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Old 03-23-2009, 11:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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New Releases for March 24th, 2009

Bolt

Director:
Byron Howard and Chris Williams

Cast: (voices by) John Travolta, Miley Cyrus

Plot: The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show that believes his powers are real embarks on a cross country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real.

Rating: Rated PG for some mild action and peril

Hombre's Rating: Bolt was actually done by Disney Animated Studios and NOT Pixar Studios which is a common misconception. I think Disney did really well with this movie, it's a entertaining and humorous adventure with talking animals...what's not to like? It's a great family movie with very likable characters. Cyrus and Travolta do fine voice acting work here and the action in the movie is unlike I've ever seen in an animated movie.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars...it would have been that much better if Pixar would have done the animation.


Quantum of Solace

Director:
Marc Forster

Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright

Plot: Seeking revenge for the death of his love, secret agent James Bond sets out to stop an environmentalist from taking control of a country's valuable resource.

Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sexual content.

Hombre's Rating: While not as good as Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace is a nice follow up to it's predecessor. Danile Craig is quickly becoming one of the best James Bond's since Connery. Solace, while being PG-13, is still a ride a minute of thrills, car chases, shoot outs, and suavve-ness.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:34 AM   #12 (permalink)
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DVD Releases for March 31st, 2009.

Slumdog Millionaire

Director:
Danny Boyle

Cast: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Frieda Pinto

Plot: A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.

Rating: Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language.

Hombre's Rating: Yes, this movie did win the "Best Picture" award at the Academy Awards back in February but I for win did not think it was THAT great of a movie. Yes, it was refreshing and exciting but I just thought it was "ok". It's got a great story about a guy who is suspected of cheating on India's version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire"...but in reality all the questions that he gets right pertain to a part of his life and the trials he went through. It's a good movie, so check it out.



Seven Pounds

Director:
Gabriele Muccino

Cast: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Barry Pepper

Plot: An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic material, some disturbing content and a scene of sensuality.

Hombre's Rating: Forgive me, I'm biased when it comes to Will Smith...I think he can do no wrong when it comes to movies. This movie, while not doing well in the theaters is one of Will Smith's greatest accomplishments and it's a shame he did not get more recognition for his acting in this. Smith plays an IRS agent who is trying to give people that he has wronged in his life, back that which he has taken and along the way he falls in love. It's got a pretty good twist ending and the acting all the way through by everyone in this movie is what makes it so good...This is my recommendation of the week.



Marley and Me

Director: David Frankel

Cast: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Alan Arkin

Plot: A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog.

Rating: Rated PG for thematic material, some suggestive content and language.

Hombre's Rating: This is one of those feel good movies that comes out every year that just makes you laugh and not care about whether or not it was a good movie. I will say this though...if you watch with your wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, mothers, family...it's a tear jerker.
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Old 04-08-2009, 01:47 AM   #13 (permalink)
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New Releases for April 7th, 2009

Yes Man

Director: Peyton Reed

Cast: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper

Plot: A guy challenges himself to say "yes" to everything for an entire year.

Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude sexual humor, language and brief nudity.

Hombre's Rating: Jim Carrey channels Liar, Liar in his return to comedy. While it's no where near as good as Liar, Liar it's still a good Jim Carrey movie in which we see his return to the type of humor that made him the big comedian actor he is today. My advice is to rent it...I give it 3 out 5 stars.


The Day The Earth Stood Still

Director: Scott Derrickson

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connely

Plot: A remake of the 1951 classic sci-fi film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.

Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sci-fi disaster images and violence.

Hombre's Rating: It's basically War of the Worlds without all of the dying. It's worth a rent...I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:45 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Sorry about the late posting...but these are the new DVD releases for Tuesday April 14th, 2009....

The Spirit

Director:
Frank Miller

Cast: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes, Scarlett Johansson

Plot: Rookie cop Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces in Central City.

Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of stylized violence and action, some sexual content and brief nudity.

