Archive for October, 2011

The Thing (2011)

An update of the classic.  It stays true to the previous versions while adding some interesting elements to the story.  The special effects are excellent and take a more active role in the story telling. If you’re a fan of the previous incarnations of this movie you will love this one.

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Contagion

Contagion is more documentary than movie.  Interesting but a little on the impersonal side.

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Jim Carey plays Mr Popper, a miserable, money loving real estate developer who has a terrible relationship with his ex-wife and kids.  He is willed some penguins when his father dies and eventually learns many life lessons and becomes a better person – typical children’s movie morals. The movie requires that you accept some of […]

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Super 8

This movie is what you would get if The Goonies, Stand By Me, and E.T. had a Hollywood blockbuster love child. It’s a good movie if perhaps a little too ambitious.

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Bad Teacher

Cameron Diaz plays a terrible teacher who hates her job, her students and is only there for the paycheque.   The main character only appears to change her ways – she destroys another teacher’s life in the process, steals the state-wide standardized test and does any number of other terrible things.  At the end of […]

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Monte Carlo

A girl and her friends go on a long-awaited trip to Paris only to find that the tour package they booked is terrible.  By chance, Grace (played by Selena Gomez) is mistaken for a bad-girl heiress and the three friends are whisked away to Monte Carlo for the vacation of their lives. Typically, they all […]

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X-Men: First Class

A prequel to the X-Men movies we have seen in the past.  Very well done in my opinion.

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The Hangover Part II

More of the same, only in Thailand.

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Killer Elite

An action movie set in the ’80’s pits retired SAS operatives against each other.  It’s based on a true story and sometimes hard to follow the plot and politics involved because, as is told in the epilogue, many of the details are still classified. Adequate action movie, lacklustre political thriller.

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50/50

This movie is being marketed as a comedy but it’s not.  It is a very good film about a young man diagnosed with cancer and how he copes with it.  There are funny bits, but most of all it’s a very touching drama.

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