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Gran Torino Movie Reviews

Clint Eastwood stars and directs Gran Torino, a drama about a grumpy old man who is forced to confront his prejudices when his immigrant neighbors befriend him.  

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Dirty Harry is resurrected in Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino.  Dirty Harry wasn't prejudice except against authority and criminals but Clint Eastwood's Walt character often reminds you of the renegade cop who delivered clever and memorable lines.    

After his immigrant teen neighbor Thao is caught trying to steal Walt's Gran Torino, Thao's family forces Walt to accept Thao's services to make amends for his crime.  He relunctantly takes a liking to the boy and his fast talking sister which starts to soften up the grumpy old neighbor. 

Clint was thoroughly enjoyable as the inflexible old man who dislikes pretty much everyone except his dog.  His racial remarks were often offensive but Clint delivered them in such a way as to laugh at him for his ignorance.  The theater audience were roaring with laughter at the very funny references to the different ethnicities but you never hated they guy.  The young neighbors delivered the offenses right back at him so well, you were rooting for their friendship to grow.  

A thoroughly enjoyable film if you're looking for great performances and a very appealing story that worked on every level.  If this is indeed Clint Eastwood's last onscreen role, he goes out with a bang, literally. 


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Che (Part One) Movie Reviews and Film Preview

Steven Soderbergh directs the first part of a two part movie starring Benicio Del Toro as Ernesto "Che" Guevara. the Argentine doctor who joined Fidel Castro's revolution in 1956 Cuba.  

Release Date:   January 9, 2008 (limited)

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After a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Traffic, Benicio Del Toro failed to take on any roles worthy of his talent until now.  In Che, his turn as the charismatic leader in the Cuban Revolution was a role Del Toro was born to play.  His usual low mumbling, unsure of himself voice is gone in the all Spanish-language film released in two parts. Why was Benicio Del Toro left off the best actor category during this award season?  Perhaps the Spanish-language film was a factor.

In release now is the first two hours of the four-hour long film, which concentrates on Che and Fidel Castro’s incursion into Cuba through the island’s jungles.  Del Toro takes charge as the soft-spoken Argentinean doctor who joined Fidel’s call to revolution on behalf of the poor and illiterate.  Director Steven Soderbergh definitely romanticizes Che who has been immortalized on t-shirts and posters along with other revolutionary figures such as Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa.  Che is portrayed as a very sympathetic, kind, and giving leader who suffered from asthma but we don’t see much of the negative side to Che that some Cubans claim.   There is one instance where he orders the execution of his own men who commit murder of a peasant family but you still don’t fault his character for this act of violence because you like him so darn much.  There were times when I wanted to join his revolution. 

As Fidel Castro, actor Demián Bichir portrays the Cuban dictator’s mannerisms and speech so perfectly that it’s like watching the real deal.  The acting ensemble is excellent and the attention to details from language, manners, and native dress are so remarkable for a director who doesn’t speak Spanish nor live in this culture.

I thoroughly liked this film, all four hours of it, which I initially dreaded watching in one sitting but much to my surprise, I enjoyed watching Benicio Del Toro’s masterful creation of Che and Soderbergh’s direction. 

Che: Part One is currently in theaters and Che: Part Two is due out in late January, which covers Che’s unsuccessful revolution in Bolivia.



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Not Easily Broken Film Clip and Movie Reviews

NOT EASILY BROKEN is an uplifting drama about love and family adapted from the book of the same name by renowned pastor and author Bishop T. D. Jakes.  In this funny clip, Morris Chestnut's Dave is startled by an unexpected guest.  




Release Date:


January 09, 2009

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Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson, Maeve Quinlan, Wood Harris and Jenifer Lewis

Directed By:


Bill Duke

Produced By:


T.D. Jakes, Curtis Wallace, Bill Duke

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The Unborn Film Clip and Movie Reviews


Nineteen-year old Casey Bell is haunted by a dybbuk--the soul of a dead person barred from heaven--in the form of a young boy who perished in Auschwitz.  In this clip from The Unborn, Casey's boyfriend is possessed by dybbuk.   

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Suspense/Horror And Thriller

Release Date:


July 7 on DVD

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Gary Oldman, Odette Yustman, Cam Gigandet, Jane Alexander, Meagan Good

Directed By:


David S. Goyer

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Doubt Movie Reviews

Based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning play, Doubt stars Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams in a story about the quest for the truth, the forces of change, and the devastating consequences of blind justice in an age defined by moral conviction.

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Moises Arias in Beethoven's Big Break

Moises Arias in Beethoven's Big Break DVD

The unruly dog Beethoven is back for more canine fun in Beethoven’s Big Break and “Hannah Montana’s” Moises Arias is the new owner of the lovable pooch.  The fourteen year old actor broke into Hollywood in 2005 with roles on television’s “Everybody Hates Chris”, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and as a series regular on Disney Channel hits series “Hannah Montana” starring Miley Cyrus.   An appearance in Jack Black’s Nacho Libre also propelled the actor into the big time. 

