Roger's Watchlist - Movies by the day

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1.
Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Arthur Bishop thought he had put his murderous past behind him when his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents. (98 mins.)
Director: Dennis Gansel
“ February 19 2017

Jason Statham is back as Arthur Bishop, the legendary hitman also known as The Mechanic. The first movie was a remake of the 1972 classic with Charles Bronson and it now seems that producers want to establish yet another franchise with a Jason Statham character. Being a fan of Statham I would not mind another franchise but it would need to get better stories than this one. Here our hero has to make three kills that have to look like accidents, otherwise his new girlfriend (Jessica Alba yay) will be killed. The movie is fight intense, which is good, but the story is quite lame. But most of all : when you have cast an actor icon like Tommy Lee Jones, why does he just get 5 minutes of screen time ? Talk about a waste of talent. Same goes for Michelle Yeoh, she also doesn't do a lot. In summary : Good to see Statham back in action, but a waste of good opportunities and a weak story. 6.7/10 ” - rogdie
 
2.
Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness. (120 mins.)
Director: Peter Chelsom
“ February 18 2017

I am quite surprised to find Simon Pegg in this sappy boring movie. He is normally known for his participation in big box offices franchises like Mission Impossible or Star Trek or has starred in major british hits like the Shaun of the Dead or Paul, but here he is out of his wits. Well maybe all the actors in this are. A psychiatrist goes on a long trip to find the origin and basis for people's happiness because he feels he can't help his patients anymore. In truth, he is in midst of his own personal crisis and only trips to China, Africa, meeting all kinds of different people can make him get to a conclusion. Really ? This is not so much a comedy or a drama but it seems to be a do it yourself prescription for depressive people. It is really a boring movie, even the actors next to Simon Pegg are a little bit lost : Christopher Plummer, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Toni Collette do appear in it but i don't think they knew how to play out their indifferent roles. What a disappointment. 5.1/10 ” - rogdie
 
3.
The Italian Job (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally. (111 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
“ February 16 2017

It's a very tood heist movie, it has an initial heist taking place in Venice with a great boat race through the canals. The counterheist and its planning are located in Los Angeles. The movie would have even better if the parallels to the classic british movie from the late 1960's wasn't around. But then again, the chase with the Mini Coopers through gridlocked Los Angeles wouldn't have been possible without cries for copyrights. So it is a remake of the older film, the main character even has the dame name as Michael Caine in 1969. In itself the 2003 movie would have been a great action movie, with Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron and Jason Statham doing their own work behind the wheel of the Minis, but as a comparison it cannot hold its own. Edward Norton's bad guy is too weak, so is the final Mini Cooper chase. 7.0/10 ” - rogdie
 
4.
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When a posse catches up three men suspected of killing a local farmer, some of them become strongly divided on whether or not to lynch the men. (75 mins.)
“ February 15 2017

This is an unusual Western, specifically for the fact that it does not end well and that throughout the movie the main character, supposedly being the hero is quite passive and without any power against the ongoings that he has to witness. Maybe that is why this was a flop at theatres. However, the movie conveys a very stark message against the misuse of justice, here by allowing the illegal posse to act as the law and proceed to lynch three innocent people. Quite hard to watch this but the message of the movie remains today as powerful as more than 70 years ago and it should be required viewing for all those finding themselves in governments today trying to ignore the law and push their sense of justice through however illegal and dictatorial it might be. A powerful but difficult movie not for the sensible or fainthearted. 6.3/10 ” - rogdie
 
5.
Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The boys' Army buddy, Eddie Smith, is killed in the trenches in France, leaving his baby girl an orphan... (68 mins.)
“ February 14 2017

One classic Laurel & Hardy movie is Pack up your troubles. Made in 1932 it follows our intrepid duo being enlisted as soldiers in WWI, then after their very succesful stint as soldiers, they try to give the daughter of one of their fallen camarades to its grandparents, but unfortunately the guy was called Smith. On their search they hilariously break up a marriage before the happy end. Very funny movie, made even better when they depart on the quest to find the elusive grandparents. 7.4/10 ” - rogdie
 
6.
My Old Lady (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident. (107 mins.)
Director: Israel Horovitz
“ February 13 2017

What is seemingly a nice small comedy about a guy who inherits a palatial apartment in Paris soon evolves in a kind of drama reaching far back into the guy's family history. When he realizes that his heritage is kind of a poisonous gift from his father because the apartment comes with its current inhabitants, a 92 year old lady and her only daughter. Little does he know how intertwined his ancestry is with the two women's lives. During the movie all the historical baggage will come to surface with consequences he cannot imagine. This trio is played by Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas and Dame Maggie Smith as the old lady. Very nice dialogue and great scenes between the three of them, but this is really not a comedy but more a deep character study of these people, their past and how they manage to deal with it. Nevertheless a very interesting movie, quite spellbinding. 7.3/10 ” - rogdie
 
7.
The Boss (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A titan of industry is sent to prison after she's caught insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget. (99 mins.)
Director: Ben Falcone
“ February 12 2017

Melissa McCarthy seems to be in every second movie these days, and when she is not in a movie she makes great parodies on Saturday Night Live. The Boss is a movie that came out before Ghostbusters featuring McCarthy as a Gordon Gekko-like finance shark, busted for insider trading who, when getting out of jail has noone to turn to but her former assistant, a single mom with a 10 year old daughter. The comedy reunites McCarthy with her director husband Ben Falcone, Kristen Bell is the assistant, Kathy Bates is the former mentor and Peter Dinklage is the villain and ex-lover. (Sic !?). The movie is of course loaded to the top with erotic double entendres, racy jokes and some slapstick, it might be even some kind of overkill if the viewer is not a fan of this kind of movie. For comedy lovers it should be enough fun. 6.7/10 ” - rogdie
 
8.
The Hustler (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
“ February 11 2017

The Hustler is considered as one of the great classics in the sports genre, though it really is not a sports movie, unless you consider that a bit of pool at the front end and the back end of the movie is a sports highlight, but for me this movie is the character study of two people, Paul Newman's Eddie Felson and Piper Laurie's Sarah Packard. They both are challenged by their life, they are big time losers in a way, yet they seem to cling to each other and support each other til the dramatic end. Two great performances, both worthy of an Academy Award, great supporting actors George C.Scott and most of all Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats. 7.6/10 ” - rogdie
 
9.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two hard-partying brothers place an online ad to find the perfect dates for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves out-hustled by an uncontrollable duo. (98 mins.)
Director: Jake Szymanski
“ February 10 2017

In 2013 two brothers placed an ad online to find two dates that would accompany them to a wedding; their got about 6,000 answers from women all across the US. The makers of this movie developed the story further and it evolved into this adult comedy. Adam Devine and Zac Ephron play the chaotic, mentally challenged brothers trying to find a pair of girls they could take to their sister's wedding on Hawaii. They find Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza, two even more chaotic and crazy women who just can't let pass an invitation like this. Chaos and mayhem ensue, erotic innunendos and physical catastrophes galore. I was a bit surprised that Anna Kendrick would agree to star in this kind of comedy, but she totally holds her own next to Aubrey Plaza who seems to have these kind of characters completely assimilated. No surprise though to see Zac Ephron here, it seems that he doesn't mind being typecasted now because about all the jobs he gets is playing characters like Dave in adult themed comedies. 6,3/10 ” - rogdie
 
10.
Quand j'étais chanteur (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Alain Moreau sings for one of the few remaining dance-bands in Clermont-Ferrand. Though something of... (112 mins.)
Director: Xavier Giannoli
“ February 9 2017

Gérard Depardieu might be a big sweaty overweight specimen of the male species, but he is one prolific and talented actor. Over more than 40 years he has played about every character you can imagine. In this 2006 movie he is playing an aging lounge singer producing himself through dancing palaces in front of elder audiences and hopng to score with the ladies. Doing his own singing Depardieu is owning this movie alongside Cecile de France playing his equally challenged love interest. The movie is a slow moving character study, not without appeal, but definitely the kind of movie you would not consider as light entertainment. Worth a watch but no easy food. 6.3/10 ” - rogdie
 
11.
Blood Father (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her. (88 mins.)
“ February 7 2017

You can think whatever you want of Mel Gibson's private life and character, the fact remains that he still is a hell of an actor and a first rate director. In Blood Father he goes a little bit back to his roots by playing a character that would do anything to protect his next of kin, just like Mad Max or Martin Riggs from the Lethal Weapon saga. Here he is the father of a runaway girl finding her chased by a ruthless drug mafia. Enter the ex-con dad Gibson who lets go of all his inhibitions and goes back to being the kind of ruthless guy he was in his part. Good acting, a whole lot of action and a very interesting story playing out in the American South. Top Notch, Mel. 7.6/10 ” - rogdie
 
12.
Get Over It (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
When Berke Landers, a popular high school basketball star, gets dumped by his life-long girlfriend, Allison... (87 mins.)
Director: Tommy O'Haver
“ February 6 2017

It is just another teen comedy. Boy gets girlfriend, boy loses girlfriend, boy tries to win ex-girlfriend back, but she has a new beau, boy does all kind of possible humiliations to get back in favour and just neglects the girl who is helping him along the way. Sounds like all kinds of teen comedies, though this one is special as its cast is full of today's stars : Ben Foster, Kirsten Dunst, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana (I didn't recognize her) , Colin Hanks, Shane West all appear here in more or less prominent roles. Add to that comedic superstar Martin Short and you have a nice movie, certainly not a masterpiece but watchable nonetheless. 6.4/10 ” - rogdie
 
