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Following movies watched on August month.

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Grown Ups (2010)
Genre: Comedy
Director: Dennis Dugan
Writers: Adam Sandler/Fred Wolf
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆
Watched: August 1,  2015

Cast:
Adam Sandler ……… Lenny Feder
Kevin James ………… Eric Lamonsoff
Chris Rock …………… Kurt McKenzie
David Spade ………… Marcus Higgins
Rob Schneider ……… Rob Hilliard
Salma Hayek ……….. Roxanne Chase-Feder
Maria Bello ………….. Sally Lamonsoff
Maya Rudolf ……….. Deanne McKenzie
Joyce Van Patten … Gloria
Steve Buscemi …….. Wiley

Grown Ups is a 2010 American buddy comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan, and written by Adam Sandler, who also stars in this film. Besides Sandler, the film co-stars Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider. The film tells a story of five childhood friends who won their junior high school basketball championship in 1978. They reunite three decades later to mourn the death of their coach. Meeting at a lakeside cottage they rented when they were young, the friends also re-connect with each other, their spouses, and their children. – wiki

Gloria: Like when Rob snapped at me the other day, that was scary. And you all thought I was so calm, but inside I was saying “Gloria Nunen, do not call him a bug-eyed sociopath with a little man complex. Do not say that his hair makes him look like a dirty q-tip. Or that he resembles an older, gay Jonas Brother. Or a midget, Filipino Fonzi.

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Definitely Maybe (2008)
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
Director: Adam Brooks
Writer: Adam Brooks
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆
Watched: August 2, 2015

Cast:
Ryan Reynolds ……… Will Hayes
Abigail Breslin ……… Maya Hayes
Eizabeth Banks ……. Emily
Isla Fisher …………… April
Rachel Weisz ………… Summer Hartley
Kevin Kline ………….. Hampton Roth

Summary:
Will is a 30-something Manhattan dad in the midst of a divorce whose 10-year-old daughter, Maya, starts to question him about his life before marriage. Maya wants to know absolutely everything about how her parents met and fell in love. Will’s story begins in 1992 as a young, starry-eyed aspiring politician who moves to New York from Wisconsin to work on the Clinton campaign. For Maya, Will relives his past as an idealistic young man learning the ins and outs of big-city politics. He also recounts the history of his romantic relationships with three very different women. Will hopelessly attempts a “PG” version of his story for his daughter and changes the names so Maya has to guess which woman her father finally married. Is her mother Will’s college sweetheart, the dependable girl-next-door Emily (Elizabeth Banks)? Is she his longtime best friend and confidante, the apolitical April (Isla Fisher)? Or is she the free-spirited but ambitious journalist Summer? As Maya puts together the pieces of her dad’s romantic puzzle, she begins to understand that love is not so simple or easy. And as Will tells her his tale, Maya helps him to understand that it’s definitely never too late to go back…maybe even to find a happy ending. 

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Dark Shadows (2012)
Genre: Horror | Comedy
Director: Tim Burton
Writer: John August | Seth Grehame Smith
Rating: ☆☆☆
Watched: August 3, 2015

Cast:
Johnny Depp …………………..  Barnabas Collins
Michelle Pfieffer ………….. Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Helena Bonham Carter ….. Dr. Julia Hoffman
Eva Green …………………….. Angelique Bouchard
Christopher Lee …………….. Clarney
Alice Cooper …………………… Alice Cooper
Bella Heathcote ……………… Victoria Winters | Josette DuPres

Synopsis:
Dark Shadows is a 2012 American horrorcomedy film based on the gothic television soap opera Dark Shadows that was broadcast between 1966 and 1971. The film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, a 200-year-old vampire who has been imprisoned in a coffin. Collins is eventually unearthed and makes his way back to his mansion, now inhabited by his descendants. He discovers that his jealous ex-lover Angelique Bouchard (played by Eva Green) has taken over the town’s fishing business that was once run by the Collins family (Bouchard is a witch who was responsible for transforming Collins into a vampire). Michelle Pfeiffer stars as Collins’ cousin Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family.

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Click (2006)
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Romance
Director: Frank Coraci
Writer: Mark O’Keefe | Steve Koren
Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Watched: August 4, 2015

Cast:
Adam Sandler …………………..  Michael Newman
Kate Beckinsale ……………….. Donna Newman
Christopher Walken ………….. Morty
David Hasselhoff …………….. Ammer

Synopsis:
Click is a 2006 American science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Frank Coraci, written by Steve Koren and Mark O’Keefe, and produced by Adam Sandler, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Kate Beckinsale and Christopher Walken.

Sandler plays an overworked architect who neglects his family. When he acquires a universal remote that enables him to “fast forward” through unpleasant or outright dull parts of his life, he soon learns that those seemingly bad bits contained vital parts of life’s lessons. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Makeup, making this the only Sandler film to be nominated for an Oscar.

