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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Movie Review: I, Frankenstein

What would your life be like without a purpose? In January 2014, Adam wanted to know what his purpose was, then he found out, killing demons!

Directing this 92 minute action/fantasy/sci-fi is Stuart Beattie.

Some of the good vs evil cast is: Aaron Eckhart as Adam, Yvonne Strahovski as Terra, Miranda Otto as Leonore, Bill Nighy as Naberius, Jai Courtney as Gideon, Socratis Otto as Zuriel, Kevin Grevioux as Dekar, Bruce Spence as Molokai, Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein and Virginie Le Brun as Elizabeth Frankenstein.

Doctor's can save a life, but can they give life to the dead? In 1795 Victor Frankenstein said yes, and proved it! Yet, what he gave life to wasn't what he expected it to be. In the end Frankenstein created a monster.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

When do you decide to take a risk in life, to take that leap into the unknown? In December 2013, Walter found a reason, and the leap that followed was quite the adventure.

Directing this 114 minute adventure/comedy/drama/fantasy is Ben Stiller.

Some of the faces in Walter's life are: Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty, Kristen Wiig as Cheryl Melhoff, Adam Scott as Ted Hendricks, Shirley MacLaine as Edna Mitty, Kathryn Hahn as Odessa Mitty, Sean Penn as Sean O'Connell, Patton Oswalt as Todd Maher and Adrian Martinez as Hernando.

Walter has a highly active imagination that sometimes picks up where his life leaves off. Creating a place for him to go when he doesn't deal well with situations he finds in life. Then something happens that will change Walter's life. News is announced that Life magazine, where Walter works as a negative assets manager, will

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Movie Review: The Monkey's Paw (2013)

If you could just make a wish and it would come true, would you? In October 2013, we saw how wishes don't always come true the way we want them to.

Directing this 90 minute horror/thriller is Brett Simmons.

Trying to escape the monkey's grasp is: C.J. Thomason as Jake Tilton, Setephen Lang as Tony Cobb, Michelle Pierce as Olivia, Daniel Hugh Kelly as Gillespie, Charles S. Dutton as Detective Margolis, Corbin Bleu as Catfish, Tauvia Dawn as Abby and James Minor III as Corey Cobb.

Jake wishes things in his life were better then they are. His mother is sick, work sucks and the girl of his dreams... isn't his girl anymore. Yet, he does what he has to do to get by. One night, Jake and his friend

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Movie Review: The Legend of Hercules

Would you believe it if someone told you Zeus was your father? In January 2014, we watched as a man not only came to grips with that knowledge, but also the responsibility that came with it.

Directing this 99 minute action/adventure/fantasy is Renny Harlin.

Some of the stars are: Kellan Lutz as Hercules, Gaia Weiss as Hebe, Scott Adkins as King Amphitryon, Liam Garrigan as Iphicles, Roxanne McKee as Queen Alcmene, Liam McIntyre as Sotiris, Rade Serbedzija as Chiron and Johnathon Schaech as Tarak.

Hercules, son of Zeus, was raised thinking his father was King Amphitryon, the heavy handed tyrannt. During an announcement by King Amphitryon, Hercules finds out that his brother Iphicles will be wed to Hebe. Unfortunately, Hebe only has eyes for Hercules, which causes a a rift in the family. So, King Amphitryon

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

Could you live life knowing you are stealing from people every day? In December 2013, we watched as Jordan did just that, and man could he live.

Directing this 180 minute biography/comedy/crime/drama is Martin Scorsese.

Telling this true tale is: Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, Jonah Hill as Donnie Azoff, Margot Robbie as Naomi Lapaglia, Jon Bernthal as Brad, Rob Reiner as Max Belfort, P.J. Byrne as Nicky Koskoff, Kenneth Choi as Chester Ming, Brian Sacca as Robbie Feinberg, Henry Zebrowski as Alden Kupferberg, Ethan Suplee as Toby Welch, Kyle Chandler as Agent Patrick Denham, Matthew McConaughey as Mark Hanna and Jon Favreau as Manny Riskin. With an appereance by Jordan Belfort as .

