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Turbo (2013)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Turbo doesn’t talk much in terms of inspiration for kids, but it’s an action studded animated flick which cannot be missed.”

A misfit snail with a need for speed strives to earn a slot in the Indy 500 in this adrenaline-charged adventure for the entire family. Turbo (voice of Ryan Reynolds) may live life at a snail’s pace, but his dreams charge along at light speed. Whenever Turbo closes his eyes, he sees himself zooming past the checkered flag at the Indianapolis 500, and leaving all of his competitors in the dust.

Turbo

Unfortunately for Turbo, all of his fellow snails — including his brother Chet (Paul Giamatti) — seem to savor the slow life. Then, one day, it happens: Turbo is methodically making his way across a freeway overpass when he is suddenly sucked into the intake valve of a speeding muscle car. His molecular structure altered by the volatile nitrous oxide that fuels the car, Turbo gains the ability to travel at speeds up to 200 miles per hour.

Turbo is in the midst of mastering his newfound ability when he and Chet are unexpectedly captured by Tito (Michael Peña) — a California taco-stand proprietor who organizes snail races on the side. Tito quickly takes his two newest racers to Starlight Plaza, where all of the speed-freak snails await their next run on the track. It’s there that Turbo makes some colorful new friends, and learns to have some fun while trash-talking the competition.

But his adventure is still far from over, and by the time Turbo realizes that his dreams are finally within reach, his newfound family will be right there to cheer him past the finish line. Samuel L. Jackson, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, and Snoop Dogg also lend their voices to this colorful adventure from the folks who brought you The Croods and Kung Fu Panda.

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.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

My Rating : 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “I loved this more than “The First Avenger”, the VFX, sounds and fights will blow you off!”

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn.

When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Oldboy (2013)

My Rating : 2.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Old Boy is absolutely incomparable to the Korean version, but for first timers, this should be a little interesting. ”

Oldboy is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of Joe Doucette, a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason.

Oldboy

When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him, only to discover that the real mystery is why he was set free. Co-starring Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley, OLDBOY was directed by Spike Lee, from a script by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell, Thor). The film was produced by Roy Lee, Doug Davison and Nathan Kahane.

Oldboy

Django Unchained (2012)

My Rating : 5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A perfect story for a huge star cast – Waltz, Caprio, Foxx, Kerry and Jackson. Now this is a Royal Retro Flick!”

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz).

Django Unchained

Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade longago.

Django Unchained

Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave.

Iron Man 2 (2010)

My Rating : 3/5 STAR
MovieStudio Quote >> “It’s all about more for sequels now a days. More transformers, more Iron Men. And screw them all making the flick an absolute shit-hole!!”

With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) faces pressure from the government,

Iron Man 2

the press, and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, along with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow),

Iron Man 2

and James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, must forge new alliances — and confront powerful enemies.


Coach Carter (2005)

My Rating: 4.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A truly inspiring and sensational sports drama I’ve ever seen!”

Based on a true story of the man who locked his boys out of the gym until they focused on their schoolwork, this by-the-numbers crowd-pleaser holds together because a steely Samuel L. Jackson refuses to notice the parade of clichés he’s trumpeting (the dialogue sticks to platitudes like, “Success in here is the key to success out there”). Coach Ken Carter (Jackson) takes over an unruly team of Richmond, California basketball players and teaches them how to play–and behave–like champions.

Coach Carter

His plight, which pits him against an uncooperative school board and parents who’ve given up hope, holds some interest, but the film is too concerned with giving us a Big Game every twenty minutes or so.

Coach Carter

The teens all have the spark of life in them (including pop star Ashanti, who features in a surprisingly well-handled teen pregnancy subplot), though the film’s plodding familiarity means it’s never really rousing, adding up to simply a good-natured amalgam of Stand and Deliver, Hoosiers, Dangerous Minds, and even Dead Poet’s Society (one of the tougher players actually recites some inspirational poetry).

Unthinkable (2010)

My Rating: 2.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “The flick revolves around torture, but realizes less on plot and morals!”

A psychological thriller centered around a black-ops interrogator and an FBI agent who press a suspect terrorist into divulging the

Unthinkable

location of three nuclear weapons sets to detonate in the U.S.

Lakeview Terrace (2008)

My Rating : ****

MovieStudio Quote >> “A family terror let loose at Lakeview!”

A quick perusal of any of LAKEVIEW TERRACE’s promotional materials–its nervy trailer, its foreboding (and painterly) dawn-hued poster featuring Samuel L. Jackson looking less-than-neighborly in his squad car–not only reveals it as a thriller, but offers up aesthetic evocations of several popular home-invasion suspensers made in the early 1990s. Like UNLAWFUL ENTRY and PACIFIC HEIGHTS, LAKEVIEW TERRACE takes place in upper-middle-class Californian suburbia. The film’s ubiquitous purple sky and poolside lighting create an air of domestic bourgeois comfort just waiting to be upended by deadly social unease.

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lakeview terrace

In this mode, the surprises start when the film opens with intimate household scenes not of the film’s purported heroes, an interracial couple who’s about to move next-door, but of its not-entirely-apparent villain–a curiously middle-aged beat cop (Jackson) who raises a few eyebrows when he close-mindedly bullies his children, but seems sad and sympathetic. The cop, a black man named Abel Turner, watches blankly from his home when the first new neighbor he sees is an African-American wife (Kerry Washington)–and then reacts with quiet shock and disgust when he realizes that the white mover is actually her husband, Chris (Patrick Wilson). The invasion in this home-invasion thriller is, ironically, the one perceived by its psychologically damaged bad guy. Abel, offended and ostensibly law-immune, immediately begins jabbing Chris with a toxic passive-aggression that quickly becomes impossible to ignore. LAKEVIEW TERRACE adheres to a satisfying thriller construct. It’s also a little interested in exploiting the archetypes of squirm-inducing domestic threat–all the nasty scenarios viewers recognize from those earlier movies–to consider several facets of American racism: its inevitability in familial and casual issues and its existence in liberal white guilt as much as its poisonous mixture with mental illness.