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The Lovers (2015)
Genre: Action | Adventure | Romance | Drama
Director: Roland Joffè
Writers: Ajey Jhankar and Roland Joffè
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Watched: August 6,  2015

Cast:
Josh Hartnett ………….. James Stewart | Jay Fennel
Tamsin Egerton ……….. Laura Fennel
Alice Englert …………… Dolly
Tehmina Sunny ………… Sonubai

Great Barrier Reef, 2010. After a dangerous dive to save his wife while exploring an 18th century merchant ship wreckage, Jay Fennel, a rugged and attractive marine archaeologist lies brain dead in a Boston hospital. Jay’s dream-like coma takes us back in time to Pune, India in 1778. The Brits are invading the palaces and a young British captain named James Stewart (who bears a striking resemblance to Jay) is about to embark on a dangerous mission. Along the way he encounters murder, deceit, betrayal and revenge. He falls deeply in love with an Indian She-warrior named Tulaja- an impossible love which he must fight for.Only the power of a ring can transcend time and save a life. — Official Site

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Bride For Rent (2014)
Genre: Comedy | Romance | Drama
Director: Mae Czarina Cruz
Writers: Carmi Raymundo | Charlene Grace Bernardo
Rating: ☆☆☆
Watched: August 7,  2015

Cast:
Kim Chiu ………….. Raquelita “Rocky” Dela Cruz
Xian Lim ……….. Roderico “Rocco” Espiritu Jr.

Plot:
Bride for Rent is a 2014 Filipino romantic comedy film directed by Mae Cruz starring Kim Chiu and Xian Lim.  Rocco Espiritu (Xian Lim) and Rocky Dela Cruz (Kim Chiu) have one thing in common: they are both in need of money, fast.
A young man trying to get at his inheritance hires a woman to play his bride. But though it’s just supposed to be an act, things get unexpectedly real between them.

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5 to 7 (2014)
Genre: Comedy | Romance | Drama
Director: Victor Levin
Writers: Victor Levin
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆ ☆ ☆
Watched: August 8,  2015

Cast:
Anton Yelchin …………………. Brian
Olivia Thirlby ………………….. Jane
Bèrènice Marlohe …………… Arielle
Glenn Close ……………………. Arlene
Eric Stoltz …………………….. Galassi
Frank Langella ………………. Sam
Lambert Wilson ……………… Valery
Jocelyn DeBoer ……………… Kiva Bloom

Synopsis:
The two hours spanning 5 to 7 p.m. have great meaning for the French. In Agnès Varda’s 1962 film Cléo From 5 To 7, the protagonist spends them anxiously waiting to hear whether or not she has cancer. Varda chose that particular time, however, for a reason: She meant to subvert a longtime Gallic notion that those are the carefree hours one spends with one’s lover, between getting off work and having to be home for dinner. Just such a cinq à sept affair, transplanted to the streets of New York, provides the basis of 5 To 7, an unabashedly sincere romance that could have been made back in the days when that expression was still current. (A Time magazine article in 1966 noted that “love in the afternoon” had supplanted it; the erotic hours had become 2 to 4 p.m. Maybe the pendulum has swung back, though.)

At first, struggling young writer Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin) assumes that Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe), the French woman he awkwardly picked up while both were smoking outdoors, is unmarried, since she doesn’t wear a wedding ring. But after several platonic dates, she casually reveals that she has a husband, Valery (Lambert Wilson), who works as a diplomat, and two small children. Her relationship with Valery is an open one, however, and she’s perfectly free to take lovers, provided that she meet them only between 5 and 7 p.m.—no exceptions. Indeed, Valery has a lover of his own: a young woman named Jane (Olivia Thirlby), who, conveniently for Brian, happens to work in publishing. But Brian is more smitten with Arielle than he is professionally ambitious, and eventually he chafes at being forced into such a tiny window of her life. Arielle, too, confesses that she’s fallen in love with Brian, though that doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s prepared to walk away from her family in order to be with him. – avclub.com

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The Forger (2014)
Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
Director: Philip Martin
Writer: Richard D’Ovidio
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Watched: August 9,  2015

Cast:
John Travolta ……………….. Raymon J. Cutter
Christopher Plummer ……. Joseph Cutter
Tye Sheridan ………………… Will Cutter

Synopsis:
The world’s best art forger (John Travolta) makes a deal with a crime syndicate to get an early release from prison, but in return he must pull off an impossible heist – he must forge a painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from a museum, and replace it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice. He enlists the help of his father (Christopher Plummer) and son (Tye Sheridan) and together they plan the heist of their lives! – imdb

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7 Minutes (2014)
Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
Director: Jay Martin
Writer: Jay Martin
Rating: ☆☆
Watched: August 10,  2015

Cast:
Leven Rambin ……………. Kate
Jason Ritter ……………… Mike
Luke Mitchell …………… Sam
Kris Kristofferson ……. Mr. B

Plot:
‘Seven Minutes’ is the story of three friends, Sam, Mike and Owen, forced by circumstance to commit a brazen robbery. What begins as a simple plan – ‘in and out in seven minutes’ – quickly becomes a dangerous game of life and death. As each minute of the robbery unfolds, the stakes are pushed higher and higher. In the final act, Sam’s pregnant girlfriend Kate is kidnapped, escalating the situation even further and pressing our heroes to do whatever they can to make it out alive – imdb

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1915 (2015)
Genre: Drama
Director: Garin Hovanissian | Alec Mouhibian
Writer: Garin Hovanissian | Alec Mouhibian
Rating: ☆
Watched: August 10,  2015

