Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Josh Hutcherson, Zooey Deschanel, Lauren Clinton, and Bailee Madison.

Synopsis:Jess Aarons is an outsider at school and even in his own family at some times. Jess has trained all summer to become the fastest kid in his middle school class but his goal is unexpectedly stopped by the new girl in school, Leslie Burke who competes in the “boys only” race and wins.

Despite their unusual introduction, the two outsiders quickly become best friends. Leslie loves to tell stories of fantasy and magic. Jess loves to draw, but until he met Leslie it was something he kept to himself. Leslie opens a new world of imagination for Jess. Together they create the secret kingdom of Terabithia, a magical place only accessible by swinging on an old rope over a stream in the woods near their homes. There, the friends rule the kingdom, fight the Dark Master and his creatures and plot against the school bullies. Thanks to his friendship with Leslie, Jess is changed for the better.

Review: This movie for young children teaches them to have an imagination and to discover a world of their own. It teaches them not to rely always on the world around them, but to create their own world. AnnaSophia Robb and Josh Hutcherson did a wonderful job playing in this movie.

The cinematics are well done and make the world look believable to us. It is true that overall the movie was done well, but I just have a small problem with it. When I first started watching the movie I thought, “Wow, I can’t wait for my children to see this.” But halfway through I changed my mind completely.

I don’t want to give away the movie to anyone who hasn’t seen it, but I just don’t think that children should have to watch the heartache that is displayed in the movie. I found it depressing and would never want my child to have to watch that in a movie, thinking that it might happen to them some day.

I would definitely recommend watching this movie and then deciding for yourself whether or not you would want your child to watch it.

Blood And Chocolate (2007)

Starring: Agnes Bruckner, Hugh Dancy, Oliver Martinez, Katja Riemann, and Bryan Dick.

Synopsis: Ten years ago, in the remote mountains of Colorado, a young girl watched helplessly as her family was murdered by a pack of angry men for the secret that they carried in their blood. She survived by running into the woods, and changing into something the hunters could never find, a wolf. Even though she lives half a world away, Vivian Gandillon is still running. Living in relative safety in Bucharest, Vivian spends her days working at a chocolate shop and nights hanging out at the city’s underground clubs, fending off the reckless antics of her cousin Rafe and his gang of delinquents he calls The Five.

Aiden Galvin is an artist researching Bucharest’s ancient art and relics for his next graphic novel based on the mythology of the loup garoux, shapeshifters whose power to change effortlessly into the forms of both human and wolf was once considered holy among men. Aiden hopes to explore the inner lives of these outsiders that he believes were persecuted to extinction, labeled monsters, murderers, and werewolves.

During a chance encounter in an abandoned church celebrating the loup garoux, Aiden unknowingly comes face-to-face with the real thing, Vivian. Others may have secrets but none as extraordinary as hers, for Vivian is among the last of her kind, leading a tenuous existence under the protection and control of Gabriel, the powerful leader of one of the last packs of loup garoux on earth.

Review: Reading the reviews is hard to do on this one because they vary so much. Some say that this adaptation was done horribly wrong, while others say it was better they they thought. Now I have not personally read the book that this is based off of, but I know how sensitive and critical people can be about books turned into movies. After all I was like that when it came to ‘Lord of the Rings’.

This movie, when compared to most other werewolves movies, is not the best that there can be. The action is great, but the story line could be improved a little. The CGI was great in some places, but lacked in others.

So this movie was fair. It was worth seeing, but for all of you die hard action fans it will probably bore you. So if you are still unsure about this movie then you could always wait for the DVD.

In the Land of Women (2007)

Starring: Meg Ryan, Adam Brody, Kristen Stewart, and Olympia Dukakis.

Synopsis: A man having trouble with keeping women suddenly finds himself surrounded by them. Carter Webb is a successful writer who has fallen into an emotional tailspin after his girlfriend breaks up with him. When Carter learns that his grandmother is in failing health, he decides to leave California and return to his hometown of Detroit to help take care of her and beginning work on his long-planned novel.

As Carter spends time with his grandmother, he becomes friendly with her neighbors, single mother Sarah Hardwicke and her two daughters, angst-ridden teen Lucy and precocious 11-year old Paige. As Sarah attempts to deal with a pressing personal crisis and Carter begins sorting out his relationship issues, he discovers that sometimes what feels like the end is actually just a new beginning.

Review: “In the Land of Women” looks like a great romance when you watch the trailer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite deliver on screen. The dialogue is enough to keep you interested and leave you wondering who he will pick, but it is still a little flat and just a tad bit on the boring side at times.

Of course it has all the drama needed for this movie, especially with so many women involved in it. I wouldn’t rule it out completely. Maybe take a that girls’ night out and enjoy watching a chick flick in the movies. When it comes to bringing your man, I don’t think he’ll enjoy it too much.

Catch and Release (2007)

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Timothy Olyphant, Juliette Lewis, Sam Jaeger, and Fiona Shaw.

