Monday, January 21, 2008

Movie Review - "Good Luck Chuck"

… comedy with Dane Cook and Jessica Alba.  Dane is a Dentist who was cursed as a child - any woman he sleeps with will fall in love with the next guy who dates her.  Jessica is the girl of his dreams.  Somehow he has to rid himself of the curse so he can keep her.  Funny movie; just be careful with the unrated DVD version. -JM

Movie Review - "Lions for Lambs"

... movie with Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, and Robert Redford. Tom plays a U.S. Senator with aspirations for the Presidency. Meryl is a News Reporter covering the war on terror. And, Robert is a Professor teaching Political Science at a university somewhere in California.

The movie takes viewers through three storylines that are interrelated.
  • A Senator and a News Reporter battle wits during an exclusive interview about a new strategy to win the war in Afghanistan.
  • A Professor and a gifted Student discuss the young man's plans for school and why he is not trying to achieve at the level he is capable.
  • Two of the Professor's former student are in Afghanistan as Army Special Forces Officers supporting the Senator's new war strategy.

Movie has been out awhile but was able to catch it at the discount theater in my area. May be slow in action for some. Directed by Robert Redford, overall a good movie. Check it out some time! -JM

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Movie Review - "27 Dresses"

… comedy with Katherine Heigl as a bridesmaid twenty-seven times.  Movie is funny but a definite chick-flick.  Safe first-date movie; just be ready for the guys to be outnumbered by the women at the theater.  Observed a 50:1 female to male ratio this afternoon. -JM

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Movie Review - "Death Sentence"

... movie with Kevin Bacon as a family man and corporate executive gone vigilante when his son is murdered by a gang of drug dealers. A lot of action and shooting of bad guys.

Once you dismiss the underlying moral of the story it is not a bad rental. Check it out some time. - JM

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Movie Review - "The Bucket List"

… movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two men dealing with cancer and their eventual death. Jack and Morgan meet while going through treatment for terminal cancer. With death at their doorstep, they decide to compile a list of things to do before they kick the bucket, and then they proceed to act on their "bucket list".
Good movie, safe for a first-date movie. Check it out sometime! -JM

Friday, January 11, 2008

Movie Review - "3:10 To Yuma"

… modern western with Russell Crowe as the leader of a band of outlaws and Christian Bale as an Arizona rancher in debt.  Their paths cross when Russell is captured and must be escorted to a train station to meet the 3:10 to Yuma.  Christian, buried in debt from an unprofitable ranch, volunteers to escort him for a fee.  A lot of action and shoot'em up scenes.  Story's outcome was expected but still consider the movie a decent rental.  Did wish the ending was different. Check it out some time! -JM

Friday, January 04, 2008

Movie Review - "No Country for Old Men"

… shoot'em up movie about a hunter who stumbles on the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad.  Dead people everywhere; he tracks the last man standing, finding him dead but with a suitcase filled with $2M.  Keeping the money turns out to be harder than finding it.
Good movie with a lot of shooting.  It was about a fifty-fifty split with other movie goers - some openly dissatisfied and others enjoyed.  Check it out sometime! -JM

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Movie Review - "Heartbreak Kid"

... comedy with Ben Stiller as a reluctant bachelor. After years of no commitment, he finally ties the knot. Unfortunately, he should have waited, meeting the love of his life while on his honeymoon in Mexico.

Funny movie; safe for a good laugh with your significant other. Okay for a budding relationship as it pokes at relationships after the wedding is over. Check it out some time. -JM

Movie Review - "Balls of Fury"

... comedy about competitive Ping-Pong! Christopher Walken plays a crazed Ping-Pong fanatic who hosts a tournament. The best players meet somewhere in South America to play in a tournament where the loser dies - literally.

Funny moments that keep you watching but not one to leave you laughing once the movie ends. -JM

Movie Review - "Eastern Promises"

... drama with Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts. Viggo is an underworld criminal in the Russian Mafia; Naomi is a mid-wife who gets involved with the Mafia when an underage prostitute dies on her shift.

Slow movie with twist here and there; else wait for a rainy day to rent this one. -JM

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