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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Big Hero 6 (2014) Pre-release Movie Review

Movie: Big Hero 6 (2014)

Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Writers: Don Hall (story), Jordan Roberts (story)

Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung

The new animated movie called Big Hero 6 is an amazing tale of six friends who under the leadership of Hiro embark on a mission to save a city called Sanfransokyo. Hiro transforms his friends into hi-tech heroes to fight off a devastating event that befalls the city. 
The movie is a great addition to the animated movies genre and the concept and story is very promising. The formula maybe tried and tested but the treatment looks fresh and gives the audiences great entertainment.

Rating: 3/5

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Movie Review #DVD #TomCruise

Movie: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Director: Doug Liman
Writers: Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay), Jez Butterworth (screenplay)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Plot: An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with the alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer to defeating the enemy.

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) is the latest Tom Cruise movie to have hit the audiences. The movie is a sci-fi, drama, thriller that revolves around a love story between two officers who are fighting a war against the alien race. Allied forces officer Cage finds himself trapped in a time loop aster being splattered with alien blood and soon figures that he is not the only one to have experienced the loop. He soon finds Rita a celebrity warrior who has gone through the loop previously only to have an accident take it away from her. What follows, is a constant effort that Cage makes to win a war he cannot possibly lose if he maintains the loop against an enemy that is already using the loop to slowly drain down and defeat the human race. Cage's motive however is more governed by somehow cheating Rita's death which seems inevitable in the process.

Tom Cruise and Emily blunt have put in good performances and the acting overall has been a strong asset of the film. The idea of the film is also interesting and has a lot of margin for acting and storytelling. To me, however the loop has not been tackled too well by the storytellers and the director. The movie seems to be too occupied with repeating the cycle and hence each cycle does not offer too many moments to keep the audience involved. The looping demanded subtlety which the directors failed to achieve. I would have liked lesser loops shown in the movie with each one providing more thrills and a greater junk of storytelling.
The production values are top notch. The aliens are well crafted and the look of the film is slick. The treatment does complete justice to the huge star cast and on those grounds the movie delivers because the audiences are surely bound to be impressed by what they see on the screens. It is equally enjoyable on DVD and in the cinema.

If you are a Sci-Fi fan or for that matter a Tom Cruise fanatic this is a must watch. The movie is good, could have been legendary, but it definitely ranks among the year's to-watch list.

Rating: 4/5

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wer (2014) Horror Movie Review

Movie: Wer (2014)
Genre: Horror
Director: William Brent Bell
Writers: William Brent Bell (screenplay), Matthew Peterman (screenplay)
Stars: A.J. Cook, Sebastian Roché, Vik Sahay

Wer (2014) is a horror movie about a man who is suspected to have murdered several people brutally. His defense attorney is initially in complete denial of him being capable of killing at all. The murders are deemed incapable of a human beings attack and the bodies found are severely mutilated as if they were fed upon. To the horrors of the attorney and a few doctors it is soon found that the suspect is in fact suffering from some sort of a disease that makes him possess superhuman physical powers and agility. Could it be true that he turned into a werewolf every night or is it another kind of syndrome. You should see it to find out.

Sebastian Roche' was very convincing as the killing machine in this horror flick. He gave a mean performance as both the innocent, quiet, abnormal son of an old woman and the monster that was hidden beneath that innocence. A.J Cook looked hot and her acting was also very accomplished and convincing. Vik Sahay gave a good solid performance and held his own in a side role that demanded a seasoned performance.

All in all Wer is a scary and thought provoking horror film that is slightly unique in its treatment of the man-monster genre.

Rating: 3.5/5      

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Best of Me (2014) Movie Review and Trailer

Movie: The Best of Me (2014)
Director: Michael Hoffman
Writers: J. Mills Goodloe (screenplay), Will Fetters (screenplay), Nicholas Sparks
Stars: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey
If you are looking for some plain old high school romance, look no further. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks, is just the thing. For those of you who have had the chance to see any other Nicholas film, the plot is predictable. Two high school love birds, torn apart by fate, are brought together after a time stretch of twenty years, again by fate to fall in love all over again. 

Directed by Michael Hoffman, The Best of Me stars Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato for the young couple and James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan for the latter. In all honesty, the plot of this film didn't particularly intrigue me to look forward to it which is why I won’t say it’s a must try. But having said that, after coming across movies like The Notebook and Safe Haven, again from the same guy, which undeniably did leave some impact on the audience, I would recommend you guys to give this obvious yet sweet romance a go. May be you will like it after all. Or may be you don’t, If nothing else, you sure will have some of those cliched "aww" moments.

Before I Go To Sleep (2014) Thriller Movie Preview and Trailer

Movie: Before I Go To Sleep (2014)
Director: Rowan Joffe
Writers: Rowan Joffe (screenplay), S.J. Watson (novel)
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong

Before I Go to Sleep Trailer by Stuff We Like

Ah finally here is some good mystery! Okay first things first. You have got to see the trailer of the upcoming mystery-thriller Before I Go to Sleep. Right. Now. Here’s why.  Because it already made through to my “movies to watch before you die” list. Apologies for the lousy humor. Anyway Before I Go to Sleep is about a woman who wakes up every morning with no previous memory due to some kind of memory disorder that apparently happened after she went through an accident. What accident? Well that’s still for us to find out. Interesting? I know. 