In 1987 Jordan Belfort started a job that would change his life forever. After starting his new job as a stockbroker, Jordan's boss, Mark Hanna, gives him some advice on how to succeed at their job. Sadly,

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Movie Revie: The Darkest Hour

If Earth was invaded by dangerous electricity-based aliens, what would you do? In December 2011, they released a movie that showed what people would do in such an event, and thankfully it was only 89 minutes long.

Directing this 89 minute action/horror/sci-fi/thriller is Chris Gorak.

Dodging the overwhelming power of the aliens is: Emile Hirsch as Sean, Max Minghella as Ben, Olivia Thirlby as Natalie, Rachael Taylor as Anne, Veronika Vernadskaya as Vika, Georgiy Gromov as Boris and Joel Kinnaman as Skyler.

Ben and Max have traveled from America to Moscow to sell their social network software, Party Locating. While at one of the nightclubs, the guys meet Natalie and Anne, but a power outage breaks up the good time everyone's having. Flooding out to the street, everyone goes to see what's happening, and what they witness

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Movie Review: 47 Ronin

If you live a life bound by honor, what happens when your loyalty challenges your honor? In December 2013, we watched a group of men fight with honor, because of their loyalty.

Directing this 118 minute action/adventure/fantasy is Carl Rinsch.

Making their way through this fantasy is: Keanu Reeves as Kai, Hiroyuki Sanada as Oishi, Ko Shibasaki as Mika, Min Tanaka as Lord Asano, Rinko Kikuchi as Witch, Tadanobu Asano as Lord Kira, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Shogun Tsunayoshi, Neil Fingleton as Lovecraftian Samurai and Ron Bottitta as Narrator. With an appearance by Rick Genest as Savage.

During a visit from Shogun Tokugawa and Lord Kira, things start to fall apart for Lord Asano. Events continue to spiral out of control, leading to the death of Lord Asano, and branding samurai leader

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Movie Review: Grudge Match

Have you ever had unfinished business, something that always made you wonder... what if? In December 2013, we watched as two men finally settled a thirty year old, what if. 

Directing this 113 minute comedy/sport is Peter Segal.

Going a few rounds in this flick is: Sylvester Stallone as Henry "Razor" Sharp, Robert De Niro as Billy "The Kid" McDonnen, Kevin Hart as Dante Slate Jr., Alan Arkin as Louis "Lighting" Conlon, Jon Bernthal as B.J., Camden Gray as Trey, Kim Basinger as Sally and L.L. Cool J.

With appearances by Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones Jr., Mike Goldberg, Michael Buffer, Jim Lampley, Chael Sonnen and Larry Merchant.

Razor and The Kid have faced each other twice before in the ring, and each man walked away with a victory. That tie was something everyone wanted to see broken, to see who was the better fighter.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Movie Review: Contracted

Have you ever had a moment that stayed with you the rest of your life? In November 2013, Samantha had a night that would stay with her, but the rest of her life was looking pretty short.

Directing this 78 minute drama/horror/thriller is Eric England.

The cast is: Najarra Townsend as Samantha, Alice Macdonald as Alice, Katie Stegeman as Nikki, Matt Mercer as Riley, Simon Brrett as BJ and Caroline Williams as Sam's mom.

While at a party Samantha was slipped something and raped. After that night, everything for Samantha changed, but not in the way one would think it would. What Samantha thought might be a sexually transmitted disease... turned out to be a whole lot worse.

The storyline has a rather different take for a zombie film, which was very very cool. So, big props to Eric

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Movie Review: American Hustle

Do you think you have what it takes to be a con-artist? In December 2013, we learned that Irving did, but does he have what it takes to pull off the biggest con he's ever done?

