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Magic Mike XXL

BACK TO THE GRIND. When those strippers who are still part of Kings of Tampa head for Myrtle Beach for a big convention, Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) decides to come out of retirement. For this sequel, Steven Soderbergh was still very much part of the project but promoted his assistant director to helm it. Those … Continue reading Magic Mike XXL

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Wig out. In a desperate attempt to get back to New York City, runaway zoo lion Alex and his friends leave Africa… and end up joining the circus. Not many franchises keep getting better with each new outing, but this one does. Number three would merit a higher rating were it not for the simple … Continue reading Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

The Women

IT’S ALL ABOUT… When fashion designer Mary Haines (Meg Ryan) finds out that her husband is having an affair with a Saks salesgirl (Eva Mendes), it becomes an opportunity to change her life… Murphy Brown creator Diane English finally realized her dream project, an updated remake of The Women (1939), but it wasn’t worth the … Continue reading The Women

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Still together. Still lost! Our runaway zoo animals try to leave Madagascar on an airplane but crash-lands on the main continent where Alex finds his parents. The title may be completely illogical, but the movie benefits from a few improvements on the original. It is funnier, pure and simple, with dialogue and situations that are somewhat … Continue reading Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Scream 2

SOMEONE HAS TAKEN THEIR LOVE OF SEQUELS ONE STEP TOO FAR. At the same time as “Stab” (the movie version of the murders in Woodsboro) opens, a new killer with a “scream” mask torments the survivors and their friends. It only took a year for the Wes Craven-Kevin Williamson duo to crank out this sequel, but … Continue reading Scream 2

Princess Mononoke

THE FATE OF THE WORLD RESTS ON THE COURAGE OF ONE WARRIOR.  Ashitaka, a warrior who suffers from a curse, ends up in the middle of a conflict between humans who are wrecking the forest, and its creatures who are accompanied by a girl called “Princess Mononoke”. The movie that helped bring greater international attention … Continue reading Princess Mononoke

Madagascar

Ton on the run. A zebra escapes from the New York Central Zoo in a desperate attempt to find wilderness; he’s reluctantly joined by his best friends. Not all computer-animated movies turn out great, it would seem. This one suffers from lazy writing, with very few good jokes and unimaginative references to other movies. The animation … Continue reading Madagascar

Ali

FORGET WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW. Perhaps Michael Mann was looking for a Best Picture Oscar when he made this biography about the ten most interesting years, 1964-1974, in Muhammad Ali’s life. It has a nice feeling of the period, a touch of grandeur and a central performance of the kind that is usually rewarded … Continue reading Ali

Collateral

IT STARTED LIKE ANY OTHER NIGHT. Los Angeles cab driver Max Durocher (Jamie Foxx) takes a passenger (Tom Cruise) who turns out to be a hit man with a contract on five people; he needs Max to drive him to their locations. Much like the director’s previous thriller Heat (1995), this one also has an … Continue reading Collateral

The Matrix Revolutions

EVERYTHING THAT HAS A BEGINNING HAS AN END. The concluding chapter of the Matrix trilogy makes you realize that the whole concept of the Matrix has now become so screwed-up that there are basically no rules left governing it. At least we have two grand set pieces surrounding the duller parts. The first one portrays mankind’s brave … Continue reading The Matrix Revolutions

The Matrix Reloaded

FREE YOUR MIND. [youtube=http://youtu.be/HVrGMnk5E_M&w=540&h=320]   As Neo’s (Keanu Reeves) powers are growing stronger, the humans must find the Keymaker who could lead them to the machines’ mainframe. There are moments in this costly sequel to The Matrix (1999) when you begin to wonder whether this is a computer game or a movie. But the non-stop action sequences … Continue reading The Matrix Reloaded