Hombre's Rating: Well, it's evident that Frank Miller is trying to capitalize on the success of his two former movies, 'Sin City' and '300', but it doesn't quite work here. The Spirit is hard to follow at first, as it doesn't explain the characters until about midway through the movie. Sam Jackson is entertaining as always and once again is the best actor in the movie. It's cheeky and kindof lame but also entertaining at the same time. I'd give it 2.5 stars out of 5...it's worth at least a rent.



The Reader

Director:
Stephen Daldry

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Kate Winslet

Plot: Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

Rating: Rated R for some scenes of sexuality and nudity.

Hombre's Rating: This is a great movie that shows the relationship between two completely different people. It wasn't best movie of the year great (like it was honored to be) but it's still a wonderful movie that could inspire the right type of watcher. Go see it...you will not be disappointed. 4.5 stars out of 5
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DVD releases for Tuesday April 21st, 2009

The Wrestler

Director:
Darren Aronofsky

Cast: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood

Plot: A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

Rating: Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use.

Hombre's Rating: Don't be fooled by the Academy Awards lack of love for this movie (it should have been nominated for Best Picture and Rourke should have won best Actor)...this was the BEST MOVIE of the year, hands down. Rourke is amazing in it and it almost seems as if he's playing himself in the movie...it really is his coming back to the big screen party and he delivers. A movie about the personal trials and tribulations that a washed up old Professional wrestler otherwise wouldn't be that great...but when you have superb acting all the way through by ALL the actors, you get a quality product like The Wrestler. I won't every give away a five star movie...because there is no perfect movie...but this one comes damn close...I give it 4.9 stars out of 5!


Frost/Nixon

Director:
Ron Howard

Cast: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell

Plot: A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

Rating: Rated R for some language.

Hombre's Rating: You wouldn't think that a movie about an interview could be so compelling but you'd be wrong. Frost/Nixon tells the story of the post Watergate interview with President Nixon and the heated debate that took place. It really is an interesting plot for a movie, relying solely on dialogue. Only the most skilled of actors could pull it off...which is why I Frank Langella was nominated for Best Actor. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. Good movie.


Notorious

Director:
George Tillman Jr.

Cast: Jamal Woolard, Angela Bassett, Derek Luke,

Plot: The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.

Rating: Rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexuality including dialogue, nudity, and for drug content.

Hombre's Rating: I love the idea of telling Christopher Wallace's story...I just didn't like how it was done here. The acting was shoddy at best by everyone other than Jamal Woolard (who actually did a fantastic job for never acting before). The story was very over dramatized for what it was and I thought it just came off the wrong way. It's too long as well...Biggie wasn't very old when he was murdered so the movie should not have been two hours long. That's just my opinion though. I give the movie 2.5 out of 5 stars.
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New DVD Releases for April 28, 2009

What Doesn't Kill You

Director:
Brian Goodman

Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Amanda Peet, Donnie Wahlberg

Plot: Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.

Rating: Rated R for language, drug use, some violence and brief sexuality.

Hombre's Rating: Mark Ruffalo has quickly become an A list actor and Ethan Hawke, while not always great is solid each time. They team up in what is a pretty good crime drama set in Boston. It kindof reminds me of Before the Devil Knows Your Dead, in which Hawke starred in last year. It's still a pretty decent movie, worth the rent.



Nothing But the Truth

Director:
Rod Lurie

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Angela Bassett, David Schwimmer

Plot: In Washington, D.C., a female reporter faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source.

Rating: Rated R for language, some sexual material and a scene of violence.

Hombre's Rating: Matt Dillon makes his return to the big screen in this political thriller. Beckinsale and Dillon make a good on screen pair, not in a romanced way, but in a way they feed off each other's performance. It's nothing to nominate them for but it's solid. Also worth the rent.



Bride Wars

Director:
Gary Winick

Cast: Anne Hatheway, Kate Hudson,

Plot: Two best friends become rivals when they schedule their respective weddings on the same day.

Rating: Rated PG for suggestive content, language and some rude behavior.

Hombre's Rating: Anne Hatheway, straight off her oscar nominated turn in Rachel Getting Married, comes at us with this horrible chick flick. I expect this kind of garbage from Hudson but not from Hatheway. Avoid this one.
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Releases for Tuesday May 5th, 2009

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Director:
David Fincher

Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson

Plot: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking.

