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Hercules (2014)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “I was disappointed after all the trailer elements finished in the first 10 minutes of the movie!”

Dwayne Johnson stars as the son of Zeus in this Brett Ratner-directed adaptation of Steve Moore’s Radical Comics graphic novel The Thracian Wars. As the story opens, a haunted Hercules (Johnson) travels Greece with his five loyal companions, capitalizing on his heroic reputation by selling his services for gold.

Hercules

 

When a malevolent warlord threatens to thrust the kingdom of Thrace into chaos, however, its desperate ruler and his daughter turn to Hercules to restore the peace. In order to succeed, Hercules must once again summon the strength and valor that once made him a myth among men. Joseph Fiennes, Ian McShane, and Rufus Sewell co-star.

Tarzan (2013)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “I loved the animation and how the writers altered the story to fit into this age!”

A teenage boy raised by gorillas in Africa falls for a pretty conservationist following a chance meeting in the jungle, but finds their romance threatened by a menacing Silverback, and a scheming capitalist in search of a new energy source in this animated adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic tale. John Greystoke, Jr. was just a toddler when he accompanied his adventurous mother and father on a journey into Africa in search of a mineral that could revolutionize the energy industry.

Tarzan

That trip turns tragic, however, when their helicopter crashes in a race to escape a massive storm, leaving young John the sole survivor. Raised from that day forward by a motherly gorilla named Kala, the boy, now named Tarzan, quickly integrates into the family of primates. But alpha male Silverback Tablat refuses to accept Tarzan’s presence, viewing him as a direct threat to the clan.

Tarzan

Nearly a decade later, Tarzan encounters beautiful Jane Porter, and begins to long for human contact. When Jane returns to the jungle accompanied by smooth-talking entrepreneur William Clayton a few years later, her relationship with Tarzan is rekindled. But while Clayton has ostensibly come to the jungle to support Jane’s conservationist endeavors, he’s actually searching for the very same energy source once sought by Tarzan’s father, and hopes to turn a tidy profit by exploiting the precious resource.

The situation turns critical when Jane recognizes Clayton’s true intentions, and the only one who can save her from both the villainous industrialist and the menacing Tablat is the noble Tarzan of the apes.

Sabotage (2014)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A little Expendables tale in it’s own way.”

David Ayer’s Sabotage stars Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Breacher, the veteran DEA agent in charge of a fearless squad. After effectively hiding 10 million in drug money during an epic bust, their plan falls apart when they return to discover that someone has swiped the cash.

Sabotage

As the incident gets investigated, everyone is suspended from duty. After authorities fail to bring any charges, Breacher starts retraining the group which has grown rusty and distrustful of each other during the long layoff. Soon, members of Breacher’s crew start dying in gruesome fashion. He gets close to Caroline Brentwood (Olivia Williams) the investigator put in charge of the case.

Caroline eventually learns about a dark secret from Breacher’s past. Soon the remaining members of the crew realize that one of them is responsible for the murders, and that same person probably has the cash as well.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

My Rating : 4.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A fantastic collection of humor, cinematography, story and acting!”

Wes Anderson heads to Europe for the first time with this Indian Paintbrush production starring Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, and Jude Law. Gustav H., the famous concierge at a legendary hotel situated in the Alps during the 1930’s becomes the center of a farcical whirlwind of suspicion when one of his institution’s oldest and richest patrons turns up dead, and she suspiciously leaves him her most priceless work of art — a Renaissance painting of a boy with an apple.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Infuriated that she left anything of value to anyone else, the woman’s greedy and nefarious heir uses all manner of underhanded and illegal tactics to pin her death on Gustav and to silence anyone who questions his objective of inheriting every penny of her estate, leaving Gustav’s trusted lobby boy Zero to clear Gustav’s name and prove that the grand lady’s killer is none other than her own son.

The Other Woman (2014)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “The movie is cruelly funny, sexy and talks a lot about a weird friendship!”

Nick Cassavetes’ comedy The Other Woman concerns venture capitalist Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), a lying, conniving sociopath. His wife, Kate (Leslie Mann), and his mistress, Carly (Cameron Diaz), discover this about him when Carly – who had no idea her boyfriend was married — tries to surprise Mark at their home.

The Other Woman

The two polar opposite personalities – Kate is a little ditzy and very insecure where Carly is a confident, high-powered lawyer -begin to talk and bond. Eventually Kate decides she wants revenge, so she and Carly cook up a plan to ruin Mark’s life.

