REVIEW: ‘Unstoppable’

Director:
Tony Scott
Cast:
Denzel Washington
Chris Pine
Rosario Dawson
Ethan Suplee
Kevin Dunn
Rated: PG-13

Ever hear the saying “A lot of people would have to screw up for something like that to happen,” this is one of those situations.

Unstoppable follows the incident of a train in Pennsylvania that, after a few mistakes by an engineer, starts going down the tracks at speeds that (very slowly) reach 70 mph. Because of this, the corporation that owns the trains start doing everything in its power to stop the train, but none of it works as they would have hoped. Meanwhile, the manager of the shipyard where the incident happened, Connie (Dawson), is in contact with two others on another train that’s on the same track.

The two are Frank (Washington) and Will (Pine). Frank, is nearly a 30 year veteran and Will is a brand new rookie on his first day on the job with Frank. So you could say it’s like his training day (I’ve been waiting so long to use that joke). Anyways, the other part of the story follows these two as they race to try and stop the train by latching on and pulling it in the opposite direction, to do so they must put aside some of their differences to work together.

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REVIEW: ‘Skyline’

Director:
Colin Strause, Greg Strause
Cast:
Eric Balfour
Scottie Thompson
Brittany Daniel
Donald Faison
Rated: PG-13

This film may win a record for ripping off alien movies.

Skyline follows the characters Jarrod (Balfour) and Elaine (Thomson), a couple that are on their way to Los Angeles to visit their friend  Terry (Faison) who is a successful actor in Hollywood. When they arrive they start partying right away, but during the night a bright light starts pulling people into the sky including one of the people from the party at Terry’s apartment.

After another hour or two, they see outside that there are actually massive space ships that are sucking up all the humans, and they send down smaller ships/aliens themselves to search for more to capture. So, the rest of the film the audience is left with these characters whose biggest dilemma is whether or not to leave the apartment.

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REVIEW: ‘Due Date’

Director:
Todd Phillips
Cast:
Robert Downey Jr.
Zach Galifianakis
Michelle Monaghan
Jamie Foxx
Rated: R

Be prepared, I may mention “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” a bit in this review.

Robert Downey Jr. plays Peter Highman, a straight laced business man who is trying to get back to his home in California. He arrives at the airport and he meets the character Ethan Tremblay (Galifinakis), a person who is kind, but extremely clumsy, bringing a bit of destruction with him. Both Peter and Ethan end up on the same plane and after some wild antics they are thrown off the and Peter is put on the no fly list and is left without his money or passport.

After leaving the airport, Ethan comes by with a rental car and offers Peter a ride since he’s going to California too. Peter accepts since he has no other option. However, Highman’s nerves begin to be pushed to the limits as he finds Ethan to be completely stupid at every single level.

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REVIEW: ‘Megamind’

Director:
Tom McGrath
Cast:
Will Ferrell
Brad Pitt
Tina Fey
Jonah Hill
David Cross
Rated: PG

Megamind is the latest film from the Dreamworks Animation Studio which has had a busy year with How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek 4, and now this. Megamind (Ferrell) follows the title character who is an alien from a planet that was destroyed. Now living on Earth, he plans to conquer it after growing up in a prison. At the same time, another alien from a nearby planet that was destroyed also lives on Earth and has become its protector, his name is Metro Man (Pitt). Their battles continue on until finally Megamind does what even he thought was impossible, to eliminate Metroman.

After this, Megamind feels everything is going his way after getting rid of his enemy, but he soon learns that it’s no fun being a villain without an adversary. So, he decides to make a new hero, Titan, from the local news cameraman played by Jonah Hill. At the same time, Megamind takes the appearance as a Metroman researcher and starts a relationship in his disguise with the ‘Louis Lane’ character of the film Roxanne Ritchi (Fey). Things start to get out of hand though when Titan doesn’t make for the best hero.

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REVIEW: ‘Hereafter’

Director:
Clint Eastwood
Cast:
Matt Damon
Cécile De France
Bryce Dallas Howard
Frankie McLaren
George McLaren
Rated: R

Eastwood’s latest film starts off exciting, but becomes dull very fast.

The film follows the story of three different people, all of whom have dealt with death in one way or another. Damon’s character George is a man who used to be a big time psychic who is now just trying to live an ordinary life because of the grief he had to deal with in his job.

The next character is Marie Lelay played by Cecile De France, a French woman, who after having a near death experience in a tidal wave sets out to write a book about how seeing visions while entering death is scientifically backed up. And then we have the third story, it follows a young boy named Marcus who lost his brother Jason (Both the McLaren twins switched places with each other in these roles.)