13.
Emerald Green (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Adaptation of the final part of famous time-travel trilogy. Gwendolyn's heart is broken, will she trust Gideon again? There's no time to wallow in tears. Something unbelievable happens, and Gwendolyn finds herself in the race against time. (113 mins.)
“ February 5 2017

Smaragdgrün is the end of a trilogy that began with Rubinrot and continued with Sapphirblau. It tells the adventures of a time travelling girl versus a mysterious sect trying to achieve world supremacy and an evil count thriving to be immortal. The two first parts were more or less a light introduction into the first romances of young Gwen and her initiation to the mysteries of time travel. The conclusion of the adventure however is a fun action ride and for those who stayed with the movies throughout a rewarding end for the patience. The two first movies were far from exciting, but the third one was redemption. 7.4/10 ” - rogdie
 
14.
Rollerball (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game. (125 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ February 4 2017

The story might be lame by today's standards, but I must admit it got the vision of how the corporate world would be ruling professional sports in the future perfectly right. Back in 1975 Rollerball was seen as a brutal action movie highlighting sports scenes in which the athletes was killed as the entertainment of the future. It even got banned in some countries. Today it seems antiquated and boring. The only thing I will be able to carry with me is the fact that it was filmed in Munich in the sports hall where the 1972 basketball Olympic tournament was held. Otherwise the story just went way past me and I think even James Caan did not really know why most of the movie was supposed to be about. That's the enthusiasm he is displaying. 5.1/10 ” - rogdie
 
15.
Suicide Squad (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated super-villains to form a defensive task force. Their first mission: save the world from the apocalypse. (123 mins.)
Director: David Ayer
“ February 3 2017

So this is the Avenger's universe. Er, no. Fantastic Four ? Wrong again. It clearly is the DC universe as Batman features early in the movie, Superman is referenced. Okay, the universe is set. Now we have a group of archvillains being drafted to support government forces in the fight against some evil forces. Surprisingly what ensues is a very entertaining movie with lots of cheeky dialogues, great action scenes and some very intriguing sequences. It is even more surprising that a megastar like Will Smith was game to become one of the members of the Suicide Squad. But the best performance goes to Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, the mad girlfriend of the Joker (good turn by Jared Leto, but every performance pales to Heath Ledger). One superhero movie that actually strikes home. 7.7/10 ” - rogdie
 
16.
Frau Müller muss weg! (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Because of their children's bad grades, some parents want the teacher Mrs. Müller gone. They meet with Mrs. Müller and try to convince her to leave the class. (83 mins.)
Director: Sönke Wortmann
“ February 1 2017

Static theatre play about the consequences of a parent teacher conference going terribly wrong. I would have expected this to be a very funny comedy, but either I did not understand the hidden subleties or the intended satire. I may also have been fooled by the presence of Anke Engelke one of the leading German female comedians. Well, anyway the film/play is not without all interest but the confinement of a class room or for that instance the interior of a primary school do play a major role. The dirctor tries to break out by making a few characters appear in the sports area or next to the swimming pool but all stays without any major animation nor any major surprises. Good acting, but all stays within the tight boundaries. 6.1/10 ” - rogdie
 
17.
Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Seven maps, when found and put together, reveal the location of the treasures of Genghis Khan. (67 mins.)
Director: Norman Foster
“ January 31 2017

Thank you Mr.Moto is the seccond movie in the Moto series featuring Peter Lorre as the oriental sleuth taking on all kind of mysteries. This one plays out in China where all sorts of shady figures are after a set of Chinese antique scrolls apparently showing the way to a treasure hidden inside Genghis Khan's grave. The series offers a lot of suspense and thriller moments standing his own against such famous series like Charlie Chan. Top class entertainment. 7.2/10 ” - rogdie
 
18.
Sahara (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
After her father dies, young Dale takes his place in a trans-African auto race, but ends up being abducted by a desert sheik. (111 mins.)
“ January 30 2017

The Blue Lagoon and Pretty Baby made Brooke Shields kind of famous. But besides being awarded the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress her early movies just made her known because of her various states of being undressed. When producer Menahem Golan cast her as the lead character in Sahara, it was thought that maybe this would be the chance for the actress to switch into the more serious acting business. But boy, that was a bad move. Sahara is a pretty pathetic attempt at a Lawrence of Arabia copy intermixed with some romance, a whole buckey of clichés directed at the Arabic World and a story so full of loopgoles and incoherences that it makes you laugh. It is simply a miracle that actors like John Thys-Davies, Horst Buchholz, Rolald Lacey and Lambery Wilson were accepting such a script. And by the way, Shields got another nomination for the Golden Raspberry Award for this. 4,8/10 ” - rogdie
 
19.
Ghostbusters (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat. (116 mins.)
Director: Paul Feig
“ January 29 2016

There we are again. Bad mouthing a movie before it came out seems to be a fav sport of movie critics and internet bloggers and the subject of their bad intentions in the first half of 2016 was the reboot of Ghostbusters with an all female group of principal actors. Honestly the movie is very entertaining, well mostly for those having seen the originals because spotting the references to the older movies and waiting for the cameos of the original cast is quite fun. The new story isn't as powerful as the first one but that should not take away the fun. For me the standout in this movie is Kate McKinnon who at the moment of writing is for me the best female comedian around. The SNL actress just is the best feature in the whole movie. Too bad that the public just didn't seem to accept this new version, a sequel would be wonderful. 7.4/10 ” - rogdie
 
20.
Return of Sabata (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Hobsonville's citizens hire a gunslinger to rid them of the McIntock clan that is forcibly and unlawfully taxing the townsfolk under the pretext of town development. (100 mins.)
Director: Frank Kramer
“ January 28 2017

Lee van Cleef stars in another Sabata movie, the third one in a series about the gunslinger. This time he tries to expose the corrupt benefactor of a small town who promises all sorts of infrastructural changes while stealing the people's money. Unfortunately the Western wants to be a bit tongue in cheek, featuring some comic characters, but that seriously backfires. Lee van Cleef is normally not known for slapstick and the viewer does not expect this. It hampers the movie a lot and I'd prefer a brutal humorless Italo-Western to this mishmash. A wasted opportunity. 5.5/10 ” - rogdie
 
21.
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind's new space defenses be enough? (120 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ January 27 2017

20 years after original and sequel did alot of damage. Most of the audience of science fiction action movies wasn't even born when ID4 came out, the absence of Will Smith did its thing as well, bottomline the sequel was doomed to perform worse than the 1996 original. Still for initial viewers it was still an intriguing experience to see what happened next and how the original actors would continue the saga. The story to be honest was quite weak, for me it was more fun to see Jeff Goldblum, Jud Hirsch, Bill Pullman and others reprise their characters. But the highlight of the movie for me was Brent Spiner's return as Dr. Okun, this was the most hilarious and fun part of the whole sequel. I wouldn't badmouth the movie as much as my beloved critics did, for nostalgia's sake : 6.9/10 ” - rogdie
 
22.
The Two Faces of January (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective. (96 mins.)
Director: Hossein Amini
“ January 25 2017

Greece is the main setting for this crime thriller set in 1962, based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith who also wrote stories like the Talented Mr.Ripley or Strangers on a Train. Viggo Mortensen is an American fraudster on the run from his betrayed customers. Kirsten Dunst is his Wife and Oscar Isaac plays an American tour guide who gets drafted in by Mortensen when things go awry and they must flee the country. The three of them go to Crete but feelings and jalousies make a dangerous voyage companion and a very explosive love triangle forms with tragic consequences. The whole thing is a neat little movie, though there are no real surprises. The three actors do a very routine and precise job, but the movie in itself does not hold enough substance or turning points which would it even more memorable. 6,5/10 ” - rogdie
 
23.
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Faiman
“ January 24 2017

It was the sleeper hit of 1986, next to Vietnam war epic Platoon, Crocodile Dundee raked in the second biggest gross at cinemas. Everybody loved the comedy about this weird guy from Australia's outback being at home in the wilderness and feeling out of bounds when for the second half of the movie he is coming to New York, a very first time in any city. It is quite unbelievable today that this was a movie debut for Australian Paul Hogan and for Linda Kozlowski in the principal roles. After 31 years Crocodile Dundee still feels fresh and even though i know the jokes , i still laughed at them as if it was for the first time. (A knife ? That's not a knife ... this is a knife !) 7,7/10 ” - rogdie
 
24.
Damsels in Distress (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A trio of girls set out to change the male-dominated environment of the Seven Oaks college campus, and to rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind. (99 mins.)
Director: Whit Stillman
“ January 23 2017

This is not as the movie title would suggest a story about kidnapped girls waiting for their savior, but this is the tale of a group of female students at a small town college who have set themselves the mission of saving the lost depressive souls amongst the students and in the same time try to convince the male contingent to rethink their ways. Little do they know that everyone of them is as much a desperate case as those they want to save. This one went downhill so fast, I didn't even realize. From what was promising to be a fun insight into college life and lives, it became a dreary accumulation of phrases and thinly veiled satiric jokes. The girls behave like divas and the guys like dumb witted morons. A turnoff. 4.0/10 ” - rogdie
 
25.
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment. (110 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ January 21 2017

