reviewthat: (Books: The Devil Presents: Books)
2011-12-11 06:28 pm

The Uncertain Places

Book: The Uncertain Places
By: Lisa Goldstein
Pages: 240
Release Date: June 15, 2011 (paperback edition)
Stars: 1 1/2

Berkley student Will Taylor meets the Feierabend sisters through his friend Ben, and soon finds that there is something rather strange about the family.

Here there be spoilers )
reviewthat: (Movies: Don't Judge a Book By Its Movie)
2011-11-25 05:58 pm

The Dawn Treader

Movie: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Starring: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Will Poulter, Ben Barnes, and Simon Pegg.
Released Nationwide: December 10, 2010
DVD Released: April 8, 2011
Stars: 3 1/2

Based on the C.S. Lewis book of the same name, this is the story of what happens when Lucy and Edmund return to Narnia for the third, and final time. Along with them comes their cousin Eustace, who is convinced in the beginning that he has been kidnapped by crazy people. The children meet up with Caspian as soon as they arrive, and set out on a quest to reclaim seven swords that have been blessed by Aslan.

Here there be spoilers )

This once was rather better than the adaptation of Prince Caspian and is certainly worth at least a rental.
reviewthat: (Movies: I Love Movies)
2011-08-23 08:49 pm

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Movie: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow and Andy Serkis.
Released Nationwide: August 5, 2011
Stars: 3 1/2

James Franco's character of Will is trying to create a cure for Alzheimer's disease by testing a genetically engineered retrovirus on chimpanzees so that he can help his father (who suffers from the disease). The retrovirus gives the chimps increased intelligence, and after the chimp that seems to show the most improvement in intellect goes on a rampage after believing that her baby was threatened, the project is scrapped. Will takes the baby chimp home and raises him in secret, discovering that the increased intellect was passed on to the baby (which is named Caesar). Caesar soon becomes part of the family, and years later (after the retrovirus proves to no longer be effective), Caesar attempts to protect Will's father from perceived danger. Because of this, Caesar is forced to live in a primate sanctuary, and while there he becomes a dominant force amongst the other primates. He soon figures out how to free himself from his cage, as well as from the facility, and he gets a hold of a newer, more powerful version of the antivirus. After exposing the other primates to an airborne form, he attempts to free them all from their prison.

Here there be spoilers )

This one is worth checking out in at least a matinee format.
reviewthat: (Books: I Write Like a MoFo)
2011-07-30 05:48 pm

Green

Book: Green
By: Jay Lake
Pages: 368
Release Date: June 9, 2009 (hardback) and February 15, 2011 (paperback)
Stars: 1

Here we have the story of a girl who is bought from her father by a foreigner who takes her to a school so that she can be brought to possibly be chosen to be the cortisone for a duke. She spend several years there being taught how to be a "lady", while being beaten for having any sort of thoughts of her own. By the time that she is about twelve, she kills the woman who is in charge of her schooling, and runs away. She then becomes a sort of warrior monk, but is cast out when she helps one of her former teachers not be murdered in a mob. And as part of her punishment, she is forced to go back to the city where she had been held captive and taught to be the perfect lover to a duke.

Here there be spoilers )

All in all, I'd say completely skip this one. You'll be much happier about this if you do.
reviewthat: (Movies: *gets popcorn*)
2011-07-27 08:40 pm

Captain America: The First Avenger

Movie: Captain America: The First Avenger
Starring: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper, Stanley Tucci, and Toby Jones.
Released Nationwide: July 22, 2011
Stars: 3 1/2

This film is based on the comic book about Captain America, a soldier during WWII who is routinely turned away from joining the army because of multiple issues with him not being physically desirable to be a soldier. However, he is picked to be a part of a program to turn him into the perfect soldier. Soon after he is changed by the program, sabotage takes the whole thing down and kills the scientist who is in charge of the research. After becoming the army's tool, the cap takes matters into his own hands and begins going after the man who is responsible for the killing of the scientist (and who is trying to kill pretty much everyone).

