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Knight and Day – movie review by Kate

Knight and Day Movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG-13 for sequences of action violence throughout, and brief strong language. Genre: Comedy/Action/Romance Starring: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis Director: James Mangold Plot: A fugitive couple (Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz) wages a war between truth and trust while speeding across the globe in an attempt to avoid capture by a determined federal agent (Peter Sarsgaard). Paul Dano, Viola Davis, Olivier Martinez, Maggie Grace, and Marc Blucas co-star. Running time: 1:44 Kate says – 3 stars ” Knight and Day gives us a good dose of breezy summer action movie fun. I’ll just tell you right up front, that the plot is ridiculous, but I’ll also tell you that it doesn’t really matter. The reason the whole movie works is that … 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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The Karate Kid (2010) – movie review by Kate

The Karate Kid (2010) Movie reviews by Kate “Reel reviews for real people” Rating: PG  for bullying, martial arts action violence and some mild language. Genre: Action/Adventure Starring: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson Director: Harald Zwart Plot: In Columbia Pictures’ The Karate Kid, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in… In Columbia Pictures’ The Karate Kid, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying – and the feeling is … 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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Letters to Juliet – movie review by Kate

Letters to Juliet – movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG for brief rude behavior, some language and incidental smoking. Genre: Romantic Comedy Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, Gael Garcia Bernal Plot: When a young American (Amanda Seyfried) travels to the city of Verona, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet fame, she joins a group of volunteers who respond to letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. After answering one letter dated 1957, she inspires its author (Vanessa Redgrave) to travel to Italy in search of her long-lost love, and sets off a chain of events that will bring a love into both their lives unlike anything they ever imagined. –© Summit Director: Gary Winick Running Time: 1:40 Ebert says – 3 stars “I know “Letters … 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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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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Clash of the Titans – movie review by Kate

Clash of the Titans – movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG-13 for fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality. Genre: Action/adventure Plot: In Clash of the Titans, the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons … Read entire article »

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How to Train Your Dragon –
movie review by Kate

How to Train Your Dragon – movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language. Genre: Family Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson Plot: From the studio that brought you “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda” comes “How to Train Your Dragon.” Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by… From the studio that brought you “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda” comes “How to Train Your Dragon.” Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the action … Read entire article »

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The Bounty Hunter – Movie review by Kate

The Bounty Hunter – Movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG 13 for sexual content, suggestive language and violence Genre: Action/adventure Starring: Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston, Christine Baranski, Jason Sudeikis Director: Andy Tennant Plot: Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler), a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurly (Jennifer Aniston). He thinks all that’s ahead is an easy payday, but when Nicole gives him the slip so she can chase a lead on a murder cover-up, Milo realizes that nothing ever goes simply with him and Nicole. The exes continually one-up each other – until they find themselves on the run for their lives. They thought their promise to love, honor and obey was tough – staying alive is going to … Read entire article »

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Alice in Wonderland (2010) – movie review by Kate

Alice in Wonderland (2010) Movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar. Genre: Children Plot: From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3-D fantasy adventure ‘Alice in Wonderland’, a magical and imaginative twist on one of the most beloved stories of all time. Nineteen year old Alice returns to Wonderland. Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham-Carter, Crispin Glover Director: Tim Burton Running time: 1:48 Kate says – 3 stars  “Ok folks, when you check out the reviews, you’ll likely find as many haters as there are lovers, for Burton’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. I am neither a lover, nor a hater, I’m a somewhere in betweener, with more tendencies to the lover side. Visually, wow! A … Read entire article »

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Shutter Island – Movie Review by Kate

Shutter Island – Movie Reviews by Kate Reel Reviews for real people Rating: R for disturbing violent content language and some nudity Genre: Drama Starring: Leonardo Di Caprio, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo Director: Martin Scorsese Plot: From Oscar®-winning director Martin Scorsese, “Shutter Island” is the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the coast of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island’s fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane. –© Paramount Running Time: 2:18 Kate says – 3 1/2 stars “Shutter Island is so much more than I expected it to be. From the very opening scene, one can feel the foreboding, haunting suspense which slowly builds and unfolds. This movie feels like watching … Read entire article »

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The Edge of Darkness – Movie Review by Kate

The Edge of Darkness – Movie Reviews by Kate Reel Reviews for Real People Rated: R  for strong bloody violence and language Genre: Horror/Suspense Starring:Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic Director: Martin Campbell Plot: CASINO ROYALE filmmaker Martin Campbell directs a remake of his own BBC miniseries with this thriller. Mel Gibson stars as Thomas Craven, a man who has spent years as a detective in Boston. When… CASINO ROYALE filmmaker Martin Campbell directs a remake of his own BBC miniseries with this thriller. Mel Gibson stars as Thomas Craven, a man who has spent years as a detective in Boston. When his own daughter is killed near the door of his home, Craven realizes … Read entire article »

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