Cast:
Simon Abkarian ……………… Simon
Angela Sarafyan …………… Angela
Sam Page ……………………… James

Plot:
In 2015, exactly 100 years after the Armenian Genocide, a theatre director (Simon) is staging a play at the Los Angeles Theatre to honor the victims of that tragedy — a horrifying crime forgotten and denied for an entire century. But as protesters surround his theatre, and a series of mysterious accidents spread panic among his actors, we realize that Simon’s mission is more controversial than we think — and the ghosts of the past are everywhere. – imdb

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Final Girl (2015)
Genre: Drama | Action | Thriller
Director: Tyler Shields
Writer: Adam Prince
Rating: ☆☆
Watched: August 11,  2015

Cast:
Abigail Breslin …………….. Veronica
Wes Bently ………………….. William

Plot:
A psychological thriller about a beautiful teen girl new to town who is lured out to the woods by a group of senior boys to be the victim in their final initiation. Taught by her trainer, William, to be a lethal weapon, she turns the hunters into the hunted with a level of perversity far beyond anything they could have ever imagined. – imdb

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Taken 3 (2014)
Genre: Action | Thriller
Director: Olivier Megaton
Writers: Luc Besson | Robert Mark Kamen
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
Watched: August 13,  2015

Cast:
Liam Neeson ……………….. Bryan Mills
Forest Whitaker ………….. Franck Dotzler
Famke Janssen ……………. Lenore St. John
Maggie Grace ……………… Kim Mills
Dougray Scott …………….. Stuart St. John

Plot:
Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose long awaited 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 – imdb

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The Healing (2012)
Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Director: Chito S. Roño
Writers: Chito S. Roño | Roy Iglesias
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Watched: August 14,  2015

Cast:
Vilma Santos ……….. Seth
Kim Chiu ………………. Cookie
Janice de Belen …….. Cita
Pokwang ……………….. Alma
Robert Arevalo ……… Odong
Martin del Rosario …. Jed

Synopsis:
The Healing is a story of Filipino tradition wherein people are asking for help on treatment of diseases. A news about the miraculous works of a faith healer spread all over attracting the attention of people suffering from various illness coming from everywhere. All of the sudden, the faith healer stops her “healing” sessions but was forced by a new group of patient.

The Healing features “star for all seasons” and Batangas Governor Vilma Santos in a rare appearance. It is directed by acclaimed director Chito S. Roño, who was also behind two of the best Filipino horror films of the last decade: “Feng Shui” (2004) and “Sukob” (2006).

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The Boy Next Door (2015)
Genre: Mystery | Thriller
Director: Rob Cohen
Writers: Barbara Curry
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆
Watched: August 16,  2015

Cast:
Jennifer Lopez ……… Claire Petersen
Ryan Guzman ………… Noah Sandborn
Ian Nelson ……………… Kevin Peterson
John Corbett …………… Garrett Peterson

Plot Summary:
When a handsome, charming teenager named Noah (Ryan Guzman) moves in next door, newly separated high-school teacher Claire Peterson (Jennifer Lopez) encourages his friendship and engages in a little bit of harmless (or so she thinks) flirtation. Although Noah spends much of the time hanging out with Claire’s son, the teen’s attraction to her is palpable. One night, Claire gives in to temptation and lets Noah seduce her, but when she tries to end the relationship, he turns violent.

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Frequencies (2013)
Genre: Mystery | Sci-fi | Romance
Director: Darren Paul Fisher
Writer: Darren Paul Fisher
Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Watched: August 17, 2015

Cast:
Daniel Fraser …………….. Zak
Eleanor Wyld ……………… Marie

Synopsis:
OXV: THE MANUAL is being billed as the world’s first Scientific-Philosophical romance. Boy meets girl in a not-quite-here, not-quite-now world where one simple discovery has forever changed all human interaction. The film could perhaps best be described as a combination of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, ‘(500) Days of Summer’ and ‘Primer’ – imdb anonymous

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Genre: Action | Adventure | Comedy
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writer: Jane Goldman | Matthew Vaughn
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
Watched: August 19, 2015

Cast:
Colin Firth ……………. Harry Hart | Galahad
Mark Strong …………. Merlin
Samuel L. Jackson …. Valentine
Michael Caine ………… Arthur
Taron Egerton ……….. Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin
Sofia Boutella ………….. Gazelle

Summary:
Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Harry Hart is the head of a elite secret spy organization called the Kingsman: The Secret Service. When he finds a regular street kid named Gary “Eggsy” Unwin down on his luck, he recruits him into the ultra intense training program. Meanwhile, criminal tech mastermind Richard Valentine is planning a mass genocide to wipe out certain DNA codes. When the Kingsman learn about the crime, Hart and Eggsy have to spring into action, track down the mastermind and his weapon and sift through a web of traitors to stop his plot.