The well-spoken young actor speaks to CineMovie by phone recounting his experience in shooting the sixth movie in the Beethoven saga.

Was this your first time acting with animals?
Yes, and it was harder.  Usually I run my lines with an actual person but having a dog co-star didn’t make it easy.  It was definitely a different experience.

How many dogs played Beethoven?
Beethoven's Big Break new DVD
There were three dogs for different purposes;  a St. Bernard for close-ups, a running dog, and a female dog with the puppies.  They were afraid a male dog would bite the puppies.

Like the mischievous Beethoven dog, were the dogs unruly on set or are they well trained? 
The dogs were well-behaved but there were times when the cookie treats didn’t work and they didn’t do as they were told.  It was fun to watch.

Which scene with the dog took the longest to shoot?
There was a scene where Beethoven jumps on me and licks my face.  They covered my cheek in chicken flavored baby food and we had to keep reshooting that scene over and over.  It was pretty disgusting having to do it multiple times.  

The classic Beethoven movies are out on DVD as well.  Have you seen any of the five previous Beethoven films?
I’ve seen two or three of them because I was curious to see what kind of tricks the dog did in those movies. 

"Hannah Montana" is more popular than ever.  How are things on set?
The show is great.  The scripts are still really funny.  We’re like family because we’ve been together for so long. We’re a lot older but not much else has changed.

Any plans to branch out like Miley Cyrus and take up singing or dancing?
My shower says no.  I can’t sing!  I am open to dancing.  I like hip hop but my passion is acting.  But I do plan on attending college as a back up plan.

What actors do you aspire to be like?
Will Smith.  He has done so much and I really like his choices.  Other actors I admire are Antonio Banderas and Brad Pitt. 

Do you hope to break out of the Disney type roles?
I really want to do drama.   That would be really challenging and something I’d have to work harder at than any other role.  I look forward to it. 

In addition, Moises eventually hopes to write and direct with his brother, citing the Coen brothers as their inspiration.  Moises Arias seems clear about his future and with three movies due out in 2009 (The Perfect Game with Cheech Marin, Hannah Montana movie, Astro Boy), this child actor is on the right track.  Catch Moises and his fury friend in Beethoven’s Big Break on DVD now. 

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DVD: Marley & Me Movie Reviews

Married couple John and Jenny (Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson) move to Florida to start their new lives together.  Unsure of committing to raising children yet, John buys Jenny a puppy to distract her from thinking babies.  Then came Marley, a four-legged unruly child.




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Valkyrie Movie Clip and Film Reviews

In a country in the grips of evil, in a police state where every move is being watched, in a world where justice and honor have been subverted, a group of men hidden inside the highest reaches of power decide to take action. Based on the true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg and the daring and ingenious plot to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known.

Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler's own emergency plan - known as Operation Valkyrie - these men plot to assassinate the dictator and overthrow his Nazi government from the inside.  In "Not All Like Him" movie clip above, Von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) argues with Colonel-General von Tresckow (Kenneth Branagh) about the assassination.







Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Biopic And War

Release Date:


December 25, 2008

MPAA Rating:





Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy

Directed By:


Bryan Singer

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Clip and Movie Reviews

"I was born under unusual circumstances." And so begins "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story, set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man's life can be.

In "Meeting in the Middle" film clip from the movie, Benjamin (Brad Pitt) and Daisy (Cate Blanchett) are finally close in age to be together.  






Comedy, Drama, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy And Adaptation

Release Date:


December 25, 2008 (wide)

MPAA Rating:


PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking.



Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Kimberly Scott, Jason Flemyng, Taraji P. Henson

Directed By:


David Fincher

Produced By:


Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Cean Chaffin

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The Spirit's Vixen Paz Vega

Spanish actress Paz Vega first hit Hollywood with her film debut in Adam Sandler's "Spanglish".  Now she stars as the sexy vixen "Plaster of Paris" in Frank Miller's The Spirit.  

Paz discusses her belly-dancing, knife-wielding siren in this comic book adaptation and reveals which Hollywood comedian she would kill to work with soon.  

 The Spirit opens Christmas Day 2008.




Adapted from the Will Eisner's graphic novels, "The Spirit" tells the story of a man who fakes his own death and fights crime from the shadows of Central City. The Octopus -- who kills anyone unfortunate enough to see his face -- has other plans. He's going to wipe out the entire city. The Spirit tracks this coldhearted killer from the city's rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront...all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill the masked crusader.





