Movie Reviews
I love just about every genre of film; action/adventure, mystery, period, comedy, documentary, classic, etc... I love it all, with the exception of movies aimed at the typical high school mentality, slasher & gore horror, & romance indicative of Nicholas Sparks. This is where I will review the movies I've most recently viewed, obviously. It will range from the newest releases to the oldest. Enjoy.

I now review movies on my blog. I've decided to quit copying & pasting the reviews over here so as to save space on the internet. Will the internet ever reach capacity? Does it have a maximum capacity? I know that free websites do. Even though I would probably never fill up the capacity I've been given on this website, I've still decided not to try. I'm also too lazy to do the copy/paste thing. I'll leave the reviews I've done here, for now. 

 

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 The Incredible Hulk

Studio: Universal Pictures, Marvel Studios
Director: Louis Leterrier
Screenwriter: Edward Norton, Zak Penn
Starring: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson, Christina Cabot, Lou Ferrigno, Martin Starr, Ty Burrell
Genre: Action, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense action violence, some frightening sci-fi images, and brief suggestive content)

Official Website: TheIncredibleHulk.net

 This was way better than the one made a few years ago. Edward Norton is a phenomenal actor. Can't wait for the next one.

  

Cloverfield

Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Matt Reeves
Screenwriter: Drew Goddard
Starring: Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Liza Lapira
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for violence, terror and disturbing images)
Official Website: Cloverfieldmovie.com | MySpace.com/Cloverfield_movie | 1-18-08.com | Slusho.jp

 

 I actually liked this film. I thought it was pretty creatively done. Very similar to the Godzilla films but way better. My parents didn't like it much mainly because of the way it was filmed. The camera work was much like the Blair Witch Project. I wouldn't like all films like this but it is nice to have a little variation in movies every now & then.

  

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (12/21/07)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jayne Wisener, Sacha Baron Cohen
Genre: Musical, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for graphic bloody violence)
Official Website: SweeneyToddmovie.com

Okay, this really was a disgusting movie. I really do hate slasher films. I usually like Tim Burton because he generally instills horror or fear while implying without actually showing everything. However, he did not do this with this film. I would recommend this movie to very few people. Having said that, acting was great (but what else would you expect with a cast of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, & Alan Rickman) & the singing was superb.  -- Kristy

 

National Treasure: Book of Secrets (12/21/07) 

National Treasure: Book of SecretsStarring: Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, etc.
Directed By: Jon Turtletaub
Released By: Buena Vista
Genre: Action & Adventure
Rating: PG

Official Website: NationalTreasure.com

This movie was great. I loved the first one & this one is just as great. I can't wait to see what is on page 47! -- Kristy 

 

 

The Golden Compass (12/7/07)

The Golden CompassStarring: Nicole Kidman, Dakota Blue Richards, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, etc
Directed By: Chris Weitz
Released By: New Line
Genre: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Drama
Rating: PG-13

Official Website: GoldenCompassMovie.com

Okay, I'm really not sure I want to see this movie now that I have read a bit more about it. First, Brandi told me the issues she was having while reading the book. Essentially, the message of the book is that there is no such thing as sin & the original sin was a good thing. She had such an issue with the books she has decided not to finish reading them. Even after she told me this, I still was willing to find out for myself thinking maybe it would redeem itself in the end. However, now, I'm having second thoughts. I have read a couple of articles about the author of the book. He was a adamant atheist who has been quoted in an interview in 2003 with The Sydney Morning Herald as saying "My books are about killing God." You may want to check out the movie for yourself but you may want to view the movie before hand if you have any intentions of taking any kids to see it. I was thinking about taking my cousin but now I don't know. Yes, he is in high school but, as we all know, that is a very difficult & impressionable few years & I don't want to be responsible in any way of causing him to doubt his faith. What a shame! It does look like it could be a really cool movie, too. If you want to read more about it for yourself, I would suggest reading some of the articles below. So, will I see this movie? I haven't decided yet. More than likely I will, but I will try to watch it with a discerning mind. -- Kristy

Golden Compass Under Fire -- Christianity Today: Movies 

The Golden Compass --  Snopes.com.

Pullman not promoting atheism in "Golden Compass" -- Today Show 

Fear Not the Compass -- Christianity Today: Movies 

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So Brandie & I saw this movie last weekend. It actually was quite good. If I hadn't known there was such controversy surrounding it I wouldn't have noticed anything odd about it. Brandie said that the book is quite different in the way they discuss certain topics. The movie uses words like the "Magistorium" (which is actually "a technical ecclesiastical term in Roman Catholic Church referring to the teaching authority of the church" according to Wikipedia) when refering to the "bad guys." However, Brandie pointed out that in the book they also refer to them as "the church." So, I guess you can say that this movie is a watered down version of the book much like The DaVinci Code movie was a less controversial version of the book. -- Kristy

 

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (11/16/07)

Mr. Magorium's Wonder EmporiumStarring: Dustin, Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Jason Bateman, etc.
Directed By: Zach Helm
Released By: Fox Walden
Genre: Family & Children
Rating: G

Official Website: Magorium.com

This movie reminded me a lot of Willy Wonka. It is actually a cute movie mainly about death. Okay, I know that sounds like an oxymoron but it is actually quite enduring & teaches how death is just a part of life. I wasn't thrilled about the way they ended it but it is still worth a look at. -- Kristy

 

 

Bee Movie (11/2/07)

Bee MovieStarring: Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, etc.
Released By: Dream Works
Run Time: 84 min.
Genre: Comedy, Animation
Rating: PG

Official Website: BeeMovie.com

It is cute & has a lot of really funny parts. However, do not expect it to be up to Disney quality. The animation & humor were great but the storyline, in my opinion, could have used a bit more thought. It does teach the lesson that you should think through your actions before acting on them. Even if what you plan is with the best of intentions, there is always the chance that innocent people, or bees, may be affected. Like the old saying: "The way to Hell is paved with good intentions." While the lesson is important, it seemed to me that the plot seemed to be forced at times. All in all, it is a good movie but I probably won't watch it again. -- Kristy

 

Dan in Real Life (10/26/07)

Dan in Real LifeStarring: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, John
Directed By: Peter Hedges
Released By: Touchstone
Run Time: 95 min.
Rating: PG-13

Official Website: DaninRealLife-themovie.com

This was a pretty cute show. Kim liked it more than I did but I still really enjoyed it. It is pleasantly refreshing to go to a movie & not be inundated with scenes of sex, violence, & other obscenities. This film does have some of the funniest scenes I've ever seen in movies. -- Kristy