Directing this 138 minute crime/drama is David O. Russell.

Doing the hustle is: Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld, Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld, Bradley Cooper as Richie DiMaso, Amy Adams as Sydney Prosser, Jeremy Renner as Mayor Carmine Polito and Elisabeth Rohm as Dolly Polito.
Also starring Robert De Niro as Victor Tellegio, Louis C.K. as Stoddard Thorsen, Michael Pena as Paco Hernanadez/Sheik Abdullah, Jack Huston as Pete Musane and Anthony Zerbe as Senator Horton Mitchell.

Irving and Sydney make their money pulling off cons together. Happy and making money, the duo were living and enjoying life. Then they met Richie and all that changed. After being caught in a con

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Movie Review: Saving Mr. Banks

Have you ever made a promise that you had to fight to keep? In December 2013, we watched the story of a promise that was finally fulfilled.

Directing this 125 minute biography/comedy/drama/family/history/music is John Lee Hancock.

Taking us back in time is: Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, Colin Farrell as Travers Goff, Ruth Wilson as Margaret Goff, Bradley Whitford as Don DaFradi, B.J. Novak as Robert Sherman, Jason Schwartzman as Richard Sherman and Paul Giamatti as Ralph.

In 1964 Walt Disney released an amazing film called Mary Poppins. Making the film was a promise Walt had made to his daughters. To make this promise happen, Walt contacted the author P.L. Travers to strike up a

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Movie Review: Embrace of the Vampire (2013)

Do you ever fight your temptations, or give into them? In October 2013, Sharon was trying to fight hers, but how long can she hold out?

Directing this 91 minute horror is Carl Bessai.

Embracing this remake is: Sharon Hinnendael as Charlotte Hawthorn, Ryan Kennedy as Chris, Kaniehtiio Horn as Nicole, C.C. Sheffield as Eliza, Chelsey Riest as Sarah Campbell, Victor Webster as Progessor Brendan Cole/Stefan Keegan Connor Tracy as Daciana and Robert Moloney as Dr. Duncan Johnson.

Sharon lived a sheltered life and went to an all girls Catholic school. Looking for a little change in her life, she started going to a co-ed university. She knew it wouldn't be an easy transition, but that

Friday, January 3, 2014

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Have you ever been picked for a job you really didn't want to do? In December 2013, we continue watching as Biblo tries to finish his task.

Directing this 161 minute adventure/fantasy is Peter Jackson.

Dodging arrows and Orcs are: Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Richard Armitage as Thorin, Ken Scott as Balin, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, William Kircher as Bifur, James Nesbitt as Bofur, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, Dean O'Gorman as Fili, Aidan Turner as Kili, John Callen as Oin, Peter Hambelton as Gloin, Jed Brophy as Nori, Mark Hadlow as Dori, Adam Brown as Ori, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug/Necromancer, Luke Evans as Bard/Girion and Lee Pace as Thranduil. Also starring Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Stephen Fry as Master of Laketown and Stephen Colbert as Laketown Spy.

Thorin and the rest of the dwarves continue on their long journey. Their goal is to return to a place they once called home, the Lonely Mountain, that's currently claimed by the dragon Smaug. Thorin

Movie Review: Lone Survivor

Have you ever made a decision that changed your life? In December 2013, we watched one decision changed the lives of four men forever.

Directing this 121 minute action/biography/drama/thriller/war is Peter Berg.

Repesenting these real life roles are: Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell, Taylor Kitsch as Michael Murphy, Ben Foster as Matt "Axe" Axelson, Emile Hirsch as Danny Dietz, Ali Suliman as Gulab, Eric Bana as Erik Kristensen and Alexander Ludwig as Shane Patton.

Based on real life events: A four man Navy SEAL Team is given a task, capture or kill Ahmad Shah a Taliban leader. With Operation Red Wings underway in Afghanistan, the team find their spot to recon