32 years after Christophe Lambert played Tarzan in Greystoke, Warner Brothers have given the Tarzan character another try. Alexander Skalsgard is the new Lord of the jungle, although the story is a bit turned on its heels starting in London where Tarzan is now Lord Clayton, who is summoned back to Africa. This adventure is pure escapism, photographed in the midst of Africa in Gabun, and these pictures are indeed breathtaking. Christoph Waltz is a villain again, Margot Robbie is Jane and Samuel L. Jackson is the sidekick (How is he in every movie there is ?) Don't expect too much, enjoy the ride, this is popcorn cinema at its best, but you will forget the movie pretty quickly? 7,3/10 ” - rogdie
 
26.
The Ultimate Warrior (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Atomic holocaust is not the only plague that threatens our future. New York City, 2012 A.D.: In a plague devastated world, one tired man finds a reason to fight. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Clouse
“ January 20 2017

Yul Bynner must have needed the money when he got offered this. It is the fifth or sixth time the actor plays roughly the same character, derived from his Chris persona in Magnificient Seven. He was in Westworld dressed like that, and in this postapocalyptic thriller his name is Carson but he is again playing the same character. The movie is joining a series of apocalypse westerns where lonesome heroes have to fight through hordes of outlaws, zombies or similar types. The high point of this craze was New York 1997 with Kurt Russell and Lee van Cleef but this one is miles away quality-wise. 5,2/10 ” - rogdie
 
27.
Casino Royale (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem. (144 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
“ January 19 2017

Rebooting a franchise seems to be the latest rage these days, but the one act of resetting a worldwide beloved series back in 2006 was first met with lot of criticism, especially when the new James Bond was presented.The world just didn't see how Daniel Craig would be able to portray 007. Well, everyone was wrong. Casino Royale came out to be the best, critically acclaimed and most succesful Bond movie up to 2006. Ith gritty realism, paired with a suit of unparalleled action sequences, a multilayered story and larger than life made this a mcoie which is difficult to forget. The initial sequence in which Bond chases a bomb maker must be one of the most breath taking action scenes ever filmed. Add to that a world record breaking car stunt and the incredible finale in a crumbling building in Venoce and you have for sure one of the best action films in recent history. Kudo to the producers 9.2/10 ” - rogdie
 
28.
Cabaret (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. (124 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
“ January 18 2017

Except for performances by Liza Minelli and most of all Joel Grey as the conferencier Cabaret hasn't really that much to offer. There are these most famous songs : Willkommen, Bienvenue - Mein Herr, Money makes the world go round and Cabaret but the story around cabaret singer Sally Bowles amidst political change in pre 1933 Berlin is borderline boring. The movie has won 8 academy awards, not the best picture award, but I fail to grasp the idea behind the story. It tackles themes like racism (of course) bi-sexuality, homosexuality, abortion and more which seemed revolutionary in the early 70 yet today it wouldn't make noiise anymore. 6.4/10 ” - rogdie
 
29.
He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The Baltimore-set movie of interconnecting story arcs deals with the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior. (129 mins.)
Director: Ken Kwapis
“ January 17 2017

I thought only Gerry Marshall could make those kind of movies where a big cast plays variations on a theme and they are all somehow interconnected. Apparently there are other movies around that have tried this kind of storytelling and this one has failed miserably. Let's see, we have Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Justin Long, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johannson, Jennifer Connelly, Ginnifer Goodwin and Drew Barrymore in a movie about dates and chemistry and relationships and nobody makes this work. There is no spark between the actors, no light in the storytelling, a bunch of dreadful moments especially with Goodwin as the clingy type of woman no one will ever consider to date. Truth be told, a movie where a guy gets dumped by his wife not because he had sex with another woman but because he secretly smokes cannot be taken seriously. 4.5/10 ” - rogdie
 
30.
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. (122 mins.)
Director: Justin Lin
“ January 16 2017

The re-booted Star Trek franchise seems to have hit its stride with the 3rd movie featuring Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. This is a very solid Star Trek adventure which manages the total destruction of the Enterprise after barely half an hour of running time yet manages to be a action laden story where the crew once again has to battle a baddie who is intent on causing mass murder and destruction. The baddie is Idris Elba who unfortunately has to spend almost the full movie in an almost unrecognizable make-up. Why hide such an accomplished actor under layers of latex ? I hop many more of these fun and entertaining movies are to follow.8.4/10 ” - rogdie
 
31.
La vouivre (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Arsène Muselier returns to his home village at the end of the First World War. His only injury is a head wound... (102 mins.)
Director: Georges Wilson
“ January 15 2017

I have not yet understood what this movie was about. A World War I soldier comes home with a head wound and a piece of metal embedded in his head. In the small village he lives in, older guys are talking about a water witch with a diamond around her neck killing their cattle and maybe also a deserted soldier. The first thing the guy does is go out to the swamp near the village and he meets a naked woman fitting the description. It does not end well, but I never figured out what this was all about. Did the actors know ? Not sure. There is Lambert Wilson as the veteran and Jean Carmet as the village idiot and gravedigger. They do their job, Carmet as usual is quite good at his portrayal of drunks or idiots. But then again, where was this going ? 4,0/10 ” - rogdie
 
32.
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet. (129 mins.)
Director: Jon M. Chu
“ January 14 2017

The quite widespread sickness of 'sequelitis' has touched the Now you see me franchise. Upon the worldwide success of the first movie about he 'Four Horsemen' magicians and their mysterious leader a sequel was quickly arranged and while it wants to be bigger and better as the original, it is neither. It is not a bad movie at all , the cast is almost the same, add to it Lizzy Caplan as a replacement foir Isla Fisher and Daniel Radcliffe as the villain, it is for certain not the cast fault that this doesn't reach the heights of the previous one. It is the story that betrays the intentions, most notably the final act which to me was a singular disappointment. Until then, the film was not bad at all but it just can't match the ingeniosity of the original. 7,2/10 ” - rogdie
 
33.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted. (112 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
“ January 13 2017

The 1960's were the golden decade for film musicals. Academy Awards galore for My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Hello Dolly and Co. There also was Bye,Bye Birdie. Anyone knew it ? Not really likely. It stars Janet Leigh (with black hair !) Dick van Dyke and it introduces Ann Margret. The story of a Rock'n Roll singer doming to a small town before he goes off to the army in order to give a farewell kiss to one of his biggest teenage fans is quite lame. It says Elvis Presley spoof from the beginning. The songs are of dubious quality and it seems that the director of this thing had no idea what a musical was about. His only focus seems to put Ann Margret into the right frame. A musical to forget. 4.6/10 ” - rogdie
 
34.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner. (105 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
“ January 12 2017

It is a movie about a woman stalking a man. Yet it is one of the most famous romantic comedys of all time. A slight variation on the theme of 'An Affair to remember', a 1957 weepie starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, Sleepless in Seattle manages to seduce audiences worldwide with a couple of big screen stars who just get to spend a grand total of 100 seconds together in a scene during the whole of the movie. The remainder of this movie guides the viewer through the trials and tribulations in the lives of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan using and manipulating his emotions with great skill and a perfect story. With a near perfect soundtrack and a loveable supporting cast Sleepless must surely rank for me in the top 10 of my favorite movies. 9,6/10 ” - rogdie
 
35.
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A talented mechanic prepares to battle his way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters after his sister is kidnapped on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. (98 mins.)
“ January 11 2017

What a great movie have I just seen ! Mad Max vs. Zombies ? Great ! I was even more impressed about this Australian jewel when I read that the movie took almost 4 years to complete because they just could film on weekends ! In any case, the story was top notch, the actors were top notch and the zombies were just awesome. Let's say that the idea to use the Zombie breath as the fuel to run the cars and the female lead's ability to control zombies added a lot of originality to the screenplay It is even more incredible if you take into account that this was done on a budget of less than $ 200,000. Great fun, kudos to the makers. 8,8/10 ” - rogdie
 
36.
Back to Mom's (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Stéphanie, a french architect in her early forties, has to return to her mother after loosing her job. Conflicts with her mother and her siblings ensue. (97 mins.)
Director: Eric Lavaine
“ January 10 2017

From the cover of the DVD and the commentary on the back of the case one could think that this is a wonderful comedy about a 40ish woman coming back to live with her mother. While the story rings about true, this is no real comedy, even though some scenes are pretty well done, maling people wonder what it would be had they to go back to room with their elderly mother. Alexandra Lamy and Josiane Balasko as daughter and mother do indeed have a perfect synchronity in their play off each other, but most of all this is not really a comedy, it is more or less a mirror every other family could look into, seeing themselves with siblings in financial difficulties, in emotional distress and with the clear incapacity to talk with each other or with their parent. Some scenes are very close to reality in many people's lives, once you realize it , you maybe can enjoy the movie but beware , it is not a real comedy. 6,2/10 ” - rogdie
 
37.
8 Million Ways to Die (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Scudder is a detective with the Sheriff's Department who is forced to shoot a violent suspect during a narcotics raid... (115 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
“ January 9 2017

Some think this to be one of the most underrated movies of the 1980's. At the box office it was a total flop just bringing in about half a million dollars with a budget of close to 20 million. I can see the high points in this one, namely Jeff Bridges' performance as the alcoholic ex-cop trying to solve the murder of a prostitute who came to him to ask for help. The story is not that bad either even though it seems that Oliver Stone's screenplay was completely butchered. Then again there are some things which did not really fit in : Foremost Andy Garcia. He is playing the villain and you know from the word go, that he is the killer. He speaks with an absolutely dreadful spanish accent, I really hope that this was not his real way of talking. The action is frightfully sparse, most of the movie consists of eye to eye talks and utterances of the four letter word. Especially the climax scene in the empty hangar is an absolute anticlimax with maximal shouting and disappointing action. 5,6/10 ” - rogdie
 