Here there be spoilers )

This one is worth the check-out, even if you have to pay the full price for it.
reviewthat: (Movies: Don't Judge a Book By Its Movie)
2011-07-19 08:08 pm

Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Movie: Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, and Matthew Lewis.
Released Nationwide: July 15, 2011
Stars: 3

This is the second half of the book of the same name. In this last film, Harry must face Lord Voldemort to make sure that Voldemort cannot take over the world, or harm anyone else.

Here there be spoilers )
reviewthat: (Movies: Reel & Popcorn)
2011-06-12 04:58 pm

Super 8

Movie: Super 8
Starring: Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Gabriel Basso, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, and Elle Fanning.
Released Nationwide: June 10, 2011
Stars:2

A group of friends are working on making an amateur zombie film that they are hoping will win at the festival that they are planning on entering it in. In the process of filming one of the scenes at a train station, they witness a massive derailment of a passing train, and the camera that they are using happens to catch something escaping from the wreckage. The military quickly takes over their town, looking for what escaped from the train, and bring it back into custody. All the while, the kids are trying to figure out what is going on while they are trying to evade capture by the military (and as they are trying to keep themselves from being killed).

Here there be spoilers )

This film does not live up to the hype that seems to surround Abrams these days, and it's probably better to either skip it, or wait until you can catch it in a matinee.
reviewthat: (Movies: *gets popcorn*)
2011-06-11 06:50 pm

X-Men: First Class

Movie: X-Men: First Class
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones and Kevin Bacon.
Released Nationwide: June 3, 2011
Stars:3

This is a reboot of the X-Men movie series which takes place during the Cuban Missile Crisis of the late '60s. The first group of "X-Men" are enlisted to help Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Eric Lensherr (Magneto) stop a Russian ship from bringing missiles to Cuba and beginning World War III.

Here there be spoilers )

The film was fun to watch (as a film and as a game of "spot the star"), and is worth checking out.
reviewthat: (Mythology)
2011-05-15 03:16 pm

Thor

Movie: Thor
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins and Stellan SkarsgÄrd.
Released Nationwide: May 6, 2011
Stars:3

This film is based on the Marvel comic "Thor" and tells the story of how Thor was banished from Asgard (the home of the Norse gods) when his father decides that he is not worthy of being the successor for the crown. As a result, he must go to earth and prove that he is worthy of being the next king.

Here there be spoilers )

This was a fun film, and certainly worth going to see as a matinee.
reviewthat: (Movies: Reel & Popcorn)
2011-05-14 03:08 pm

Salt

Movie: Salt
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Released Nationwide: July 23, 2010
Released on DVD: December 21, 2010
Stars: 3

Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent who is being chased by agents within the CIA after she is accused of being a sleeper agent from Russia. She claims that she is innocent, and tries to escape so that she can find her husband because she is afraid for his life.

Here there be spoilers )
reviewthat: (Books: The Devil Presents: Books)
2011-04-20 05:30 pm

A Game of Thrones

Book: A Game of Thrones
By: Greorge RR Martin
Pages: 831
Release Date: August 4, 2007
Stars: 4

This is the story of a land called the Seven Kingdoms, and the power struggle that is happening between two families (the Starks and the Lannisters). It has been described as being something akin to the story of the War of the Roses by some, but set in a fantastical world.

Here there be spoilers )
reviewthat: (Movies: I Love Movies)
2011-04-16 08:17 pm

Soul Surfer

Movie: Soul Surfer
Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt
Released Nationwide: April 8, 2011
Stars: 2 3/4

Based on the real-life experiences of pro-surfer Bethany Hamilton, who overcame a shark attack (and the loss of her left arm) to realize her dream of becoming a professional surfer.