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Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Genre: Adventure | Sci-fi | Action
Director: Andy & Lana Wachowski
Writers: Andy and Lana Wachowski
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Watched: August 20, 2015

Cast:
Mila Kunis ………………. Jupiter Jones
Channing Tatum ……… Caine Wise
Sean Bean ………………. Stinger Apini
Eddie Redmayne …….. Balem Abrasax

Summary:
Earth’s residents are unaware that the human species on Earth and countless other planets were established by families of alien royalty for the purpose of harvesting the resulting organisms to produce a type of youth serum for the elites on other planets. After the death of the matriarch of the House of Abrasax, the most powerful of the alien dynasties, her three children Balem, Kalique and Titus are fighting over the primary heir. Jupiter Jones, an unlucky caretaker living in Chicago, is identified as the genetic match of the murdered alien matriarch who used to rule Earth. Genetically engineered ex-military hunter Caine Wise shows up to protect her from alien assassins and take her to outer space, where the heirs of the Abrasax Dynasty are plotting against her. – warner bros.

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The Double (2014)
Genre: Drama | Comedy | Thriller
Director: Richard Ayoade
Writers: Fyodor Dostoevsky | Richard Ayoade
Rating: ☆☆☆
Watched: August 21, 2015

Cast:
Jesse Eisenberg ………………….. Simon/James
Mia Wasikowska …………………… Hannah

Plot Summary:
Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simons exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simons horror, James slowly starts taking over his life. – StudioCanal

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7500 (2014)
Genre: Horror | Mystery | Sci-fi | Thriller
Director: Takashi Shimizu
Writer: Craig Rosenberg
Rating: ☆☆
Watched: August 22, 2015

Cast:
Ryan Kwanten ………………….. Brad Martin
Amy Smart ………………………. Pia Martin
Leslie Bibb ……………………….. Laura Baxter
Jamie Chung …………………….. Suzy Lee
Scout Taylor-Compton ……… Jacinta Blotch

Plot Summary:
On May 12th, Vista Pacific Flight 7500 departs Los Angeles International Airport bound for Tokyo. The take-off is routine but what transpires over the next ten hours is anything but ordinary. As the overnight flight makes its way over the Pacific Ocean, the passengers encounter what appears to be a supernatural force in the cabin.

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Moon (2009)
Genre: Drama | Sci-fi
Director: Duncan Jones
Writer: Duncan Jones | Nathan Parker
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
Watched: August 22, 2015

Cast:
Sam Rockwell …………………. Sam Bell
Kevin Spacey …………………. GERTY (voice)
Dominique McElligott …….. Tess Bell

Plot Summary:
Sam Bell has a three year contract to work for Lunar Industries. For the contract’s entire duration, he is the sole employee based at their lunar station. His primary job responsibility is to harvest and periodically rocket back to Earth supplies of helium-3, the current clean and abundant fuel used on Earth. There is no direct communication link available between the lunar station and Earth, so his only direct real-time interaction is with GERTY, the intelligent computer whose function is to attend to his day to day needs. With such little human contact and all of it indirect, he feels that three years is far too long to be so isolated; he knows he is beginning to hallucinate as the end of his three years approaches. All he wants is to return to Earth to be with his wife Tess and their infant daughter Eve, who was born just prior to his leaving for this job. With two weeks to go, he gets into an accident at one of the mechanical harvesters and is rendered unconscious. Injured, he awakens back at the station in the infirmary, he assumes assisted by GERTY. GERTY tells him that a rescue team named Eliza will come to the station to clean up the aftermath of the accident. After his recuperation, he takes an unauthorized trip back to the broken harvester, where he makes an unexpected discovery. Because of his find, he begins to doubt his sanity, then his true identity, then the company and GERTY’s willingness to do what is best for him. Because of his resulting beliefs, his sole mission becomes how to get back to Earth on his own.

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Last Holiday (2006)
Genre: Drama | Adventure | Comedy
Director: Wayne Wang
Writer: Jeffrey Price | Peter S. Seaman
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Watched: August 22, 2015

Cast:
Queen Latifah …………………… Georgia Byrd
LL Cool J ……………………………. Sean Matthews
Timothy Hutton …………………. Matthew Kragen
Giancarlo Esposito …………….. Senator Dillings
Alicia Witt …………………………. Ms. Burns
Gerald Depardieu ……………… Chef Didier
Jane Adams ………………………. Rochelle

Plot Summary:
In morte veritas. Georgia Byrd clerks at a New Orleans department store. She defers pleasure: cooks gourmet meals, eats Lean Cuisine; likes a co-worker in silence; has savings, but hasn’t left Louisiana. All that changes when a CT Scan discloses she has three weeks to live. She cashes her savings and heads to Europe’s Grandhotel Pupp, where Chef Didier presides. She checks into the Presidential Suite, orders everything on the menu, snowboards, and comes to the attention of the chef and the hotel’s powerful American guests: a Congressman, a Senator, a retail magnate, and his mistress. She has nothing to lose, so she tells them what she thinks. Will the truth set them free? – imdb

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Contract Killers (2014)
Genre: Crime | Action | Thriller
Director: Mathew John Pearson
Writer: Michael Yee
Rating: ☆
Watched: August 22, 2015

Cast:
Richard Alexander ………………. Richard Alexander
Dallar Barnett ……………………. Dorio
Renee Cataldo …………………….. Annabella

Plot Summary:
Double-crossed by those he trusted the most, a newbie government hit man discovers that he’s the target for the world’s most dangerous assassin and so begins a ruthless game of kill first of be killed. -imdb

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American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009)
Genre: Comedy
Director: John Putch
Writers: David Steinberg | Adam Herz
Rating: ☆☆
Watched: August 23, 2015

Cast:
Bug Hall ………………………… Rob
Eugene Levy …………………. Mr. Levenstein
Kevin M. Horton …………….. Nathan
Brandon Hardesty ………… Lube
Beth Berhs …………………… Heidi

Plot Summary:
Ten years after the first American Pie movie, three new hapless virgins discover the Bible hidden in the school library at East Great Falls High. Unfortunately for them, the book is ruined, and with incomplete advice, the Bible leads them on a hilarious journey to lose their virginity.

