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Angels and Demons

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Suspense, Thriller, MysteryStarring:
Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet ZurerStory:
The pope has died and the cardinals are meeting to decide who the next Pope would be. Before their meeting the Preferati are kidnapped. The kidnappers have warned that one by one they'd be killed starting 8 PM. Meanwhile, they've broken into an Italian research facility and stolen their latest work - Anti-matter. The amount stolen is enough to blow up the entire Vatican and Rome. The illuminati seem to be behind it. Robert Langdon(TH), a symbologist has been called to help. He is joined by Vittoria Vetra(AZ). Together, they run from one corner of Rome to the other, following cryptic codes and symbols, trying to save the cardinals and the city. One by one the cardinals die. Time is running out for Robert and Vittoria, the explosion is set to take place at 00:00 hrs.Comments:
A fast-paced thriller with twists and turns galore.

The Incredible Hulk

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Super-Hero, Romance, Action, Sci-fi, ThrillerStarring:
Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William HurtStory:
Dr Bruce Banner(EN) a scientist working for the US Army develops a formula capable of transforming a soldier into super-soldier. He decides to experiment on himself. The experiment goes wrong and he ends up turning into a giant green-skinned monster whenever his pulse rate gets too high. He goes into hiding trying to hide the formula from General 'Thunderbolt' Ross(WH) who is wants to use the formula to turn his soldiers into super-soldiers. Meanwhile he is making an attempt to find a way to solve the problem. In the process he has lost his love(LT).General Ross decides to perform the experiment in a controlled manner on another one of his soldiers Emil Blonsky(TR) who becomes fascinated with the powers he gets and becomes evil. Now the battle is between two hulks - Good and Evil.Comments:
I haven't seen the 2003…

Kate and Leopold

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
Comedy, RomanceStarring:
Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Breckin Meyer, Natasha Lyonne, Bradley WhitfordStory:
Leopold(HJ), a 19th century gentleman, ends up in the 21st century while following Stuart(LS). Stuart had found a gap in time using which he had gone in the past. Now, till the next gap in time comes up Leopold can't return. Kate(MR) is a successful businesswoman and Stuart's ex-girlfriend and neighbour(lives one floor below him). Leopold's old world charm and intelligence pulls her towards him. But the misfit that he is in the new world leads to a string of comic situations. Till, in the end, the gap opens and he returns. Now, Kate has to decide - does she want a promotion and the comforts of the 21st century or does she want love and is willing to become the wife of a broke baron and live in the 18th century for it.Comments:
A nice, sweet and light romantic comedy. Good stuff for time-pass.

Transformers

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Sci-Fi, Action, ThrillerStarring:
Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rachael Taylor, Anthony Anderson, Jon Voight, John TurturroStory:
Sam Witwicky, a high school student, buys a second hand car. Only to discover later that it is in fact BumbleBee an Autobot assigned to protect him.Autobots and Decepticons are two rival clans belonging to the planet Cybertron. The war between them for Allspark, a magical talisman with infinite powers, has destroyed their planet. And the war has now moved to Earth. Autobots are the noble group and Decepticons the evil ones with the desire to use the power of Allspark to rule the universe. Megatron the leader of the Decepticons came to Earth following AllSpark. But he was frozen into a paralysed state by the cold of the Arctic Ocean. He was discovered by Captain Witwicky and his team (circa 1850) and since then has been kept in a cryogenic state in a top secret facility. The Decepticons have come to the…

The Prestige

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
Drama, Romance, Mystery, Sci-Fi, ThrillerStarring:
Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Samantha Mahurin, David BowieStory:
Robert Angier(HJ), his wife Julia(PP) and Alfred Borden(CB) are assistants to a famous magician. Both Alfred and Robert have a spark in them, and the capability to become outstanding magicians. During a performance an accident happens in which Julia dies, Angier blames Borden for it and their friendship turns into rivalry. Borden meanwhile falls in love with a girl named Sarah(RH). He marries her and has a daughter named Jess(SM).Angier sees Borden living a happy life and decides to take revenge. He creates complications in Borden's life using his assistant Olivia(SJ). Due to which Sarah commits suicide. Meanwhile Borden invents a trick that Angier is unable to decipher. He gets a hand on Borden's diary and travels all the way from London to the US in search of the se…

School of Life

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
Drama, ComedyStarring:
Jane Astin, David Paymer, Ryan Reynolds, Kate Vernon, Andrew RobbStory:
Stormin' Norman Warner(JA) is a high-school history teacher who has won the best-teacher award for decades in a row. His son Matt(DP) has always loved under his shadow. Norman dies and it becomes a question of pride for Matt, who is a biology teacher in the same school, to hold on to the best teacher award. But unfortunately he is the most hated teacher in the school.To add to his woes his biggest competitor is Michael 'Mr D' D'Angelo(RR) his father's former student and now his replacement. Everyone in the school has fallen in love with Mr D, whether it be the teachers or the students. Matt's jealousy adds to his problems as he ends up doing stupid things in an attempt to find something bad about Mr D. His wife Ellie(KV) and son Dylan(AR) both are embarrassed by his acts.And then one day Matt actually finds out something not so good ab…