Synopsis: A woman faced with a tragedy discovers that the man she loved was not all she imagined him to be in this romantic comedy-drama. Grey was a woman who found the man of her dreams in Grady Douglas, and was looking forward to spending the rest of her life with him until he suddenly died only a few days before they were to be married. Grey is emotionally devastated but has to deal with the practicalities of her new life alone.

Short on cash and in need of emotional support Grey finds herself often chatting with Fritz Grady’s best friend, throughout it all she’s always regarded him as a sleazeball. As time passes, Grey discovers that Grady had a secret life he never shared with her, including a young son from a previous relationship, and as she tries to come to terms with the past of her former fiancé, she struggles to put her new life on track, and finds herself reevaluating her long-held feelings about Fritz.

Review: I know what everyone is thinking. Yet, another romantic movie with the same predictable ending. But let’s face it, every woman out there loves to watch a good romantic movie. It’s true we may have seen it before, a thousand times over. But we can’t resist that feeling it gives us, especially when we can watch it with that someone special.

This movie is a wonderful date movie to watch. Jennifer Garner does a great job in portraying her character and after seeing her in ‘13 Going On 30′ we know that she can play in these romantic movies.

So if you are having a girls’ night or just want to say a great movie with your special someone then definitely give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Alpha Dog (2007)

alpha dog movieStarring: Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Justin Timberlake, Emile Hirsch, and Dominique Swain.

Synopsis: Johnny is a Los Angeles drug dealer who comes from a good family, owns his home, several cars and enjoys partying with his many friends. When his friend Jake backs out on a debt, Johnny and his boys kidnap Jake’s 15-year-old brother Butch and hold him as a marker. Even though Butch has a number of chances to escape, he doesn’t. He’s enjoying partying with them, getting the attention of all the women and having a good time until something goes horribly wrong.

Review: Overall this movie was good, but not great. Even though this was based on true events, which is sad to actually know that this kind of things really do happen, it was a movie that we not well developed. The acting could have been more developed and the plot could have been more interesting.

The movie was slow at some points, which causes the audience to lose interest really fast. When it comes to Justin Timberlake and acting, well it’s a toss up, but personally I think he needs to just stick to the music.

If you are a teenager and love to watch these types of movies then you will probably like it and find it cool. But, if you are one of those people who is tired of seeing the same teenage gone bad plot line then I would suggest that you wait for it to come out on DVD.

Fracture (2007)

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike, and Embeth Davidtz.

Synopsis: After discovering that his wife was having an affair, Ted Crawford, the incredibly brilliant aerospace guru, plans her perfect murder. He tells her he knows about the affair and shoots her in the head at point-blank range. Hostage negotiator Rob Nunally soon arrives on the scene and realizes that she’s still alive and that she’s the married woman he’s been seeing. He never knew her real name or where she lived before tonight. What’s even stranger is that Ted admits he shot his wife and it doesn’t bother him at all, he even signs a confession.

Enter a young, hot shot assistant District Attorney named Willy Beachum. He’s already got one foot out the door so to speak and figures this case will be pretty open and shut due to the signed confession, so it’ll be his last victory with his current employer. However, things soon become complicated when the murder weapon becomes inadmissible in court and revelations about how the officer who made the arrest was having an affair with Ted’s wife are revealed.

Review: ‘Fracture’ is one of those films that keeps you wondering what is going on and what is going to happen through out the whole movie. And this is a good thing! Finally a movie that has come out and is something that you would want to see and one that you can actually enjoy.

Anthony Hopkins, as always, gives an outstanding performance. Ryan Gosling, a somewhat newbie to the block, does an superb job of portraying his character. Mix them together and they pull it off perfectly and will keep you talking about it to everyone.

Charlotte’s Web (2006)

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Cedric The Entertainer, Andre, Benjamin, Thomas Haden Church, Robert Redford, Reba McEntire, and Kathy Bates.

Synopsis: In this classic remake, young Fern rescues Wilbur the pig who is albout to be sacrificed as the runt of the litter soon becomes the newest addition to the barnyard. Wilbur has a youthful manner that makes him naïve to the other ‘wise’ animals in his new barn, but to Charlotte, the spider who lives in the rafters, he holds the wonder of being a friend. Their on-going friendship is shown to be a lasting one when the other animals reveal to Wilbur that his days are numbered. A stubborn and determined Charlotte spins words of wonder into her web in an effort to convince the farmer that Wilbur is “some pig” and worth saving, not eating.

Review: ‘Charlotte’s Web’ is a wonderful adaptation of E.B. White’s book, which some of us can remember reading when we were children. It shows all of the values that were learned from the book and brings to life the wonderful world of friendship.

The actors, many of whom we recognize, did a wonderful job of portraying each character. Also Dakota Fanning is keeps on shining in this latest movie and shows us again that she is going to be a wonderful actor in the years to come.

It is refreshing to see a wholesome and decent family movie to bring the children to. A family movie that will teach children about the joys of friendship and helping others. Too often these days all you see are family movies that demote the role of the parents and make the children out to be all-knowing. Something that doesn’t teach our children anything. This is a definite must see for all ages. The whole family will enjoy this classic.

Eragon (2006)

Starring: Ed Speleers, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, Rachel Weisz, John Malkovich, Robert Carlyle, Djimon Hounsou, Garrett Hedlund, and Joss Stone.