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Bullet (2014)
Genre: Action | Thriller | Crime
Director: Nick Lyon
Writers: Nick Lyon | Ron Peer
Rating: ☆☆
Watched: August 25, 2015

Cast:
Danny Trejo …………………… Frank ” Bullet” Marasco
Max Perlich …………………….. Leroy
Eric St. John …………………… Estes
Seri Deyoung ………………….. Jessica

Plot Summary:
Frank Marasco arrests Kane Cartel who is then sentenced for execution. To stop this, Carlito Kane and Manual Kane kidnap the daughter of the California Governer and Frank’s grandson, Mario. Frank Marasco (Bullet) takes law into his own hands to save them. -imdb

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Still Alice (2014)
Genre: Drama
Director: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Writers: Lisa Genova (novel)
Screenplay: Richard Glatzer
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆☆

Cast:
Julianne Moore ……… Dr. Alice Howland
Kate Bosworth ……… Anna Howland-Jones
Shane McRae ………… Charlie Howland-Jones
Hunter Parrish ……… Tom Howland
Alec Baldwin …………. Dr. John Howland
Seth Gilliam …………. Frederic Johnson
Kristen Stewart …… Lydia Howland
Stephen Kunken …… Dr. Benjamin
Erin Darke ………….. Jenny
Daniel Gerroll ……… Eric Wellman

About the movie:
Still Alice is a 2014 American drama filmwritten and directed by Richard Glatzer andWash Westmoreland and based on Lisa Genova’s 2007 bestselling novel of the same name. The film stars Julianne Moore as Alice Howland, a linguistics professor at Columbia diagnosed with familial Alzheimer’s disease.Alec Baldwin plays her husband, John, andKristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish play her children, Lydia, Anna and Tom.

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American Sniper (2014)
Genre: Action | Biography | Drama
Director: Clint Eastwood
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Cast:
Bradley Cooper ……….. Chris Kyle
Kyle Gallner ……………. Goat-Winston
Cole Konis ……………….. Young Chris Kyle
Ben Reed ………………… Wayne Kyle
Elise Robertson ……….. Debbie Kyle
Luke Sunshine …………. Young Jeff Kyle

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American Sniper

About the movie:
American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical war drama film directed byClint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. It is based on the memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (2012) by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. The film follows the life of Kyle, who became the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history with 255 kills from four tours in the Iraq War, 160 of which were officially confirmed by theDepartment of Defense. While Kyle was celebrated for his military successes, his tours of duty took a heavy toll on his personal and family life. The film stars Bradley Cooperas Kyle and Sienna Miller as his wife Taya, with Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger,Jake McDorman, and Cory Hardrict in supporting roles.

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Wild (2014)
Genre: Biography | Drama
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Cast:
Reese Witherspoon …………. Cheryl
Laura Dern ……………………. Bobbi
Thomas Sadoski ……………… Paul
Keene McRae ………………… Leif
Michiel Huisman ……………. Jonathan
W. Earl Brown ………………. Frank
Gaby Hoffmann …………… Aimee

About the movie:
In June 1995, recently divorced Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) leavesMinneapolis, Minnesota with plans of hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail as a way of self-discovery and healing. Despite her inexperience, Strayed begins her trek through the Mojave Desert in Southern California. During the hike, Strayed reflects on her childhood in Minnesota and her mother, Bobbi Grey (Laura Dern), whose death pushed Strayed toward a path of self-destructive behavior, which led to her divorce.

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The Interview
Genre: Action | Comedy
Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Cast:
James Franco ………….. Dave Skylark
Seth Rogen ……………… Aaron Rapaport
Lizzy Caplan ……………. Agent Lacey
Randall Park …………… President Kim
Diana Bang …………….. Sook
Timothy Simons ………. Malcolm

About the movie:
Dave Skylark, host of the talk show Skylark Tonight, interviews celebrities about personal topics and gossip. After Dave and his crew celebrate their 1,000th episode, they discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of Skylark Tonight, prompting the show’s producer Aaron Rapoport to arrange an interview. Aaron travels to rural China to receive instructions from Sook-yin Park, a North Korean propagandist, and Dave accepts the task of interviewing Kim.

Our Beloved Leader is wise. He is gentle, kind and strong. We wish him joy. We wish him peace. We wish him love. And the one thing in our time, we wish more than this is for the United States to explode in a ball of fiery hell. May they be forced to starve and beg, and be ravaged by disease. May they be helpless, poor and sad and cold! They are arrogant and fat. They are stupid and they’re evil. May they drown in their own blood and feces. Die America, die. Oh please won’t you die? It would fill my tiny little heart with joy. May your women all be raped by beasts of the jungle while your children are foooorced to watch!

