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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…

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…

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 …

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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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.

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.

Billu Barber

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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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Rating:
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.

Dus Kahaniyaan

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Rating:
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.

Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar

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Rating:
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.

Raging Bull

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Rating:
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.

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.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Drama, Book2MovieStarring:
Brad Pitt, Cate BlanchettStory:
On the day which marked the end of WW-I Mr Button's wife dies in childbirth. The child has all the features of an old man. So he thinks that a child is a monster. But because he's promised his wife that the child will be safe he does not kill him. Instead he keeps him outside an old-age home. The caretaker of the old-age home adopts him and names him Benjamin(BP).Everyone expected him to deteriorate and die, instead he grows. While everyone around him is growing old, he is growing younger. He falls in love with Daisy- the granddaughter of one of the old ladies. Soon he moves out of home and travels the world. He comes back after the end of WW-II. From then on its about Daisy and Benjamin's love for each other. My Comments:
It's the acting of Brad Pitt and the work done by the Special Effects team that makes this movie great!

Notting Hill

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
RomanceStarring:
Julia Roberts, Hugh GrantStory:
William Thacker(HG) owns a small travel-book store in Notting Hill. His life changes when one day Anna Scott(JR), the most famous celebrity of the world, enters his book store. A small incident brings them close. And the most famous celebrity in the world falls in love with an ordinary guy. But as with all fantasy-like stories things go wrong. Is the love strong enough to bring them back together?My Comments:
Live a Fantasy! A well-made movie.

Shaurya

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Drama, ThrillerStarring:
Rahul Bose, Kay Kay Menon, Minissha Lamba, Deepak DobriyalStory:
Javed Khan(DD) is a bright and brave army man. One of those whose entire families have dreamt of serving the country. He is labelled as a traitor and arrested for the murder of his senior Rathore. Maj. Siddhant Chaudhary(RB) is a 'chill-pill' guy who is in the army for a short while and is not at all serious about it. He is appointed as the defence lawyer for Javed Khan and from thereon his life takes a turn as he realises what some people are up to under the garb of the army uniform.Comments:
This movie is not perfect. It is not a classic by any means. No development of characters and unnecessary diversions like the friendship between Siddhant and Akash. But the story and the sheer pace along with Menon's acting get a green for this movie.

The Day After Tomorrow

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Sci-Fi, ThrillerStarring:
Dennis Quaid, Jack GyllenhaalStory:
Humans have played too much with nature. It is time for penitence. As there is a huge storm due to the melting of the polar ice caps. The storm envelopes the entire northern hemisphere bringing in a new ice age there. All climate forecast models fail. Jack Hall(DQ), a climatologist, walks in with a model based on pre-historic data. After being rejected a multiple number of times his theory is finally accepted after the storm actually hits.The entire northern part of US goes under ice even as people struggle to survive. The people from the southern half of US are evacuated into third world countries like Mexico. The people from the northern half can't even be evacuated, its already too late. Watch what happens as Jack sets out to rescue his own son Sam(JG) who is stuck in New York city.Comments:
A well made movie. Must watch.

Sorry Bhai

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Romance, DramaStarring:
Boman Irani, Shabana Azmi, Chitrangada Singh, Sanjay Suri, Sharman JoshiStory:
Harsh(SS) is a businessman trying to settle his business. He is set to marry Aaliyah(CS) a student with whom he's been in a relation for 5 years. He calls his family to Mauritius for the marriage.His parents Navin(BI) and Gayatri(SA) and brother Sid(SJ) reach Mauritius a week before the marriage. In that week things change a lot, Gayatri starts liking Aaliyah whom she had earlier been skeptical about. And more importantly Sid and Aaliyah fall in love with each other, just as Aaliyah realizes she does not love Harsh anymore.My Comments:
Simple. Nice. Well Made

The Wrestler

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
DramaStarring:
Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel WoodStory:
Randy 'The Ram' Robinson(MR) was one of the most famous wrestlers of the world. Now he is past his peak. On weekdays he does odd jobs to earn money and on weekends he plays matches, attends fan-fests and all. His daughter(ERW) hates him. The only friend that he has is a hooker Cassidy/Pam(MT) for whom he is just another customer.Everything is going fine till one fine day when he has a heart attack. The doctor tells him to retire if he wants to live. That's what he does only to realise that he is as good as dead outside the ring. Watch the movie to find out how it all finally turns out!My Comments:
This movie has everything in it for a Green rating. There's just one problem. It is made somewhat like documentaries are made and is really slow, so even though I loved the movie there are others who would simply find it boring.