38.
Central Intelligence (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After he reconnects with an awkward pal from high school through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage. (107 mins.)
“ January 8 2017

Ride along, Ride along 2 and Central Intelligence, there is no way around Kevin Hart anymore. If you are going to cast a fast talking black guy in an action comedy the choice has been cut down to one name. Now i guess most people have an opinion about the comedian, either you love him or you hate his antics. He talks a lot , really a lot which makes it difficult for other people to co-exist next to him in a movie, unless you are Dwayne Johnson. The pairing of Johnson and Hart was for sure the funniest buddy building effort in any team for a movie in 2016.Central Intelligence is a great entertaining and funny action comedy which leads two old high school acquaintances into a rollercoaster ride on the eve of their 20 year reunion. Dwayne Johnson is hilarious as the former fat kid toughened up to become a kickass CIA agent. Cool cameos from Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. 8.2/10 ” - rogdie
 
39.
Lost Horizon (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La -- but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be? (97 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ January 7 2017

Originally this movie was more than three and a half hours long. The version I just saw was about 125 minutes, yet it seemed to be dragging along, especially in the middle of the story. The discovery of Shangri-La, a mythical valley enclosed somewhere between high mountains in the Himalayas, by a group of five passengers of a crashed plane may have been an interesting subject, yet it seemed that moviegoers were not too enthusiastic of Frank Capra's fantasy movie. It carries some interesting themes, especially since it was made a few years before World War II broke out, of a society without crime and war and where people grew older than ever before. Some regard it as a masterpiece, yet I think that some of Capra's other movies might be memorized in a much more fonder way than this one. 6.5/10 ” - rogdie
 
40.
The Little Thief (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In a small town in post-World-War-II France, an unhappy sixteen-year-old (Janine Castang) tries to escape... (109 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
“ January 6 2017

This was supposed to become a movie directed by famous french director François Truffaut who had written a screenplay called 'La petite voleuse. Five years after his death Claude Miller a lifelong friend of Truffaut's finally decided to put the script to work. The result is kind of a version of Lolita, highlighting the life of 15 year old Janine, supremely played by a astonishing young Charlotte Gainsbourg, in the early 1950's in a small town in France. The girl is a dreamer trying to fulfil her life long dream of mixing among with adults by stealing goodies and money. The little minx gets her way, seducing older men, misusing her job as a housemaid, and facing all the aspects of her dishonest life. Quite a good story, maybe a bit too much leaning towards the melodramatic. 7,3/10 ” - rogdie
 
41.
The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Marshal Chris Adams turns down a friend's request to help stop the depredations of a gang of Mexican bandits... (100 mins.)
Director: George McCowan
“ January 5 2017

Twelve years after the original, one final Magnificient Seven movie was made bearing no real resemblance anymore to the famous Cinemascope movie from 1960. Lee van Cleef, who spent most of his time appearing in Italo Westerns prior to this one, takes over the role of Chris the charismatic leader, formerly played by Yul Brynner, there are a few more or less well known TV actors like Stefanie Powers, Ed Lauter. The story in itself does not provide anything new, the movie looks more like a made for TV thing and reflects the evolution of the viewing habits of the 70's by putting more violence and blood on the screen. In comparison to the predecessors this fourth movie doesn't do that bad. For sure it is better than the second movie, and three and four are quite equal entertainment-wise. 7.0/10 ” - rogdie
 
42.
Up for Love (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A lawyer dating a dashing, wealthy architect four and a half feet tall gets ribbed by her family, employees and jealous ex about his stature. (98 mins.)
Director: Laurent Tirard
“ January 3 2017

Jean Dujardin, winner of the Academy Award for best male actor a few years ago, did the best thing you could expect of him. He did not linger in Hollywood, knowing perfectly well that his poor English was a hinderance to his career in the US, and went back to France to do what he does best : good french movies. Un homme à la hauteur is a very good comedy about a tall blonde woman meeting a confident guy, an architect, successful and good looking. One tiny problem : He is just 1,36 meters (4,5 foot) tall. The movie concentrates in a very funny and not discriminating way the rocky road of this gorgeous blonde and her new boyfriend through family meetings and public appearances leading to the almost logic happy end. What I did not know : this is a remake of not one but two movies both in the spanish language done a few years ago. So no original idea, but fun nonetheless 7,5/10 ” - rogdie
 
43.
San mao liu lang ji (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
The evil Mr. Chu's control of a village is challenged by a Korean wanderer named Eagle and the three Kung Fu Kids. (88 mins.)
Director: Kan Ping Yu
“ January 2 2017

You think you have seen it all, but yet it can get worse. There have been silly movies around, there have been badly dubbed Italian Westerns, but this one has so far been the most gruesome movie experience for months. True, there might been some good Kung Fu fights, but the notion of making kids fight against adults and the whole story of three kids helping a fighter prevail against a bunch of villains are questionable. Add to that an absolute shambolic camera action, silly actors and a godawful dubbing and you will for certain have a very long 88 minutes to sit through. 2.9/10 ” - rogdie
 
44.
Rocky Balboa (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon. (102 mins.)
“ January 1 2017

Apparently Sylvester Stallone did not like Rocky V because he kept lobbying Hollywood producers for ages to let him correct the mistakes. It took almost 15 years until he got his chance. Balboa is not a widower, pushing 60,runs a restaurant and lives in the past. It needs a computerized fight between the actual champion and himself to get him out of his self imposed misery and back in the ring. Every fan of Rocky should recognize that an ageing Stallone did a great job, physically and storywise to give the boxing hero a fitting sendoff. The fight scenes with Antonio Tarver are a true masterpiece, full of action and realism. Too bad that Talia Shire could not reprise her role as Adrian, but her death and Rocky's mourning were a vital part and driver of the story. 8.3/10 ” - rogdie
 
45.
Nacho Libre (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Berated all his life by those around him, a monk follows his dream and dons a mask to moonlight as a Luchador (Mexican wrestler). (92 mins.)
Director: Jared Hess
“ December 31 2016

For the last film of 2016 i wished i had picked something else. Basically you can prepare for Jack Black's movies to develop into utter madness, sometimes you may get a mighty surprise like 'Bernie' , but most of the time it's going to be a head shake after you sat through a movie like Nacho Libre. Even though the idea of a monk taking up wrestling to help orphans get food and clothes in Mexico might be a good idea for a movie, the execution is a terrible one. The whole story is most awkward and I was cringing during more than a few scenes. There are a few good jokes but they are drowning in a sea of utter dumbness. I wonder how this movie was received in Mexico, it makes fun of the wrestling culture over there and the stereotyping of mexican people cannot be more blatant. This was a disappointing 92 minutes. 4.5/10 ” - rogdie
 
46.
Me Before You (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she's taking care of. (110 mins.)
Director: Thea Sharrock
“ December 30 2016

If you want to see a romantic comedy, this one isn't. I guess most people who know Jojo Moyes book knew that beforehand, so the story of Louis Clark taking on a job of daycare for quadraplegic good looking Will Trainor should not present any surprises. The build up of the movie however resembles too much the basic structure of a romcom, waking hopes for the female character, using humor and witty dialogue to woo the viewer just in order to take out the hammer in the last 15 minutes of the movie and to deliver the final message with devastating blows. For my part, i do not particularly like the bitter ending, though the action during the first 90 minutes clearly pointed towards a heartbreaking conclusion. The movie in itself lives and breathes through Emilia Clarke, who nails her performance as Lou and her chemistry with Sam Claflin. By the way, Clarke's boyfriend Patrick is played by Matthew Lewis, who played awkward Neville in the Potter movies. Talk about a transformation. 7.6/10 ” - rogdie
 
47.
Jack the Bear (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Danny DeVito is John Leary, a professional clown, whose wife's death in a car accident has left him to care for his two young boys... (99 mins.)
“ December 29 2016

What starts as a coming of age story for a young boy with his father and younger brother who have to deal with the accidental death of the mother and their relocation on the US West Coast, develops, unneccessarily, into a kind of drama and psychothriller. The stage was set, Danny DeVito as the widowed father trying to raise his two sons while hosting a TV Show, the movie showed promise. Then there is Gary Sinise, he is playing a dark character and all of a sudden we are involved with kidnapping, tit for tat retributions and home invasions. Nasty. The characters aren't sympathetic anymore. Reese Witherspoon in one of her first acting parts and Julia Louis Dreyfus pre- Seinfeld are in this one but none of their appearances is memorable. Good first half hour but then the ships sinks fast. 5,3/10 ” - rogdie
 
48.
The Take (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A young con artist and former CIA agent embark on an anti-terrorist mission in France. (92 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
“ December 28 2016

I cannot believe the bad timing the filmmakers experienced with this movie. Just about when it was to come out, the terrorists attacks in November 2015 happened in Paris, the movie was delayed. When it came out in 2016 there were the attacks in Brussels and most damaging of all, the terrorist attack in Nice on the eve of 14th July, no wonder the movie was a failure at the box offices worldwide. Such a shame, actually Idris Elba is fantastic as the no-nonsense CIA agant Briar, teaming up with a pick pocket to foil a sinister scheme involving detontating bombs and causing social unrest in the french capital. Action is quite good , including a chase over house roofs and a very animated fight in the back of a pick up truck. This movie deserved so much better. 8,1/10 ” - rogdie
 
49.
The Oxford Murders (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
At Oxford University, a professor and a grad student work together to try to stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols. (104 mins.)
“ December 26 2016