Pay It Forward

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
DramaStarring:
Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Esmont, Jon Bon JoviStory:
Eugene Simonet(KS), a social studies teacher, gives his students an assignment - to make an attempt to change the world for good. Trevor Mc Kinney(HJE), one of his 12 year old students comes across a brilliant idea. To pay a favour forward to 3 people instead of paying it back to the one who did it. The ultimate act of selflessness testing a person's conscience.He starts with a jobless vagabond. Moves to his mother who is an abused wife. And also tries to help one of his school friends who is constantly bullied by elder kids. In the beginning it seems all his efforts are going in vain, but then news starts pouring in from across the state of people, thousands of them, who have been affected by this kid's act, as a reporter who himself has been affected by this starts tracing the chain back to its origin. Trevor ends up changing the life of everyone around him for…

Last Dance

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Drama, RomanceStarring:
Sharon Stone, Rob Morrow, Randy Quaid, Peter GallagherStory:
Richard Hayes(RM) is the son of a leading industrialist whose business goes bust due to recession after his death. Thanks to his brother John(RQ) who is the Chief of Staff for the Governor he is able to land a job as a third-rate bureaucrat in the clemency department. And, he decides to take it seriously. He is assigned the case of Cindy Ligett(SS) who has been awarded death sentence for brutally murdering two people. As it turns out, she did it under the influence of a drug and her case was weakly represented/sabotaged thanks to the fact that one of the victim's parents were highly influential. She has evolved into a totally different person now, a wonderful human being. Will Richard be able to save her in a state where the majority of the people, and hence the administration, are pro-capital punishment?Comments:
A wonderfully told story supported by brillia…

Dev D

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Drama, RomanceStarring:
Abhay Deol, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Mahie Gill, Kalki KoechlinStory:
Devender Singh Dhillon(AD) is the scion of a wealthy punjabi businessman. Since childhood he has loved Paro(MG), the daughter of their manager.  A misunderstanding results in Paro marrying someone else. There begins the self-destruction of Dev. And he meets Chanda(KK), a prostitute, through Chunni(DB), the pimp. He gets someone to talk to, someone who understands him. Chanda, was Annie, Indo-Canadian by birth. Born in a well to do family she was involved in a MMS scandal which changed her life forever. Dev cannot let go off Paro. And the self-destruction continues. He is involved in an accident where 9 people get killed because of his drunken driving. The news causes his father's death. Will he be able to get out of the mess?Comments:
A brilliant adaptation of the novel. Is it possible to 'modernify' it in a way that is better, one can only won…

Delhi 6

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
DramaStarring:
Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor, Om Puri, Divya Dutta, Vijay Raaz, Prem Chopra, Atul Kulkarni, Tanvi AzmiStory:
Dadi(WR) has been diagnosed with a heart disease. And she wants to die in her home in the walled city of Delhi(Chandni Chowk - Pin Code 6). Her son, who ran away from there 24 years back with a muslim girl Fatima(TA) refuses to go back. Roshan(AB), her grandson, steps in.The movie is about Roshan's discovery of a mini-India. The love and hate. The needs. How the needs keep them together and how at times the 'Kala Bandar' in them takes over and there is chaos and bloodbath. Comments:
One of the best made movies that I've seen in the past year or so. It is more like a collage work where all kinds of characters have been pasted together. And that probably is the reason that the reviews that I got from people were not encouraging. You may not be able to understand this movie if you h…

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Action, Fantasy, Book2MovieStarring:
Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Ian Mc Kellen, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Thomas Robins, Bernard Hill, Miranda Otto, Karl Urban, Brad Dourif, Hugo Weaving, Liv Tyler, David Wenham, Cate Blanchett, Craig Parker, John Leigh, Bruce Hopkins, John Bach, John Noble, Paul Norell, Lawrence Makoare, Ian Holm, Sarah McLeod, Sean BeanStory:
Continuing from the two towers. Frodo(EW) and Sam(SA) are led by Gollum(AS) to the dark gates of Mordon. But suggesting that it is too risky for them to enter from there he takes then through a secret staircase. Sam suspects his intentions but Frodo believes him.Pippin meanwhile could not control his curiosity and touches the palantir. There he sees a vision of where the attack is going to be, and at the same time the eye comes to believe that he is the one who has the ring. So he and Gandalf(IMK) set out to Minas Tirith in Gondor. …

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Action, Fantasy, Book2MovieStarring:
Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Ian Mc Kellen, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee, Bernard Hill, Miranda Otto, Karl Urban, Brad Dourif, Hugo Weaving, Liv Tyler, David Wenham, Cate Blanchett, Craig Parker, John Leigh, Bruce Hopkins, John Bach, Sean BeanStory:
Continuing from The Fellowship of the Rings - The fellowhip has broken. Merry(DM) and Pippins(BB) have been captured by the Uruk-Hais of Saruman(CL). Bolamir(SB) is dead. Gandalf(IMK) fell from the bridge of Khazad-dum while fighting Balrog and has been assumed to be dead. Aragorn(VM), Legolas(OB) and Gimli(JRD) follow the Uruk-Hais to save the two hobbits. While Sam(SA) and Frodo(EW) have set out on their own leaving the others behind.The two hobbits are saved when the Uruk-Hais are attacked by the armies of Eomer(KU). They end up meeting the ents who take them to the white wizard. Aragorn, Lega…