The Quest

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
ActionStarring:
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger MooreStory:
Christopher Dubois(JVD) wants to get money from somewhere so that he can help the orphan kids with whom he has spent his life lead a better life. So he makes a plan and steals from a gang. But they attack the orphanage. While escaping from there he falls onto a ship, where he is taken hostage and used as a slave. When he is about to be shot the ship is attacked by a group of Pirates. The head of the group Lord Edgar Dobbs(RM) sells Chris to the islanders who live on one of the islands and train in their own form of martial arts.There he receives training which makes him a brilliant fighter. There he also comes to know about the Ghang-gheng competition between the best fighters of the world in the Lost City. The winner takes home a Dragon made out of pure Gold. The rest is about his quest for that Dragon.My Comments:
Have you seen Enter the Dragon and Mortal Kombat? This movie is a …

Enemy of the State

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GreenGenre:
Action, ThrillerStarring:
Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon VoightStory:
A bill is going to be presented to the US Congress allowing free monitoring of the telecommunications system by the Federal security agencies. The lead congressman, Albert, who opposes the bill is murdered. That accidentally gets taped by a nature observer. He is murdered and his friend whom he told about the murder too is murdered. But while on the run he meets Robert Clayton Dean(WS) a labor lawyer. The corrupt politician, Reynolds(JV), who got the congressman murdered now ruins Robert's life using all the spyware available to the National Security Agency. Robert fights back with the help of an ex-NSA aide Brill(GH).My Comments:
An excellent movie.

Schindler's List

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
War Film, Drama, BiographyStarring:
Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes and many more...Story:
Oskar Schindler(LN) is a charismatic industrialist in the 1930's. He sees a business opportunity created by Germany's attack on Poland and taps it. He buys a factory for making steel crockery and hire Jewish Labor at cheap wages. He does all this purely with business in mind.But with time the word spreads that Schindler's factory is heaven and safe for all the workers. All this due to the efforts of his trusted accountant, Itzhak Stern, (BK) who uses the opportunity to save as many people from Germans as he can. People start thanking him for saving their lives and start approaching him for saving them and their friends.Towards the end when the German's start killing Jews all over Poland it is Oskar Schindler who makes a list of all people who have worked for him and some who have not and bribes the Germans with all the money that h…

The Great Escape

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YellowGenre:
War Film, Drama, ActionStarring:
Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Steve McQueen and many more...Story:
The Germans have created a POW camp where they've brought together those captured enemy Air Force pilots who have been creating the most trouble in trying to escape.What they've done is to bring together some of the most skilled people together who make a plan to escape by tunnelling. The movie is about how the weaknesses of a few men affect the eventual destiny of the others.My Comments:
Nice movie based on a real life story. Worth a watch. But lacking the technical superiority of present day films, also just a bit slower than what I would have liked it to be.

BraveHeart

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GreenGenre:
Action, War Film, Biographical, DramaStarring:
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormackStory:
William Wallace(MG) unites the Scots against the English after his wife(whom he wed secretly due to the Prima Noctia law) is killed by the English in an attempt to capture him. He fights a number of wars against the English, wins some, looses others thanks to the betrayal by various people. In the end he is captured and executed by the English. But only after uniting Scotland in its fight for freedom and only after impregnating the soon to be queen of England.My Comments:
The raw emotions make it worth a watch! Don't expect any serious (historical) learning here though.

Enemy at the Gates

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GreenGenre:
War Film, Action, Thriller, BiographicalStarring:
Jude Law, Ed Harris, Rachel Weisz, Joseph FiennesStory:
Vassili Zaitsev(JL) is a Russian shepherd boy who has volunteered to fight for his country in the historic battle of Stalingrad. The movie is about how he is made into a hero from a common shepherd boy, as an idol for the other soldiers and Russians in general to look upto. All this is done by a political officer, Commisar Danilov(JF), of the Russian army. Both of them become very good friends.The Germans call upon their best sniper Major Konig(EH) to hunt down Vassili. The rest of the movie is about the cat and mouse game that the two snipers play in trying to hunt down each other. In parallel, runs the love story between Vassili and Tania Chernova(RW) a Moscow University graduate who has volunteered in the war.My Comments:
A well made movie about the real life story of Vassili Zaitsev. The first one that I've seen about Snipers' role i…

Little Manhattan

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GreenGenre:
Romantic ComedyStarring:
Josh Hutcherson, Charlie Ray, Bradley Whitford, Cynthia NixonStory:
Gabe(JH), an eleven year old boy, falls in love with Rosemary(CR) his classmate since KinderGarten. His parents Adam(BW) and Leslie(CN) have filed for a divorce and are waiting for the court order allowing separation.The movie is about how Gabe falls in love and how the love story shapes up towards the end. And how his love story, incidentally, brings his parents back together.My Comments:
Cute, Innocent, Pleasant, Different yet very realistic!

The Terminal

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GreenGenre:
DramaStarring:
Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley TucciStory:
Victor Navorsky(TH), a resident of Karkozhia(an east-European country) arrives in US - the JFK airport. Just as he was on his way, there is a civil war and the government is overthrown. His country ceases to exist. As a result his passport and visa become invalid. The only option he has is to spend his time in the Terminal of the airport till the war gets over.During the stay he makes several friends at the airport because of his friendly and helpful nature. And everyone at the airport starts liking him, except the field commissioner for whom he is a liability. Victor is in the US to fulfil a promise that he made to his father - watch the movie to find out whether he is able to fulfil that promise.My Comments:
Steven Spielberg gives this story just the treatment that it deserved coming up with a beautiful movie in the end.