Hombre's Rating: TCCOBB (I'm not going to type the entire title out, lol) was an extraordinary movie and it's Pitts best film to date. A little on the long side, it details Button's journey through life backwards. Fincher does a great job as a director capturing Button's emotion and life as he grows up (or down), falls in love, and goes to war. I highly recommend this movie. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


Fling


Director:
John Stewart Muller

Cast: Brandon Routh, Steve Sandvoss, Courtney Ford, Shoshana Bush

Plot: An attractive young couple's open relationship is stretched to the breaking point when each partner finds themselves falling in love with other people.

Rating: Rated R for language and sexual content.

Hombre's Rating: This movie is not your average f'd up love story...with good acting and great camera work, this little indie movie made a lasting impression on me. Brandon Routh (best known for his roles as Superman in Superman Returns) gives a great performance as a guy in love with a girl who has a boyfriend who is in love with his bestfriend's little sister. I recommend this movie not because of the story but because it's an innovative twist on the "love affair" genre.
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New DVD releases for Tuesday May 12th, 2009

Taken

Director:
Pierre Morel

Cast: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

Plot: A former spy relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been forced into the slave trade.

Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language.

Hombre's Rating: Wonderful film, Liam Neeson like we really have not seen him before. Good old action, no explosions, not really high tech gadgets, just good old fashioned whoop ass. Oh yea, the story is solid too...quick fast moving plot that keeps us on our seats.

4.5 out of 5 stars.
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New Releases for Tuesday May 19th, 2009

Valkyrie

Director:
Bryan Singer

Cast: Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson

Plot: Based on actual events, a plot to assassinate Hitler is unfurled during the height of WWII.

Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence and brief strong language.

Hombre's Rating: One of the better WWII/Spy movies out there. Tom Cruise delivers one of his better performances as a German soldier carrying out the plot to kill Hitler. The movie is fast paced and moves briskly through the slow parts. I would definitely rent this movie although it would make a good movie to add to your collection. It gets 4 out 5 stars.


Paul Blart- Mall Cop

Director:
Steve Carr

Cast: Kevin James

Plot: When a shopping mall is overtaken by a gang of organized crooks, it's up to the a mild-mannered security guard to save the day.

Rating: Rated PG for some violence, mild crude and suggestive humor, and language.

Hombre's Rating: Kevin James is one of the funniest people I've seen on television, with that said, he fits right in this kid friendly environment. Paul Blart is a simple movie that doesn't take itself too seriously all the while delivering laughs because James can deliver them. For the life of me, I don't understand why James does not make more movies like this or in general. Worth a rent. 3.5 stars out of 5
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New DVD releases for Tuesday May 26th, 2009

Killshot

Director:
John Madden

Cast: Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Thomas Jane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Plot: Beautiful Carmen Colson and her ironworker husband Wayne are placed in the Federal Witness Protection program after witnessing an "incident". Thinking they are at last safe, they are targeted by an experienced hit man and a psychopathic young upstart killer. The ensuing struggle will test Carmen to the limit.

Rating: Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity.

Hombre's Rating: I recently saw this movie and man, what a thrill ride. For a movie that has pretty much been delayed for two years now, it was a very well done and acted film. Mickey Rourke is back, and he's here to stay. Diane Lane is good as always and Thomas Jane always plays the perfect badass role. This is a good action/drama movie that's good for a rent.

3.5 out of 5 stars


Powder Blue

Director:
Timothy Linh Bui

Cast
: Jessica Biel, Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Lisa Kudrow, Patrick Swayze, Kris Kristofersson

Plot: Four Los Angelenos -- a mortician, an ex-con, a suicidal ex-priest, and a stripper -- are brought together on Christmas Eve by a mixture of circumstances.

Rating: Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use.

Hombre's Rating: Any movie that features a naked Jessica Biel has my attention. Powder Blue is a film that brings four unique situations together. Forest Whitaker gives a brilliant performance as always, and you won't even be able to recognize Swayze. All in all, it's a good flick that makes you think.

3 out of 5 stars.
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