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Hall Pass - 4 years, 11 months ago
Owen Wilson’s Rick and Jason Sudeikis’s Fred are best friends whose roving eyes exasperate their wives. Rick’s Maggie (Jenna Fischer) and Fred’s Grace (Christina Applegate) devise a solution: Give the boys a “hall pass” – a one-time-only week off from their marriages during which, in order to get the wanderlust out of their system once and for all, they have permission to do whatever they want with whomever they want. The wives, in the meantime, go on vacation, where they encounter a college baseball team replete with studs.
Toy Story 2 - 4 years, 11 months ago
Cowboy Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) is stolen by Al the toy collector (Wayne Knight, still playing a blubbering fat guy - even as a cartoon!). Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) mounts a rescue mission with some of the other toys to get him back. But Woody may not want to return
Madagascar - 4 years, 11 months ago
Marty the Zebra (voice of Chris Rock) has lived the easy life for 10 years as a main attraction at the Central Park Zoo. But, what he wants most is to go to the mythical “wild,” a place he believes to be somewhere near Connecticut, and sets out one night to find it. When his best friends, Alex the Lion (voice of Ben Stiller), Gloria the Hippopotamus (voice of Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the Giraffe (voice of David Schwimmer), learn of Marty’s disappearance, they decide to intervene and bring their black and white striped friend home. Instead, the quartet triggers a movement to return all the zoo’s animals to the wild and they end up in “Madagascar.”
Finding Nemo - 4 years, 11 months ago
Finding Nemo is about a clown fish in the Great Barrier Reef whose seriously overprotective nature accidentally gets his only son captured by deep sea divers and subsequently put on display in a fish tank in a dentist’s office. But like any loving father, he sets out into the great blue yonder to get his boy back, makes some unlikely friends and companions along the way and gradually learns the many benefits that come with letting go and trusting others.
Bolt - 4 years, 11 months ago
Naturally, the movie centers around an adorable mutt named Bolt. When we first meet the little fella, he's being selected as a little girl's new pet. We quickly fast forward to the future, where Bolt and his human Penny are having fantastic adventures as they work to save her father from an insidious villain known as "the green-eyed man". The thing is, all of this is make-believe. Bolt is the star of a popular television show, but the producers and crew must constantly do their diligent best to make sure that Bolt is never aware that his life is a fiction. When he manages to escape because he thinks Penny is in peril, the pup's adventures truly begin.
Stand by Me - 4 years, 11 months ago
A likable film punctuated by standout performances, Stand by Me is an interesting variation on the standard coming-of-age period film. Based on a short story by Stephen King, Stand by Me deals with preteen concerns instead of teen ones. Director Rob Reiner successfully keeps the nostalgia and sentimentality in check; and he places a remarkable amount of faith in his young cast. Of the four leads, River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton deliver sensitive, complex performances which belie their age
The Departed - 4 years, 11 months ago
The Departed is a tale of Boston Irish tough guys on both sides of the law. Matt Damon gives the best performance of his career as the creepy and conceited young wiseguy Colin Sullivan who becomes the protege of south Boston's biggest gangster: ageing sociopath Frank Costello, played by Nicholson. Costello secretly sponsors Colin through police academy to become his personal executive-class snitch on the inside. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio is William Costigan, a moody kid with a brace of uncles known to the authorities, who is now genuinely trying to make it over to the right side of the tracks with a career in the police. He is headhunted by senior intelligence officers, fatherly Martin Sheen and his attack-dog lieutenant Mark Wahlberg, who offer him a new opportunity: use his family connections and credibility to go into deep cover in Costello's gang.
Mean Girls - 4 years, 11 months ago
Navigating the minefield of high school can be a tricky business at the best of times. But for Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan), being a new kid at North Shore High makes it all the harder. Janis (Lizzy Caplin) is keenly aware of what one bad rumor can do to topple a reputation. Spurned by the fashionable clique known as the plastics, she and her gay friend Damian (Daniel Franzese), realize the pretty and intelligent Cady (Lindsay Lohan) is the weaponry they need to wreak revenge on the school's Queen Bee and her trendy group.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno - 4 years, 11 months ago
Seth Rogen (Zack) and Elizabeth Banks (Miri) are roommates who have known each other since the first grade. Zack works behind the counter at a local coffee shop, while Miri has a dead end job at the mall. Since their jobs suck so hard and Zack likes to spend his money on things like fleshlights they eventually are unable to pay rent and get their heat/electricity/water shut off. They need some quick money, and the light at the end of the tunnel emerges; why not make a porno?
