Stomp The Yard (2007)

Starring: Columbus Short, Brian J. White, Ne-Yo, Meagan Good, and Darrin DeWitt Henson.

Synopsis: DJ is a troubled youth from Los Angeles attending the historically black Truth University in Atlanta, Georgia. When adapting to his new environment proves difficult, DJ finds peace in joining a struggling fraternity where he begins showing his street-style dance moves in an attempt to help the step team win the coveted National Step Show Championship.

Review: While the plot for this movie is commonly found in a dozen of other similar films that we see today, it does not downgrade this movie much. Why is that? Because the original plot is made up for by the wickedly cool dance moves performed by the actors themselves.

True, it is hard to resist a movie that can show us how to groove and make us want to try the exact same thing somehow. The acting was not the best it could be, but the message that was being portrayed was able to get across to the audience.

So, if you are interesting in seeing a decent film that will not only teach you something, but also make you want to stand up and dance then this movie is the one for you.

Curse Of The Golden Flower (2006)

Curs of the Golden Flower.Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Gong Li, Liu Ye, Chen Jin, and Jay Chou.

Synopsis: This movie fuses high drama and romantic intrigue with the best of contemporary martial arts. The plot concerns the volatile balance of power between the King and the Queen and his three sons, which entails betrayal, deceit and passion, pitting the King against Queen and father against sons.

Review: This movie, directed by the man who made ‘Hero’ and ‘House of Flying Daggers’ was a spectacular masterpiece. The cast members did a wonderful job of portraying the plot of the movie.

The martial arts were of course extraordinary to watch as they always are. The only failing in this movie is the visual effects, which were not blurry and not well done.

However I recommend this movie to anyone who is looking for a great movie that will capture your attention. You will be telling everyone about it once you are done.

Happy Feet (2006)

Starring: Elijah Wood, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Brittany Murphy, and Robin Williams.

Synopsis: Every penguin is born with a ‘heartsong’, everyone that is except for Mumble(Elijah Wood). Mumble, who was accidentally dropped as an egg, was born to dance. The ‘wise’ penguins believe that Mumble’s ‘gift’ is a curse on the food supply. Casting him into the wild, Mumble decides to set off on a journey to prove his innocence.

Review: The movie keeps you smiling and rolling in your seat in the beginning. It slows down a little through parts of the movie, but the good thing is that it is short.

The mix of actors surprised me a little, but I was happy with the ones that were chosen. Everyone did a good job, especially Robin Williams who, as always, keeps the crowd laughing with his antics.

‘Happy Feet’ is an adorable movie that will keep you smiling till the end and the wonderful mix of G-rated music will want you getting up and tapping your feet to the rhythm. It is fun for all ages and a definite must see.

Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)

Starring: Freddie Highmore, Mia Farrow, Calvin ‘Snoop, Dogg Broadus, David Bowie, and Penny Balfour.

Synopsis: Ten-year-old Arthur has a lot on his mind: a real estate developer is about to take his grandma’s home and there’s no way Arthur’s going to hang around for his parents or grandparents to sort out the problem. He believes the solution lies in his grandpa’s treasure, which is hidden somewhere on the “other side” in the land of the Minimoys.

The creatures that live in this world are just a tenth of an inch tall and live in perfect harmony with their environment. Arthur ventures into this world of the Minimoys, where he meets Princess Selenia and her brother Betameche. Together they set off to look for the treasure that will save his grandma.

Review: This charming little movie could have been an extremely big hit. What with the a big name cast, such as Madonna and David Bowie. Unfortunately it did not live up to its reputation to awe and attract young kids.

While the story line is unusual and the the acting of Freddie Highmore lures you deep into the movie there are still some things about it that keep this from being a bigger hit. The CG is less then perfect and could have been improved greatly.

Again, the plot is unusual, but the acting fails to keep the audience from nodding off and wondering what’s actually happening. If the children are dying to see this movie, then allbeit let them decide for themselves. After all children have much different taste.

Pan’s Labyrinth(2006)

Starring: Maribel Verdu, Ivana Baquero, Sergi Lopez II, Ariadna Gil, and Alex Angulo.

