The Hunger Games
Jennifer Lawrence's charisma and the the sly excellence of her supporting cast keep "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" aloft. This third installment in the "Hunger Games" saga (technically chapter three, part one) is a bleak, sometimes dire experience, and not only because it's the darkest installment yet in an already dark saga, catching dystopian rebels in a beaten-down and demoralized state. As written by regular series scribes Peter Craig and Danny Strong, and as directed by Frances Lawrence (who helmed the second film in the series, "Hunger Games: Catching Fire"), it also feels a bit stretched out, not to give the actors room to breathe and widen the film's narrative margins to better pack them with detail, but because that's how Hollywood increasingly does big budget "event" franchises these days: chopping one volume into two or three, a la "Harry Potter" or "The Hobbit," to satisfy the most literal-minded readers by dramatizing as many scenes as possible, and to sell more tickets.
Itharkuthaane Aasai Pattai Balakumara Movie Review
Actor Vijay Sethupathi seems to have a golden run with his films at the box-office. All his recent releases like “Pizza”, “Naduvula Konjam Pakatha Kaanunm” and “Soodhu Kavvum” had been surprise hits and hence his latest release “Itharku Thaane Aasai Pattai Balakumara” was expected to be a sure-shot hit at the box-office. However, law of averages seems to have spared none and hence this film turns out to be a bit of slump in Vijay Sethupathi’s initial career. Written and directed by Gokul, the film was wrapped up in quick time. The Pooja of the film was held during March 2013 and within a span of 7 months, the film got released in theatres.
House of Sand and Fog Movie Review (2003) | Roger Ebert
It's so rare to find a movie that doesn't take sides. Conflict is said to be the basis of popular fiction, and yet here is a film that seizes us with its first scene and never lets go, and we feel sympathy all the way through for everyone in it. To be sure, they sometimes do bad things, but the movie understands them and their flaws. Like great fiction, "House of Sand and Fog" sees into the hearts of its characters, and loves and pities them. It is based on a novel by Andre Dubus II, and there must have been pressure to cheapen and simplify it into a formula of good and evil.
2012 Doomsday Reviews & Ratings - IMDb
Write review Page 1 of 25:            Index 248 reviews in total 278 out of 305 people found the following review useful: Author: megerild from Tallinn, Estonia 30 January 2008 I hope the makers of this movie are happy, they made me waste 1,5 hours of my life a left me puzzled with greatest question of all time: will there ever be a movie thats worse then this? I have to say I started watching this movie with skeptic thoughts in my mind, but not even in my worst nightmares would I have seen what was before me.
1920 Evil Returns movie review: What’s the point?
1920: Evil Returnsis the story of Jaidev Verma (Aftab Shivdasani), Smruti (Tia Bajpai), Karuna (Vidya Malvade) and an evil spirit. And a castle, a picturesque location and hummable songs are all in place. Yet, this movie tells you how – even with all these aspects intact – a story can still go nowhere. For starters, it looks like the poetic nature of Jaidev’s character has rubbed on to everyone, including the servants in the Verma household. Secondly, the dialogues are really, truly, totally at their cheesiest best. Thirdly…oh the list is endless.
Open Windows Movie Review & Film Summary (2014)
Heavily inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's influence on Brian De Palma, Nacho Vigalondo’s “Open Windows” goes from crazy to Crazy to CRAZY, but maintains enough energy and cultural currency to keep the entertainment value high. It’s one of those admittedly silly films that moves so quickly that one rarely has time to question its logic. Consider that a piece of advice. If you think about any of the dozen or so twists in “Open Windows” for even a few seconds, the entire exercise falls apart. However, there’s enough filmmaking skill and an enticing melting pot of commentary on celebrity and hacker culture to keep it humming.
300 (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes
Sin City author Frank Miller's sweeping take on the historic Battle of Thermopylae comes to the screen courtesy of Dawn of the Dead director Zack Snyder. Gerard Butler stars as Spartan King Leonidas and Lena Headey plays Queen Gorgo. The massive army of the Persian Empire is sweeping across the globe, crushing every force that dares stand in its path. When a Persian envoy arrives in Sparta offering King Leonidas power over all of Greece if he will only bow to the will of the all powerful Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), the strong-willed leader assembles a small army comprised of his empire's best fighters and marches off to battle.
Cocktail Hindi Movie Review (Saif)
Home > times of india > Cocktail Hindi Movie Review (Saif) Cocktail Rating: 2. 8/5 From All the reviews on the web Showing 13 Reviews Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN (IBNLive) Alas, Cocktail, directed by Homi Adajania, is no saucy menage a trois, although it does involve three friends living together in London, a little too close for comfort. No, Cocktail falls firmly in the rom-com space. But even as the tone shifts uncomfortably from breezy, light-hearted fun, to heavy drama in the second half, you’re never in danger of actually caring for the cardboard characters in this empty souffle of a film.
Running With Scissors - Movie Reviews
Cole Smithey ColeSmithey. com Based on Augusten Burrough's memoir, "Running With Scissors" traverses the '70's American zeitgeist in eccentric personal terms when the American dream plummeted into horror with the aid of prescription drugs. Brandon Fibbs BrandonFibbs. com Running With Scissors is a schizophrenic film. It simply doesn't know what it wants to be %u2014 a witty and wacky satire, or a serious and heartfelt drama. Urban Cinefile Critics Urban Cinefile For every aspect that is depressing, there something that is fresh and uplifting, and it is credit to writer director Ryan Murphy for capturing the mood of Burroughs' book so faithfully.
Movie Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings
by Sr. Helena Burns, fsp on Dec 17, 2014 in Featured, On TV and Movies Exodus –the story of Moses–proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that atheists make the best Bible movies (see my review ofNoah ). I don’t know that atheists necessarily make the best contemporary movies about faith or people of faith, but they certainly do the oldies well. Perhaps this is in part because they mine an amazing text/source that believers might take at face value and/or are afraid to delve to deeply into. Also, atheists are hungrier than us spoiled, slothful believers who take everything for granted.