.

Children of Men

everything in this movie is perfect!! It succeeds on so many levels. One of my favourites.

Unstoppable
Unstoppable(2010)

8/10

Rating: PG

Genre: Action/ Thriller

Run time: 98 Minutes

Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson and Kevin Dunn

Director: Tony Scott

Previous collaborations between Tony Scott and Denzel Washington are Crimson Tide (1995), Man on Fire (2004), Déjà Vu (2006), The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3. (2009)


What's the Story?
Unstoppable is about an unmanned freight train carrying toxic materials that is headed to the fictional town of Stanton, Pennsylvania which has a population of about 700, 000. This was inspired by similar events that happened in Ohio in 2001. The train is travelling at seventy miles per hour, if the train goes over the elevated curve in Stanton at a speed of over fifteen miles per hour, the train will derail and spill the toxic material destroying Stanton. After numerous attempts to stop and derail the trail in unpopulated areas fail, train engineer Frank Barnes a 28 year veteran of the company and conductor Will Colson who is only 4 months out of training go after the runaway train in an attempt to stop it.

Why see it?
Unstoppable in non-stop adrenaline fueled thrill ride. It's the fifth collaboration between Tony Scott and two time academy award winner Denzel Washington (Training Day, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor for Glory). It also has Chris Pine who is fresh of his big hit Star Trek. The movie is extremely entertaining and Tony Scott cranks up the volume in this one. The movie even has a bit of an emotional factor, when we learn about the main characters tragedies in life we care more about them and want them to succeed. This movie has great chemistry between its two leads Chris Pine and Denzel Washington. Unstoppable also has strong performances from its two leads Chris Pine and Denzel Washington. It also has good supporting work from Rosario Dawson who plays the yardmaster giving the duo critical information about the train. The main antagonist; Oscar Galvin is played really well by Kevin Dunn. He's the company executive who cares more about saving money then human lives. The stunts in this movie are so impossible that Spider Man couldn't do it but nevertheless it's very entertaining. This is Tony Scott's best movie since Crimson Tide in 1995.


Who should skip it?
If you're not a fan of loud action movies with over the top stunts you'll find this movie hard to believe as most of the stunts are impossible in real life. Also if you weren't a fan of the other Scott/Washington train movie The Taking of Phelham 1, 2, 3 you might not like this film. Also Tony Scott has a less then spectacular filmography, which might make you skeptical about if Unstoppable will be good or not.


Problems?
It reuses the age-old cliché of veteran vs. rookie at the beginning of the movie. Also we know that the protagonist's will succeed at the end so we lose some of the fun we had at the beginning.

All in all:
All in all Unstoppable is great popcorn movie, that is anchored by strong leads and non-stop action. Unstoppable is Tony Scott's best film since Crimson Tide in 1995. 8/10.

The Love Guru

ruined mike myers career

Alice in Wonderland

cool visuals but i found it boring and unmemorable, i liked the mad hatter and alan rickman's voice but thats about it. One of Tim Burtons worst films.

Grown Ups
Grown Ups(2010)

terrible movie, it doesnt even have a plot, just scene after scene no direction. i should have known after all it has adam sandler and the guys from benchwarmers. i laughed only 2 or 3 times at the most. the only reason this movie gets 10% instead of 0% is because of steve buschemi and it has Escape (the pina colada song.) how i let my dad convince me to see this is one of the biggest mystery's of the 21st century.

About Schmidt
½

very touching film, good character study, has really strong acting, especially from Jack Nicholson who gives one of the best performances of his career. has some really funny moments too. great supporting work from hope davis and kathy bates. very inspiring

The Pink Panther

weak script but its so funny and a good performance from steve martin. not as bad as the critics say it is.

The Other Guys

the first time i saw this movie i was bored to hell but after a second viewing i really enjoyed it. The other guys is just hilarious great chemistry between wahlberg and ferrell. doesnt waste the talents of michael keaton and steve coogan.

Insomnia
Insomnia(2002)

great acting, great scrip thrilling and suspenseful a great movie very underrated.

Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story
½

dumb stupid fun that is also entertaining

The Shining
The Shining(1980)

hands down the best horror movie ever!

Quantum of Solace

good action scenes, terrific acting by craig but week plot and i dunno if you can say this is a true "Bond" movie it doesn't have any cool gadget, or the famous lines "bond, james bond or vodka martini shaken not stirred

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim vs The World is Edgar Wrights newest comedy. This movies has everything great fights, great visuals and pretty good acting. I can tell that Michael Cera is gonna be a star comedy actor for a while. This is one of the better comedies of the year.