One could say that this is the Da Vinci code for professionals. A team of an Oxford student and a mathematics professor are at the center of a string of murders that the bad guy is pre-announcing with the exact place and time and are accompanied by mathematical symbols. The hunt leads the team of Elijah Wood and John Hurt on the chase of a killer who seems to be one step ahead of them. Aside from the fact that this is a clever whodunit, the viewer gets lot of theoretical talk between the actors and is nearly lost in the mathematical and philosophical problems that the main characters are trying to grapple. It is only at the very end that the fog is clearing, but then i guess most interested viewers might have lost the plot. Could have been better, the material for sure was. 6.4/10 ” - rogdie
 
50.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After the re-emergence of the world's first mutant, world-destroyer Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan. (144 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ December 25 2016

Third movie with the McAvoy Fassbender X-men generation, and this time no one of the old guard (or almost no one) is around to mix time lines up. The younger X-men have to confront Apocalypse, a survivor from the times of the ancient Egyptians considering himself as the very first mutant. The movie suffers the problems most Marvel movies these days carry around. Why are there so many references to prior happenings or hidden inside jokes that you can only know if you are a walking Marvel encyclopedia ? Otherwise it would have been an excellent movie, well it still is a very adequate action movie but it could have been much much better. Apparently this is Jennifer Lawrence's last appearance as Mystique, let's hope not. 7.7/10 ” - rogdie
 
51.
Italian for Beginners (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner's course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives. (112 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
“ December 24 2016

Filmed following the rule book of Dogma95, this danish film does not use lightning nor make up, the camera is handheld, no technical supports are used and the film is shot on original locations only. One you get used to this, the movie just feels like any other cinematic oeuvre. It is the story of a group of people in a small city in Denmark, attending a beginner's course in Italian. Romances develop, lives are changed through death, love , family tragedies and happiness. It is not a masterpiece, but it conveys good feelings and though it is not in Dogma95's rule book to provide a happy end, this one delivers one. 6.3/10 ” - rogdie
 
52.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man. (147 mins.)
“ December 23 2016

This could have been titled Avengers 3, since all of the Avengers except Thor and Hulk feature prominently with other characters like Spiderman and Antman being drafted in, as timelines from Avengers 2 and Captain America Winter Soldier are being merged together. The result is in my view a real improvement from prior Marvel entries as the directors manage to tell a very entertaining and engrossing story. The highlight of course is the Avenger's battle on an airfield leading into an explosive finale with an astonishing fight between Captain America, the Winter Soldier against Ironman. The new Spiderman, Tom Holland makes his first appearance before his standalone movie and the appearance of Paul Rudd as Antman provides a great comic relief in an otherwise quite tense movie highlighting the brewing antagonisms between the main characters. Quite a success. 8,3/10 ” - rogdie
 
53.
Charlie Chan in Paris (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Hired to investigate forged bonds, Charlie is thwarted by the murder of his undercover agent, but the arrival of son Lee helps him uncover the true culprits. (72 mins.)
Director: Lewis Seiler
“ December 22 2016

This in one of the earliest surviving Chan's. Only two or three older entries with Warner Oland survive, but the most important fact of this movie is that it introduces Keye Luke as Chan's number one son Lee, which would prove to be a more than inspired choice and a clear bonus for the series. The movie in itself is a very atmospheric entry making Chan visit Paris (in the studio of course) and trying to find scrupulous bond forgers and murderers. For an earlier movie this doesn't disappoint. 6.9/10 ” - rogdie
 
54.
P2 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A businesswoman is pursued by a psychopath after being locked in a parking garage on Christmas Eve. (98 mins.)
Director: Franck Khalfoun
“ December 21 2016

Spending Christmas Eve in a locked parking garage with a psychopath is not the day a young blonde would like to have. However this is what happens to Rachel Nichols in this thriller that awakens the claustrophobic fears in every viewer. A bit too much gore for my taste because the story does not really need shock scenes. It is alive through the premise of this young woman being chased around a dark parking garage by a mad security guy and it doesn't need any horror shock effects. Wes Bentley isn't really that scary, another actor would have been scarier - I think of someone like Vinnie Jones. But in essence the idea is quite good, transposition is fine but execution could have been better. 6.5/10 ” - rogdie
 
55.
Hustler Squad (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  
World War II: Allied Command learns that in 60 days three Japanese generals and an admiral party at a bordello on a tiny Philippine island... (98 mins.)
“ December 19 2016

The story in itself does seem full of promise. A WWII tale of how an infiltrated group of elite soldiers got close to Japanese generals on a remote island in order to assassinate them should even today be an interesting premise for a Jason Statham or Dolph Lundgren movie. Unfortunately this was done back in 1976 as a low budget movie highlighting a group of four women chosen to be the Japanese Generals' assassins and infiltrating their headquarters as a group of prostitutes. No name actors, terrible camera action, amateurish direction and terrible acting just destroy about every good idea. What a waste. 2,9/10 ” - rogdie
 
56.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. (151 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ December 18 2016

Really ? After the muddle that are all these Marvel films have formed, do they now do the same with the comic heroes from DC ? Maybe I am a purist but I truly prefer Batman and Superman fight their own fights and not each other. I miss the Christian Bale/Christopher Nolan movies, and also Man of Steel was kind of a neat reprise of the Superman franchise but it seems that now we'll have to live with all these mix ups of superheroes. Ah well. Ben Affleck has an okay entrance as Bruce Wayne/Batman, but his vendetta against Superman just does not fit any good story. The end of the vendetta also comes so suddenly, you just don't believe it. One second they are mortal enemies, a few seconds later they are partners. Highly illogical. I made the mistake of watching the extended edition which is 3 hours long, but I guess I wouldn't have liked the shorter version either. Disappointing. 6.0/10 ” - rogdie
 
57.
Mother's Day (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother's Day. (118 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
“ December 17 2016

Gerry Marshall's movies are considered to be light easily digested movies and especially his three last films were what people would consume together with their families. Like Valentine's Day or New Year's Ev, Mother's Day is a collection of vignettes highlighting people on a very special day in their lives, developing their stories intertwining them towards the end of the movie in a big happy end. Too light for the critics, but quite fun for the viewer. Marshall manages to persuade a group of big stars to make their appearances, even for some smaller roles, and this one is no exception. Even Julia Roberts, 25 years after Pretty Woman joins the fun alongside Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Timothy Olyphant and Jason Sudeikis. As in every Marshall movie Hector Elizondo makes a guest turn. Light entertainment and good fun. 7.2/10 ” - rogdie
 
58.
Quai des Orfèvres (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous man... (106 mins.)
Director: H. G. Clouzot
“ December 16 2016

A classic French movie made across post war Paris back in 1947 is today seen as one of the quintessential film noir in history. Quai des Orfèvres is a great story revolving around a murder of a rich guy and the 3 persons who might have done the deed : a revue singer, her jealous husband, and the neighbor, a blonde photographer with an eye on the singer. In comes Louis Jouvet, as the cop or more the French 40's version of Lieutnant Colombo, setting off to derail the alibis of our triangle with a highly successful result, although not really the result the viewer was convinced to be presented with at the end. Great black and white camera photography. Louis Jouvet as the cop is brilliant, so is Bernard Blier as the husband. 8.0/10 ” - rogdie
 
59.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A Portokalos family secret brings the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding. (94 mins.)
Director: Kirk Jones
“ December 15 2016

A sequel that came out 13 years after the original. All of its original crew and cast came back. My Big Fat Greek Wedding still is the most successfull romantic comedy ever in the United States. The sequel tanked at the box office. Why ? It is true that viewers' tastes do dhange over 15 years. Did Nia Vardalos put too many recurring things from the original back in it ? Yes, she did. Was the story of the old greek parents getting remarried turning away younger viewer ? For sure it was. Yet, it is still a funny movie, although not any more a romantic comedy. There is romance for young and old, but everything turns around the family. Nothing really new here. The best scenes however do belong to Bess Meisler playing the petite greek gramma, priceless when she runs at night in the street in the satin nightdress. 6.9/10 ” - rogdie
 
60.
Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Witwe (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The Creepiest, Crawliest and Deadliest Film Ever Produced! (90 mins.)
Director: F.J. Gottlieb
“ December 13 2016

In the 1960's Germany's film theatres were filled to the rim with viewers who flocked in to watch the hugely succesful Edgar Wallace crime movies, no wonder that copycats resurfaced and among them this movie seemed to have the best chances to have the same success because it featured almost the same cast as an Edgar Wallace movie. However there was a big deficit : The story is an absolute desaster, it is a colossal stinker and even big names cannot do much about this. There are 2 highlights which made the movie at least bearable to watch : Germany 50's star O.W.Fischer does a rare appearance in a whodunit crime movie and the eternal bad guy Klaus Kinski is playing ... a Scotland Yard Inspector. 4,4/10 ” - rogdie
 
61.
Money Monster (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio. (98 mins.)
Director: Jodie Foster
“ December 12 2016

Even though they don't share a lot of screen time together, it was great to see George Clooney and Julia Roberts re-united on camera. On top of this, they star in what has been one of the best movies i have seen in 2016. No Superheroes, no Star Wars, but a good entertaining thriller around the financial world with a superb George Clooney playing a financial tv show host who is getting taken hostage on air by a disgruntled investor. Roberts is his producer ever present in his ear guiding him through the crisis. Directed by Jodie Foster, Money Monster is a precise mirror image on how are society actually works and what might happen in these fast rising, big spending internet companies that clutter around Wall Street these days. Brilliant movie 8,9/10 ” - rogdie
 