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Left Behind (2014)
Genre: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Director: Vic Armstrong
Rating: ☆☆

Cast:
Nicolas Cage ………………. Rayford Steele
Chad Michael Murray …. Buck Williams
Lea Thompson …………….. Irene Steele
Nicky Whelan ……………… Hattie Durham
Cassi Thomson ……………. Chloe Steele
Jordin Sparks …………….. Shasta Carvell

About the movie:
A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Imagine I’m Beautiful (2014)
Genre: Drama
Director: Meredith Edwards
Rating: ☆☆

Cast:
Natalie Knepp …………………….. Natasha
Alexandra Turshen ……………… Hip Chick
Lucas Salvagno …………………… Massi
Naomi McDougall Jones ………. Lana
Katie Morrison …………………… Kate
Susan Wands ………………………. Dorothy

Synopis:
After her mother’s suicide, a young woman moves to New York to start afresh. After a rocky start with her new and troubled roommate, the two slowly forge a friendship, finding solace in each other’s difficult pasts; until one of them makes a discovery that will alter their friendship for good.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Genre: Mystery | Drama
Director: Rowan Joffe
Rating: ☆☆☆

Cast:
Nicole Kidman ……….. Christine
Colin Firth …………….. Ben
Mark Strong …………. Dr. Nasch
Ben Crompton ………. Warehouse Caretaker
Anne-Marie Duff …. Claire
Adam Levy ……………. Husband

Synopsis:
Forty-year-old Christine Lucas wakes up in bed with a man she does not know, in an unfamiliar house. The man explains that he is her husband, Ben, and that she suffered brain damage from a car accident ten years earlier. Christine wakes up every morning with no memory of her life from her early twenties onwards. – wiki

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Life Partners (2014)
Genre: Comedy | Romance
Director:
Rating: ☆☆

Cast:
Leighton Meester …. Sasha
Gillian Jacobs ……….. Paige
Gabourey Sidibe …… Jen
Beth Dover ………….. Jenn
Abby Elliott …………. Vanessa
Kate McKinnon …….. Trace
Adam Brody ………… Tim
Mark Feuerstein ….. Casey

Synopsis:
The comedy is about a co-dependent friendship between two very different girls—straight type-A Paige (Jacobs) and lesbian slacker Sasha (Meester)—All is fine until Paige meets Tim (Brody), a young and charming doctor. As the relationship heats up, Paige and Sasha have to learn how to work Tim into their friendship. – wiki

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Nowhere Safe (2014)
Genre: TV Movie | Drama
Director: Brian Brough
Rating: ☆

Cast:
Natasha Henstridge … Julie Johnson
Jamie Kennedy ……….. Kevin Carlisle
Danielle Chuchran …… Ashley Evans
James Gaisford ………. Nick

Synopsis:
A teenage girl becomes the target of cyber-bullies, and flees town with her mother. Later, in a faraway town, an eccentric history teacher gives the tormented girl the tools to face her past, and embrace the future.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife (2014)
Genre: Comedy | Crime
Director: Scott Foley
Rating: ☆☆☆

Cast:
Amy Acker …………………. Gina
Ava Carpinello ……………. Lily
James Carpinello ………… Ronnie
Dagmara Dominczyk …… Stacy

Synopsis:
Everyone hates Ward’s wife and wants her dead, Ward (Donald Faison) most of all. But when his friends’ murderous fantasies turn into an (accidental) reality, they have to deal with a whole new set of problems — like how to dispose of the body and still make their 3 p.m. tee time. Scott Foley’s directorial debut, also starring Foley, Patrick Wilson, Amy Acker, and Nicolette Sheridan, is a blackly comic caper about helping a friend out of a bad relationship by any means necessary.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Son of A Gun (2014)
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
Director: Julius Avery
Rating: ☆☆

Cast:
Alicia Vikander ……….. Tasha
Ewan McGregor ……… Brendan
Brenton Thwaites …… JR
Damon Herriman ……. Private Wilson

Synopsis:
A 19-year-old youth, JR (Brenton Thwaites) is sent to an Australian correctional facility for six months as punishment for a minor crime. During his first few days at the prison, he finds his cellmate is being sexually abused by another group of prisoners led by a man named Dave. JR also comes across the charismatic Brendan Lynch (Ewan McGregor), Australia’s public enemy #1 and a notoriousarmed robber. Lynch is playing a game ofcorrespondence chess when a passing JR points out an unseen checkmate against Lynch, demonstrates the move, and is dismissed. Later, JR finds his cellmate sharpening a shiv with the intention of defending himself against Dave. When Dave and his gang move to attack the cellmate, JR prevents the attack by initiating a fight. Lynch scolds JR for meddling in other people’s affairs, and soon after, JR’s cellmate is once again sexually assaulted. His cellmate attempts to commit suicide, directing Dave’s focus towards JR. When Dave and his gang try to rape JR, Lynch and his men, Sterlo (Matt Nable) and Merv (Eddie Baroo), rescue JR and kill Dave. In exchange for Lynch’s protection during JR’s sentence, JR agrees to perform tasks for Lynch outside of prison.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Dying of the Light (2004)
Genre: Drama | Thriller
Director: Paul Schrader
Rating: ☆☆☆

Cast:
Nicolas Cage …………… Evan Lake
Anton Yelchin …………. Milton Schultz
Alexander Karim …….. Muhammad Banir
Irène Jacob ……………. Michelle Zuberain

Synopsis:
Veteran Central Intelligence Agency agent Evan Lake has been ordered to retire, but when his protégé, Milton Schultz, uncovers evidence that Lake’s nemesis, the terrorist Banir, has resurfaced, Lake goes rogue, embarking on a perilous, intercontinental mission to eliminate his sworn enemy.