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Action, Fantasy, Book2MovieStarring:
Alan Howard, Sala Baker, Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, Ian Mc Kellen, Viggo Mortensen, Craig Parker, John Rhys-Davies, Harry Sinclair, Liv Tyler, Elijah Wood, Dominic MonaghanStory:
The Elven-smiths crafted a set of rings of power which were distributed to various beings. Unknown to everyone Sauron(AH), the dark lord, had crafted his own ring which was the lord of all other rings. The ring had been taken from him in war by men. The human king was betrayed by the ring and it feel deep into a river. The ring was discovered by a river side hobbit named Smeegull who was turned immortal and evil by the ring. He was turned into a creature now known as Gollum(AS).The ring fell from his hand and was accidentally discovered by Bilbo Baggins(IH), an adventurous hobbit. He took the ring with him and was in turn made ageless. Though, not as evil as he n…

Marley and Me

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
Drama, Comedy, Romance, BiographicalStarring:
Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, kids and a dogStory:
John Grogan(OW) is a reporter. He gets lucky and marries Jennifer(JA) who is a columnist and doing better than him and much more famous, and is also quite beautiful. Stress starts building up in their relationship and they are not yet ready for a baby. Sebastian(ED), Grogan's friend suggest they should get a dog. And, so it is.They get for them a Labarador and name him Marley. But as it turns out Marley is not like normal dogs. He has a lot more energy, eats a lot more, and causes a lot more trouble. And he has a weakness, thunder. No one is ready to take care of him because of his exceptionally destructive nature. Grogan's career picks up as he gets promoted to a columnist and starts writing about his life with Marley. The rest of the movie is about how Marley goes on to become the most loved and unforgettable member of the family.Comme…

Resident Evil: Extinction

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Action, Thriller, Sci Fi, HorrorStarring:
Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Mike EppsStory:
This is the final part of the trilogy. Thanks to the Umbrella Corporation the T-Virus has spread across the globe in a matter of a few months as a result of which all living beings are nearing extinction. Life on Earth is about to end as the virus is spreading from one part of the food chain to another. The survivors are constantly on the move, avoiding major cities as they are more dangerous.Alice(MJ) is now alone because she is being tracked by the evil Doctor Isaacs(IG) who is using her for experimentation. She is constantly tracking survivors and helping them out. En route she comes across a caravan of survivors which has been brought together by Claire(AL). Using the superpowers that she has gained due to the experimentation on her she saves them from the attack of virus-ridden crows. Oliver(OF) and LJ(ME) are also a part of this caravan. Dr Is…

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi, HorrorStarring:
Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Razaaq Adoti, Jared Harris, Sophie Vavasseur, Mike Epps, Sandrine Holt, Oded Fehr, Thomas KretschmannStory:
The 2nd part of the Trilogy. The movies starts with the Umbrella Corporation's men opening the hive but finding the virus at the very entrance. The virus spreads throughout Racoon City and people flee the city. Alice(MJ) has been a part of a genetic experiment and wakes up in the city hospital. On the other hand the daughter of Dr Ashford(JH), a top-level Umbrella employee, Angie is somewhere in the city. He finds various groups of survivors and sends them to her school to find her. The incentive- he will help them get out of the city. Jill Valentine(SG) and Peyton Wells(RA) are STARS members, LJ(ME) a petty thief and Terri Morales(SH) a journalist form one group. The second group comprises Carlos Olivera(OF) and Major Cain(TK), both of whom have been deserted by U…

Resident Evil

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, ThrillerStarring:
Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric MabiusStory:
Umbrella Corporation is the biggest corporate entity in the world with secret dealings in weapons and biological warfare. There is a theft in its Biological Weaponry division and the deadly T-Virus has spread turning humans into undead thirsty for human blood. A team belonging to a secret military unit has been sent to find out what has happened and to shut down the supercomputer Red Queen. Alice(MJ) was the security head for the underground Umbrella Corporation facility in Racoon City. She had promised Matt Addison's(Eric Mabius) sister that she would help her get proof against Umbrella so that Matt, an environmentalist could uncover it in front of the world. Now Alice, Matt and the remaining members of the secret military unit are fighting hard against the undead and the powerful mutant creatures to get out of the hive.Comments:
Gory, but at the …

Gone with the Wind

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Drama, RomanceStarring:
Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Rand Brooks, Clark Gable, Carroll NyeStory:
Scarlett O'Hara(VL) is the daughter of a rich Irish settler in southern US. Beautiful and vivacious, she is desired by all young men around her. But she is in love with Ashley Wylkes(LH) who in turn is set to marry one of his cousins Melanie Hamilton(OdH) who is a mature and a kind-hearted girl. Jealousy induces Scarlett to marry Melanie's brother Charles(RB). Soon after the confederate gets into a war with the Yankies. Charles dies. She's sent off to Atlanta to live with Melanie. There she comes across Rhett Butler(CG), a shrewd money-minded warrior, whom she had met earlier and who knows about her love for Ashley. He is one person who understands her, likes her and thus, starts flirting with her.Soon after Ashley returns for a Christmas break. While going back he takes a promise from Scarlett that she'd take care of Mel…

