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A page turner

Posted : 9 years, 12 months ago on 26 April 2008 09:04 (A review of Inkheart)

Boy this story grabbed me and wouldn't let me put the book down. Mrs Funke really knows how to tell a story. She creates characters that you want to cheer and root for as they go from one adventure to another. I felt like I was a fly on the wall watching the action as I read the book. She has a rare talent to bring a reader into a story. This book is good for readers that love a great tale from ages 10 and up.

The story has a basic good verses evil plot line with a few twists. It follows a girl and her father as they try to get away from a diabolical man that wants to get a book that her father has been protecting for years. The story has a fantasy twist in that all the characters are not from our world. This will make more sense if you read the book. I hope you do! Enjoy.


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watch your back

Posted : 10 years ago on 19 April 2008 08:50 (A review of Street Kings)

This was an interesting movie made by the Training Day people. Like Training Day this movie has a lot of twists and turns along the way. I Thought Keanu did a great job in the lead. This movie had a great cast of supporting actors all with a lot of testostrone.

This movie is one for action junkies. The bullets fly and the blood flows in this one. The thing I liked about this one is that it also has a pretty good story attached to it. Street Kings is more of an adult movie and not one for the family.

I'd like to know how Forrest Whitaker was able to use the wall of his home in the way that he did without a trace of anything fishy going on. This will make sense if you watch the movie. If you are in need of an action fix, try this one out.


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An interesting island

Posted : 10 years ago on 19 April 2008 08:37 (A review of Nim's Island)

There are couple of high powered actors in this film, but Abigail Breslin is the one that stole the show. Her smile was infectious in Sunshine and it radiates in this film again. She had a positive presence that was contagious and fun to watch.

The one flaw I found in this film was Jodie Foster. She is one of my all time favorite actors but fell short of my expectations in this film. Her acting was fine, but the character that she portrayed was annoying and not much fun to follow for this kind of film.

I took my son and he said the story wasn't new. He'd seen the plot line before, but he liked it because he said it was funny. There are a lot of funny scenes in the movie and it is clean humor. This is a movie that you can take the whole family to and enjoy. It is entertaining and one that everyone should leave with a smile on their face.


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Well told story

Posted : 10 years ago on 19 April 2008 08:25 (A review of The Bank Job)

Jason Statham shines in this movie about a bank job in England. I've liked how he has become one of the better kick butt action players but in this movie he shows his acting chops as well.

The movie follows a few midlevel criminals as they get a chance for a big score robbing a bank. The problem is that they don't know that they are being used and set up by forces unseen. This ads for some plot twists and turns along the way.

This movie is supposedly based on a true story which made it more amazing to me. Its hard to believe that this could happen in real life. This is a movie well worth a couple hours of your time. I wouldn't bring the family to this one. There is nudity and a few brutal violent scenes. This one is for the adults.


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Great family film

Posted : 10 years ago on 19 April 2008 08:14 (A review of Horton Hears a Who!)

This was a fun film to watch. The animation was superb and the voice actors were great. This is one time when a remake of a Dr. Suess classic passed up the original.

I took my kids and we all laughed and cheered Horton on his adventure. Kids of all ages will love this movie especially if they were exposed to Dr. Suess when growing up. Adults will for the same reason. I loved the way the world was recreated in the movie. The colors were bright and the detail meticulous in the animation.

This is one that the whole family should enjoy. It was very entertaining and worth the price of admission. Enjoy!


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Coen brothers strike gold

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 27 February 2008 07:27 (A review of No Country for Old Men)

If you are a fan of the Coen brothers movie making, you won't be disappointed with this film. The movie was beatifully shot at great locations that add to the story. The movie has some flaws, but the acting and filming is so well done that you kind of overlook them.

Javier Bardem is worth watching this movie for his perfermance alone. He was well deserving of the Oscar he earned in his role as the brutal hit man. His robotic no nonsense approach to the role was scary. Josh Brolin was very believable in his performance also. He came across as a guy you could drink a beer and trade stories with in a bar.

The only thing I didn't like with the movie is the ending. I know it has been talked about and was probably done in that way to get discussions going, but I didn't like it. I was hoping for better closure in the movie after spending two hours watching these two guys go after each other. This movie is definately worth spending an evening out at the theater. Enjoy!


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Great acting

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 27 February 2008 07:07 (A review of There Will Be Blood)

This movie is worth watching just to see Daniel Day-Lewis perform his magic. He is an amazing actor and shows his fantastic skills again. The movie is a little on the long side and moves slowly at times, but it is very well made. This one is for adults only. I don't think the kids will get into this one.


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A little scary

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 27 February 2008 06:59 (A review of The Spiderwick Chronicles)

I really enjoyed this movie. I read the series and was curious how they would adapt the books to the big screen. I think they did a pretty good job of doing the adaptation. Some key events in the book were left out (ie. big sister being rescued from the goblins lair), but I don't think this took away from this being a fun movie.

I've been impressed with Freddie in his previous roles and thought he did a great job playing the twins. He played each brother so that you could tell that they had their own personality just like the books. The animated characters were believable and very realistic. The voice talents were excellent and added to the fun.

One word of caution: if you have little children or ones that are scared easily, I would be cautious about taking them to this movie. I sat in front of two families that had younger children asking their parents if they could please leave. The computer animated characters are so realistic that they become very scary. These kids really had a hard time watching the movie. My kids are a little older and they had a blast watching the movie. I think this is a great family movie and worth the price of admission. Hope you enjoy it.


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Fast paced action

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 27 February 2008 06:43 (A review of Vantage Point)

The previews made this film out to be a fast paced action movie and it was. This was an "A" ticket action ride. From the opening scene to the ending you will enjoy yourself.

Another reason that I liked the film was from the way that the story was told. It was kind of like a Tarantino film from the way that the story was told from different characters points of view. Each "vantage point" gave you new pieces of the puzzle until they were all put together towards the end of the movie.

The acting was top notch, the action was well done, and the story worked. I think you will enjoy a night out at the movies watching this movie. It was very entertaining and worth the ticket price. Enjoy!


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Fun movie

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 23 November 2007 06:41 (A review of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium)

The critic in my town described this movie as an instant Christmas classic. I had seen the trailer and thought it might be a pretty wonderful movie myself. It is rare that the critics in my town every review a movie like this, so I was really looking forward to something magical.

Well the Emporium is supposed to be a magical place and it was in the movie, but I thought it was missing something. Don't get me wrong the acting was very solid and entertaining, but I don't think I would call this one an instant holiday classic. I can't tell you exactly what it was, but something was missing.

Natalie Portman, Jason Bateman, and the lead boy were great in the movie. Dustin Hoffman didn't quite do it for me. It seemed like they were trying to do a Willie Wonka imitation here that didn't quite work. His accent wasn't right for the character. I saw the movie with my kids and one of them asked me why he was talking that way. I didn't really have a good answer to that one.

This is a good movie to take the whole family to. It is a good clean movie with a lot of fun scenes and humor. You will get a few laughs and have some tender moments. Hope you get a chance to experience the "magic."


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