Synopsis: Set in1940s Spain against the postwar repression of Franco’s Spain, a fairy tale that centers on Ofelia, a lonely and dreamy child who lives with her mother and adoptive father, a military officer tasked with ‘ridding the area’ of rebels. In her loneliness, Ofelia creates a world filled with fantastical creatures and secret destinies. With Fascism at its height, Ofelia must come to terms with her world through a fable of her own creation.

Review: ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ was suprisingly a wonderful movie that both critics and audiences enjoy. It is an unusual movie that is not typical of the usual hollywood movies that are always being shown today.

It is an intricate movie that delves into the deep, dark world of imagination and deals with pain, heartache, and sadness of a young girl living in terrible times. This movie will take hold of your attention with the awe-inspiring effects, but if you watch closely you will notice that there is a deeper meaning to everything that you are seeing.

It is not unusual for these types of movies to hold deeper meanings, meanings that the creator of this movie wants you to find out for yourself. I recommend this movie and challenge you to really watch this movie and find out for yourself what the hidden meaning is.

Children Of Men (2006)

Starring: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejofor, and Charlie Hunnam.

Synopsis: The year is 2027, and women are no longer able to give birth. The youngest inhabitant of the planet has just died at the age of 18, and all hope for humanity has been lost. As civilization falls into chaos, a dying world finds one last hope for survival in the form of a woman who has mysteriously become pregnant. Now, as warring nationalistic sects clash and world leaders find their grip on power quickly slipping, a disillusioned bureaucrat is contacted by his activist ex-wife and charged with the enormous task of escorting the woman who represents humankind’s last hope for survival out of harm’s way and into the care of an underground organization known as The Human Project.

Review: ‘Children Of Men’ is an incredible, thrilling sci-fi movie of which we have not seen since ‘V for Vendetta’. This movie seems intensely realistic and will grab onto your attention. It is especially designed to make you think intently about what is happening in the movie long after you have left the theatre.

Every part that was played in this movie was done with the passion that is required for a movie and makes you beleive that was is going on could really happen someday. As I said before it is closely related to ‘V for Vendetta’ in the fact that they both have a very strong message to bring to the people and they use extreme measures to do it.

Now there has been some debate that this movie is not worth watching because it does not explain any of the facts. However, I beleive that this movie was especially designed to make you think about what is going around and to try to figure some of it out on your own. I recommend anyone to see this movie if they are tired of the same old, predictable plots and are looking for something new and refreshing to see.

Hot Fuzz (2007)

Starring: Jim Broadbent, Nick Frost, Timothy Dalton, Edward Woodward, and Simon Pegg.

Synopsis: Nicholas Angel is the best cop London has to offer, with an arrest record 400% higher than any other officer on the force. He’s so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel’s superiors send him to a place where his talents won’t be quite so embarrassing, the sleepy and seemingly crime-free village of Sandford. Once there, he is partnered with the well-meaning but overeager police officer Danny Butterman.

The son of amiable Police Chief Frank Butterman, Danny is a huge action movie fan and believes his new big-city partner might just be a real-life “bad boy,” and his chance to experience the life of gunfights and car chases he so longs for. Angel is quick to dismiss this as childish fantasy and Danny’s puppy-like enthusiasm only adds to Angel’s growing frustration. However, as a series of grisly accidents rock the village, Angel is convinced that Sandford is not what it seems and as the intrigue deepens, Danny’s dreams of explosive, high-octane, car-chasing, gunfighting, all-out action seem more and more like a reality. It’s time for these small-town cops to break out some big-city justice.

Review: So the first think that popped into my head when I saw the trailer for this was, b-rated. Yet, it has surprisingly become a movie that even the critics have said is not that bad. The plot is different, which makes it more interesting for people to watch.

The only thing that might turn people off is the gore and violence. Then again some of those people prefer gore in movies like this. The acting is great and absolutely hilarious. So now it’s time to go see a unique and actually funny, action movie that you will enjoy.

Pirates Of The Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Kiera Knightley, and Bill Nighy

Synopsis: In this second installment of the Pirates of the Carribean, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan are just days away from their wedding when they are arrested for aiding Capt. Jack Sparrow in his escape. The only way that they can escape the death sentence is if Will finds Sparrow and brings back his magic compass. What Will doesn’t know is that Jack Sparrow is trying to find his way out of a life debt with Davy Jones. A mystical evil being who captures the souls of those who pledge themselves to him.