100th Post

Well this is the 100th post on this blog. When I started this blog I had no idea that I'd be watching so many movies. Never thought the 100th post on this blog would be posted so soon. But, here it is. I still wonder how this happened. After all the name of the blog itself tells that I'm not an avid movie watcher. I like movies but I don't watch them as often as I've watched them in the past few months. Probably a result of the affect that the global economic scenario has had on the placements. After every rejection I end up watching a movie if not two or more. But then the 100th post is coming at a time which might mark another transition. The posting from now on maybe a lot lesser. There are a number of reasons for this. Exams are around the corner and I haven't studied at all this trimester. Have to work on the CV and make a good one to send to companies outside. And of course there are a lot of posts which have been waiting for a long while now. So time to feed…

Casablanca

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Romance, DramaStarring:
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul HenreidStory:
Rick Blaine(HB) is a businessman with a cafe in Casablanca in the 1930s. He is known to be cynical and un-appreciative. Casablanca lies in Africa and is a French colony. It is a stopover for immigrants who are running from the war torn European nations. Exit visas are a valuable item. Arrives Victor Laszlo(PH) one of the leaders of the French independence movement with his beautiful wife Elsa Lund(IB). When the war had just begun Rick and Elsa were in Paris and deeply in love. And they knew nothing about each other. When the time came to run from there Elsa did not come with Rick. Now fate has brought them face to face again. While on one hand there love-hate relationship is on, on the other hand the German army personnel have arrived to detain Victor and Elsa. Comments:
The oldest movie that I've seen and one of the most wonderful. Truly ageless.

To Kill a Mocking Bird

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
Drama, Book2MovieStarring:
Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip AlfordStory:
The film is set in 1930s. Atticus Finch(GP) is a righteous lawyer. He is defending a black man - Tom Robinson, who has been falsely accused of a rape. Scout(MB) and Jem(PA) are his kids. The film progresses as they make friends with a boy from the neighbourhood, and with him they have adventures around the place. Exploring the notorious mad man's house, going to the court where Finch works and stuff. Towards the end things get serious as the whites decide to attack and kill Tom. Finch is sitting outside to protect him. Then they lose the case as the jury refuses to support an innocent black man. The man tries to run and is killed. Then Ewel attacks Jem and Scout.Comments:
There isn't much of anything in the movie to hold your attention. Just a nice and simple well-told tale.

The X Files: I want to believe

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Drama, SuspenseStarring:
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy ConnollyStory:
An FBI agent has been kidnapped. And a priest Father Joseph Crissman(BC), who claims to be a psychic, is leading the investigation. The FBI does not believe him and have put him onto the suspect list. They call upon Fox Mulder(DD) who had been thrown out of the FBI, and is currently underground, to help in the case. He joins in on the request of Dr. Dana Scully(GA). The decision to call him has been taken by ASAC Dakota Whitney(AP).Joseph was convicted of pedophilia and was living in a repentance home. As it turns out the person involved in the crime is one of his victims. Meanwhile, another woman gets abducted. The FBI starts believing the priest only when he helps them discover a female body with a number of limbs and organs from other people. But they are getting late. Meanwhile in the course of following the criminal Whitney gets murdered. What's next is f…

The Art of War II - Betrayal

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
Suspense, Drama, ActionStarring:
Wesley Snipes, Athena KarkanisStory:
Neil Shaw(WS) was an FBI agent. Now he is living under a false identity and is officially dead. That is till his martial arts master and friend Mother is murdered. He gets back to take revenge, and in the process becomes the target. Mother's daughter Melina Cruz(AK) is attacked so that they could have him. It turns out that Sallas, the head of an Arms company, is behind everything. Two senators opposing a bill for purchasing arms from Sallas's company get murdered. The Homeland Security Department is working hand in hand with Sallas, led by Becker. There are tech teams using the latest technology to do all kinds of stuff. Neil has his friend helping him out with the tech stuff. Everything is a mess.Comments:
This movie would have got a green, but the story gets completely senseless in the end. Melina who has already saved Shaw's life twice till now turns out to be …

Tears of the Sun

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
War movie, DramaStarring:
Bruce Willis, Monica BellucciStory:
Civil war is on in Nigeria and the rebels have taken over. They are killing Christians as a part of ethnic cleansing. Lieutenant A.K. Waters(BW) and his team are given the job of rescuing Dr. Lena Fiore Kendricks(MB) an American citizen working for the international relief service, a priest and two nuns. Lena refuses to leave without her patiets. AK has strict orders- no refugees. But he agrees. They manage to reach the choppers. There AK dumps the refugees, forces Lena on to the chopper and they take off. On their way they see the church and hospital from air - it has been destroyed and everyone murdered. AK asks for the chopper to be turned around. He loads them with refugee children and the remaining set off on foot to the Cameroon border. But for some reason they are being followed by the rebel soldiers. There is a mole whom he manages to nab. He finds out that amongst the refugees are th…

Sweet Home Alabama

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Romance, ComedyStarring:
Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick DempseyStory:
Melanie Carmichael(RW) is a leading fashion designer touted as the next big thing. She has been proposed by Andrew Hennings(PD), the son of NY's mayor and the next big thing in American politics. She wants him to keep the engagement private but the same night it is all over the press. Why? Well, because there is one problem - she isn't divorced yet.A long time back, when she was in high school in Alabama, she got pregnant and married Jake Perry(JL), the same loser who got her pregnant. They had been friends since ever, and everyone around their small town knew each other. It was all good when one day due to Jake's mistake, she left him and went to NY. That was seven years back. For seven years she's been trying to get a divorce from him but he keeps sending the papers back. He still loves her and is working hard on a business so that he is able to gain some ki…