Synopsis: When Eragon, a simple, poor farm boy, mysteriously finds a blue stone in the forest, he believes that this is his chance to obtain some money, which allow him to be able to buy food for the winter for his family. Yet, to his astonishment the ’stone’ turns out to be an home to a dragon, which hatches and chooses him as its protector. Eragon soon discovers that he has rekindled a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. He soon finds himself thrust into a world full of darkness, magic, and a legend that would make him a hero.

Review: For those of you who have read the critics review on this movie, you must be thinking, “I’m never gonna see that movie.”  Don’t be fooled though by others dislike of one good movie. If you are not a big fan of fantasy genre related movies, such as ‘Lord of the Rings’, then perhaps this movie isn’t for you.

However, I myself disagree with the critic’s voice (as I often seem to do) and found ‘Eragon’ to be surprisingly good. I love a good movie filled with adventure, mythical creatures, heroes, and of course, magic. And most everyone is a sucker for those movies as I am. Who can help, but fall into the world of fantasy wishing that you were there, alongside and fighting beside them.

The movie had good flow to it. It did not drag by, but then again it did not go too fast and leave you far behind. In case any of you were wondering, there will be a sequel and hopefully another trilogy. Also the acting was great, especially by well known Jeremy Irons, who plays these parts superbly. It’s also nice to see some fresh faces in the world of movies.

I definitely recommend this movie to anyone. And one of the best things about it, is that you can bring the whole family. While you’re waiting for the next Harry Potter to come out bring the kids to a movie they’ll enjoy as much as you.

The Holiday (2006)

Starring: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black, and Jude Law.

Synopsis: Iris in England is in love with a man who is engaged to another woman. Across the globe, in the United States,  Amanda realizes the man she lives with has been unfaithful to her for a long time now. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively decide to switch homes for the holiday, believing that their lives couldn’t possibly get any worse.

Iris moves into Amanda’s L.A. house in bright California as Amanda arrives in the beautiful, snow covered English countryside. Shortly after arriving at their destinations, both women find the last thing either wants or expects: a new romance. Amanda is charmed by Iris’ drop dead gorgeous brother Graham and Iris, overcome with inspiration provided by legendary screenwriter Arthur, mends her broken heart when she meets film composer Miles.

Review: If anyone is looking for a movie that will capture and uplift the your spirit this holiday season, The Holiday should definitely be top on your list. The beginning of The Holiday does seem a bit artificial as we watch Cameron Diaz’s character, Amanda, have an uninspired and unprovoked tantrum and throw her boyfriend straight out of her house. The circumstances leading up to Kate Winslet’s character’s need for a change seems much more organic, and so normal that we can actually sympathize with her.

Kate and Cameron did a wonderful job portraying their different stories and showing us what happens when they find new love in a new place. Jack and Jude do a wonderful job of charming their way into the movie and of course give props to Jack for making us laugh.

This is a definite must see this holiday season for any woman who wants to see a good wholesome romantic movie. Something that has been hard to come by lately. And who knows maybe you can take your boyfriend or husband, they’ll enjoy it just as much as you.

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Starring:Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, and Queen Latifah.

Synopsis: Harold begins his day just as he always does. But this day he finds himself, well not himself. Everywhere Harold goes and everything he does he is followed by an unknown internal voice that narrates everything he is doing. Thinking he is going crazy he turns for help and ends up finding himself in the process.

Review: This unique movie is a mix of comedy and drama. It has the ability to make us laugh and also make us wonder what the meaning behind the movie is. It shows us that life can be predictable and that we need to spice things up a bit and do the things we’ve always wanted to do.

Will Ferrell was brilliant in this movie and has shown that he is capable of not just being a comedian, but also as a serious actor as well. Emma Thompson also did well even though it was sad to see her play a depressing character.

If you are looking for one of those unique movies to put everything in perspective for you then this would be a great movie for you to see. If you are looking for a movie that is pure comedy then you should probably wait for something else.

Dreamgirls (2006)

Starring: Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, and Jennifer Hudson.

Synopsis: The time is the 1960s, and singers Effie, Lorrell, and Deena are about to find out just what it’s like to have their greatest dreams come true. Discovered at a local talent show by ambitious manager Curtis Taylor Jr., the trio known as “the Dreamettes” are soon offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of opening for popular singer James “Thunder” Early.

Subsequently molded into an unstoppable hit machine by Taylor and propelled into the spotlight as “the Dreams,” the girls quickly find their bid for the big time taking priority over personal friendship. Now, as the crossover act continues to dominate the airwaves, the small-town girls with big-city dreams slowly begin to realize that the true cost of fame may be higher than any of them ever anticipated.

Review: ‘Dreamgirls’ was an extraordinary musical movie that everyone has been looking for. The cast works smoothly together to pull this off. Yet, no one stands out more then Jennifer Hudson, the new star on the block.

This movie portrays the musical sensation that will inspire you to strike out on your own. At the end of it all you will be giving them a true standing ovation. So, in my opinion I would say to definitely go and see this movie and be prepared to be amazed.