Review: ‘Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest’ was an awesome movie. With the brilliant cast of characters reuniting to take on another deadly adventure, it made it almost better then the first. Johnny Depp will having you laughing, as always, and Orlando Bloom will make all the girls go crazy, again.

The stakes are higher and the action is greater making this a more intense movie. Davy Jones, played by Bill Nighy, does a great job. And of course with new bad guys comes more and better action. Unfortunately, some of the action was drawn out a little too much.

I have to say that I am excited and cannot wait for the movie to come out on dvd. It is a definite must see. All though don’t be too disappointed with the ending. In case some of you haven’t heard the third movie is already in the making.

Santa Clause 3: Escape Clause (2006)

Starring: Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Alan Arkin, Judge Reinhold and Martin Short

Synopsis: Santa Clause is back and this time he must fight to keep his job before Jack Frost tries to take it from him. Making matters worse, Santa, risks revealing the location of the North Pole when he invites his family to visit for the holiday.

Review: This is the third movie that has been made in this installment and hopefully the last. You can tell that this movie was a stretch to make. After all there are only so many plots that you can get out of a santa movie. You’ll be searching everywhere in the movie wonering how it keeps on going.

Of course the kids will like this festive movie. And if you want them to have a fun movie night out then this would be the one to take them to.

Superman Returns(2006)

Starring: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, and James Marsden.

Synopsis: After years of trying to find remnants of his home planet, Superman finally returns to Earth. He comes back to find that Lois Lane, the love of his life, is married and has a son. Lex Luthor, his greatest enemy, is scheming to create a continent made of kryptonite, which will destroy most of North America, and Superman himself.

Review: ‘Superman Returns’ has amazing graphics and the plot really isn’t that bad either. But there are a few things that make this movie not so great. Like the fact that Superman has a son, who inherits his powers, but just starts to show them? That’s a bit of a stretch.

The acting was not as good as it could have been. Brandon Routh looked alot like Superman, but he was a very somber version of him. If any can remember the original movies, they will remember that he was very outgoing and very clumsy when he was Clark Kent. Kate Bosworth, played a very bitter Lois Lane, instead of the goofy and brash one that we are so used to. Kevin Spacey was my favorite and he played his pary very well. He even makes you laugh at some points and he brings to mind the Lex Luthor we all know and love.

Overall, it was an OK movie that is fun to see, but not one to watch over and over again. The die hard Superman fans will be disappointed. I would not recommend this movie if you are looking for a great one to see on a fun night.

Casino Royale (2006)

Starring: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, and Judi Dench.

Synopsis: James Bond takes on his first ‘007′ mission and is as deadly as always. His mission is a high stakes poker game in which he must outwit, Le Chiffre, a banker who funds the world’s deadliest terrorists. The newest Bond woman, Vesper Lynd, at first finds James arrogant, but quickly falls for his charms. And in turn he, for the first time, falls in love with her. But things are not always as they seem and James learns the hard way who and when to trust.

Review: This James Bond movie is definitely not the usual or typical Bond movie. You have to take into consideration that this movie is about how he became the man we all know. His broken love, his mis-trust of everyone, turns him into the player that everyone seems to love about Bond.

Daniel Craig does a fairly reasonable job playing the part, but I’m not sure if he quite cuts it. Sure he’s a smooth talker, but other then that he doesn’t have the necessary skills to pull it off. His stunts make him look like what he is, an older man who can’t run fast or jump high. The harmless bad guy does a better job of wowing us then Bond does.

If you’re really set on watching this, then I recommend you wait till it comes out on DVD. The movie drags on and leaves you wondering if he is ever going to catch the bad guy. The only good part is in the end when he finally shows his true colors.

Looking for Alibrandi (2000)

Starring: Greta Scacchi, Anthony LaPaglia, Elena Cotta

Synopsis: A teen Australian student has to deal with the traumas of everyday life. She has a difficult relationship with her single mum, her long-lost father has unexpectedly returned, shes goes to a strict Catholic school run by nuns, struggles with acceptance from schoolmates, and has romantic dilemmas over two polar-opposite guys.

ReviewLooking For Alibrandi is a wonderful film. It shows the impact culture and family background has on an Australian girl learning about the world. The movie points out how important family values are to modern children. A teenage suicide in the film is a terrible example of the delicate emotional states of young people. The tumultuous final year of high school is engrossing.