Bachna Ae Haseeno

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
Drama, RomanceStarring:
Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padhukone, Bipasha Basu, Minissha Lamba, Kunal KapoorStory:
Raj(RK) is a carefree young dude, who goes on to become a leading game designer for Microsoft. At 18 years of age he makes Mahi Pasricha(ML), a girl from Amritsar, fall in love with him over a course of just 2 days. And within that time he breaks her heart too. Six years later, he gets into a live-in relationship with Radhika(BB), an aspiring actress from Ranchi. He considers her to be a modern and forward girl. But she asks about marriage, and he dumps her on the very day of the marriage. Five years later, he falls in love with Gayatri(DP), a hard-working girl who works in the nights and attends a B-School in the day. This time he gets dumped.He realises how much it hurts when you dump someone who is in love with you. So he sets forth on a journey to beg pardon from Mahi and Radhika. Mahi is now a housewife with a pair of twins and a loving husba…

Iron Man

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Super Hero, ActionStarring:
Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff BridgesStory:
Tony Stark(RD) is a genius at weapon designing and the CEO of Stark industries, the biggest and the most advanced in the weapons business. While on a visit to Afghanistan for a live demo he is kidnapped by terrorists and asked to develop misciles. Instead he works on a prototype to design a iron armoured suit. He escapes.The incident changes his life. On getting back he announces that Stark industries is getting out of the weapons business. He works further on the suit to take it closer to perfection. His two cornerstones are his friend Rhodey(TH) and Secretary Pepper Potts(GP). Both unaware of his adventures till the very end of the movie. For business he trusts Obadiah Stane(JB), his father's friend and partner. But it turns out that he is the man who all this while was trying to get him killed. And he's the person who's been selling weapons t…

Anger Management

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
Drama, ComedyStarring:
Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Marisa TomeiStory:
Dave Buznik(AS) is the secretary in a fashion design firm. He is working really hard but not getting promotion. He is a self-conscious person. One day in the flight an incident occurs, because of which he is wrongly forced to go through an Anger Management program. The program is run by Dr. Buddy Rydell(JN), who has his own crazy ways. Dave has been unable to propose to Linda(MT). He is procrastinating it using the pending promotion as an excuse that he is giving to himself. Everything goes crazy when Dave is asked by Buddy to go for a 'Trial Separation' with Linda, and he later finds out Buddy is dating her. Watch the movie to find out how he gets her back.Comments:
A good movie.

The Kite Runner

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Drama, Book2MovieStarring:
Khalid Abdalla, Atossa Leoni, Shaun ToubStory:
Hassan runs down kites for Amir. Amir is the master's son, while Hassan his servant Ali's, and belongs to the Hazara race. Amir is a good storyteller, but a weakling. Hassan on the other hand is aggressive and strong-minded. Both are good friends, Hassan willing to go to any extent to protect Amir.Their lives take a turn when Assef, an older child, along with his two friends one day sodomises Hassan. Amir witnesses the incident, but being weak-hearted doesn't do anything to defend Hassan. And further, he acts as if nothing happened. But, from thereon he starts trying to get Hassan away from him, probably because it acts as a reminder to him that he is weak hearted. As the war in Afghanistan starts, they have to flee Kabul. They end up in California where his father works in a gas station and he is a struggling writer. He's just got married to Soraya(AL), a beautiful …

Billu Barber

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
DramaStarring:
Shahrukh Khan, Irrfan Khan, Lara Dutta, Asrani, Om Puri, Rajpal YadavStory:
Billu(IK) is a barber in a small village named Budbuda. He is working very hard but unable to make ends meet. His life takes a turn when his childhood friend Sahir(SRK), who is now a superstar, lands up in his village for shooting. Thanks to his naughty children the word spreads like fire that Sahir is his friend. And all of a sudden everyone starts finding this hitherto ignored family of some value. He says nothing about Sahir. But people forcefully take promises from him to meet their favorite superstar. Soon their patience runs out and they accuse him of lying and thugging. And then there's a twist. Comments:
After a long long time SRK has come up with a movie which is nothing more but timepass stuff. A disappointment. Only two things could have made this movie better: increase in SRK's screen time and change in screenplay. Though there's one g…

¿Quién dice que es fácil?