The Pianist

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GreenGenre:
Drama, War-Film, BiographicalStarring:
Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia FoxStory:
The setting is the late 1930s, early 1940s. Wladyslaw Szpilman plays Piano on the Polish radio and is a renowned Pianist in the country. The second world war starts and Poland is attacked by Germany. Szpilman is a Jew. The movie is about how Szpilman manages to survive the war with the help of numerous people including a senior German Army Personnel while he loses everyone he knows - his family, friends, colleagues, love - everyone. My Comments:
A well made movie about the true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman. Gives you an idea what might happen to a celebrity living an affluent life in times of war.

Phonebooth

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GreenGenre:
Suspense ThrillerStarring:
Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell, Katie HomesStory:
Steward Shepard(CF) is a small-time publicist. He lies to everyone around him to get his work done. He's sweet with everyone whom he needs and rude with those whom he doesn't. He's trying to get in bed with one of the small time singer/actress Pam(KH). He's lied to her that he's not married and of course he's lied to his wife, Kelly(RM), as well.One fine day, as usual he enters the phone booth to call Pam, he takes off his engagement ring, finishes the call. Again an unsuccessful attempt to get her to the cheap City Hotel. After he hangs up the phone, the phone in the phone booth rings.... and in the next few hours his life changes completely. To know how watch the movie.My Comments:
An excellent movie. A must watch.

21

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Rating:
YellowGenre:
DramaStarring:
Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate BosworthStory:
A MIT student has got admission to Harvard Medical School. He needs $300000 to pay the fees. He gets the opportunity when one of his professors, impressed by his intellectual abilities, offers him to join their team of counters. People who count in games of Blackjack to win fortunes in Casinos.All is going well, he lives a dual life. A MIT student on weekdays and a Counter on the weekends, earning fortunes in a matter of hours living a true Las Vegas lifestyle. That's till he gets emotional and looses $200000 in a game - after that life takes a turn. He losses all the money he's got, his girlfriend almost breaks up with him and most importantly he might even loose his MIT degree.My Comments:
A nice movie, the screenplay and dialogues are what prevent it from getting a Green.

Tropic Thunder

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YellowGenre:
ComedyStarring:
Ben Stiller, Tom Cruise, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr.Story:
A director is making a war movie based on a book return on a true incident. He's a new director, and is unable to handle the star-studded cast, and the producer is after his life. The author of the book, an army man whom the book is about, gives him an idea. As per the idea he puts the entire team into a secluded part of the tropical jungle with hidden cameras all over the place. Things go crazy when the director is killed in a mine blast and no one is able to figure out what's going on. As the actors get into an encounter with drug-peddling militia thinking that they are actors. My Comments:
Nice Plot. But the movie is just not upto the mark, anyway it wasn't boring at all and is worth a watch if you have the time for a time-pass movie.

There's Something about Mary

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GreenGenre:
Romance/ComedyStarring:
Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben StillerStory:
Ted(BS) hires a claims investigator Pat Healy(MD) to search his high-school love Mary(CD). Mary is a beautiful girl with a pleasant personality. Guys just fall for her. The movie is about how the guys wear different masks to gain her love and try to cut the others out of her life and favour.My Comments:
If you know (or are) a girl who has this problem of all guys who know her falling for her(whatever be the reason - body, mind or soul) you'd be able to relate to this movie. If not simply enjoy the fun. This movie is sure to have you in splits the entire two hours and after that.

Memento

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Rating:
GreenGenre:
Suspense Drama/ThrillerStarring:
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Ann Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Junior BooneStory:
Leonard Shelby's(GP) wife was raped and killed. In the process of trying to save his wife he got a serious head injury when one of the rapists attacked him from the rear. While one rapist was killed, the other escaped leaving Lenny to die. He doesn't die but develops Antegrade Amnesia(Short term memory loss). He is on the look out for his wife's killers. The movie is about how he tries to find his wife's killers and in the process is used by various people who try to capitalise on his disability.My Comments:
A suspense thriller very different from the usual stuff. The movie is unique in the way that instead of taking the story forward it takes the story backward. Also it has a non-linear structure. The setting continuously shifts between the past and the present. We already know what has happened. The movie is about how and why it happe…

No Smoking

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YellowGenre:
DramaStarring:
John Abraham, Ayesha Takia, Ranvir Shorey, Paresh RawalStory:
K (JA) is a cigarette addict. Annie/Anjali(AT) (his wife cum secretary) decides to leave him if he doesn't stop smoking. His friend Abbas Tyrewala(RS) suggests him to go to 'PrayogShala' to get rid of the addiction. What he does not tell him is that he is sending him as a reference so that he can get his fingers back.PrayogShala, headed by Bangali Baba's Shishya(PR), is an elusive organisation run by Burqa clad women and lala-type men. It even has a call center of its own. They have a simple way of ridding people of their habit of smoking - to destroy their lives if they don't stop. Locking their family members in smoke-filled rooms, cutting their fingers, killing their family members.But there is more than what comes to the eye. The points listed above are basically ways of bringing the conflict between the persons Antaratma and his conscious existence in a …