Category Archives: Action/Thriller

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. (IMDB) Writers:   Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Michael Arndt(screenplay) Susan Collins(Novel) Director:   Francis Lawrence Stars:   Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Run time/Rating:  146 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn It didn’t take more than […]

Prisoners

Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing and he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.  Prisoners is a twisting thriller that is as good as the genre has produced in years. Writer:  Aaron Guzikowski Director:  Denis Villeneuve Stars:  Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Viola Davis […]

Olympus Has Fallen

Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers. (IMDB) Writers:  Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt Director:  Antoine Fuqua Stars:  Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman Run time/Rating:  120Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  […]

Disconnect

A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today’s wired world. (IMDB) Writer: Andrew Stern Director:  Henry Alex Rubin Stars: Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgard. Andrea Riseborough,  Jonah Bobo, Haley Ramm, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton Run time/Rating:  115 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn Despite the number of times my wife and I discussed […]

Lone Survivor

Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.. (IMDB) Writers:  Peter Berg, Marcus Luttrell Director:  Peter Berg Stars:  Mark […]

End of Watch

Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves. (IMDB) Writers:  David Ayer Director:  David Ayer Stars:  Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick Run time/Rating:  109 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn This quick Popcorn […]

Now You See Me

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. Writers:  Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt (Screenplay) Director:  Louis Leterrier Stars:  Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo Run time/Rating:  115 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Small Popcorn with Butter […]

Killer Joe

When a debt puts a young man’s life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance. (IMDB) Writers: Tracy Letts Director:  William Friedkin Stars:Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon Run time/Rating  102 Minutes/ NC-17 Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn The more Mathew […]

World War Z

United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. (IMDB) Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan (screenplay), Drew Goddard (screenplay), Damon Lindelof (screenplay), Max Brooks (novel) Director:  Marc Forster Stars:  Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz Run time/Rating  116 Minutes/ PG13 […]

Taken 2

In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter. Writers:  Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen Director:  Olivier Megaton Stars:  Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace Run time/Rating:  92 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Small Popcorn with Butter Alright, I admit it.  I really […]

Zero Dark Thirty

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011. (IMDB) Writer:  Mark Boal Director:  Kathryn Bigelow Stars:  Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler Run time/Rating:  135 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn I may be  […]

The Bourne Legacy

An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum’s novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films. (IMDB) Writer:  Tony Gilroy, Dan Gilroy Director:  Tony Gilroy Stars:    Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton Run time/Rating:  135 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn with Butter The Bourne Legacy substitutes the […]

Premium Rush

In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city. (IMDB) Writer:  David Koepp, John Kamps Director:  David Koepp Stars:   Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez Run time/Rating:  91 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Small Popcorn with Butter I was hoping for a lot […]

Flight

An alcohol dependent pilot miraculously crash lands his plane but comes under fire once it is found out that he was drunk during the flight.  With a brilliant performance from Denzel Washington in a hard to swallow film. Writer:  John Gatins Director:  Robert Zemeckis Stars:  Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez and Don Cheadle Run time/Rating:  138 Minutes/ R Popcorn […]

Django Unchained

A German bounty hunter and a former slave named Django join forces to capture and kill criminals and slave owners while rescuing Django’s wife from a brutal plantation owner. Writer:  Quentin Tarantino Director:  Quentin Tarantino Stars:  Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson Run time/Rating:  165 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter My mind was […]

The Collection

A man who escapes from the vicious grips of the serial killer known as “The Collector” is blackmailed to rescue an innocent girl from the killer’s booby-trapped warehouse. Writers:  Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton Director:  Marcus Dunstan Stars:   Josh Stewart, Emma Fitzpatrick and Christopher McDonald Runtime/Rating: 82 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score: Medium Popcorn with Butter Review Written By:  Jesse Manzo As […]

Defendor

Writer:  Peter Stebbings Director:  Peter Stebbings Stars:  Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings and Sandra Oh Runtime/Rating:  101 Minutes/R Popcorn Score:  Small Popcorn with Butter Defendor is yet another Indie drama that is poorly marketed and sets the audience up with completely incorrect expectations resulting in tremendous disappointment.  This movie is not a Comedy.  Unfortunately, by the time that you realize that, […]

Skyfall

Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (IMDB) Writers:  Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan Director: Sam Mendes Stars:  Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Naomie Harris Runtime/Rating: 143 Minutes/ PG-13 […]

The Amazing Spiderman

Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. (IMDB) Writers:  James Vanderbilt (screenplay), Alvin Sargent Director:  Marc Webb Stars:  Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans Runtime/Raiting:  136 Minutes/ […]

Argo

A biographical thriller involving a  joint CIA and Canadian Government secret operation to extract six American diplomats out of Iran during the 1980 Iranian Crisis. Writer:  Chris Terrio Director:  Ben Affleck Stars:  Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman, Alan Arkin Runtime/Raiting:  120 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter I cannot thank President Bill Clinton enough for declassifying the […]

Hugo

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.  (IMDB) Director:  Martin Scorsese Writers:  John Logan (screenplay), Brian Selznick (book) Stars:  Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz and Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen Runtime/Rating:  126 Minutes/ PG Popcorn […]

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart.  (IMDB) Writer:  Edgar Wright Director:  Edgar Wright Stars:  Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kieran Culkin Runtime/Rating:  112 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter This quick Popcorn Review was taken from the Top Ten Movies of 2010 List: It […]

The Fighter

A look at the early years of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s. (IMDB) Writers:  Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson Director:  David O. Russell Stars:  Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams Runtime/Rating:  116 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter This […]

Inglourious Basterds

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner’s vengeful plans for the same. (IMDB) Writer:  Quentin Tarantino Director:  Quentin Tarantino Stars:  Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent,  Diane Kruger Runtime/Rating:  153 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter […]

Zombieland

A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, and a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the Last Twinkie and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. Writers:  Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick Director:  Ruben Fleischer Stars:   Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson Runtime/Rating:  88 Minutes/R Popcorn […]

God Bless America

On a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens, terminally ill Frank makes an unlikely accomplice in 16-year-old Roxy. (IMDB) Writer:  Bobcat Goldthwait Director:  Bobcat Goldthwait Stars:  Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr and Mackenzie Brooke Runtime/Rating:  105 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn God Bless America is my kind of feel-good movie.  Yes, some […]

Looper

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self. (IMDB) Writer:  Rian Johnson Director:  Rian Johnson Stars:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily […]

Hard Eight

A veteran gambler takes a young man out of money and luck under his wings and teaches him how to survive the casino lifestyle. Writer:  Paul Thomas Anderson Director:  Paul Thomas Anderson Stars:  Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly and Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson Runtime: 102 Minutes Popcorn Score: Medium Popcorn with Butter I can […]

Snow White and the Huntsman

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. (IMDB) Writers:  Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock Director:  Rupert Sanders Stars:   Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron Runtime: 127 Minutes Popcorn Score: Medium […]

Get the Gringo

A career criminal nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a young boy. (IMDB) Writers: Mel Gibson, Adrian Grundberg, Stacy Perskie Director: Adrian Grunberg Stars:  Mel Gibson, Kevin Hernandez Runtime: 96 Minutes Popcorn Score: Medium Popcorn with Butter “Inmates with guns, that’s kinda new.” […]