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Drama, RomanceStarring:
Diego Peretti, Carolina PellerittiStory:
Aldo is a manager in a car wash who owns a couple of neighbouring flats in a building. He lives in one and rents out the other to earn some money. He is a conservative guy and fussy about everything.His life changes when Andrea, a freelance photographer, moves in as a tenant. She is a modern, smart girl with a more 'freer' outlook towards life and all related matters. Someone who refuses to follow the norms of the society. She is pregnant, believes in natural medicine and wants to feel her baby being born. They fall in love with each other but problems arise when they realise how different they are. Will they manage to stick on? Who says it's easy?(that's the English subtitle)Comments:
An Argentinean movie which I saw in a public screening during Kalaghoda Arts Festival 2009. The movie is so fantastic that I barely realised that I was reading subtitles to know what'…

The Guns of Navarone

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Drama, War Movie, Book2MovieStarring:
Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Anthony QuayleStory:
Capt. Keith Mallory's(GP) leave is cancelled and he is called upon to be the lead climber in a team of six. The team's job is to destroy the German guns at Navarone which have been wreaking havoc for the allied naval forces. The guns are so strong that they can destroy entire ships. Two thousand British soldiers are stranded on an island in the vicinity of Navarone and the allied ships are being sent to rescue them before the Germans attack the island in one week. That's all the time the team has. All other options have been exhausted. So they set out on this near impossible mission.Things start going wrong with there being internal differences in the team. Major Roy Franklin(AQ), who is leading the team gets injured. Keith takes charge. There are several problems ahead and one of them is a traitor. Will they be able to complete the job... that…

Seven Pounds

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YellowGenre:
DramaStarring:
Will Smith, Rosario DawsonStory:
Ben Thomas(WS), an IRS officer is going around helping people in severe trouble. He is looking for people who are good at heart and helpful by nature. He has donated every part of his body, that he possibly could, to people who are strangers. Emily Posa(RD) is one of them. She has a congenital heart problem. While helping her Ben comes quite close to her.And then we come to know why he is doing it.... well actually he is not even Ben, that's his brother.Comments:
This is not entertainment at all. A nice movie but very serious stuff. No morals, no ending or beginning. Watch-able because it is well made.

You, me and Dupree

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YellowGenre:
Comedy, RomanceStarring:
Matt Dillon, Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, Michael DouglasStory:
Carl(MD) and Molly(KH) are set to get married. Arrives Randolph Dupree(OW), Carl's best friend and the best man. The marriage happens. Dupree is thrown out of his job and loses his apartment. He shifts with the couple. And trouble begins. The carefree and life-loving Dupree enjoys life. But, incidentally, things just keep going wrong with him. On the other hand, Mr Thompson(MD), the father of Molly and a business tycoon in unable to accept the fact that his daughter is now married. So he starts harassing Carl who is an employee in his office. And, then Carl starts suspecting that Dupree is having an affair with Molly. And it is a big mess.Comments:
The first half is not really entertaining. Futile attempts at making the audience laugh. The movie picks up well in the second half, making it worth watching.

Remember the Titans

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GreenGenre:
Drama, Sports, BiographicalStarring:
Denzel Washington, Will Paton, Hayden PanettiereStory:
The movie is set in the early 1970s when the black and the white schools were merged. It is about the politics and the drama behind the scenes. The football teams of the two schools are merged to create a united team. Coach Herman Boone(DW) and Coach Bill Yoast(WP) are the coaches of the schools for blacks and whites respectively. Bill is to be the head coach, but due to political reasons Herman is made the head coach. There is anxiety amongst the players as to whether they would get their positions. Bill and Herman work together. Herman, in his autocratic way, is able to unite the team in the boot camp. Bills diplomatic ways ensure that the players don't get pressured beyond the line. The players emerge united from the camp. But the hatred in the real world causes tensions to arise. The rest of the movie is about how they come together against all odds to wi…

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

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YellowGenre:
Comedy, ActionStarring:
Jim Carrey, Ian Mc Neice, Simon Callow... and lots of animals.Story:
Ace Ventura(JC) has taken a break from life after his inability to save a Racoon. He now lives in a Buddhist Ashram where he meditates amidst a number of animals. He is brought out of this situation by a new case. The sacred animal 'Shakaku' of one of the African Tribes has gone missing. the daughter of this tribe's leader is to wed the son of the leader of the other tribe. Shakaku was to be given as a gift to the other tribe. Now the other tribe has threatened to wage war against this tribe and kill all of them if 'Shakaku'  is not given to them.Ace Ventura fights attempts on his life, and his fear of bats to solve this case.Comments:
Good for time-pass. Good non-sensical work by Jim Carrey again. Though, not as good as the first one.

Ace Ventura

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Comedy, ActionStarring:
Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young.. and lots of animalsStory:
Ace Ventura(JC) is into a weird profession. He is a pet detective. He has a natural talent with animals. But he is hated by everyone in the police dept. including Lt. Lois Einhom(SY).He is called in to help in a case of a missing dolphin. But it is no ordinary dolphin. It is Snowflake, the mascot of the Dolphins football team. Players consider it to be the lucky charm. And all this has happened just when the Superbowl is set to begin. He has been called by Melissa Robinson(CC), the beautiful woman part of the Dolphins' Snowflake department.While he is still searching for the dolphin, the trainer of the dolphin is murdered. Things get complicated as he finds out that behind all this is Ray Finkel, Ex-Dolphin player who was thrown out of the team after he buckelled under pressure and failed to perform in the final of the Superbowl in 1984. Then there is another …