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REVIEW: ‘RED’

Director:
Robert Schwentke
Cast:
Bruce Willis
Morgan Freeman
Helen Mirren
John Malkovich
Rated: R

If I have to hear the line “we’re getting the band back together” one more time I’ll go crazy.

In this film, Bruce Willis plays Frank Moses, a retired CIA agent who is living life day-to-day. The only thing that gives him something different in his life is calling a receptionist named Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) and starts getting friendly with her. It isn’t long though before a special ops team tries to kill Frank. This sets Frank off to first pick up Sarah since the CIA is tracking her, too.

After doing this Frank goes to his old friends, no pun intended, to warn them about being in danger also. The team he forms includes Joe (Freeman), Marvin (Malkovich), and Victoria (Mirren). As they work together to find out why they are being targeted, they are followed by Agent Cooper (Karl Urban).

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REVIEW: ‘The Social Network’

Director:
David Fincher
Cast:
Jesse Eisenberg
Rooney Mara
Andrew Garfield
Justin Timberlake
Rated: PG-13

The film begins in 2003 at Harvard University. After an argument, Mark Zuckerberg’s (Eisenberg) girlfriend Erica (Mara) breaks up with him. Zuckerberg, a genius in website making decides to do some online escapades to vent. After writing negatively about Erica on his blog, he creates a site called FaceSmash with the help of his friend Eduardo (Garfield). The site compares the beauty of women from Harvard and eventually ends up crashing Harvard’s internet by having so many people visit the site.

This leads to two wealthy Harvard brothers, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, contacting Mark to build a Harvard communication site called CollegeU. Mark agrees, but takes the idea to another level. Instead of creating CollegeU, Mark, with the help of Eduardo, creates a site called ‘thefacebook.’ This begin to spin out of control though as the creator of Napster, Sean Parker (Timberlake) contacts Mark and begins to move in as an adviser which begins to push Eduardo to the side.

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REVIEW: ‘Wall Street Money Never Sleeps’

Director:
Oliver Stone
Cast:
Michael Douglas
Shia LaBeouf
Josh Brolin
Carey Mulligan
Eli Wallach
Frank Langella
Rated: PG-13

Money Never Sleeps is a great tagline for this film since it proves the statement to be true.

The film is a sequel to the 1987 picture that also starred Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko. However, the lead character of this film is played by Shia Lebouf. This time around, Lebouf plays Jake, a young man working at a bank in 2008 while at the same time building toward proposing to his girlfriend Winnie (Mulligan), who happens to be Gekko’s daughter.

Tensions start to rise all around Jake, though, as Gekko is released from prison, causing stress for Winnie. At the same time, Jake also has to deal with a volatile market.

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REVIEW ‘Legend of the Guardians’

Director:
Zack Snyder
Cast:
Jim Sturgess
Emily Barclay
Abbie Cornish
Essie Davis
Adrienne DeFaria
Joel Edgerton
Ryan Kwanten
Rated: PG

Owls fighting each other with swords? That could never work.

Except in this film, Legend of the Guardians, it does. The film starts in a lush forest with a family of owls. In the family are the parents and their three children, their youngest Eglantine (DeFaria), and their two sons of the same age, Soren a very adventurous owl who believes in ancient legends of a group of heroic owls called The Guardians, and Kludd (Kwanten), who is very temperamental.

Soren and Kludd’s time with their family is cut short, though, as the two are kidnapped by very powerful owls who are working for the evil Metalbeak (Edgerton) and his assistant Nyra played by Helen Mirren. They soon find out that many other owls are being kidnapped as well to be brainwashed and made into an army for Metalbeak so he can eliminate the Guardians.

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REVIEW: ‘The Town’

Director:
Ben Affleck
Cast:
Ben Affleck
Rebecca Hall
Jon Hamm
Jeremy Renner
Blake Lively
Rated: R

Remember the Affleck who helped make Good Will Hunting, he is making a comeback.

The Town follows a group of four bank robbers led by Doug Macray (Affleck) who reside in Charleston Mass. Doug and his crew are very skilled in their profession and hardly have things go wrong. However, in their latest attempt at the beginning of the film, they are forced to take a hostage, a girl named Claire (Hall). They let her go and she goes to the cops and the FBI, but she doesn’t have much info since she was blindfolded.

This isn’t satisfying for the crew though as they believe she may actually remember something important and tell the authorities something that could put them in prison. Therefore Doug takes it upon himself to contact the girl and keep an eye on her. However, over this time he actually develops a relationship with her and starts to fall in love.

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