62.
Roman de gare (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A popular novelist researches unlikely sources to find characters for her next bestseller. (103 mins.)
Director: Claude Lelouch
“ December 11 2016

French director Claude Lelouch signs with Roman de Gare a very precise and compelling movie playing around with the viewer's psyche while telling a very interesting story. Using flashbacks and intertwining story arcs, he manages to keep a lot of turns and twists from us, but the film keeps up the tension till the end. There is famous film star Fanny Ardant in a supporting role but the film belongs to Dominique Piñon and Audrey Dana who dominate this movie with their characters and precision play. 7.4/10 ” - rogdie
 
63.
The Nice Guys (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star. (116 mins.)
Director: Shane Black
“ December 10 2016

Buddy movies either work through the chemistry of the two leads, or they don't. There have been many mismatchs in history when two actors just couldn't make it work and I was quite curious if Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling could pull it off. Actually, they did. The Nice Guys is a very entertaining action movie carried by those two actors playing a couple of private detectives on the search for a missing girl. The main feature of the movie however is that it is set in Los Angeles in the 1970's adding a lot of ambiente and retro atmosphere to the film. Too bad, that the movie didn't seem to work at the box office, a sequel with these two characters would be nice. 7.7/10 ” - rogdie
 
64.
From Prada to Nada (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A Latina spin on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," where two spoiled sisters who have been left penniless after their father's sudden death are forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles. (107 mins.)
Director: Angel Gracia
“ December 8 2016

Jane Austen movies have been around for quite some time now but this version of Sense and Sensibility is a special one. Set in modern day Los Angeles, the story is transposed into the Latin American community, when two sisters, belonging to the jet set have to cross over to the poorer Mexican quarter when their father's death leaven them without money. The transposition of the story is quite a success and both main characters played by Alexa Vega and Camille Vega are likeable and sympathetic. 6,7/10 ” - rogdie
 
65.
The Sky Dragon (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
On a plane trip, Charlie Chan and the passengers are drugged, and when they wake up a quarter million dollars is missing. (64 mins.)
Director: Lesley Selander
“ December 7 2016

It is the end of the road for the Charlie Chan series. 47 movies and this one brought it to an end. The year was 1949 and it seemed like moviegoers didn't cherish these short whodunits anymore, so Monogram pulled the plug. The sendoff for the Charlie Chan character was a return back to the roots with a murder taking place in a confined room (this time an airplane) with a limited number of suspects available and it follows our master sleuth in finding the culprit in a record time, mainly because the movie was only 64 minutes long. Keye Luke for appears as Son Lee for a final time of course steals the show, while Roland Winters as Charlie Chan simply cannot fill the shoes of his predecessors Sidney Toler or Warner Oland. In the end it is an adequate end for the long running series. 6,3/10 ” - rogdie
 
66.
Scary Movie (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A year after disposing of the body of a man they accidentally killed, a group of dumb teenagers are stalked by a bumbling serial killer. (88 mins.)
“ December 6 2016

Scary Movie started a series of movies coming out regularly over the last years having just one basic subject : spoofing as many big movies as possible. This one started it all : Scream was the franchise that racked up the success, so the set up of Scary Movie is a Scream-like setting. Of course it doesn't stop there, there are a lot more scenes refering to other movies like 'I know what you did last summer', Titanic, Amistad, Sixth Sense, Usual Suspects and more. But this is clearly the only interest you can have in this feature, don't even think about following the plot, there is no plot. Spoofs, parodies are clearly the priority, add some spicier scenes, maybe watch Anna Faris in one of her first movie roles. That's it, nothing more to add. 4,6/10 ” - rogdie
 
67.
Eye in the Sky (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare. (102 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
“ December 5 2016

This one kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole length of the movie. The moral dilemma going through all the people involved in a military action to take out terrorists in Kenya through a precision drone strike is exponentially increased when a little girl is spotted near the targeted compound. Brilliant acting by Helen Mirren as the British colonel in charge, but she is equalled by Barkhad Abdi , the pirate from Captain Phillips, as an operative on site and most of all by Alan Rickman in his final film. He is the army liaison to the government and has to mediate between the hesitant ministers and the impatient colonel. Brilliant ! RIP Alan Rickman 8.1/10 ” - rogdie
 
68.
E poi lo chiamarono il magnifico (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
By his dying father's last wish Joe is sent to the Wild West to become a real guy. The dreamy young man despises guns and fights... (125 mins.)
Director: E.B. Clucher
“ December 4 2016

Whenever I sit down to watch a movie with Terence Hill, I wait for lots of fistfights, witty one liners and a hero outsmarting his dumb adversaries in every sequence. This one left me hungry for about 100 minutes before those things happen. It is a funny movie,but Terence Hill playing an English viscount coming to the Wild West to take possession of his late father's cottage, is not hisself for almost the entire movie. The jokes belong to his 3 companions, a group of elderly former gangsters who were friends with the dead father and who promised him to watch over the son. So, it is a mixed bag, a comedy style spaghetti Western, no dead bodies, but in its way very disappointing. 5.9/10 ” - rogdie
 
69.
The Sentinel (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A Secret Service agent is framed as the mole in an assassination attempt on the President. He must clear his name and foil another assassination attempt while on the run from a Secret Service Protective Intelligence Division agent. (108 mins.)
Director: Clark Johnson
“ December 3 2016

Ten years after playing the American President in a lighter comedy, Michael Douglas returns to the White House, this time taking on the role of a veteran Secret Service agent being framed as a mole in the organization. The Sentinel gives the viewer an interesting look into the proceedings of this 150 year old government agency in charge of protecting the President. Douglas might be a bit old for portraying an active agent, but that doesn't hinder an innovative story to develop. Kiefer Sutherland's presence helps the film a lot, he is just terrific. Kim Basinget as the First Lady also is a very astute casting choice. Good movie. 8.0/10 ” - rogdie
 
70.
Two Girls and a Guy (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Two girls, Carla and Lou meet on the street outside a loft waiting for their boyfriends. In a short time... (84 mins.)
Director: James Toback
“ December 1 2016

If you ever wondered if Robert Downey Jr. is a good actor, it is this movie that you should watch. Just out of rehab Downey Jr. gives a wonderful performance reuniting all the characteristics defining in actor's theatrical, dramatican and artistic range. Apart from this masterpiece of acting, the movie doesn't have much too offer. It is a huis clos in which two women find out they have the same boyfriend and cofront him about it. I originally thought that this was a theater piece but it is an original screenplay leaving a lot of room for improvisation which works perfectly with Downey Jr., yet not so much with Heather Graham nor Natascha Wagner. 6,4/10 ” - rogdie
 
71.
Almost an Angel (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A small-time crook becomes convinced he has become an angel after a traumatic incident and resolves to perform the work of one. (95 mins.)
Director: John Cornell
“ November 30 2016

After the success of the Crocdie Dundee movies, Paul Hogan turned to a more intimate subject taking on the role of an Ex con who after what he thinks is a death experience, comes back to life as an angel of mercy destined to help the needy. He thinks having found his destiny when he finds a children's daycare center in a small town for which he begins to spread his magic. The public however was hoping for more Crocodile Dundee fun stayed away from this more sentimental story. In itself the movie is a bright little comedy but it veers along the tear jerking line and seeing Hogan in this maybe didn't really appeal to the viewers even though the Australian reunited with his Dundee co-star Linda Kozlowski. 6.6/10 ” - rogdie
 
72.
Damien: Omen II (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Damien the Antichrist, now thirteen years old, finally learns of his destiny under the guidance of an unholy disciple of Satan. Meanwhile dark forces begin to eliminate all those who suspect the child's true identity. (107 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
“ November 29 2016

After the big success that was the Omen movie, producers wanted to emulate as much as possible those ingredients that were responsible for that triumph. The result is a mixed bag, true, there are some ingenious death sequences like the elevator sequence or the train wagon at the end, but the story of the son of the devil, now a teenager, coming to realize who he is and what his potentials are is just too much of a copy of events from the first movie. William Holden has taken over from Gregory Peck in the first film, but in essence it is the first movie again. Waste of opportunities in my point of view. 6,1/10 ” - rogdie
 
73.
Fallen (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style. (124 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
“ November 28 2016

What starts as possibly a very interesting crime thriller involving a serial killer and his potential copycat transforms itself into a mystic spiritual hunt for a demon, an evil spirit which is able to transfer itself from hostbody to host body by simple touch. A police detective played by Denzel Washington has earned the duty to solve the murders committed by this spirit and things go awry. Immense deception, as i think that this movie had immense potential. But it veers to the unbelievable, with a very awkward story and not enough action. I still have not understood Embeth Davidz's character, was she supposed to be a love interest or a sidekicks ck or a spiritual assistant ? Donald Sutherland and John Goodman to a solid job as supporting cast, but nothing more here. 5.7/10 ” - rogdie
 
74.
The Ultimate Gift (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive "the ultimate gift," with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be. (114 mins.)
“ November 26 2016

This is a hammer movie. Not through its quality or its box office results, but because throughout 110 minutes every message is hammered into the viewer : the spoiled brat who has lost his way, the single mother with the sick child, the ungrateful family, the gifts with which our protagonist is sent on his way of redemption. Heavy blows are dealt all along the movie, feeding the viewer with these oh so christian values to a level where he can't take it any more. Besides this it is an average weepy product enriched by the presence of James Garner or Brian Dennehy. Sitting through it you might feel nauseated or enlightened depending on your disposition but a good movie it is definitely not. 5.6/10 ” - rogdie
 
