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Dark City (1998)

Dark CityWatching Dark City makes you think you’re watching a mixture of The Matrix and Sin City. While Dark City might not have the finishing touch which is present in both mentioned movies, it does have respectively the “wat-if-the-world-is-not-what-we-think-it-is” story line and the comic scenery.

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March of the Penguins

March of the Penguins The March of the Penguins or “Marche de l’empereur, La” is a movie about the March of emperor Penguins to their breeding ground. The event is intriguing and the camera work is great, but movies tries to make the penguins more human than they are. You see for example a lot of shot of a male and a female standing together as a couple. But the shots where just two men or two women stand together the same way are left out as much as possible. These decisions make me wonder on what other topics I’m being mislead. That’s a shame as the animals are fascinating enough the way they are.

Due to this overromanticising I give the movie a 5.

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Phone Booth

Stuart (Colin Farrell) hasn’t been totally honest. In fact, he’s about the most dishonest man you’ll meet. Everyday, at the same time, he goes to a phone booth in NYC to call his girlfriend (Katie Holmes), so that his wife (Radha Mitchell) can’t trace the phone call. Today is no longer just an ordinary day. Now, someone’s calling him, leaving his life on the line.

Phone Booth is a thrilling movie with a creative story and is nice to see. I give it a 7.5.

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Volver

Penelope Cruz is one of the most attracting women in the Hollywood movie scene. In Volver she’s the absolute center of the movie. And that’s good! She makes the movie worth watching. The strange combination of a very attractive Hollywood star with some unknown mediocre actresses fits in the strange story line. It’s just a strange movie! Not very bad, but definitely not very good either. I give it a 6.

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Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of HeavenSome things never change. During the Crusades, in the Middle Ages, the Christians and Muslims fought about the holy city of Jerusalem. Kingdom of Heaven is located between the second and third Crusade. To make the situation more interesting, a hero (Orlando Bloom) is created. Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people. And let’s not forget to put in a beautiful woman (Eva Green).
It’s a nice movie, but for my feeling a lot of scenes were missing, so maybe the 45 minutes longer “Director’s Cut” is better. I give it a 7.

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The Departed

The DepartedIn South Boston, the state police force is fighting Irish-American organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Frank Costello. While Billy quickly gains Costello’s confidence, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the police department as an informer for the syndicate, is rising to a position of power in the Special Investigation Unit.

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James Bond: Casino Royale

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James Bond is back. Daniel Craig is the new 007. Literally. In Casino Royale you get to know how James Bond became 007. Bond movies have always been created to be seen in the cinema. Also in Casino Royale, there are lots of special effects within great action scenes that suck you into the movie and leave you with a smile.

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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Borat Sacha Baron Cohen, alias ALI G, alias Borat, has made a new movie, or a “movie film” as Borat calls it. This time the character Borat leaves his home country for a trip to America in order to “Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”.

After an enormous media campaign and a good experience with Sacha Baron Cohen his productions in the past, I was a bit disappointed with “Borat”. It was funny, let’s make that clear, but there wasn’t a lot of deeper thought it. It wasn’t any better than an ordinary episode of Borat or ALI G. I give it a 6.