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Kate Goes on an Adventure – Sundance Film Festival 2011

Kate Goes on an Adventure – Sundance Film Festival 2011

Solve this word problem. If you’re someone who has… a love of movies a fascination with celebrities a hobby of photography where might you be found??? a. at an airport working as body scanner technician b. at Disneyland documenting your trip with snapshots of you and Mickey c. on the sidelines of a Patriots game working as the video assistant taping the opposing team’s cute sign language d. at the Sundance Film Festival playing paparazzi e. all of the above If you picked … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Sundance Film Festival 2011
(or what I like to call “Paparazzi time”)

(Sundance update: Kate Goes on an Adventure – Sundance Film Festival 2011) It’s Sundance Film Festival time once again. I should tell you right now that just typing that sentence made me giddy. If you’re not familiar with the Sundance Film Festival, here’s the gist of how it works. Independent filmmakers make low budget, innovative, and often quirky movies, without the backing of big studios. They premier these flicks  in the beautiful ski resort town of Park City, UT., (one of the all time coolest places I’ve ever been), in hopes of getting their films picked up by major studios. (Think…Precious, Napoleon Dynamite, Little Miss Sunshine, Reservoir Dogs, and Blair Witch Project, all recent Sundance movies). That’s the “official” purpose of the film festival. The reality of it, though, is that it’s a place … Read entire article »

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The Green Hornet (2011) – movie review by Kate

The Green Hornet (2011) Reel reviews for real people Plot: Driven by the murder of a close friend and the realization that his media empire is infested with ruthless heroin smugglers, Britt Reid, aka the Green Hornet and his human weapon Kato jump into action on a heart-pounding quest to rid the city of this mob once and for all. Rating: PG-13  for sequences of violent action, language, sensuality and drug content Genre: Action/Adventure Starring: Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz Director: Michel Gondry Running time: 1:48 Kate says – Well, folks, I’m on vacation at Disneyland at the moment so I haven’t screened The Green Hornet yet. I’ve collected a variety of reviews to help you decide whether this one is worth your while. Ebert says – 1 star “The Green Hornet” is an … Read entire article »

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – (2010)
movie review by Kate

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – (2010) Reel reviews for real people Plot: In this seventh and final installment of the beloved Harry Potter series, Harry faces new troubles; he must collect all of the Horcruxes that the evil Lord Voldemort has left behind. He has no idea where these are and he has to destroy them all, even without the faintest idea how to do so. (Rotten Tomatoes) Rating: PG-13  for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy Starring: Daniel Radcliff, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane Director: David Yates Running Time: 2:30 Kate says -3 stars “Here’s the thing about trying to review a movie so anticipated/monumental/beloved/era-defining as Harry Potter and … Read entire article »

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Salt (2010) – movie review by Kate

Salt 2010 movie reviews Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Andre Braugher Director: Phillip Noyce Running time: 1:39 Plot: As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt (Jolie) swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude … Read entire article »

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Inception (2010) movie review by Kate

Inception (2010) Movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy Staring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard Director: Christopher Nolan Running time: 2:28 Plot: In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a single idea within one’s mind can be the most dangerous weapon or… In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, … Read entire article »

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Despicable Me (2010) movie review by Kate

Despicable Me (2010) Movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG  for rude humor and mild action Genre: Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family Running time: 1:35 Starring: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud Plot: In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home … Read entire article »

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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 movie review by Kate

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 movie review by Kate. Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some sensuality Genre: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Drama Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene Director: David Slade Plot: As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself… As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, … Read entire article »

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Toy Story 3 (2010) – movie review by Kate

Toy Story 3 (2010) Movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: G Genre: Children’s Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles Director: Lee Unkrich Plot: Woody, Buzz and the whole gang are back. As their owner Andy prepares to depart for college, his loyal toys find themselves in daycare where untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice. So, it’s all for one and one for all as they join Barbie’s counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to plan their great escape.  Walt Disney Studios Running Time: 1:43 Kate says -4 stars “We’ve loved these toys for 15 years now, Woody, Buzz and the gang.  We know them. We know their personalities and quirks.  We are connected to them. … Read entire article »

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Killers (2010) – movie review by Kate

Killers (2010) – movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG-13 for violent action, sexual material and language. Genre: Action/Adventure Starring: Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara Director: Robert Luketic Plot: Trying to recover from a sudden break-up, Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) believes she’ll never fall in love again. But when she reluctantly joins her parents on a trip to the French Riviera, Jen happens to meet the man of her dreams, the dashing, handsome Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher). Three years later, her seemingly impossible wish has come true: she and Spencer are newlyweds living the ideal suburban life – that is, until the morning after Spencer’s 30th birthday when bullets start flying. Literally. It turns out Spencer never bothered to tell Jen he’s also an international super-spy, and now Jen’s perfect … Read entire article »

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2010 – movie review by Kate

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2010 movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG-13  for intense sequences of violence and action Genre: Action/Adventure Staring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley Director: Mike Newell Plot: Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present “Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time,” an epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia. A rogue prince named Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time—a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world. Directed by Mike Newell (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”) with a cast that includes Sir Ben Kingsley and … Read entire article »

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Robin Hood (2010) – movie review by Kate

Robin Hood (2010) movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content. Genre: Action/Adventure Starring: Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Max Von Sydow, Cate Blanchett Plot: Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe and acclaimed director Ridley Scott mark their fifth collaboration with this retelling of the classic Robin Hood legend. Crowe stars as the bow-wielding hero, while fellow Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett plays Maid Marian. This historical action film also stars William Hurt, Matthew Macfadyen, and Mark Strong Director: Ridley Scott Running time: 2:20 Kate says -2 1/2 stars “Robin Hood isn’t a terrible movie, it just isn’t a very good one. It’s nearly 2 1/2 hours of mind numbing, monotonous battle scenes full of dirty, bearded men that we end up realizing we don’t care a thing about. … Read entire article »

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Iron Man 2 (2010) – movie review by Kate

Iron Man 2 (2010) movie review by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG-13  for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language. Genre: Action/Adventure Plot: Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero “Iron Man,” reuniting director Jon Favreau and… Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero “Iron Man,” reuniting director Jon Favreau and Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. In “Iron Man 2,” the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure … Read entire article »

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The Joneses – movie review by Kate

The Joneses – movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: R Genre: Comedy Plot: If ever there was a film that was perfectly attuned to the current Zeitgeist, it would be THE JONESES. First-time writer/director Derrick Borte imbues a serious core theme– the wobbly undercurrents of a frenetic consumer culture–with humor, warmth and shots of clever, zesty fun. Borte begins the film by showing us ourselves – or at least who we often aspire to be. We meet Steve Jones (David Duchovny), his wife Kate (Demi Moore) and their children Jenn (Amber Heard) and Mick (Ben Hollingsworth) as they move into their monster home in an affluent suburb of a city somewhere in America. Friendly, confident and very good-looking, they are also loaded with the coolest, newest stuff. The Joneses are much more … Read entire article »

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Date Night – movie review by Kate

Date Night – movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference Genre: Action/Adventure Plot: Action-comedy maestro Shawn Levy, the director of the blockbuster “Night at the Museum” franchise, teams up with two of the comedy world’s biggest talents, Steve Carrell (“The 40 Year Old Virgin,”… Action-comedy maestro Shawn Levy, the director of the blockbuster “Night at the Museum” franchise, teams up with two of the comedy world’s biggest talents, Steve Carrell (“The 40 Year Old Virgin,” “The Office”) and Tina Fey (“Baby Mama,” “30 Rock,” “SNL”) for an adventure that turns a run-of-the-mill married couple’s date upside down — … Read entire article »

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