Here there be spoilers )

It is worth checking this one out, even if you only do it during a matinee.
reviewthat: (TV: Junkie)
2011-04-11 09:06 pm
Entry tags:

"Space: Above and Beyond"

TV Show: "Space: Above and Beyond"
Starring: Morgan Weisser, Kristen Cloke, Rodney Rowland, Joel de la Fuente, Lanei Chapman, James Morrison and Tucker Smallwood
Aired: On the FOX network, 1995-1996
DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005 [Amazon.com]
Stars: 3 3/4

Set in the tail end of 2064, and the beginning of 2065, the series is the story of five Marines during a war with an alien race. It starts with the five of them first entering the Corps and their training, sees the beginning of the war when an Earth colony is attacked, goes through the first eighteen months of the war, and was cancelled after the shows one season, creating a cliff-hanger of sorts (without us ever finding out what was supposed to happen with over half of the regular cast).

Here there be spoilers )
reviewthat: (Movies: Reel & Popcorn)
2011-04-09 09:50 pm

Hanna

Movie: Hanna
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett
Released Nationwide: April 8, 2011
Stars: 2 3/4

This is the story of a girl, raised by her father in the artic circle to become the perfect assassin so that she could take revenge upon the woman responsible for the death of her mother.

Here there be spoilers )

This film was entertaining enough for a matinee, but probably not for full price.
reviewthat: (Movies: I Love Movies)
2011-04-02 04:17 pm

Hop

Movie: Hop
Starring: Russell Brand and James Marsden
Released Nationwide: April 1, 2011
Stars: 3

E.B. is the son of the reigning Easter Bunny, but when it comes time for E.B. to take over, he runs away to pursue his dream of becoming a drummer.

Here there be spoilers )

This one is worth taking the kids to, even if it's just at a matinee showing.
reviewthat: (Movies: *gets popcorn*)
2011-03-25 07:14 pm

Sucker Punch

Movie: Sucker Punch
Starring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung.
Released Nationwide: March 25, 2011
Stars: 2

After the death of her mother, and the accidental killing of her sister, Baby Doll is committed into an insane asylum by her step-father. Once inside, she begins putting together a plan to help her escape.

Here there be spoilers )

Skip this one, unless you want to check out the fight scenes, and then, wait until it comes out on Red Box.
reviewthat: (Movies: Don't Judge a Book By Its Movie)
2011-03-21 08:56 pm

Limitless

Movie: Limitless
Starring: Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro
Opened Nationwide: March 18, 2011
Stars: 3

This is the story of Eddie, a man who seems to have no direction or ambition, and who suddenly find himself being giving unlimited possibilities and potential. But with all of the good things that he's found himself the recipient of come with a price.

Here there be spoilers )

If anything, it was worth checking out at least as a matinee.
reviewthat: (Music)
2011-03-19 02:34 pm

Going Out in Style

CD: Going Out in Style
Band: Dropkick Murphys
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Tracks:
1. Hang 'em High
2. Going Out in Style
3. The Hardest Mile
4. Cruel
5. Memorial Day
6. Climbing a Chair to Bed
7. Broken Hymns
8. Deeds Not Words
9. Take 'em Down
10. Sunday Hardcore Matinee
11. 1953
12. Peg O' My Heart
13. The Irish Rover
Stars: 4

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This CD may have taken the spot as my favorite from these guys, and it is a must for (not only DKM fans, but also for) anyone who really loves good Irish music.
reviewthat: (Movies: Reel & Popcorn)
2011-03-19 01:47 pm

Paul

Movie: Paul
Starring: Nick Frost and Simon Pegg
Opened Nationwide: March 18, 2011
Stars: 2 1/2

Two super nerds meet an alien who is attempting to get back home, while they are on a road trip around America's alien hot spots.

Here there be spoilers )

This is certainly something to check out during a matinee, but maybe not something you would bring the kids to (if you don't want them repeating swear words).
reviewthat: (Movies: Don't Judge a Book By Its Movie)
2011-03-14 05:51 pm

The Adjustment Bureau

Movie: The Adjustment Bureau
Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Michael Kelly and Anthony Mackie
Opened Nationwide: March 4, 2011
Stars: 2 1/2

This is the story of David and Elise. David is running for office, but when he's involved in a scandal, he ends up losing the race. Practicing his in a men's room, he meets Elise. They are instantly attracted to each other, but the Adjustment Bureau tries to keep them apart from the beginning.

Here there be spoilers )

Go for the matinee on this one, but don't pay full price for it.