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Movie Review: Valentine’s Day (February, 2010)

Director: Garry Marshall Screenplay: Katherine Fugate Release Date: February 12, hospital 2010 Actors: Jennifer Garner, clinic Ashton Kutcher, cheap Jessica Biel, Eric Dane, Bradley Cooper, George Lopez, Queen Latifah, Julia Roberts, Emma Roberts, Taylor Lautner, Taylor Swift, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Shirley Maclaine, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jamie Foxx, Carter Jenkins I am not usually a fan of ensemble movies, especially as of late as most of them has failed miserably. Last year’s He’s Just Not That Into You was not high on my list of likes, and actually fell deep into my list of dislikes. Burn After Reading was also a disappointment (though many might disagree.) I suppose I should have had more faith given Garry Marshall’s history of directing, with films I absolutely loved – Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries – movies that guys of course don’t like very much. This movie has a list of popular actors that everyone will be able to name and that in itself made me turn off towards the film in the beginning, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It is the kind of movie that would receive a whole bunch of rotten tomatoes given […]

Movie Review: From Paris with Love (February, 2009)

Director: Pierre Morel Screenplay: Adi Hasak, more story by Luc Besson Release Date: February 5, this site 2010 Actors: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak Explosions, wit, guns, action, car chases, love story, great characters, what more could you ask for? From Paris with Love is simply a fun and highly entertaining ride. John Travolta plays Charlie Wax, a top special operative that is specifically flown into Paris to handle a situation of national security. His role as Wax is certainly very different from his last role in Old Dogs, as a kid-sitting, over the hill company leader. Instead, Wax is edgy, and uses unorthodox means to get the job done. Jonathan Rhys Meyers on the other hand, also plays a role that is quite a departure from his well known King Henry XIII from Showtime’s The Tudors. As the US Ambassador’s Assistant, Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the brainy thinker of James Reese, so smart and seemingly ahead a few steps of everyone, he can win chess games easily against the ambassador. Hoping he can eventually move up to special ops, his contact hands him a huge assignment that will either make or break his promotion. His only problem: […]

Movie Review: Edge of Darkness (January, 2010)

Director: Martin Campbell Screenplay: William Monahan, resuscitator Andrew Bovall Release Date: January 29, 2010 Actors: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Hustone It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Mel Gibson back in the action thriller game. His last action movie was the war film We Were Soldiers. Having seen a few trailers for Edge of Darkness, it was nice to see Mel back in the game of action in what seemed like your standard thriller. Surprisingly however, Edge of Darkness does not exactly play like your average conspiracy thriller. Mel Gibson plays Thomas Craven, a Boston detective who has just picked up his daughter Emma, from the train station. Something seems to be amiss however, when Emma is seen throwing up, not feeling well, and getting a bloody nose once she gets home. Before we can find out what is bothering her as Thomas Craven is about to run out and take her to see the doctor, Emma is (in a very shocking manner) killed. Tom, now seeking answers, wants to know why Emma is dead. At first, it is believed that the killers were aiming for him, but as soon as he starts investigating, he finds out that […]