Category Archives: movies

Old Movie Review: Lucky Number Slevin

Although I should have been studying or doing some work before exam week starts I decided to watch a movie yesterday and just relax. My friend Patrick brought over a movie that I remember I had heard about in the past, but I had never actually seen. Lucky Number Slevin (2006), starring an incredible cast including Josh Hartnett, Sir Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis is a two-hour action packed masterpiece. I was so surprised that I had never seen a movie of this caliber. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire movie because with every minute in the movie a new twist and turn would come about. The movie is a little bit difficult to understand if you do not pay close attention to every scene, so make sure if you watch this that you don’t have people who are constantly talking or distracting you.

The movie follows Slevin (Josh Hartnett), a loner who has recently hit a bit of an unlucky strike in his life. So, he decides to visit his good friend in New York for a couple weeks to get away. Once he gets to New York his problems start. After finding out his friend is nowhere to be found and a mugging incident, a case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city’s most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi (Kingsley) and The Boss (Freeman). Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him. From this point on Hartnett gets involved with his missing friend’s quirky, yet seductive, neighbor (Lucy Liu) and is assigned to killing the son of The Rabbi as a result of an ongoing feud. All the while he tries to figure out where is friend his, how he is going to get out of this mess, how will he kill the Rabbi’s son and in the end a major twist unfolds which puts everything together for the audience.

I would definitely check out this movie if you have some free time. Yes, it may seem confusing, but I can guarantee you will be on the edge of your seat the entire time. Let me know what you think. Rent the movie at Blockbuster today!

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New Release: “The Soloist”

“The Soloist” is a dramatic film about a former musician (Jamie Foxx) and the journalist who rediscovers him (Robert Downey, Jr). The film elicits critically acclaimed performances by both lead actors. Although reviewers are denying any Oscar buzz, many are still calling it one of the best films of 2009 so far.

The movie opens today and surely many people will be going to the theater to see the highly anticipated character film. Foxx has starred in “Ray” (which won him an Oscar in 2004) and more recently “Dreamgirls”. Robert Downey, Jr.  also generally signs on to portray interesting characters like in “Chaplin” (for which he was nominated for an Oscar in 1993) and the upcoming “Sherlock Holmes”. I think these are two great actors so they will undoubtedly make this film riveting.

Happy Earth Day! New Release: “Earth”

In honor of Earth Day (April 22), Disney created and is releasing their latest film, “Earth.” It is a touching story of three animal families and their journey across the planet.  The film is narrated by James Earl Jones and directed by Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield (the team that helped create “Planet Earth”). The film might not be the most thrilling one, but it seems informational and amazing nonetheless. Here’s the trailer…

New Trailer: 2012

Slated for release in mid-November, “2012,” written and directed by Roland Emmerich (Independance Day, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow), is a sprawling epic of devastation that assumes the apocalyptic events predicted by the Myan calander have come true.  Starring John Cusack and Thandie Newton, 2012 looks to be a fall blockbuster movie that will have many people on the edge of their seats. Since the trailer has been released, it already has over 2.5 million hits on Youtube. Let us know if this teaser trailer catches your interest.

Movie Review: “Doubt”

So I know this movie has been on DVD for a while, however I just finally got around to watching “Doubt.” Not only is the was the film critically acclaimed, but also nominated for five Oscars, including Meryl Street for best actress and Amy Adams for best supporting actress. The movie is set in 1964 around a traditional Catholic church and school, St. Nicholas, in the Bronx. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Father Flynn, the popular priest known for being friendly with children, especially an eighth-grade African American boy named Donald Miller. Meryl Streep, the principal of St. Nicholas Catholic school and Amy Adams, a teacher at the school notice an odd relationship between the priest and Donald. The two nuns have such intense suspicions that drastic action finally takes place within the church.

            Overall, I thought this movie was both attention grabbing and fascinating to the point of disgust. I highly recommend renting the movie and I will probably end up watching it again myself. Check out the trailer if you haven’t seen it, and if you have, let us know what you thought about it.


Movie Review: “Observe and Report”

Last evening I was lucky enough to see a free advance screening of “Observe and Report“, starring Seth Rogen as Ronnie Barnhardt. Ronnie, the bi-polar head of mall security who’s defining mission is finding and bringing to justice a man who has been flashing women in the mall parking lot.

“Observe and Report” earns its R rating in the first five minutes. Profanity as well as nudity laced, if crude humor is your style, this movie is a must see. There is more to the movie than one garners from the preview, including Ronnie’s delusional goal to become a real police officer, his gang of wacky friends and their obsession with guns, Nell, a Toast a Bun employee and her unique relationship with Ronnie and her fellow employee’s (including her boss, played by Patton Oswalt), Ronnie’s interactions with an Arab American working in the mall who he not so affectionately nicknamed “Saddam” and Ronnie’s hopelessly drunk yet somehow hilarious mother.

Borderline shocking, exceptionally awkward and I’ll say it again, downright crude, “Observe and Report” had me in stitches. If you need a laugh, “Observe and Report” is worth the ten dollars.

Upcoming Movie: “Taking Woodstock”

Although “Taking Woodstock” will not hit theaters until Mid-August, upon seeing the trailer I knew I had to post about this movie. From “Brokeback Mountain” director Ang Lee comes the motion picture about a young man working at his parent’s motel in the Catskills who inadvertently sets in motion the music festival Woodstock in the summer of 1969. Starring Demitri Martin as Elliot Tiber, the novel and subsequent film are based on the true story of how this legendary music festival began.

Check out the trailer and let us know what you think.