Category Archives: Movies

Review: Dane Cook, Ed Harris and Julie Bowen in “Planes: Fire & Rescue”

0 Submitted by on Thu, 17 July 2014, 23:18
By Sandra Kraisirideja “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is noticeably better than the first “Planes” due to its impressive flying sequences, interesting mix of characters and stronger script. Comedian Dane Cook returns as the voice of Dusty Crophopper along with his co-stars from the first film: Stacy Keach as Skipper, Brad Garrett as Chug and Teri Hatcher as Dottie. The new Continue Reading...
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Review: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Keri Russell in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

0 Submitted by on Thu, 10 July 2014, 23:56
By Sandra Kraisirideja “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is the follow up to the 2011 reboot of the franchise, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” and like other extraordinary sci-fi sequels—”Aliens” and “The Empire Strikes Back” come to mind—this film not only moves the narrative forward but also creates a more engrossing world to examine. Director Matt Continue Reading...
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Review: Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys”

0 Submitted by on Fri, 20 June 2014, 00:19
By Sandra Kraisirideja “Jersey Boys” on Broadway had audiences jumping to their feet, but Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of the story behind The Four Seasons will have people sleeping in their seats. The dramatic scenes that elevated the theatrical version to more than just a “jukebox musical” creates an overly serious tone in the film that is a poor match Continue Reading...
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Films opening May 30

0 Submitted by on Thu, 29 May 2014, 21:12
A Million Ways to Die in the West A star-studded comedy set in the Old West with Charlize Theron, Seth MacFarland, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, and Neil Patrick Harris. The Grand Seduction (limited) A quirky Canadian comedy in the vein of “The Man Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain.” In an effort Continue Reading...
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2014 Summer Preview

0 Submitted by on Fri, 23 May 2014, 12:44
By Sandra Krairisideja It’s Memorial Day weekend and summer is here. This post is a work in progress but represents the movies that hold some interest for me in the next three months. And if the unpredictable heat wave in May was a preview of things to come, it’s just one more excuse to head to the multiplex. May 23 Continue Reading...
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Review: Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler in “Blended”

0 Submitted by on Fri, 23 May 2014, 03:38
By Sandra Krairisideja Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler are at it again. In “Blended,” the First Couple of romantic comedies star as single parents Jim (Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore), who go on a terrible blind date and plan never to see each other again but, through movie magic, find themselves and their families on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation together at a Continue Reading...
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Review: Jon Hamm in “Million Dollar Arm”

0 Submitted by on Fri, 16 May 2014, 00:08
By Sandra Kraisirideja With its long list of sports movie successes, including “The Rookie,” “Remember the Titans,” and “Invincible,” Jon Hamm has made a wise choice in choosing Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” as his first venture as a leading man. Beginning in 2000 with “Remember the Titans,” Disney’s sports movies have followed a similar formula: a person or team must Continue Reading...
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Films opening May 16

0 Submitted by on Thu, 15 May 2014, 00:36
By Sandra Kraisirideja Summer movie season officially starts Memorial Day weekend, so it appears that Warner Bros. is hoping to get a jump start on the holidays with the release of 3D/2D and IMAX screenings of “Godzilla” on May 15. My interest in “Godzilla” is based solely on Bryan Cranston’s involvement. His presence adds an air of legitimacy to an Continue Reading...
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“Moms’ Night Out” is good, clean fun

0 Submitted by on Thu, 08 May 2014, 23:26
By Sandra Kraisirideja “Moms’ Night Out” is a faith-based comedy about everything that can and does go wrong during a much-needed night out for three moms. As the movie begins we are introduced to Allyson, played by Sarah Drew of “Grey’s Anatomy,” a loving mother of three who is having a hard time keeping up with the demands of parenthood. Continue Reading...
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Films opening May 9

0 Submitted by on Thu, 08 May 2014, 23:20
By Sandra Kraisirideja If there is one thing about the slate of movies opening Friday it’s how many are independent studio releases, as if the companies are trying to get as much audience share as possible before the summer blockbusters take over on Memorial Day weekend. “Neighbors” is the lone release from Universal, one of the six major studios. The Continue Reading...
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