75.
Die Another Day (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul who is funding the development of an international space weapon. (133 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
“ November 25 2016

Bond 20 - 40 years after Dr.No : the producer wanted to go all out on this one and make a great spectacle celebrating Bond's anniversary: The result is not bad but ... an invisble car ? Disastrous special effects ? Come on Bond producers, for such an event only the best CGI and only the best gadgets would have sufficed and these things seriously were a letdown. It was fun spotting all the references to prior Bond movies, all the gadgets displayed in Q's lab. They also made a good choice in casting Halle Berry as the female counterpart and Rosamund Pike as the icy villain woman. Throw in a cameo for Madonna and all sounds quite good. Then again, all this prevented the story from developing adequately It is also Pierce Brosnan's farewell as 007 yet it was a better performance than his prior one in The World is not enough. 7,6/10 ” - rogdie
 
76.
Ca$h (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A man meets up with two "good guys" to recover what is unlawfully his, taking them on his whirlwind ride, doing things they never would have imagined, just to survive. (108 mins.)
“ November 24 2016

Chris Hemsworth in one of his first movie roles is the feature in this thriller playing a meek husband who happens to find a suitcase full of money. While he and his wife begin to spend the money, a british gangster whose twin brother was the original robber of the money, manages to find them and insists on them to pay the money back, all of it. Sean Bean is excellent as the villain, yet the movie does not go where the viewer expects it to go. There is no more action until the very end, the story concentrating on the psychological welfare executed by the bad guy. So it drags on, while every few moments the money is counted and Sean Bean find some more menacing catchphrases. It is quite dreary at times that i have to admit. 6,0/10 ” - rogdie
 
77.
The Brand New Testament (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Did you know that God is alive and lives in Brussels with his daughter? (114 mins.)
“ November 23 2016

God is alive and lives in Brussels, in an apartment with his wife and young daughter. He is a grumpy old man and when his 10 year old daughter decides to take matters in her own hand, God's world is turned on its head. That is the story of the Belgian movie that made headlines some time ago. It is a very nice variation from films in which Morgan Freeman controls Jim Carrey or Steve Carell. However the narrative has its ups and downs, Benoît Poelevoorde as God is clearly the best actor in this movie yet it focuses more on the girl's quest for some apostles instead of focussing on God's antics. The sequence with Catherine Deneuve and the gorilla is downright silly and drags the movie down. This could have been so much better. 5.7/10 ” - rogdie
 
78.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, US Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview. (105 mins.)
Director: Irwin Allen
“ November 22 2016

I always thought that this was a movie drawn from a Jules Verne novel, but I must have confounded it with 20,000 Leagues under the sea which was made a few years earlier. This is one of the first movies produced by Irwin Allen that belonged to the Catastrophy genre and which would be followed by many more like Poseidon, Towering Inferno etcetera. It tells the story of a futuristic submarine that is the only hope to the survival of Earth when the Van Allen Belt around our planet is ignited and only a missile fired from a specific place in the pacific ocean can extinguish the fires which are scorching the Earth. Far fetched story, ridiculous special effects, the movie is only interesting today for its actors like Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden or Peter Lorre in one of his last appearances. 5,9/10 ” - rogdie
 
79.
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. (111 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ November 21 2016

There are some life stories that are just too unbelievable to be true. The life of Florence Foster Jenkins is such a story. Acknowledged as the probably worst singer in the world ever to sing at New York's Carnegie Hall, the extraordinnary circumstances that led Foster Jenkins to this appearance are at the center of this biopic in which none other than Meryl Streep takes on the role of the New York socialite, devoted to promote music, but blissfully unaware of her musical shortcomings. It must have been quite a challenge for Streep who is a good singer (Mamma Mia anyone ?) to perform these songs in a complete inadequate manner. Hugh Grant as her platonic husband and foremost Simon Helberg of Big Bang Theory fame are excellent as her devoted yet not faithful husband and her pianist. A very unique film that concentrates on a footnote in history, yet the sheer comic situation makes it quite an experience to watch. 6,9/10 ” - rogdie
 
80.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. (133 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ November 18 2016

Everyone who thought that the universe of Harry Potter ended with the eigt movie need not worry. J.K.Rowling herself wrote the script for this spinoff set 70 years earlier than the Potter saga, and concentrating on the author Newt Scamander bringing a whole load of fantastic creatures to the New York of 1926 only to be chased by the wizard authorities who think that Newt set monsters loose in the city. Apparently this is the first in a series of five movies and it sets an interesting pace. Eddie Redmayne as Newt is perfectly cast but it is a little cameo at the end that makes you wait for the sequels. 7.3/10 ” - rogdie
 
81.
Arrival (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. (116 mins.)
“ November 17 2016

First contact movies are a difficult genre to make. Will they be full of violence like Independance Day, will they carry a message like The Day the Earth stood still or will they be truly idealistic like Close Encounters ? Arrival is neither, it borders on the esoteric as the movie is told from the view of Amy Adams who plays a linguistic professor drafted by the US govrnment to make contact with the Aliens and try communicating. Little does she know that she is the key and solution to the whole dilemma, and like she, the viewer is kept in the dark for some time. The movie is almost 2 hours ling, the giewer is kept interested throughout but the nd keeps him wanting. It is an interesting movie just not for the viewer who goes in to be entertained. 7.1/10 ” - rogdie
 
82.
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. (139 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ November 16 2016

Mel Gibson, the director is back with a bang. 10 years after Apocalypto, he has chosen a remarkable true story for his directorial comeback. The astonishing tale of Desmond Doss who as a medic in WWII rescued some 75 wounded soldiers at Okinawa despite never taking up a weapon was a movie that was in development for years. Gibson has made a truly great war movie with Andrew Garfield taking on the role of Doss who was one of the first soldiers not taking up weapons because of his religious beliefs. Yet his heroics made him a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Exceptional combat scenes, great battle photography. 8.4/10 ” - rogdie
 
83.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever. (118 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ November 15 2016.

After the poor results the first Jack Reacher movie generated, it was highly unlikely that a sequel would see the day. However here it is and it is surprisingly good. Tom Cruise reprises the role of Jack Reacher, the Ex-Army major who takes on special cases while drifting around the country. This time he comes to the aid of a female major, played by Cobie Smulders, who is suspected of espionage. Good action, good fights which the actors did without using doubles. Let's hope for another one. 7.4/10 ” - rogdie
 
84.
The Accountant (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise. (128 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
“ November 14 2016

That is something new : a movie revolving around an autistic assassin. The Accountant features Ben Affleck as a special accountant. Beside cooking the books for the underworld he is also an ice dold assassin while trying to keep his condition under dontrol. Twists and turns are fed into the storyline throughout the movie, but the action stays fluid and the viewer is kept interested through the unveiling of the main character's special life. Supporting cast is first rate : Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, John Lithgow (he plays the villain, who would have thought ?) and Jeffrey Tambor. A very unusual thriller but fascinating throughout. 8.2/10 ” - rogdie
 
85.
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Seven gunmen in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves. (133 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
“ November 13 2016

Making a remake of a classic always brings a lot of scrutiny with it. Is it a movie worth of the original ? Why did they do it ? The Magnificient Seven is a mixed bag : the original already was a remake, so it is quite difficult to analyze how good this new movie does in comparison to its two predecessors. The choice of Denzel Washington in the Yul Brynner role was actually a very good one. Other key roles were maybe not so adaptely cast. The best choice maybe was the casting of Byung Hun Lee in the Charles Coburn character. The movie in itself doesn't really compare to the original, it is a good Western on its own but it can't quite hold up in comparison. 7.6/10 ” - rogdie
 
86.
Doctor Strange (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts. (115 mins.)
“ November 12 2016

On its own, Doctor Strange would have been a very good fantasy action movie, but it is another part of the Marvel universe and there in lies my problem with it. I guess Doctor Strange is the starting point for yet another series of movies, this time featuring the more mystical side of the comic book universe, introducing a whole range of characters who are going to appear throughout a whole plethora of movies inciting the viewer to remember the ramifications and happenings of every movie. The End Credits scene with Thor is just an appetizer on what will certainly happen. Let's see how this will develop. 7.7/10 ” - rogdie
 
87.
Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies. (105 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
“ November 11 2016

I actually liked Jon Hamm better in TV series Mad Men and I preferred seeing Zach Galifianakis as the fat goofball in the Hangover series. So here they are in an action comedy that has an interesting yet recurring theme : the international spiy husband and wife team (remember Angelina and Brad ?) . Here Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot are the spies and Galifianakis and Isla Fisher are the suburban couple who get mixed into a corporate espionage case. Slimmed down Galifianikis is okay in his comedic routine but neither Hamm convinces in the funny scenes nor does Isla Fisher though she does share some interesting sequences with the best feature of the movie : Gal Gadot. 6.3/10 ” - rogdie
 
88.
Sully (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew. (96 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ November 10 2016

Everybody knows the story about the plane crashing into the Hudson River and pilot Chesley Sully Sullenberger is widely hailed as the hero who has saved 150 plus lives. What most people don't know is that Sully and his co-pilot had to endure a few tough days when their actions were reviewed by the NTSB and it appeared as if the decision to land the plane into the water was a mistaken one. Instead of concentrating on the event, director Clint Eastwood concentrates on the aftermath and the characters of Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles portrayed by Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart. The result is a very powerful movie telling a story everyone knows but that nobody has grasped fully. 9.4/10 ” - rogdie
 