A Knight's Tale

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GreenGenre:
Drama, Romance, ComedyStarring:
Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Rufus Sewell, Paul Bettany, Laura Fraser, Mark Addy, Alan TudykStory:
William Thatcher(HL) is a peasant's son. He works as a squire for a Knight. The knight dies while waiting for a joust. William steps into his Armour, comes out of the joust alive, wins 15 silver coins and his life changes. He decides to pursue his dream of becoming a knight. And so he becomes Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein of Gelderland. Supported by his two fellow squires Wat Falhurst(AT) and Roland(MA), a writer Geoffrey Chaucer(PB) and a female farrier, Kate(LF) he wins joust after joust, tournament after tournament.He falls in love with Lady Jocelyn(SS), a beautiful girl being pursued by many. Just then Count Adhemar of Anjou(RS) finds out about his origins and gets him arrested. The rest is for you to watch.Comments:
Entertaining and Light

Dus Kahaniyaan

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GreenGenre:
Romance, DramaStarring:
Aftab Shivdasani, Neha Dhupia, Anupam Kher, Nana Patekar, Rohit Roy, Anita Hasnandani, Arbaaz Khan, Mandira Bedi, Sudhanshu Pande, Naseerudin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Jimmy Shergill, Masumeh Makhija, Manoj Bajpai, Dia Mirza, Minissha Lamba, Amrita Singh, Parmeet Sethi, Mahesh Manjrekar, Neha Dhupia, Dino Morea, Tareena Patel, Sanjay Dutt, Suniel ShettyStory:
The movie does not have one story. It has got 10 totally unrelated short stories. About extra marital affairs. About following your heart About love and fights in marriages About hatred based on religion About love and drugs About love and AIDS About love, an illicit relationship and its effect on the people around About riots, and sex About ghosts About friendship and power. Comments:
All the stories are good and well made. Some outclass the others, but overall they are all fantastic.

Se7en

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GreenGenre:
Psychological ThrillerStarring:
Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin SpaceyStory:
David Mills(BP) is a police detective who looks into homicide cases. After a transfer he has to work with William Somerset(MF). After their initial differences William decides to take the retirement. But just then a case of a serial killing comes to light. And another. The killer is a sociopath who justifies killing people as absolution for world's ignorance of the seven deadly sins. Both of them are just one step behind the killer when one day he walks into the police headquarters. Things get personal as Mills' wife Tracy(GP) is pulled into the scene.Comments:
The movie reminded me of The Dark Knight where the Joker's victory lay in converting Harvey into a murderer. This is a well-made movie and worth watching, though slightly gory.

Black Friday

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GreenGenre:
DramaStarring:
Kay Kay Menon, Aditya Srivastava, Pavan MalhotraStory:
Based on the 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai. It tells the entire story - right from the cause which motivated the militants, their recruitment, training before the blast to the arrests, interrogation, human rights violations. After the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992 there are riots in Mumbai where Muslims are attacked. And the usual stuff- innocent men killed including children and elderly people, girls and women raped and damage to property. Some of the people affected by the riots get together and decided to avenge the deaths of their people by killing Hindus across Mumbai. They plant bombs throughout crowded places in Mumbai. The plan was perfect. But due to some errors in the execution the police finds clues and they follow the trail. The rest is for you to watch.Comments:
An excellent movie with brilliant music.

Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar

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GreenGenre:
Romance, Comedy, DramaStarring:
Ruslaan Mumtaaz, Hazel, Kanwaljeet Singh, Neelu KohliStory:
Rohan Sood(RM), a naughty guy in Class 12th falls in love with Ayesha Mehra(H), the daughter of his mother's childhood friend. She's from UK and in the 11th class in the same school. The movie is about how they come close and finally acknowledge that they love each other.Comments:
Puppy Love. That's the first term that comes to mind. A nice movie, with nice music. Enjoyable.

Angel Heart

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YellowGenre:
Drama, Suspense, ThrillerStarring:
Mickey Rourke, Robert De NiroStory:
Harold Angel(MR) is a private detective who takes small, safe cases. His life takes a turn when a mysterious client, Louis Cyphre(RDN), hires him to find a missing person- a person named Johnny Favorite, who has been in coma since WW-II got over. His task is to find out whether Johnny is dead or alive. He finds out that Johnny is no longer at the hospital. He had been taken away secretly 12 years back and the doctor had been paid to maintain records in his name. Things get complicated when one by one all people he traces down get murdered. The doctor, Johnny's friend-the guitarist, Johnny's girlfriend, her father. He is now a murder suspect and struggling to cope up with what's happening around him. And his weird, spooky dreams are only adding to the problem. Comments:
If the climax would've been even slightly better, this movie would've got a green. A slow b…

My Fair Lady

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GreenGenre:
Romance, Musical, DramaStarring:
Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Wilfrid Hyde-WhiteStory:
Eliza Doolittle(AH) is a flower girl living in the slums of England. Professor Henry Higgins(RH) is an expert in phonetics. Higgins, in an accidental meeting with Eliza, boasts in front of his friend Colonel Hugh Pickering(WH) that he can train her and pass this girl off for a Duchess in the Royal Ball. Pickering challenges him. To win the bet Higgins starts working on Eliza who thinks this would help her get a better job. Comments:
A Classic. A movie which is wonderful to watch even 34 years after its release.