Nicole Kidman plays the lead which by the way I found a little creepy because I have always been accustomed to seeing her play neat, elegant, graceful characters. But I guess we can count on her. And boy that teaser, whoever put it together deserves a round of applause because I can guarantee that once you see it, you are definitely going to want to watch this film. I being a mystery fan am eagerly looking forward to it. And I STRONGLY recommend you to watch it. Why? Because it’s going to be EPIC.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

John Wick (2014) Movie Preview and Trailer

Movie: John Wick (2014)
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki, Willem Defoe
Genre: Action, thriller

An action thriller, John Wick is the story of a long gone bad guy who after being taken down by other gangsters and losing his dog, the last gift from his late wife, decides to hunt down the people responsible for taking away everything he had. Although the plot isn’t particularly new, the trailer has made a good first impression. 
The cast of the movie includes Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki and Willem Dafoe, the reason why you can expect something good from this film. And with all the visual effects, the ambiance, the acrobatics, the gunshots, the squeals, the badass action that the trailer has featured, John Wick is likely to give you a good round of jolts and jaw drops and of course a not-so-bad Saturday night.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Horns (2014) Movie Review and Trailer

Movie: Horns (2014)
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Heather Graham, Kelli Garner, Max Minghella, Sabrina Carpenter
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Horns (2014) is a breakthrough movie for Daniel Radcliffe after he has broken out of the shadow of his Harry Potter image. Horns (2014) takes you through the life of a young man accused of his girlfriend's murder. He gets frustrated and turns against God and as a result horns appear on his head. The presence of these horns causes people around him to blurt out their deepest, darkest, meanest thoughts and that brings humor and darkness to the whole movie.

The language of Horns (2014) is definitely not everyone's cup of tea and is especially not safe for kids. The fact that the horns bring out emotions like anger, lust and deceit causes characters to act is obscene ways and many may be offended by certain scenes in the movie.

Daniel Radcliffe looks good for the first time in a long time. He has worked on his looks and body and might have gone under the knife and hit the gym. His acting skills are obviously high quality and he can hold a film on hos own. Juno Temple is angelic and acts well like always. Heather Graham looks pretty and does a funny cameo. A special mention for Sabrina Carpenter who looked awesomely pretty and is an actor to look out for in the future and also Kelli Garner who was funny and depressive at the same time. One person who takes the lead as far as acting is concerned is Max Minghella. He acts superbly as the deceptive antagonist of the movie. I was really impressed by his mature performance.

The production value, direction, script and dialog is all at par and the overall verdict for Horns (2014) is that it is an entertainer and is recommended for mature audiences. I will urge people to watch this clever movie which has some though provoking content.

Rating: 3.5/5 

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Devil's Snare (2012) Short Movie Review #ShortMovieReview #onlinestreaming

Movie: The Devil's Snare (2012)
Genre: Short, Drama, Horror
Cast: Emmett Lee Stang, Jennifer Nicole Stang

It is amazing to see that an 8 minute short movie can have such an impact on the viewer. I was amazed at the concept, the story and the way it was shot. The dialog was a treat to hear and was haunting and thought provoking. The end could have been scarier but the author chose a philosophical closing rather than a conventional terrifying ending.

The shrieks are definitely fear inducing and cause the viewer to get an instance shock. Emmett Lee Stang has acted well and looks convincing.

For a short The Devil's Snare is powerful and dark. Two thumbs up to Jennifer Nicole Stang.

Rating: 3.5/5  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Stretch (2014) Movie Review and Free Online Streaming

Movie: Stretch (2014)
Cast:Patrick Wilson, Jessica Alba, Chris Pine, Ed Helms, Ray Liotta, David Hasslehoff
Director: Joe Carnahan
Writer: Joe Carnahan
Studio:Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, IM Global
Genre:Action, Thriller

Stretch (2014) Plot:  A hard-luck limo driver struggling to go straight and pay off a debt to his bookie takes on a job with a crazed passenger whose sought-after ledger implicates some seriously dangerous criminals.

Stretch (2014) is a fast paced action thriller with a reasonable entertainment value and passable production value. Although the story is not fresh and emulates a tried formula, the characterization and acting makes it quite watchable.

Stretch is based on a night's work of a Stretch, a limo driver who is under a huge debt and aspires to pay it off through a prospective tip by an unstable customer. As the night goes on Stretch finds himself getting involved in a deep and twisted scenario involving crime and law enforcement agencies.

The cast does a good job in entertaining the audience and lifting the movie from ordinary to pleasurable. Chris Pine plays a good part and is at times magnificent as the crazed, yet dangerous customer. Ed Helms brings a mysterious dark element to the whole storytelling as a dead limo driver who is an imaginary friend to Stretch. Jessica Alba has a cameo that does add value to the project. Patrick Wilson as Stretch fits the part as he looks like your average loser. He has also acted well. Guest appearances by David Hasslehof and Ray Liotta definitely bring some added value and some needed humor to the mix and all in all the cast out does the script and lifts the whole movie.