Hostel: Part II - 4 years, 11 months ago
I felt the violence in this film was much more controlled and epic, if that is conceivable. In the same film, there is a glorious nod to Elizabeth Bathory as well as a sick joke using Ruggero Deodato, the director of “Cannibal Holocaust.” And it all works. Also, the way the film ends with one of the most brutally violent comedic jokes in cinema history just makes me think, “Wow.” It certainly takes guts and talent to go there and actually pull it off. With this film, everything just comes together beautifully–showing that the filmmaker has definitely come into his own
28 Days Later... - 4 years, 11 months ago
The first half of 28 Days Later is a road movie, as Jim and his companions make their way from London to Manchester using deserted highways and facing nearly constant attacks from roving bands of the infected. The second half is a more straightforward action/adventure. The film contains one significant twist, and Boyle adeptly blends elements of horror and drama with the science fiction. In fact, one of the things that sets this movie apart from many similar cinematic endeavors is its focus on characters rather than action. The movie develops Jim, Selena, Frank, and Hannah into believable individuals. The situation is crafted in a way that seems almost plausible, and, once it establishes the rules, never cheats. The film's "villains" have credible reasons for acting as they do, and the ending doesn't feel cheap or false.
American Gangster - 4 years, 11 months ago
American Gangster is based on the true story of Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), a 1970s Harlem drug lord who imported heroin in caskets of American soldiers killed in Vietnam. In one scene, a police officer on horseback waits outside a funeral. Vehicles and crowds were kept at a safe distance from the horse and rider. A trainer helped the actor onto the horse right before filming began and waited just off-camera. The street was closed off to traffic.
Beerfest - 4 years, 11 months ago
The grandfather of Jan (Paul Soder) and Todd Wolfhouse (Erik Stolhanske) has just died, and his wishes were to have his ashes scattered in Germany during Oktoberfest. The brothers jump at the chance to visit Germany during this festival. Upon arrival, they meet up with a man in Germany who takes them to a secret underground club that houses an ancient drinking contest. They immediately get into a confrontation with the German champions, who accuse grandfather Johann von Wolfhaus (Donald Sutherland) of stealing a special beer recipe, and fleeing to America. After being humiliated in a short chug race, the boys vow to avenge that loss and return to Oktoberfest the following year as enhanced drinkers. The recruiting begins, and they draft Landfill (Kevin Heffernan), a larger man who guzzles a deserving amount of food and drink to live up to his name, Fink (Steve Lemme), the crazy scientist who knows all the strategies of beer drinking, and Barry (Jay Chandrasekhar), the guy who was terrific at every drinking game back in college. Together, as representatives of Team USA, the group must train vigorously in order to stand a chance against the Germans in the "Olympics" of beer drinking.
Super Troopers - 4 years, 11 months ago
Thorny, Rabbit, Mac and Foster are passable Vermont State Troopers. Stationed in the boonies on the Canadian border, they spend the bulk of their time playfully toying with speeders and taking impounded sports cars for spins on the open highway. When they're not on the road, they try to stay on the good side of their fatherly mentor, Captain O'Hagan, and avoid their tactless, thick-necked compatriot, Officer Rod Farva. All in all, they find their work to be pleasantly unchallenging. However, once the state targets their low volume station for a potential budget slash, the guys decide to buckle down to impress the higher ups. Things look bleak until, unexpectedly, the State Troopers' new 'by the book' attitude uncovers a drug smuggling operation running across the border to Canada. Sensing salvation, the Troopers race the clock to crack the ring and save their jobs. But they aren't the only ones in the hunt..
Face/Off - 4 years, 11 months ago
Face/Off is by far the best action movie ever. John Travolta and Nicholas Cage are the ultimate rivals in this blast-em-up thriller, and John Woo creates a stimulating movie with great choreography. His film techniques are excellent; the pigeons in the church, the flapping of Cage's jacket as steps outside, and a dozen other scenes... The story is just as good- there actually is one. It will be a long time before we see a movie that tops Face/Off.
Catch Me If You Can - 4 years, 11 months ago
Frank Abagnale, Jr. (DiCaprio) worked as a doctor, a lawyer and as a co-pilot for a major airline - all before his 18th birthday. A master of deception, he was also a brilliant forger whose skill gave him his first real claim to fame. At the age of 17, Frank became the most successful bank robber in the history of the United States. FBI Agent Carl Hanratty (Hanks) had made it his prime mission to capture Frank and bring him to justice, but Frank is always one step ahead of him, baiting him to continue the chase.