Release Date:


December 25, 2008 (action/adventure, science fiction/fantasy)

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Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes,

Directed By:


Frank Miller



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The Tale of Despereaux Film Clip and Movie Reviews


Tiny and graced with oversized ears, Despereaux was born too big for his little world. Refusing to live his life cowering, he befriends a Princess named Pea and learns to read (rather than eat) books -- reveling in stories of knights, dragons and fair maidens. Banished from Mouseworld for being more man than mouse, Despereaux is rescued by another outcast, Roscuro, who also wants to hear the tales. But when the Princess dismisses Roscuro's friendship, he becomes the ultimate rat and plots revenge with fellow outsider Mig. After Pea is kidnapped, Despereaux discovers he is the only one who can rescue her...and that even the tiniest mouse can find the courage of a knight in shining armor.

Watch as Despereaux is put in the lion's den with....a cat in the above movie clip.







Kids/Family And Animation

DVD Release Date:


April 7, 2009



Matthew Broderick, Ben Falcone, Emma Watson, Tony Hale, Dustin Hoffman

Directed By:


Sam Fell, Rob Stevenhagen

Produced By:


Robin Bissell, Gary Ross, Allison Thomas

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The Wrestler Movie Clips and Film Reviews

The Wrestler 

Bruce Springsteen lends his musical talents to The Wrestler with an original song for the movie.  Watch clips from The Wrestler starring Golden Globe nominees Mickey Roarke and Marisa Tomei with the Golden Globe nominee for best original score.


Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a 1980s-era pro wrestler, has become a burnt-out shell of his former self. After he has a heart attack during a small-time match, a doctor tells him he could die if he fights again. In an effort to build a new life, Robinson takes a job at a deli, courts an aging stripper and tries to build a relationship with his detached daughter. But the prospect of a rematch with his old nemesis, the Ayatollah, proves too tempting to resist, even if it means risking his life.

Darren Aronofsky's acclaimed new film opens in New York and LA December 17 and expands to additional cities across the U.S. and Canada through December and January.



Fox Searchlight



Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama And Sports

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Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood

Directed By:


Darren Aronofsky


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The Wrestler is truly an original film with real characters that you can reach out and touch.  You feel the pain of Mickey Rourke's Ram character with his distorted face and body, reminding the viewer that this has been, has lost all his former glory as a wrestler and is alone in the world. 

Mickey Rourke's captured this character so well because he has lived the "has been" status in real life.  After a promising start in Hollywood, his drug abuse and antics put him in a Britney Spears downturn and Hollywood stopped calling.  He took up boxing and his face is a victim of the ring.

Marisa Tomei, too, bares it all literally as a middle-aged stripper, single mom and Ram's love interest.  Tomei is a beautiful woman so you don't believe at first that pimpled-faced patrons reject her because of her age but once you see her ragged and lined face in better light, it becomes a reality.  Like Ram, her aging status is worn on her face and body reminding her, she too, is in a profession she won't be able to maintain for long.

Shot dogma style, the viewer gets a sense of watching a reality show with real characters and settings but the difference comes with the subtle acting performances and Darren Aronofsky's great direction.

This is filmmaking at it's best and it's rawness is something that is truly lacking in the world of pumped up cinema.  A must see.


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Yes Man Carrey

Jim Carrey as Carl in Yes Man

It’s no surprise Jim Carrey’s career has lasted through hits and misfires.  The energetic and positive funny man had the press and his fellow Yes Man co-stars (Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins, Danny Masterson) laughing and entertained throughout the press conference promoting his latest comedy Yes Man at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

In Yes Man, Jim is Carl, a negative person always saying no to life until he is forced into thinking as a yes man and agrees to everything.  Jim took this to heart in real life.  Jim Carrey took method acting one step forward with a leap off a bridge for a bungee jump scene in which he insisted on performing himself.

What was going through your mind when you were on that bridge?   

Jim:  Death.  Lots about death and lots of crossing over were actually going through my mind.  Prior to that I thought to myself, “They do this all the time.  They’ve got this down.” But when I stepped onto that bridge - that was intense enough. “What have I done?  Why am I doing here!”  Then when I got my feet up on the ledge, it literally felt like a freight train going through my veins and body until I jumped.  It was insane.  I actually had post traumatic stress for about a week after the jump.  I dreamt of hitting the ground.  Those people who do it all the time are addicted to that adrenaline rush like you would not believe.

John Michael Higgins
:  Can I ask a question?  You have a scene answering the cell phone while you’re hanging, did they reset the shot or was it all in one take?
Jim Carrey and John Higgans in Warner Bros. Yes Man

Jim:  I’m always trying to complicate things.  At the last second, I was like, “Well maybe I can get that in!”   So I made a styrofoam cell phone so it wouldn’t hit me in the lip, put it in my pocket, and gave it a shot.  And I did it.  Once I knew I was alive, I was fine. 

