Sunday, May 31, 2009

Drag Me To Hell

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of horror violence, terror, disturbing images and language.
Let me retract what I said when I first started this blog. I said that I wouldn't be watching or rating any horror films. This was an exception. Drag Me To Hell was one of those instances that I couldn't help myself with because the trailer was too damn enticing! This movie is about Christine, a bank employee that will possibly be getting a promotion to assistant manager. She comes across a client, an elderly gypsy woman with a glass eye and disgusting habits, who is looking for another extension on her mortgage payments. Christine, having her eyes on the prize of assistant manager, refuses to give the woman a third extension and in turn, the old woman curses her. Through the movie, you are kept on your toes, not knowing what will happen next. The rest of the story gives away too much information, thus being the reason I will not say anymore other than this: there is a monumental twist at the very end of the movie that was least expected. It left me in shock and yearning for a sequel, which is probably unlikely because the story ended in such a way that would make a sequel overkill. 3 out of 4 stars.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

MPAA Rating: PG for mild action and brief language.
Larry (Ben Stiller) now owns Daley Devices, a manufacturing company. He finds that the Museum of Natural History is closed for upgrades and renovations, and the museum pieces are moving to the Federal Archives at the Smithsonian Institution. On the last night, Larry meets the museum pieces such as Theodore Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Rexy and Dexter the Monkey and finds out that several exhibits, including Teddy, Rexy, the Easter Island Head, and Akmennrah are not moving to The Smithsonian Institution - the other exhibits will no longer be animated. Larry then gets a call from Jedediah (Owen Wilson), saying that Dexter stole the tablet, and that Kah Mun Rah, Akmenrah's older brother, is attacking them. Larry takes a plane to Washington and visits the museums to find the Archives with the help of his son. This film was pure garbage. The only interesting aspect was the art and such. Ben stiller delivered a dry performance which I found to my liking. The writing was stupid and the direction was poorly delivered. At times toward the end, I found myself squirming in my uncomforatble seat, waiting for it to be over. 1 and a half out of 4 stars. Sorry, Ben...better luck next time.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Angels and Demons

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence, disturbing images and thematic material.
The film starts with the death of the Pope in the Vatican. It then switches off to a research facility in Geneva where a research team is experimenting with the creation of antimatter. In this scene, you can see Vittoria Vetra, a scientist in the research team. In the aftermath of the experiment, Vetra's antimatter is stolen by an unknown person, and then it switches off to Harvard University. Here a Papacy Agent contacts Langdon to come to Rome, to help him find the person responsible for sending death threats to the Vatican, and for kidnapping the four leading Cardinals for the position of Pope. This film, which was adapted from a novel, was really interestingly formulated and used many meaningful clues to figure out who the murderer was. Though it dragged on in the beginning, when the story was forming, it paid off in the end. A huge twist in the plot will leave your jaw to drop to the floor. I thought it was one of the better movies so far this year. The sequences of intense special effects made it even more enjoyable! 3 out of 4 stars.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Most Anticipated Movie of 2009!

Whatever Works Starring Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood. The cherry on top is that Woody Allen is writing and directing it. What a perfect combination? LD and WA have always been some of my favorite stars in the entertainment industry. When I found out they were making a movie together, I looked every single day on Google to see if there are any new updates. First, there was just information about the film. Then one day, a website with nothing on it came up and long after that the website was redeveloped and a trailer was released! Whatever Works looks hysterical and I set high expectations for it considering two legends are involved in the project. I am a HUGE Curb Your Enthusiasm fan and enjoy most of Allen's works. I give the trailer an "A+" solely based on the fact that I am dying to see it! Release date: June 19, 2009 in NY and LA.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual material including some suggestive dialogue, some violence and thematic content.
This movie is really funny. Funny in the sense that it was so damn awful. Sharon (Beyonce) and her husband move into an ideal home with their infant son. When Derek, her husband goes to work one morning he finds that he has a "temp". This seductive temptress goes to all lengths to try to make herself believe that she is with this man. The acting was terrible as well as the plot. It was way too predictable. If t weren't for the two women fighting at the end, I would have thought it was the worst movie I have ever seen. The fight between the two caught my eye and made it entertaining. It was drawn out and included some incredibly stupid moments that just led up to all of the action. Overall, I would see this purely for the fighting scene at the end. If you don't want to see two beautiful women go at it, this definitely isn't something you would want to see. 1 and a half out of 4 stars.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity.
This thrilling action movie stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. The story gets under way as the boy who will become Wolverine makes a shocking discovery about his family bloodline, and gains a brother in the process. Flash forward to when they are fighting in Vietnam, when their targets begin to include innocent civilians. Logan, fed up with fighting moves to Canada, where he builds a home with pretty schoolteacher Kayla. Informed by his old commanding officer Stryker that the members of his old team are being targeted for death, Logan is heartbroken when Victor finds and kills Kayla. Vowing revenge, Logan agrees to take part in a dangerous experiment that will fuse his bones with a powerful metal alloy, which makes him virtually indestructible and gives him the strength needed to defeat his powerful brother. Before Wolverine can seek vengeance against Striker and his brother, he'll have to do battle with Deadpool, a mutant designed with many powers. I thought this was a great film, despite what the critics are saying about it. It kept me on the edge of my seat and provided comedic moments in the process. Not seeing the other X-Men movies probably made me enjoy it more. This thrilling journey takes you on an exhilarating ride and makes you want more. 3 and a half out of 4 stars.
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