Spun - 4 years, 11 months ago
In this kaleidoscopic grungefest, a group of pretty young crystal-meth junkies bounce off one another like pinballs. The director, Jonas Akerlund, uses stroboscopic cuts, shock sound, and triple-X animated imagery to put us inside the experience of a crank high. Akerlund has an instinct for dirtbag theatrics. Spun is accomplished, but it's also numbing. The cast, slumming for cred, includes Jason Schwartzman, Mena Suvari, and Mickey Rourke, who reigns over the film because he's the one freak on hand who isn't faking his freakishness.
The Shawshank Redemption - 4 years, 11 months ago
In this tale of hope, fear and wishful thinking, Tim Robbins conquers all with his incredible performance as Andy Dufresne, a respectable banker convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. Although pleading not guilty, Dufresne receives a life sentence to Shawshank. There, he befriends Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman). Red is a respected inmate who knows how to work the system. Their bond quickly grows and Andy becomes respected by many inmates and even some of the guards.
Man on Fire - 4 years, 11 months ago
From the moment Radha Mitchell's Lisa meets Denzel Washington's Creasy, we know we are in the presence of a real man. Lisa's husband, Samuel (Marc Anthony) is not only a wuss, but he's a refined wealthy foreign wuss. The audience can sense Lisa's relief: something familiar and manly is at hand. And in this revenge flick, Creasy's presence could not be any more timely. Machismo, or the lack thereof, is the subtext of this flick. As soon as ten-year-old Pita (Dakota Fanning) arrives on scene, we know new life will return to Creasy's heart. And when she gives him a St Jude medal (the Saint of Lost Causes) then we know this preternaturally wise kid has found the perfect fatherly soul mate she should have had instead of the wimpy one who actually sired her. But all this regained spiritual life and found love is not to last. After Creasy and Pita have bonded, the little girl becomes a kidnap victim. This in a country where conspiracies hide within schemes within plots.
Observe and Report - 4 years, 11 months ago
Observe and Report is not a perfect film, but it does aspire to be something more than a goofy comedy, something that is worthy of your time and money, assuming you think you can stomach it. While there weren’t as many laughs as I had hoped for, it does present a searing portrait of a tortured soul that, believe it or not, has a lot of things to say about our world. Call it therapeutic if you will, but with Jody Hill’s direction and the cinematography of frequent David Gordon Green DP Tim Orr, I can certainly see why loose comparisons to Scorsese’s Taxi Driver have been made. Not only should Jody Hill and Seth Rogen be commended for taking a risk with this movie, so should Warner Brothers for allowing it to happen. My advice: go see this movie right now because it might be a long time before you see something like it on the big screen again. — Sean
Meet the Parents - 4 years, 11 months ago
The main character in "Meet The Parents" is a Chicago-based male nurse, Greg Focker (pronounced just how it is spelled) who realizes how unlucky a person can be. He is about to propose to his schoolteacher girlfriend, Pam (Teri Polo), when her sister Debbie (Nicole Dehuff) calls and explains that her new fiancé, Dr. Bob Banks (Tom McCarthy), received a blessing from her father before he asked the question. This information makes Greg reconsider his method of choice, and instead jumps at the opportunity to meet Pam's overprotective parents when they fly to the east coast two weeks later to arrange Debbie's wedding.
The 40 Year Old Virgin - 4 years, 11 months ago
The 40 Year Old Virgin is proof that motion picture comedies can still be funny. Sadly, the kind of consistent humor delivered by this film happens too rarely. The movie Wedding Crashers, for example ,should have been: rude, raunchy, uproarious, yet with elements that are surprisingly sweet. Unlike Wedding Crashers, which loses its edge (and a lot of its humor) early, The 40 Year Old Virgin keeps it up for nearly two hours. Yes, it's a little long, but there are still plenty of laughs remaining in the final 30 minutes, and the movie reserves one of its best jokes for last.
Superbad - 4 years, 11 months ago
Superbad is stuck together out of pretty standard stuff. It’s another iteration on the Fast Times at Ridgemont High clone genre, another story about a pair of losers who want to get laid before they leave high school and set off for college. It tries, valiantly, to set itself apart from the pack by making the bosom buddy friendship between those losers the focal point of the film as a way of getting us invested in them, but personally I never bought it as anything other than a slightly more entertaining than usual teen raunch-com

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