On the whole Stretch is entertaining and is a good flick if you want to enjoy a movie without thinking too much.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, October 6, 2014

Taken 3 Movie Preview and Trailer

Movie:Taken 3
Cast: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace
Director:Olivier Megaton
Writer: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Studio:20th Century Fox
Genre:Action, Drama

Taken 3 Plot:  Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

The Trailer looks very impressive indeed. The movie I feel is going to offer more of what we have seen Liam Neeson do in the past few years. He is in my opinion a better actor and his personality and grace can be used for more powerful roles. A walk among the tombstones and the Taken series have both restricted him to a specific kind of action movies and Taken 3 will be more of the same. I however, promises to be a good action thriller, All fans of Liam Neeson must be licking their lips and waiting for it.

Dumb and Dumber To (2014) Preview and Trailer

Movie: Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels
Genre: Comedy

Twenty years after the first installment Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are back to give audiences around the world a hell load of belly aches and tears of laughter. The trailer looks funny as hell and Jim Carrey's presence would most likely assure a riot of craziness. The title itself makes one nostalgic as one remembers the first edition of the epic comedy. 
One things is for sure, expectations are high and if the movie lacks the ability to rise up to them it would suffer greatly. I expect good things from it.

Haider (2014) Movie Review and Trailer

Movie: Haider (2014)

Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Shraddha Kapoor
Genre: Tragedy, Drama, Thriller

Jack Nicholson commented on Heath Ledger's state of mind after playing the Joker by saying that a role like that often never leaves you and can haunt you for the rest of your life. Every time Shahid Kapoor came on screen during Haider I could not help but recall Jack Nicholson's point of view. I seemed throughout Haider that Shahid has completely given himself up in pursuit of Haider and even deep inside those intense eyes one finds no clue of Shahid Kapoor.

Haider is an adaptation of Hamlet, a tale of deceit, love and the uncomfortable gray shades of relationships that we hold scared. The epic line, "To be or not to be..." is substituted by a poem that goes something like, "Hum hain ya hum nahin" and that inclusive, the poetry that surrounds the story telling has been artistically chosen and filmed. To comment on the story is futile since Shakespeare seldom falters at narrating a story. The presentation, the setting, the cinematography and the script are all immaculate and deserve all the accolades. The movie is a masterpiece and should be remembered for times to come.

The acting is supreme. Every character is believable and every actor has lost himself in the role. Shahid Kapoor has outdone himself and gives shades of his father's intense acting talent bordering on magical. He mesmerizes and captures the viewer like a bulbul-e-bismil. Three cheers for him and hats off. Tabu and Kay Kay were exceptional as well and Shraddha Kapoor did justice to her part.

What I did not understand was why Haider wasn't showcased in Pakistan. If anything it was more anti Indian army than anti Pakistan.

All in all a great movie and a must watch!
Rating: 4.5/5

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Interstellar (2014) Movie Preview and Trailer

Movie: Interstellar (2014)
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Adventure

Mathew McConaughey is back with a science fiction movie to add to the versatile presentations of amazing acting that we have been accustomed to. Interstellar looks like an emotional, mysterious journey into the unknown. The trailer looks slick and the treatments looks deep and tense. It seems like a movie you would want to listen to and watch with keen attention and try to understand and interpret. It won't be your average entertainer,
The cast boasts Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and of course Mathew McConaughey and one expects nothing short of good work from this trio.
Let us hope that like most McConaughey movies we get a jolt from this one too and that unlike most sci-fi flicks this one achieves greatness that the cast holds potential for.  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Scribbler (2014) Movie Review and Trailer

Movie: The Scribbler (2014)
Cast: Katie Cassidy, Eliza Dushku, Sasha Grey
Genre: Thriller

The Scribbler (2014) is a well-made psychological thriller that aims to tackle a very complex topic of multiple personality disorder. With movies like Fight Club and Primal Fear achieving greatness through the proper exploitation of this topic, it remains no secret that with a mildly well-managed story surrounding multiple personality and an apt actor playing the lead The Scribbler stands a fair chance at creating an impression. The movie to be fair is not at all outstanding, but still has an entertainment value that ensures that audiences do not lose interest.
The cast showcases a reasonable amount of fire in the form of Katie Cassidy, Eliza Dushku and Sasha Grey. The actors, especially Katie Cassidy, have done justice to the plot to their best abilities. What lacks, maybe, is an attractive or popular male actor who could attract some female attention and bring some class to the entire project.
Multiple Personality Disorder is an interesting subject in its own and the sound of it renders a mystery to the movie that is bound to catch audiences. The Scribbler does a decent job of not sapping that down. It is however, a little far-fetched, dwelling too much into mutation and metaphysics that staying in the domain of psychology.
All in all people should give it a try, although it might not be everyone's cuppa tea.

Ranking: 3/5