Monthly Archives: May 2014

About Last Night (2014)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Saw this just for Kevin Hart, and it was ok. Not a must see though.”

Hot Tub Time Machine‘s Steve Pink directed this contemporary adaptation of David Mamet‘s play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, about two new couples who find that their sexually charged relationships may not have the substance to thrive in the cold, hard light of day. Kevin HartMichael EalyRegina Hall, and Joy Bryant star. 

About Last Night

This remake of the 1986 film About Last Night… follows single men Danny (Michael Ealy) and Bernie (Kevin Hart)—bachelors who live their lives on the wild side. When Bernie meets Joan (Regina Hall) at bar one night, the two hit it off and start dating.

About Last Night

Bernie introduces Danny to Joan’s roommate Debbie (Joy Bryant). Although the boys initially were just looking for one-night stands, their relationships become more than that.

 

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All Is Lost (2013)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Robert Redford’s solo adventure makes Bullock’s performance in Gravity look like a baby, something I honestly feel.”

Academy Award-nominated writer/director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) takes the helm for this tense adventure drama about a man (Robert Redford) who must fight for survival after being shipwrecked at sea. We first meet the unnamed protagonist — a sailor floating on the ocean waves, sans hope, minutes from death.

All Is Lost

On the soundtrack, our hero reads a final missive to the world; he expresses remorse to his loved ones for hurting them, and prepares to enter a watery grave. The picture then jumps back in time by eight days, and an intertitle places us in the Indian Ocean, 1700 nautical miles from the Sunda Straits.

All Is Lost

The boatsman, lying asleep below deck on his schooner, is suddenly jostled to consciousness by a horrifying crash. He discovers that a steel crate, floating in mid-ocean, has torn a gaping hole into the side of his vessel.From that ominous beginning, the crises mount, including flooding, a ruined ham radio, and blinding thunderstorms. Though the sailor tries everything he can think of to save himself, external challenges ultimately coalesce and threaten to damn him.

The Sixth Sense (1999)

My Rating : 5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “I don’t know what took me so long to watch this, but the wait was worth it.”

In this tense tale of psychological terror, Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a child psychologist whose new patient has a problem far outside his usual area of expertise. Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is six-years-old and claims to see the spirits of dead people all around him. It seems that Cole has psychic powers and can channel the ghosts of those who were troubled.

The Sixth Sense

Cole doesn’t understand his powers, and he has little control over them; he’s constantly terrified by what he sees, and Dr. Crowe is the only one with whom he feels he can share this secret. However, as the doctor digs deeper into Cole’s strange powers, it leads to strange and unexpected consequences for both of them. M. Night Shyamalan, who wrote and directed the film, has a small role as Dr. Hill.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “I keep forgetting that there are parts, every time.”

The Hunger Games saga continues in this sequel that finds a revolution brewing as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) take a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts, and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) plots their downfall during preparations for the Quarter Quell, which only occurs every 25 years in celebration of the Capitol’s victory over the districts.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Hoping to put an end to the growing threat of rebellion, President Snow announces that the Quell’s tributes will be reaped from the existing pool of victors — guaranteeing Katniss a place in the arena. Though Katniss vows to keep Peeta safe even if it means sacrificing her own life, her fellow tributes have a different plan.

47 Ronin (2013)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Great sword fights and VFX, a perfect mixture without fading off the importance of either.”

Based on a true-life 18th century tale, this fantasy epic tells a dramatic tale of clan warfare and revenge surrounding a band of 47 loyal samurai seeking vengeance after their master is murdered. Keanu Reeves stars in the Universal Pictures production, written by Hossein Amini and Wanted‘s Chris Morgan

47 Ronin

After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai—a half-breed they once rejected—as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors.

47 Ronin

As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity.

American Hustle (2013)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “I really like Christian Bale’s acting, and this movie portrays him differently. Must watch for CB fans.”

Christian BaleBradley Cooper, and Amy Adams star in director David O. Russell‘s fictional period crime drama about a reckless FBI agent who recruits a con man and his alluring partner into a scheme to ensnare corrupt politicians and gangsters. Smooth-talking Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) is a hustler of the highest order.

American Hustle

No mark is off limits for Rosenfeld, especially when his crafty partner Sydney Prosser (Adams) is by his side. When renegade FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper) thrusts the deceptive duo into the treacherous world of New Jersey power players and underworld heavies, the thrill of the hunt grows too strong to resist.

American Hustle

Meanwhile, New Jersey politician Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) gets caught in the middle, and Rosenfeld’s capricious wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) holds more power than anyone could imagine. Louis C.K. and Jack Huston costar.

 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “The movie reminded me of every very normal human being’s office story. I liked it.”

The manager of the negative assets sector of Life magazine, Walter Mitty, has been working for sixteen years in the magazine and has a tedious life, not going anywhere but from his home to his job and vice-versa. He is an escapist, daydreaming into a world of fantasy many times a day.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Walter has a crush on the recently hired Cheryl Melhoff but he is too shy to invite her on a date and he is trying to contact her through via online dating. The magazine is preparing to release the latest printed edition and the loathsome manager of transition Ted Hendricks is preparing an inevitable downsizing over the next few days.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Walter has been the liaison between the magazine and the mysterious independent photographer Sean O’Connell that has sent to him a package of negatives and a wallet as a gift for his work. Sean also suggests to the senior management the use of negative 25 for the cover of the last edition. However Walter cannot find the negative that is missing.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Walter has no means to contact Sean and finds a clue that he might be in Greeland. He decides to travel to Greenland to track Sean down in the beginning of an unbelievable adventure.

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

My Rating : 2/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Keanu Reeve’s directorial debut takes a plunge! ”

China’s last remaining tai chi student gets lured into the deadly world of underground fighting in this martial arts film that marks the feature directorial debut of Keanu Reeves, who also co-stars. An apparent relic in the world of martial arts, Tiger Chen (played by the actor of the same name) is the last living student of tai chi.

Man of Tai Chi

Despite the obvious mastery on display as he quickly defeats his hulking rival in Beijing’s Wu Lin Wing Championships, he seems to have a particularly difficult time harnessing his chi, and that lack of control serves him well when he decides to earn some extra money fighting for the mysterious Donaka Mark (Reeves) in a lucrative underground fighting tournament. Chen needs the cash to support his parents and to save his temple from being demolished by an eager squad of real-estate developers.

Man of Tai Chi

At first the money comes easy: Even the larger opponents are no match for Chen, whose formidable fighting style seems to evolve with each successive match. Later, when he discovers that his efforts to save the temple may have been in vain, his uncontrollable rage plunges him deeper into the dangerous competition than ever before. Meanwhile, the elusive Mark has already slipped away from Hong Kong police inspector Suen Jing-Si (Karen Mok) once, and she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.