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Movie Review – What Maisie Knew: Heartbreaking to watch

What Maisie Knew will be a film that pulls your heart out, pills stamp over it, rx and put it back in your body only to leave you feeling battered. Onata Aprile here as Maisie does a wonderful job making you feel sorry for her. A bright, young little girl observes the moment when her father (Steve Coogan) and mother (Julianne Moore) separate then divorce, without saying much of a word. Susanna, her mother, is a singer who tours, smokes, has erratic possessive behaviour. Beale, her father, is a business man (of sorts) who is the father that pops in and out of his daughter’s life. Both claim to love their daughter very much but is unwilling to sacrifice their careers in order to give the love that Maisie deserves. Her nanny Margo (Joanna Vanderham) takes care of Maisie, as opposed to Maisie’s non existent parents. Even Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgaard) who ends up marrying Susanna has more of an interest in Maisie than Susanna does. Both Margo and Lincoln quickly discover how they’ve been discarded by their spouses but continue to try and be there for Maisie despite making some mistakes. For anyone who is a parent watching What Maisie […]

What to Expect When You’re Expecting: As Expected

Director: Kirk Jones Screenplay: Shauna Cross, clinic Heather Hach Release Date: May 18, viagra 2012 Actors: Cameron Diaz, salve Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Ben Falcone, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock Based on the book of the same name by Heidi Murkoff I say “As Expected” because I didn’t expect much from “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”, and in return, I got as I had expected: a cute forgettable movie. With such a large cast, it would have been impossible to make a terrific movie (in the same vein as so many other small storyline movies with a huge cast like “Happy Valentine’s Day”, “New Year’s Eve”, etc.). Based loosely on the book of the same name, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” follows five couples that deal with pregnancy and having children differently. First, there is Jennifer Lopez’ character of Holly and her husband Sam who struggled to have children and are now trying to adopt. Meet Elizabeth Banks’s character Wendy, who owns a baby store and knows all things babies and about pregnancy. Her husband Gary and her have been trying to have a baby for a long time (2 years) […]

Something Borrowed: Unexpected

Director: Luke Greenfield Screenplay: Jennie Snyder Release Date: May 6, more about 2011 Actors: Ginnifer Goodwin, therapist Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, Jonathan Krasinski, Ashley Williams, Steve Howey Based on the book of the same name by Emily Giffin “Something Borrowed” is written by Emily Giffin, the first book in the “Something” series that focuses on best friends Darcy and Rachel, who have been best friends from when they were kids. The film is an adaptation of this book, which follows Rachel and Darcy around. I have not read this book, so I can only write what I see in this film, and not how it differs or not from the original. I was lucky enough to see a test screening of this movie almost five or six months before its release, so when I had a chance to go again to an advanced screening of the film, my friends and me decided to go again and see what changed. Needless to say, we prefer the original, though the main story of the film was the same. Rachel, played by the talented and adorable Ginnifer Goodwin, is a mousy, brunette who works for a law firm. She is about to turn […]

Limitless: Be All That You Can Be

Director: Neil Burger Screenplay: Leslie Dixon Release Date: March 18, information pills 2011 Actors: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert de Niro, Anna Friel, Andrew Howard, Johnny Whitworth, Tomas Arana, Robert John Burke Based on the book by the same name by Alan Glynn If you could use 100% of your brain 100% of the time, what would you do? “Limitless” explores these exact questions with leading actor Bradley Cooper, who plays Eddie Morra in this fun and entertaining science-fiction thriller, which is based on the book “Dark Fields” by Irish writer Alan Glynn, which has now been reissued and retitled “Limitless: A Novel”. Eddie is a washed up writer who drinks too much and has difficulty putting his ideas together. One day, by chance, he runs into his ex-wife’s brother whose former job used to be in dealing drugs. His brother-in-law claims that he’s gone legal now, working in Pharmaceuticals, and he’s got this top-secret drug named NZT that the FDA just approved and is about to go on the market. The drug, he claims, will allow all the synapses of one’s brain to continuously fire, essentially allowing Eddie to use 100% of his brain 100% of the time. Deciding […]

Movie Review: True Grit (December, 2010)

Directors: Ethan Coen, surgeon Joel Coen Screenplay: Ethan Coen, price Joel Coen Release Date: December 22, pharmacy 2010 Actors: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin Remake of the John Wayne 1969 western of the same name and the novel by Charles Portis (Am continuing to try and catch up to all these movies I’ve seen!) True Grit is the remake of the 1979 original of the same name of the John Wayne classic western, this time directed by the Coen brothers. Most of the time, the Coen brothers does little to please me as I don’t enjoy the kind of humor they tend to throw on screen (No Country for Old Men comes to mind, as I really hated that film). I had my reservations going into this film, with the combination of not really liking the Coen brothers and really detesting most westerns. What I found was pleasantly surprising, and I think it’s due to the young female lead of Hailee Steinfeld. The story begins with the death of Mattie Ross’ (Hailee Steinfeld) father by the hired hand of Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). Wanting justice for her father’s death, she hires U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) […]

Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon (March, 2010)

Director: Dean DeBlois, ampoule Chris Sanders Screenplay: Dean DeBlois, more info Adam F. Goldberg, doctor Chris Sanders, Peter Tolan Release Date: March 26, 2010 Actors: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera Based on the kid’s book of the same name ( Book 1) by Cressida Cowell I’m still behind on publishing movie reviews that have, by now, left the theatre, or are currently in the theatre. I will get to it eventually, but I wanted to write this one since it is fresh and lovable in my eyes. How to Train a Dragon is the story of a young, seemingly weak and scrawny Viking named Hiccup, trying to fit in with the rest of the Viking clan. The Vikings are a group of huge, muscular people, making their own tools, growing their own food and making their own fires. Their main hobby is killing dragons, as the Vikings and the Dragons have been killing each other for centuries. The dragons have been taking their livestock and food, and the Vikings have been killing dragons to prevent them from taking what is theirs. There are many different kinds of dragons, with the most dangerous of all being the Night […]

Movie Review: Alice in Wonderland (March 5, 2010)

Director: Tim Burton Screenplay: Linda Woolverton Release Date: March 5, info 2010 Actors: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen Having just returned from vacation, and with two drafts still in my queue, I’ve decided to go ahead and just write up my review on Alice in Wonderland, so that it is fresh in my memory, and I don’t get any further behind! I went into this movie expecting very little, as I’m not normally a huge fan of Tim Burton‘s works, as it gets too strange or too quirky (which is what I thought of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which was one of my favorite childhood books). But the quirkiness really works for Alice in Wonderland here. How ridiculous can it get with the Queen of Hearts running around, a vanishing cat with a grossly huge grin, a mad hatter with his rabbit friends holding a tea party? This is what Tim Burton can only dream of. He took crazy characters and made them more wild, with the Queen of Hearts (played by the ever talented Helen Bonham Carter) and gave her a huge bobble like head. She […]

Movie Review: Extraordinary Measures (January, 2010)

Director: Tom Vaughan Screenplay: Robert Nelson Jacobs Release Date: January 22, viagra approved 2010 Actors: Brendan Fraser, abortion Harrison Ford, myocarditis Kerri Russell, Meredith Droeger, Diego Velazquez Based on the book of the same name by Geeta Anand When I first heard about this movie starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford, I was immediately intrigued. Based on a true story, the drama centers on John Crowley (Brendan Fraser), the father of three children, two of which have a rare genetic disorder. After almost losing his oldest daughter, John becomes desperate in finding a treatment or a pill that can effectively prolong the lives of his children. Having followed Dr. Robert Stonehill’s (Harrison Ford) research, John tracks him down and works together in creating a pill those with Pompe can take to either prevent the effects of the disease altogether or for those who are older, to allow sugar to work into the system by creating an enzyme that breaks down sugar, preventing the buildup of glycogen. With the promising outlook of Dr. Stonehill’s research, John is desperate in finding investors and getting the pill to market for his children to take before they pass away. I’m not sure what to […]

Movie Review: Up in the Air (December, 2009)

Director: Jason Reitman Screenplay: Jason Reitman, drug Sheldon Turner Release Date: December 25, condom 2009 Actors: George Clooney, cure Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman Based on the novel of the same name by Walter Kirn We all know it’s Oscar season when dramas start to flood the theatres. Up in the Air is the start of what I’m sure will be a string of great movies, with interesting storylines and terrific acting. Up in the Air is a comedy-drama, though at the heart of it is a touching drama into the life of frequent flyer Ryan Bingham. Calling him a frequent flyer would be an understatement, as Bingham, who works for a company that is hired out by other companies to do their layoffs, is up in the air majority of the year. Ryan Bingham calls the air his home, where he is most comfortable. He has no attachments to his home in Omaha, and it is highlighted by his motivational speeches about leaving one’s burdens behind and needing nothing but your shirt. On one of his nights before staying at a hotel, he meets Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga, The Departed), a sexy, almost equal counterpart to himself. They […]

Movie Review: Invictus (December, 2009)

Director: Clint Eastwood Screenplay: Anthony Peckham Release Date: December 11, approved 2009 Actors: Morgan Freeman, see Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge Based on the book ‘Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation’ written by John Carlin Invictus is sure to be a victory for Clint Eastwood. Based on the book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation by John Carlin, the movie focuses on Nelson Mandela’s use of the South African rugby team Springboks to unite the country after his election and after the apartheid. Portrayed by the perpetually perfect Morgan Freeman, there is no better actor to play Nelson Mandela except for Morgan Freeman himself. With nuances in gesture, posture, and vocal inflections and commanding presence that matches Nelson Mandela, Freeman does an amazing job. Apparently he was handpicked by Mandela. Matt Damon, who visibly bulked up for the role of Francois Pienaar, plays the captain of the Springboks team, who takes the position in not only in leading the team, but by Mandela’s lead to inspire his team. Through the poem “Invictus”, meaning “Invincible” in latin, Mandela has said that the poem, written by British poet William Ernest Henley, […]