CineMovie:   Would you do it again?

Jim:  No, did that and crossed it off my list.  They didn’t want me to do it at all so I said I’m only going to do it once in my life so might as well get it on camera. 

In a separate press conference with Director Peyton Reed, Reed tells us he took every possible safety precaution that day for his star and moved the scene to the last day of shooting to satisfy the studio, producers, and insurance company who initially refused to grant Jim’s request to bungee jump himself.  Multiple cameras caught the one-time Jim jump and even Reed was surprised to see Jim have the presence of mind to finish the scene with him talking into a cell phone.

Jim took on other life threatening risks for Yes Man but his life was not in danger this time.

Jim:  I had to learn Korean phonetically every day for four weeks with a Korean coach who literally is afraid to go back to Korea if I got it wrong.  He would tell me, “No!  No! No!  This is serious.  I will be hurt.” So I hope I got it right.  But he was on me and it took a while.  It was the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my life but I was dedicated. Very dedicated.

CineMovie:  Speaking of tough, what scene was the hardest to shoot or get through in the movie?

Bradley Cooper:  The scene that didn’t make it in the movie was the brawl at the bar.
Bradley Cooper, Jim Carrey, Danny Masterson in Yes Man

Jim:  [laughs] Our true punk nature came out.

Bradley:  [to Jim] You went for it.  There were a bunch of stunt guys and extras, and Jim just said,  “Let’s go for it.  Lets mess around a bit.”

Jim:  Let’s go melee!  Hockey fight!  C’mon!

Bradley:  And Jim’s energy was so high that it made you want to follow, so we went for it.  It started out as acting but then it got heated. Soon there was twelve guys beating the sh*# out of each other and Jim’s flying all over the place.  It was unbelievable. 

Jim:  At one point, I turned around and one girl was punching me in the head.  I also caught an elbow in the eye.

Bradley:  [to Jim] You cracked me in the nose. 

Jim:  I cracked my ribs in another bar scene. 

Zooey:  And you were amazingly good-natured about it.  I came in the next day and Jim would joke, “cracked rib” then laugh and you’d be like ‘Ow! ‘

Jim:  They had to move all the physical stuff to the end of the shoot because I had three fractured ribs. 

Zooey:  But that didn’t slow you down at all.

Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel in Yes Man

As Jim Carrey’s love interest, Zooey Deschanel avoided the rumbling and death defying acts but she did bring her own indie musical talents to the music and lyrics for her on screen music band with real act, the Von Iva’s from San Francisco.


Zooey:  I usually write alone so it was fun to write with other people and the Von Iva’s are so funny, talented and smart.  It was a fun process joining their band for a week.

Jim:  She blew us away with that stuff.  We weren’t expecting that. . .

Zooey:  Stop!

Jim:  We were on the set and we were like, “What?   This is fantastic.”  We loved it.

CineMovie:  Given the theme of the movie, would you consider yourselves yes people?

Danny:  I said no to Spiderman. So no!

John:   I say “yes” to everything.  Have you seen my resume?

[laughter from the room]

Jim:   I would say I am a yes man.

Bradley:  I have to admit that after seeing the film, I was suckered into the movie in the sense that it got me thinking “I have to change my life around.”

Zooey:  It’s exhausting to just say “yes” to everything for real even if it’s just for a day.

Bradley:  Have you tried it?

Zooey:  [guilty]  No!

CineMovie:  What’s the dumbest thing you’ve regretted saying “yes” to in the past?

Jim:  [in a low voice] The Majestic.

[room gasps]

Jim:   Sorry!

Danny:  Getting the Brazilian wax.  That hurt. 
Danny Masterson,  Jim Carrey in WB's Yes Man

Jim:   Looks good though.

Danny:  It’s really tight in there.

Jim:   And great  from what I’ve seen.

Zooey:  I accidentally entered a youth pageant when I was fourteen.  It’s a beauty pageant but without the beauty.  It was terrible.

Danny:   How did it happen accidentally?

Zooey:   I thought it was a talent show.  My choir teacher lead me on. 

Bradley:  I studied abroad and misread the form thinking 500 pounds was a lot of money to spend for six months there.  I was wrong and broke for the last three months.  I ate rice and oil for the remaining time.  I gained a lot of weight.
Jim:   I was eleven years old and joined the Sea Cadets which is like a military version of the Boy Scouts.  They shave your head and humiliate you but you know what, if I hadn’t done that I wouldn’t know that I’m a useless maggot.    So I’m glad.  Saying “yes” always leads to something good.

And it’s that positive thinking that will have moviegoers returning to see Jim Carrey get back to his comedic roots in Yes Man opening December 19. 

Watch Jim Carrey’s inspirational speech in Spanish.

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