Monthly Archives: March 2014

Escape Plan (2013)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Waited a lifetime for a movie starring Stallone and Schwarzenegger, and here it comes out with a lot of bugs in the script.”

A structural security expert must escape from a prison that was built based on his own designs in order to track down the person who framed him in this gritty action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. B&C Security founder Ray Breslin (Stallone) wrote the book on structural security.

Escape Plan

His encyclopedic knowledge of the subject has transformed the prison industry, and he’s been known to test his theories by allowing himself to be incarcerated just to examine his work from the inside. Along with his business partner Lester Clark (Vincent D’Onofrio), trusted associate Abigail Ross (Amy Ryan), and resourceful technology expert Hush (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson), Breslin makes a good living escaping from the world’s toughest prisons. When Breslin’s team is approached by a CIA lawyer (Caitriona Balfe) with a proposal to test an off-the-grid penitentiary, the challenge (and the sizable paycheck) is impossible to resist.

Escape Plan

From the moment Breslin is picked up by a team of murderous private contractors, however, it’s obvious something has gone horribly wrong. Later, when Breslin regains consciousness in The Tomb — a highly fortified prison based on his own design — it quickly becomes apparent he’s been set up. Warden Hobbs (Jim Caviezel) runs The Tomb with ruthless efficiency, and his team of masked guards is quick to make an example of unruly inmates.

Escape Plan

At first it looks as if Breslin has finally been beaten at his own game, but then he meets Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) — a convict who’s equally tough, and equally determined to regain his freedom. If Breslin and Rottmayer can just survive long enough to formulate a plan, they’ve got a fighting chance. But should they fail, they will both perish in a hell that was constructed as a place where people go to disappear forever.

 

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The Iceman (2013)

My Rating : 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Michael Shannon delivers a powerful performance portraying the stone cold killer Richard Kuklinski, Ray Liotta does his part really good too marking a triumph of a killer story. ”

Michael Shannon stars as notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski in this biopic from director Ariel Vromen (Rx, Danika). To his loving wife Deborah (Winona Ryder) and their growing family, Kuklinski was a caring father. But he was also a man with a dark secret and an unusual talent for covering his tracks.

The Iceman

For nearly three decades starting in the 1950s, the suburban family man worked as one of the Gambino crime family’s chief executioners, earning the nickname “Iceman” for his use of freezers in obscuring the forensic details of his victim’s deaths. By constantly varying his methods, Kuklinski made it virtually impossible for investigators to assemble an accurate profile of the killer credited with taking over 100 lives.

The Iceman

A protégé of seasoned assassin Robert “Mister Softee” Pronge (Chris Evans), the elusive contract killer struggles to reconcile his relationship with his sociopathic brother Joseph (Stephen Dorff) while nurturing a close friendship with his Gambino contact Roy DeMeo (Ray Liotta). Then, in 1986, an arrest brings Kuklinski’s violent career to a sudden end.

 

 

 

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

My Rating : 4.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “All the way from Idris Elba’s impeccable performance to the cinematography and screenplay, everything was brilliant. The movie shows off Mandela’s true personality, which I’ve only read about.”

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

A Long Walk to Freedom lays out the legend of Nelson Mandela in grand, sonorous style. It presents a portrait of the South African freedom fighter that is shot for spectacle. This is a life heavy with significance, pitted with great speeches, backed with swooning orchestration that will climb to an emotional peak just as he addresses the crowd.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Idris Elba plays Mandela from his early days as smoothie lawyer, through his recruitment by the ANC to his arrest, imprisonment and eventual release. Elba makes a convincing statesman – he has the stature, can dummy the gravitas. His take on the icon is respectful and deft. Winnie is played by Naomie Harris, who charges the character with a revolutionary zeal.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

William Nicholson provides the script, with Idris Alba and Naomie Harris heading up the cast. A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

 

Carrie (2013)

My Rating : 2/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “It started off as a decent movie till all the magic started. Too much sfx in the climax scene, less of story and misleading screenplay.”

A re imagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Carrie

A re imagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Carrie

Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

12 Years a Slave (2013)

My Rating : 5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “The movie portrays the true colors of slavery with the right amount of cinematic essence and intelligent screenplay. Lupita Nyong’o deserved an Oscar, and I felt Chiwetel Ejifor deserved one too.”

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejifor as Solomon Northup, a free black man in 1840s America. He makes his living as a fiddle player, and his wife is a teacher. He is shanghaied by a pair of nefarious white men, and soon finds himself on a ship headed to New Orleans where he is informed he will be called Platt and is sold into slavery by an unscrupulous businessman (Paul Giamatti).

12 Years a Slave

As he toils away for the kindhearted but conflicted plantation owner Mr. Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), who recognizes that Platt is both educated and an artist, he butts head with Ford’s underlings, especially the casually cruel Tibeats (Paul Dano). After they have a violent altercation, Ford fears for his slave’s life and sells him to Mr. Epps (Michael Fassbender), an alcoholic sadist who owns a cotton plantation.

12 Years a Slave

Though Epps reads from the bible to his property, as he frequently refers to his slaves, he is himself not immune to sins of the flesh. He has taken the young Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o) – his best cotton picker — as his lover, and this doesn’t sit well at all with his severe wife (Sarah Paulson), whose particular hatred for blacks and her jealousy fuels her many degrading actions toward Patsey. Solomon bides his time, attempts to preserve a modicum of self-respect, and waits for the chance to reclaim his rightful name as well as his family.

 

Homefront (2013)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Jason Statham delivers a real-life-ex-DEA performance, I can just picture the same role suited for Dwayne Johnson. James Franco also delivers a perfect punch.”

Homefront

A former DEA agent (Jason Statham) moves to a small town with his daughter to get away from the dangers of the job, only to be terrorized by a meth-head gang leader (James Franco) in this action thriller written by Sylvester Stallone and directed by Gary Fleder. Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder co-star.

The Grey (2012)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “I’m not a big fan of the (low budget) special effects used in the movie, but I really like the nail-biting suspense and the superb climax.”

Liam Neeson stars in producer/director Joe Carnahan’s tense adventure thriller about a group of tough-as-nails oil rig workers who must fight for their lives in the Alaskan wilderness after their airplane crashes miles from civilization.

The Grey

With supplies running short and hungry wolves closing in, the shaken survivors face a fate worse than death if they don’t act fast. Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, and Frank Grilloco-star.

The World’s End (2013)

My Rating : 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “I don’t know why, but Simon Pegg and Nick Frost undoubtedly make a good pair in each and every alien movie they act. I love the dialogues, the delivery and every stupid comedy they come up with.” #beinghonest

Five lifelong friends reunite to complete a historic pub crawl from their youth, and find that reaching the fabled World’s End tavern will be no simple undertaking while they also fight for the future of all mankind.

The World's End

Twenty years ago, Gary King (Simon Pegg) and his pals embarked on the ultimate drinking marathon. But the beer got the best of them, and they failed to drink their final pint at the World’s End pub. Now, as die-hard rebel Gary approaches middle age, he summons his old friends back to their hometown for another round.

The World's End

With each pint down, Gary and the gang take another step toward reconciling with the past. Yet just when it starts to look like their goal is in sight, the pals realize that a much larger struggle is currently taking place, and that the future seems particularly grim — not only for them, but for the entire human race. Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, and Rosamund Pike co-star in the final chapter of Edgar Wright’s “Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy,” which began with 2004’s Shaun of the Dead and continued in 2007’s Hot Fuzz.