They find allies in Kate’s brother Phil (Taylor Kinney) and unexpectedly in yet another one of Mark’s mistresses, Amber (swimsuit model Kate Upton).

The Lucky One (2012)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A romantic movie like what we have seen a lot recently!”

An Iraq War veteran searches for the woman from a mysterious photo that he credits with saving his life during three tours of duty in this romantic drama adapted from the book by Nicholas Sparks. U.S. Marine sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) was serving his country overseas when he happened across a discarded photo of a beautiful woman. An inscription on the back read “Keep Safe,” yet the photo revealed no clues about either the subject or her whereabouts.

The Lucky One

Upon returning home to civilian life, Logan conducts his own research and discovers that the woman’s name is Beth (Taylor Schilling) and that she cares for dogs at a small-town kennel. Before long, Logan manages to get a job at the kennel, and sets his sights on winning Beth’s heart.

But it won’t be easy because Beth’s past experiences have made her wary of relationships. Meanwhile, as Logan works to earn Beth’s trust, a dark secret from her past threatens to derail his hope for a happy future together.

Reasonable Doubt (2014)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Cooper and Jackson takes the killer tension in balance till the end, where it then gets a little cheesy!”

A hotshot district attorney finds himself at the mercy of a cunning serial killer in this twisting crime thriller starring Dominic Cooper and Samuel L. Jackson. Ambitious DA Mitch Brockden (Cooper) is on the fast track to success when, driving home one frigid winter night, he accidentally runs down a man who dashes into the street.

Reasonable Doubt

In a panic, Brockden flees the scene. Meanwhile, accused criminal Clinton Davis (Jackson) faces 20 years to life after being found with the body. When the case goes to trial, Brockden’s nagging conscience drives him to acquit Davis, who has claimed innocence from the very beginning.

But mounting evidence indicates that Davis may still harbor a dark secret, and when Brockden uncovers that secret he finds his life turned upside down, and his family in mortal danger.

The Way Way Back (2013)

My Rating : 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A feel good movie of the year, makes you think about family, passion and love.”

An awkward yet intelligent young boy begins to make his transition into adulthood over the course of one transformative summer in this bittersweet coming-of-age comedy-drama.

The Way Way Back

Sensing that he’s drifting away from his mother Pam during a summer vacation with her, her domineering boyfriend Trent, and Trent’s daughter Steph, 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James) gets a job at a water park, and gains some much-needed self confidence under the guidance of happy-go-lucky park employee Owen, who approaches life from a fresh new perspective. Steve Carell,Toni Collette, Allison Janney, and Sam Rockwell co-star.

 

Enemy (2013)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “The movie no matter what, has a intense 3 second ending shot which will keep you thinking and breathing heavily!”

Adapted from author José Saramago’s novel The Double, director Denis Villeneuve’s enigmatic drama Enemy stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a detached college professor whose life becomes hopelessly intertwined with that of his doppelganger — a sexually insatiable actor. Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) is a socially isolated man who’s more comfortable lecturing to college students than he is making love to his lustful girlfriend Mary (Mélanie Laurent).

Enemy

One day, on the advice of a colleague, Adam sits down to watch a romantic comedy and what he sees on the screen leaves him deeply disturbed: A supporting player in the film credited as Anthony Clair (also Gyllenhaal), is Adam’s spitting image — right down to the distinctive scar on both of their chests.

Compelled to track down his onscreen look-a-like, Adam soon locates Anthony in Mississauga, and begins obsessively tracking his every move. Later, Adam’s ongoing search for answers prompts him to pay a visit to his own eccentric mother (Isabella Rossellini), as well as and Anthony’s pregnant wife (Sarah Gadon). But it isn’t until Adam and Anthony finally come face-to-face that the details connecting them become truly uncanny.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

My Rating : 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Maynot be one of DiCaprio’s best yet, but he seriously outperforms here.”

Martin Scorsese reteams with Leonardo DiCaprio for this adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s memoir about his exploits as a crooked banker. Terence Winter provides the screenplay. Jonah Hill and Oscar winner Jean Dujardin co-star.

The Wolf of Wall Street

From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title – “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant. For Jordan and his wolf pack, modesty was quickly deemed overrated and more was never enough.

 

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