Evan Lake (Nicolas Cage) is a highly decorated veteran CIA agent and Intelligence Star recipient reduced to a desk job at Langley with his protege and close friend Milton “Milt” Schultz (Anton Yelchin). 22 years ago during in op in Africa, Lake was captured by terrorist Muhammad Banir (Alexander Karim) and tortured by having his head repeatedly bashed and having his ear mutilated. During the extraction and ensuing explosion, Banir went missing and was presumed dead, although Lake never bought it and has obsessively tried to find Banir ever since. As a result of the trauma he sustained under torture, Lake is now suffering from early stage frontal temporal dementia, and his boss considers him a liability to the agency. – wiki

Note: Another Nicolas Cage not-so  “face-off” movie. Story about the CIA with Dementia.

Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo (2014)
Genre: Biography | Action | Drama
Director: Enzo Williams
Rating: ☆☆

Cast:
Robin Padilla …………….. Supremo / Andres Bonifacio
Vina Morales …………….. Oryang / Gregoria De Jesus
Daniel Padilla ……………. Student Researcher
Eddie Garcia …………….. Museum Curator
Jasmine Curtis Smith … Student Researcher
Ping Medina ………………. Ladisaw Diwa
Isko Moreno ………………. Padre Jose Burgos
Jericho Rosales ………….. Jose Rizal

 “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo” is a historical action biopic that brings to light the powerful, true-to-life drama of Filipino revolutionary Andres Bonifacio, one of our country’s national heroes — with his virtues and humanity, unfolding through the eyes of a young generation in this day and age.

Unlike Jose Rizal which a blockbuster movie in the ’90s by the late filmmaker Marilou Diaz-Abaya, garnered most winners on the awards night.  Though same history movie, I can say that the production made to Rizal is quite good compare to Bonifacio.

But what can we wait for upcoming Enzo Williams is that he has the capabilities to do good sensible movies.  I hope the old trend of “Bossing”, Shake, Rattle & Roll undying sequences, sigh! Panday is dead already and doesn’t wanted to go back again to MMFF.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Stonehearst Asylum (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Brad Anderson
Rating: ☆☆☆

Casts:
Kate Beckinsale …………. Eliza Graves
Jim Sturgess ……………… Edward Newgate
David Thewlis …………….. Mickey Finn
Brendan Gleeson ……….. The Alienist
Ben Kingsley ……………… Silas Lamb
Michael Caine …………….. Benjamin Salt
Jason Flemyng …………… Swanwick
Sophie Kennedy Clark … Millie

The movie is based on short story written in 1844 by E. A. Poe – The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.

I did enjoy this film. Its a nice piece of Gothic melodrama rather than a Gothic horror (as it’s made out to be) not least because its concern is to humanise rather than exploit its subject matter.

Let me one imdb user do me the review, 19th (and 20th) century mental asylums were fascinating and terrifying places, and fortunately or unfortunately depending on your opinion the film doesn’t really explore the worst horrors that took place in those institutions. Etc is one of the ‘abuses’ that used to be forced on people, but since its still in some circumstances used today (as it can be effective for treating depression amongst other things) its got a slightly ambiguous status as an ‘horror’ treatment (although I’ve met people who were profoundly angry at being forced to undergo it). Despite this – the film works very well, not least because we never know quite what to expect from Ben Kingsley and the always top notch David Thewlis as the villains of the piece, and to go with the melodrama there’s some genuine villainy & tragedy to keep the narrative going not to mention a few twists and turns.

I’ve no idea how this relates to the tale by Edgar Allen Poe, but the director / writers have managed to balance the sense you get when reading a Wilkie Collins novel or other 19th century melodrama with the (slightly) more critical perspective we have today, although having said that the idea of a therapeutic community – an idea implicit in much of the film – remains quite controversial even today, where drug treatments as a first line of intervention remain the norm rather than the exception. Combined with this is the equally perhaps more controversial idea that sanity is a function of the society we live in – something which is definitely true to some extent – as in the example of hysteria the film addresses – but to what extent is far more controversial? The solution conjured at the end may or may not be if you like a psychotic departure from reality depending on your opinion on the nature of mental illness. 

