All About Movies has been film reviewing the latest New Release theatrical films for over 10 years beginning on Radio in 1999. All About Movies continues to this day selectively reviewing films. Naturally over the years not all film reviews were published as most were verbal on Radio however we have included a sample of some of the more recent ones for you to enjoy. With invitations to press screenings of upcoming films, we hope to bring you film reviews of films that will go on to be cinema classics starring a new breed of Hollywood names as well as the familiar vintage classic stars of yesterday. You may also find some films you may question how they ever got made.
Every now and then when you come to do a film review not alot has to be said about a film. Actions speak louder than words essentially. If your looking to see a great 'true story' genre film, go see 'Philomena' starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan is the message here. Hopefully she will get an Oscar for this outstanding performance. The storyline is as follows: A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent run by catholic nuns. This film is packed with great one liners that will leave you laughing and at other times wanting to shed a tear. With that sort of combination of dialogue , this movie needs nothing more to be said about it other than it deserves FIVE stars!!!
'The Immortals' was directed by Tarsem Singh, a relatively new in his own right director and probably most recently known as second unit director on "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button"."The Immortals" comes with a very experienced and capable cast - John Hurt, Mickey Rourke and Stephen Dorf (as Theseus ultimately loyal side kick) all put in fine efforts with the script they have to work with. Henry Cavill is best known for his role in the TV series "The Tudors" and plays the lead character -Theseus. In short, Theseus (Henry Cavill) is a mortal man chosen by the God Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), who is on a rampage with his army across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity. The film was produced by the guys who did 300 so expect to see lots of blood and guts and of course CGI fight scenes.
Film reviewing “The Debt” starring Helen Mirren as a retired Mossad secret agent (Rachel) was always going to be exciting and i can happily report she gives perhaps her finest performance to date since “The Queen”. The storyline centres around three Mossad agents Rachel, David and Stephan who in 1966 are sent on a mission to hunt down a Nazi war criminal and bring him back alive to face justice in the courts. The notion of loyalty to family both past and present, country and colleague is the key concept presented in “The Debt” directed by John Madden. Madden’s last major film was the acclaimed “Shakespeare In Love” and the wait for another success has been worth it.
In February, 1945, one of the fiercest battles of the Pacific theater of World War II occurs on the tiny island of Iwo Jima. Thousands of Marines attack the stronghold maintained by thousands of Japanese, and the slaughter on both sides is horrific. Early in the battle, an American flag is raised atop the high point, Mount Suribachi, and a photograph of the raising becomes an American propaganda piece to the war-sick Americans. Three surviving flag raisers, Rene Gagnon, John Bradley, and Ira Hayes, are whisked back to civilization to help raise funds for the war effort. But the accolades for heroism heaped upon the three men are at odds with their own personal realizations that thousands of real heroes lie dead on Iwo Jima, and that their own contributions to the fight are only symbolic and not deserving of the singling out they are experiencing. Each of the three must come to terms with the honors, exploitation, and grief that they face simply for being in a photograph.
Dreamworks Animation put together two animated flicks in 2006 - 'Over The Hedge' (released in June) and 'Flushed' Away. The quality of computer animation has improved greatly over the years but it sure has come at a cost. Flushed Away cost a staggering $149m to produce. How could a film with no live performances cost so much?It's a question that kids won't care about. They'll be more interested in seeing the tale of Roddy St James, a loveable rat who lives his life as a pet.
As far as a film review goes i feel George Lucas has delivered what the fans have been longing for, a Star Wars sequel that is on an equal footing with the original three. Not only does this episode hold it's own in terms of special effects and cast performances but the storyline answers many of the questions the fans have been long discussing.Opening with a spectacular battle in space, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) now a general, is on his way with Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christiansen) to bring down remaining Separatists Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) and General Grievous. Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) has been taken hostage and the struggle between good and evil begins. However, forces of corruption and betrayal by both Chancellor Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker slowly transform the Republic into the Galactic Empire and along the way nearly wipe out the Jedi warriors.
To do a film review involving British director Ridley Scott one normally will always be pleased with the effort and in general this was the case here. He has come along way since his days as a TV commercial director. His most recent effort illustrates why he is currently the master of big budget CGI (Computer Generated Images) films. Five years ago he enthralled us with Gladiator and his talent for creating a hero in a period piece is evident once again. Set during the great crusades when religious wars were ruling the earth (not unlike today in some cases), we are taken on a journey where Orlando Bloom (lord of the rings trilogy) stars as "Balien of Ibelin", a blacksmith who finds himself learning the's List). When his father dies in the course of defending his son during battle, Bloom inherits a family reputation of responsibility and respect his father earned as a lord.