89.
Inferno (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot. (121 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ November 9 2016

This is the third movie featuring Tom Hanks as Professor Robert Langdon and the first one I watched without having read the novel beforehand. So I didn't know any turns and twists before they happened so I could enjoy a very entertaining movie in the typical Dan Brown style with the action embedded in the rich history of our world, in which Hanks has to solve another line of clues and this time in order to save half of the world's pipulation, no less. Let's face it: knowing the plot twists would have lessened the viewing experience enormously, which is the biggest dilemma for a viewer who is also a reader. Otherwise there is nothing to say about it apart well done. 7,5/10 ” - rogdie
 
90.
Bye Bye Love (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
This is a story about the breakup of the family. In particular, it focuses on the lifestyle of three divorced men... (106 mins.)
Director: Sam Weisman
“ November 7 2016

At some point in the 90's some movie producer must have thought that a movie about divorced fathers and their trials and tribulations with their children, their ex-wifes and their current partners or the search of new partners must be a treasure of ideas for comedy. Paul Reiser, Matthew Modine and Randy Quaid were hired and out came Bye Bye Love. A treaure of ideas it is not. It is an acceptable comedy featuring those divorced fathers and how they cope with their lives. There are a few very funny sequences, especially the meeting of Randy Quaid with Jeaneane Garofalo as the date from hell. But most of it is average quality, as many people must have thought that there shouldn't be a comedy about what happens to a awful lot of divorced men. 5.9/10 ” - rogdie
 
91.
Ride Along 2 (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who's supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product. (102 mins.)
Director: Tim Story
“ November 6 2016

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube team up again as brothers-in-law to be in the sequel to Ride Along which was an unexpected success a few years ago. This time Hart is now a cop, just one month out of the academy, and he tags along as Detective Ice Cube goes on a routine mission to Miami. It seems that producers were afraid that the chemistry between the two leads wouldn't be enough to lure people back to the theaters, so they added Ken Jeong to the cast. Shrewd move, as the mad guy from the Hangover movies is a real plus for this movie who almost promised to be a pale copy of the first one with Hart talking fast and Ice Cube looking grim. At least Jeong adds funniness, while Benjamin Bratt for once plays the bad guy and Olivia Munn is the kick ass Miami cop getting Cube's attention. Not all bad. 6.6/10 ” - rogdie
 
92.
The Young Americans (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Experienced N.Y. police detective John Harris is sent to London to help a local task force investigate a series of gangster killings organized by a new player in town - an American. Harris uses a teen wronged by gangsters to get to him. (103 mins.)
Director: Danny Cannon
“ November 5 2016

Harvey Keitel features as the imported Hollywood star in this tough British crime thriller about a ruthless drug dealer getting rid of his competition around London by using young impressionable street kids as his henchmen. Keitel as a US detective trying to assist Scotland Yard is his usual helf, hard as nails and tracking the bad guy, aptly played by Viggo Mortensen. No real place for women in this one, Thandie Newton appears here in one of her first movie roles still some years away from featuring in Mission Impossible. 5.9/10 ” - rogdie
 
93.
Gran Torino (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino. (116 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ November 3 2016

Throughout the movie you sit there and wait, you wait for Clint Eastwood to turn into Dirty Harry and get rid of the chinese gang tormenting Eastwood's neighbor family and the climax of the movie leaves you kind of disappointed and let down. But it is a fitting end to a story. Eastwood's character Walt Kowalski is a Korean veteran, widowed, racially prejudiced and cranky. His family doesn't interest him any more, the more surprising is the turn of events in which he befriends his neighbors, a chinese Hmong immigrant family. Things get awry when a neighborhood gang begins to assault the family and soon Walt finds himself in a protector's role. This was to be Eastwood's last acting appearance and many viewers thought it would be appropriate that he should take up arms DirtyHarry style. But this wasn't gonna happen. 7.3/10 ” - rogdie
 
94.
2 once di piombo (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
everyone wants to know who the Mexican is. He always answer slowly, "my name is Pecos". Pecos Martinez ( Robert Woods) to be exact... (83 mins.)
“ November 1 2016

There are many Spaghetti Westerns which were made in the 1960's and 1970's, most have a mediocre quality, some are silly and just stupid, both others are movie of great quality. For this one I would not go as far as saying that it could match any Sergio Leone, but 2 Once di Piombo is a movie made without much of a budget, relying only on its characters, a good story and a bunch of good actors. It is a very brutal movie with gunfights and dead bodys galore, but it holds up quite nicely. The story is well known, a loner comes back to his hometown to avenge the death of his family, it has been declined in every way possible and in every genre possible but all new variations on a theme are welcome as long as they have been nicely executed and this one has. 7,9/10 ” - rogdie
 
95.
Copycat (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past. (123 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
“ October 31 2016

Crime thrillers like this one have a little bit disappeared from the cinema rosters and movie production lists, but I hope that they will have a comeback soon. Copycat is one of the best visceral crime movies that was done in the 90's featuring Sigourney Weaver as a agoraphobic criminal psychologist and Holly Hunter as a no nonsense San Francisco police detective who partner up in order to find a serial killer who copies the murders of famous serial killers with an ulterior motive trying to get back at Weaver's psychologist. Great story, great suspense 8,2/10 ” - rogdie
 
96.
Loulou (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Maurice Pialat's portrait of contemporary France mocks prosperity as a substitute for social and sexual revolution... (110 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
“ October 30 2016

Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert star in this 1980 movie about a woman fleeing her bourgeois marriage to end up with a jobless crook who can satisfy her sexually.the director Maurice Pialat wants to give a lesson in realism, but ends up delivering a very stale and boring story who only gets a bit of value from the two main actors. There seem to be a lot of sequences in which the actors were asked to improvise, some cuts throughout the movie seem as if a lot of further scenes were cut , in short this is quite a mess. 5.2/10 ” - rogdie
 
97.
Vacation (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Rusty Griswold takes his own family on a road trip to "Walley World" in order to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his sons. (99 mins.)
“ October 29 2016

32 years after the Griswold family set off from Chicago to Wally World, the Griswold family sets out from Chicago to Wally World. 17 years after Chevy Chase took his femly to Vegas, the Vacation series finally got a new start when writers came up with a story in which the son Rusty, now a family father of his own, takes his Wife and their two sons to a similar trip. It has a very similar plot to the original, but of course it has been updated to the present, and although there are a lot of funny scenes (the scene with the girl in the Ferrari is priceless) the movie lacks rhythm. Ed Helms as Rusty is a worthy Chase successor, Christina Applegate as his wife Debbie is fantastic, they could have done better with the kids though. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo have their guest scenes towards the end of the movie, it seems like the filmmakers didn't want them to steal the thunder from Helms and Applegate. 6,8/10 ” - rogdie
 
98.
Malèna (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A woman provokes sensual awakenings in a group of adolescent boys. (109 mins.)
“ October 28 2016

I just watched Malena realizing that the DVD I have features the cut version running at barely 90 minutes while the original was over 100 minutes long. Too bad, but it still is a very fascinating movie highlighting the sensual awakening of a teenage boy in World War II Sicily. The object of his affection is none other than Monica Bellucci, who plays a young soldier's wife/widow provoking men and women alike in the small town with her sensuality and sexuality. The movie tells a moving, sometimes funny, sometimes sad story of the boy's endeavours to keep the object of his desires in constant view. Bellucci has just the task of looking beautiful walking through the story, her dialogue is an absolute minimum, most of the film concentrates on young Renato, played by Giuseppe Solfaro. But it is a fascinating viewing experiecne and I hope that I'll get to see the complete film sometime. 7,2/10 ” - rogdie
 
99.
Little Boy (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father. (106 mins.)
“ October 27 2016

This had all the ingredients of being a very good original and moving family movie. However, the overbearing message of having faith and authentic christian belief kind of destroyed it for me. Any movie should avoid carrying a religious message and Little Boy just is completely submerged in them. While the story of the young boy waiting and hoping for his father's return from the war is a very inspiring and moving one, it could have developed into a great family movie, but it had the opposite effect on me. I got annoyed with Tom Wilkinson's priest character and his teacher like behaviour ridding the little boy from his belief in order to implement those christian values into him. Why bother ? In these days you can write good stories without getting too involved in faith and belief. The cast was perfect, the WWII era was perfectly recreated, I wish they had had the courage to turn the story into a great tale of family togetherness and hope. It could have been so much better. 6,1/10 ” - rogdie
 
100.
Nabonga (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
When a treasure hunter seeks a downed airplane in the jungles of Africa, he encounters one of the passenger's young daughter, now fully grown, and with a gorilla protector. (75 mins.)
Director: Sam Newfield
“ October 26 2016

Riding on the success of the Tarzan movies with Johnny Weissmuller, film studios tried to vary the theme of jungle movies during the 30's and 40's by introducing other scenarios to the viewers eager to see these kind of films. Nabonga features Buster Krabbe, another swimming olympic champion, as an adventurer setting out into the jungle to find a crashed plane and the survivor, a young girl which was raised among wild animals who has a wild gorilla as her bodyguard. Lots of wild animals scenes have been recycled from documentaries and cut into the very simplistic action. It does not hold up to the dramaturgy of the Tarzan movies but at the time it seemed a sure bet on cinema viewers to consume any jungle fare. 4.0/10 ” - rogdie