The Usual Suspects

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GreenGenre:
Suspense, ThrillerStarring:
Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Kevin SpaceyStory:
A boat is destroyed. Only one survivor. It seems that a group of small-time thieves has been brought together by a shrewd and cunning international smuggler Keyser Soze. He used the five of them and killed them. But the investigating officer from Customs refuses to believe. He believes Keaton(GB), a former crooked cop with strong backing, is behind it and that he is still alive. And so as he interviews Verbal Kint(KS) he tries to find out more and more so that he can be sure that Keaton is alive.What does he find out? Watch the movie and find out.Comments:
Barely 20 minutes into the movie I knew what was going on. So the biggest thing that makes a suspense movie click, that is, suspense wasn't there. But the movie is made so well that I kept watching. And it was worth the time.

Raging Bull

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GreenGenre:
Drama, BiographicalStarring:
Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarti, Joe PesciStory:
Jake La Motta(RDN) is a head-strong pugilist. He listens to no one. Not even his brother Joey(JP), who is also his manager. He plays on the sympathy factor of the crowd. Looses the initial rounds and makes a comeback in the end, often losing games but winning the hearts of the crowds in the process. He sees a beautiful girl, Vickie(CM), falls in love with her and marries her. He becomes absolutely possessive about her and does not trust anyone. And this results him in breaking relationship with everyone he knows. He goes on to win the world championship. But will he be able to defend it, will he be able to save his family life, will he be able to give up his self-centered ways? Watch the movie.Comments:
A captivating story.

Taxi Driver

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YellowGenre:
DramaStarring:
Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Leonard HarrisStory:
Travis Bickle(RDN) is a New York cabbie. A nice hearted guy who falls in love with Betsy(CS) a beautiful campaign girl for the presidential candidate Charles Palantine(LH). She ditches him after he takes him out for a movie, but as ingenuous as he is, he took her to watch a XX movie. One day a girl sits in his cab and asks him to move. But before he could start a guy pulls her out and takes her. This thing keeps going through his mind again and again, everytime he sees the $20 bill thrown at him by the guy. One day he sees her, Iris(JF), as she accidentally comes in front of his cab and walks off. Iris is a 12 1/2 yr old prostitute and the guy was her pimp. The $20 bill keeps bothering him. Till one day he decides that there is too much scum on the NY streets and he has to do something to clean it up. He starts preparing. Buys weapons, starts exercising to get into shape. …

Once Upon a Time in the West

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GreenGenre:
Action, DramaStarring:
Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Henry FondaStory:
Brett McBain is an Irish settler in the 19th century western US. He and his entire family is killed under suspicious circumstances. They are killed on the day when he is new wife was to arrive. And so she does, the attractive Jill McBain(CC). Cheyenne(JR), a local bandit, is charged with the crime. The situation is even more complicated by the arrival of the mysterious Harmonica(CB) whom no one knows anything about.As it turns out McBain was actually sitting on a real estate property which was as good as a gold  mine. So Frank(HF), a professional killer, is hired to kill him by the railroad gang. Watch the movie to find out what happens.Comments:
A classic oldie. Gave it yellow, but then decided to give it a green.

27 Dresses

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GreenGenre:
Romance, DramaStarring:
Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman, Edward BurnsStory:
Jane(KH) found her calling as a professional bridesmaid at the age of 8 while attending the marriage of one of her relatives. Since, then she's attended a number of weddings. That's what she does on Saturdays. In the process she's made this small collection of 27 bridesmaid dresses. Her life takes a turn when Kevin(JM) decides to write an article on her. That's when her kid sister Tess(MA) arrives and decides to settle in NY itself after she falls in love with George(EB). Now George is a handsome, rich and warm-hearted entrepreneur who is Jane's boss. Jane has been infatuated with him since the day she joined office. Her heart is broken as she realises that one by one her kid-sister starts taking everything that she loves including her mother's wedding gown. Meanwhile, Kevin falls in love with Jane. Everything is a mess.Comments:
Slightl…

Iqbal

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GreenGenre:
DramaStarring:
Girish Karnad, Naseerudin Shah, Shreyas TalpadeStory:
Iqbal(ST) is a deaf and dumb child born to a cricket loving mother. He is even more passionate about the game than his mother and dreams of making it to the Indian Cricket Team. With stroke of luck he is admitted into the academy of Guruji(GK). There he develops animosity with Kamal who is the son of an influential person. As a result he is thrown out.Just when he had lost all hope he finds out that Mohit(NS), the local drunkard, was once a cricketer. After a lot of pleading he agrees to coach Iqbal. The rest of the movie is about how the passion and determination of Iqbal help him counter the politics and pressure from his father to help him in farming.Comments:
Another underdog making it to the top story. Well made.

Cinderella Man

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Drama, BiographicalStarring:
Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger, Paul GiamattiStory:
James J Braddock(RC), is a young boxer touted to be the next world champion. Soon he is put up against the world's best. He looses the match, his confidence, his form and injures his arm. From there on he's just an average pugilist, the only thing distinguishing him from the others - he has not been knocked out even once.As the Great Depression sets in he looses all his possessions, he needs money to raise his three kids. Supported by his manager Joe(PG), who himself is broke, he makes a comeback. In the process he becomes a symbol of hope for the entire country. A symbol of the fight of the common man against the Great Depression. He has his next fight against Max Baer, the current heavyweight champion, a ruthless boxer who has already killed 2 people in the ring. Will Jimmy be able to survive him?Comments:
This movie is about hope. Hope of a boxer to be able to win…