Overall then a very nice little film, with a great cast, and good pacing. ~ RetroRick iMDB Reviewer

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (2014)
Genres: Biography | Drama | Music | TV Movie
Director: Bradley Walsh
Rating: ☆☆

Casts:
Alexandra Shipp …….. Aaliyah Haughton
Rachael Crawford ….. Diane Haughton
Elise Neal ………………. Gladys Knight
Christopher Jacot ….. Ryan Nichols
Clé Bennett …………… R. Kelly

I do not know why everyone in imdb giving this Biopic Lifetime TV movie a very poor rating. Maybe because i didn’t know the true Aaliyah story. Also, I didn’t know that Aaliyah was died in a plane crash in Bahamas the reason I got interest to watch this. To incude the rumor scandal involving R. Kelly.  The song that first comes to my mind when I think Aaliyah was her hit “At Your Best” with lyrics below.

Let me know, let me know
Let me know, let me know
Let me know

When I feel, what I feel
Sometimes it’s hard to tell you so
You may not be in the mood to learn
What you think you know

There are times when I find
You wanna keep yourself from me
When I don’t have the strength
I’m just a mirror of what I see

But at your best, you are love
You’re a positive motivating force within my life
Should you ever feel the need to wonder why
Let me know, let me know

~ Aaliyah

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

The Mule (2014)
Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
Director: Tony Mahony & Angus Sampson
Screenplay: Angus Sampson & Leigh Whannell
Story: Jaime Brown
Rating: ☆☆

Hugo Weaving ……..Tom Croft
Angus Sampson ….. Ray Jenkins
Leigh Whannell …… Gavin
Ewen Leslie ……….. Paris
Georgina Haig …… Jasmine Griffiths
John Noble …………. Pat Shepherd

When you are watching this movie, you can relate and think on how our fellow citizen got involve in such kind of activities. You wonder how they handle to hide such drugs unknowingly and being couriered to its target destination.  Or they are aware of it but taking their unfavorable chances.

The story sets in 1983, a naive TV repairman Tom got recruited to a syndicate and with lethal narcotics hidden in his stomach is being held by Australian Federal Police suspecting to be having drugs in his body. Alone and afraid, Tom has to make a desperate choice; to defy his bodily functions and withhold the evidence…literally. And by doing so becomes a ‘human time-bomb’; dragging cops, criminals and concerned family into his impossible escapade thanks to his expertise as tv electrician.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Maps to the Stars (2014)
Genre: Drama
Director: David Cronenberg
Producer: Said Ben Said | Martin Katz | Michel Merkt
Screenplay: Bruce Wagner
Story: Bruce Wagner
Rating: ☆☆

Casts:
Julianne Moore ……..Havana Segrand
Mia Wasikowska ……. Agatha Weiss
John Cusack …………. Dr. Stafford Weiss
Robert Pattinson ….. Jerome Fontana
Olivia Williams ……….. Cristina Weiss

A typical David Cronenberg movie. I have watched his 2005 “A History of Violence” starring Viggo Mortensen. Maps to the Stars on the other hand as one reviewer says Cronenberg is finally savaging Hollywood.

A reviewer pointed out Maps to the Stars is a tabloid Greek tragedy. For every name-dropping mention of Harvey Weinstein(I do not know him) and the Dalai Lama, there’s a plot twist ripped out of Aeschylus. Think of incest, more incest, and two angry ghosts. Benjie is haunted by a Make-A-Wish patient (Kiara Giasco) he lied to on her deathbed, while Havana’s dead mom Clarice (Sarah Gadon) stalks her from the grave. Havana can’t even have a drunken three-way without her mother taking over the other girl’s body to mock her daughter’s dream of remaking of her most famous classic.

With a grisly ending inevitable, the fun is figuring out exactly who Cronenberg is skewering. Benjie’s scrawny shoulders, black leather jacket and bad attitude spring from Justin Bieber. His enabling stage mom (Olivia Williams) is a ringer for Kris Jenner. And Havana with her frizzy orange-blonde hair, see-through shirts, and girlish up-talking is Lindsay Lohan fast-forwarded 15 years. (Or if you’re feeling uncharitable, Lindsay Lohan today.)

Julianne Moore is remarkable. Havana is a beautiful beast, a creature who’s so vain that she sends her assistant Agatha out for a dozen beauty cure-alls, and so base that she does it while farting on the toilet. In her massage therapy sessions with crack-pot guru Dr. Stafford (John Cusack), she cries about her mother sexually abusing her as a child, but when another actress’ family tragedy puts her back in contention for a plum role, she dances around her mansion singing, na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, hey-hey-hey. Goodbye!

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

You’re Not You (2014)
Genre: Drama
Director: George C. Wolfe
Based on the book by: Michelle Wildgen
Rating: ☆☆☆

Cast:
Hilary Swank ………… Kate
Emmy Rossum ………. Bec
Josh Duhamel ……….. Evan
Stephanie Beatriz … Jill

A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.

On this movie I fully understand how ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis though #IceBucketChallenge become trending last year. 

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

The Heart Machine (2014)
Genre: Drama
Director: Zachary Wigon
Rating: ☆

Cast:
John Gallagher Jr. … Cody
Kate Lyn Sheil ………. Virginia

A man begins to suspect that his long-distance girlfriend whom he met on the Internet has been living in the same city as him, and he sets out looking for her.

Boring to watch this movie. I would rather select a cartoon movie. The title will give you a thinking somewhat a medical or a heavy drama but its not.