The Matchmaker, Charming and Sincere

A sincere coming of age film with a lot of a unusual romance comes to the screen, it’s called The Matchmaker and features fine acting and direction.  The movie gives a heartwarming look into lives that were aching from the past atrocities of war that muddled their futures.  If you like films that delve into a slice of life that’s continuously a hardship, it’s time you met The Matchmaker. Read more

Seeking Justice, an Action Thriller

High energy, good acting and a diabolical plot turn Seeking Justice into a winner.  Watching this film I found myself gasping for breath at times due to the impact that comes off the screen.  It’s a ‘what if?’ kind of movie that creates panic as much as it amazes. If you like an adult thriller that never lets up, then your choice is easy, Seeking Justice. Read more

Delicacy, a Sweet Romance (Film Review)

A sweet film with Audrey Tautou opens this weekend, and it’s one that women everywhere should enjoy.  It’s called Delicacy, and features an age-old story, but told in an interesting new way.  The touching little romance film sets up date night, and an opportunity for the guys to latch on the gal they have been wanting to sway and just go for it. Read more

John Carter, a Thrilling Sci-Fi Adventure

Technically John Carter shines as one of the better films I’ve seen in a couple of years.  The CGI, make-up, puppetry, mixed with fine live action characterization alone is worth the watch. Melding all this technology with the amazing fantasy story by Edgar Rice Burroughs and you have an excellent movie going experience. Much like the film Avatar you don’t have to be a science fiction enthusiast to enjoy the adventure and fantasy.

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PROJECT X, Wild and Crazy

No doubt about it Project X will go viral to the teen/twenties and drive up the box office into the $40 million plus range. Crammed with sight gags, crude language, dangerous stunts, bare breasts, sexual romps, drunken fights, drugged-out stupors, a badass little person that delivers some bruising groin shots and more, this film doesn’t hold back a thing.  Project X even comes with a warning to parents and police.  The only reason I’m also recommending this to adults, self-defense.

The plot of Project X could have been written by most any teen wanting to make a splash by throwing the most radical party ever with a payoff of instant popularity; you know, a ‘game changer’.  Thomas was born on his parent’s anniversary, but instead of celebrating his birthday with him they have decided to take a romantic weekend trip.  Their gift to Thomas is the run of the house and permission to have some friends over to help him observe his 17th birthday. Read more

Act of Valor, Incredibly Courageous

They’re not actors, directors Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh did not want them to be.  The main characters in the movie Act of Valor are real Navy SEALs and they perform like one of the best freedom fighter units that the United States could ever produce.  The film does more than entertain; it gives Americans a chance to see what the armed forces are doing to protect their freedom up close and personal.

The film puts the audience inside one of the most amazing military units in the world. The Navy SEALs are a specially trained military outfit that gets assignments in various aspects of the defense of our nation.  Whether a secret mission behind enemy lines, capturing enemy targets, or collecting intelligence at impossible odds, this unit of the Navy is always ready.  Read more

Wanderlust, a Wacky Comedy

With not a lot of wacky romance films in theaters Wanderlust may be the right ticket for you and your date.  Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but it’s still passable, especially if you aren’t critical of stories that are a bit goofier than the ordinary. The script gets obsessive in a brazen kind of way with some scenes even kicking it up a notch.  But, if it’s an icebreaker you want or just a way to add time to a first date, then you can do worse than Wanderlust.

George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) have hit the bottom of the barrel when the two find themselves without an income to support their existence in their New York City environment.  Under great stress due to George’s recent job loss, they head to Atlanta where his brother Rick (Ken Marino) has offered him a job.  Their non-stop 900-mile road trip develops into many sing-a-longs, a testy temperament and then just plain driving fatigue. Read more

This Means War, Action in Your Romance

It’s a lot of fun, but This Means War spins out of control at times and the romance gets sidetracked for some awesome spy thrills. I like the acting by the trio of leads and directing by McG isn’t too bad either.  If you are woman looking for a romantic night out however, your date better be a macho man.

The story goes pretty much like this; Tuck (Tom Hardy) and FDR (Chris Pine) are a couple of CIA operatives who are just coming off a case they botched while killing the brother of a international hit man Heinrich (Til Schweiger).  Grounded to an office in LA, the two best friends are even assigned desks opposite each other.  In the meantime, Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) a product tester for a large company has hit rock bottom in the dating scene and her best friend Trish (Chelsea Handler) persuades her to try on-line dating.

Not happy with things and a lot of time on his hands Tuck turns to finding a date on line and Lauren answers his ad.  Tuck tells FDR of his plan to get together with someone he met on the Internet and FDR says as a friend he’ll be nearby just in case there’s need for him.  Following the date, Lauren accidentally runs into FDR at a bookstore and the two hit it off.  Now with two men from which to choose, Lauren has become confused.  Tuck and FDR find out that they are dating the same girl and their spy instincts kick in causing a comedy of errors.   Then when Heinrich turns up, the love affair gets dicey. Read more

Thin Ice, A Slippery Plot

It seems like ages since a movie featuring a good cunning tale unraveled on the big screen and I’m happy to say Thin Ice fits the bill.  A smartly written well-acted story with so many twists and turns I found myself wondering, “How did I not see that coming”?  It’s a deceiving, manipulative and funny film played out in a quick tempo that kept me spellbound throughout.

The story centers on Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear) a small-time insurance agent looking for a way to increase his business and escape from the Wisconsin snow. A salesman who can sell as long as he can find someone to believe his smooth tongue delivery and there’s money to be had. At a conference where he gives a speech he meets Bob Egan (David Harbor) who gets hired by Mickey to get leads for his insurance business. Read more

La Rafle “The Roundup”, a Chilling Story

It’ not often enough that we can get reminded in film of some of the more dismal times from the past, especially those that show ‘man’s inhumanity to man.’  This happens to be the case of La Rafle (The Round-Up) a French film that captures a period in history covering the cruel extermination of a helpless people, including children in the 1941-45 France.  The movie has a sorrowful tone that resonates throughout yet a must see to remind us that the world we live in is so fragile.

The film opens with French children already wearing the yellow Jewish identification star sewn to their clothes like some sort of tattoo.  With fear of punishment and death, the Jewish people are scared with the scorns of those who look upon them as a scourge.  Stamped with this awful disparagement they still go on with their daily lives. The Nazi occupied France has put fear in the pathetic Vichy Government to do their bidding and time is running out for all Jews everywhere. Read more