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Movies Friday With Michael Doherty

Friday, 15 February 2008

What films is Michael reviewing?

. The Bucket List
. Jumper
. All The Boys Love Mandy Lane
. Sneak Peak: Valkyrie  

The Bucket List (12A)             

Courtesy: Warner Bros
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman
Director: Rob Reiner

Synopsis: Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman star in the comedy drama "The Bucket List,", a touching, no-holds-barred adventure that shows it's never too late to live life to its fullest.

Verdict: A Hollywood movie about two old-timers having one last fling before departing this earth would normally require a bucket of a different type. Happily, this is no schmaltz-fest, as the old boys in question are Nicholson and Freeman, two actors clearly enjoying the chance to share screen-time and far too experienced to take the Dr Phil route (ditto director Rob Reiner). OK, there's a small bit of goo about Jack reconciling with his estranged daughter, but for the most part, The Bucket List is a fun movie about two guys living their dreams.

Trivia: Morgan Freeman's real life son, Alfonso Freeman, plays his son in this movie.

Jumper (12A)         
Courtesy: 20th Century Fox 
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell
Director: Doug Liman

Synopsis: A genetic anomaly allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between "Jumpers" and those who have sworn to kill them. (Source yahoo movies)

Verdict: Entertaining sci-fi thriller (from the guy responsible for the first Bourne movie) about a young man (Christensen) who discovers the ability to teleport himself through time. All very handy, until he realises that he is not alone and that he and his fellow Jumpers have sworn enemies. Top class CGI and a fine cast (Christensen, Lane, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, Samuel L. Jackson) all contribute to an enjoyable night out.

Trivia: The crew was allowed to film inside the Colosseum for three days under the condition that no equipment could be placed on the ground. Shooting was allowed only between 6.30 and 8.30 am and again at 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm to avoid disturbing tourists. The only lighting allowed was natural sunlight. (Source:

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (18)    
Courtesy: Optimum Releasing 
Starring: Amber Heard 
Director: Jonathan Levine

Synopsis: Mandy Lane. Beautiful. Untouched. High school royalty waiting to be crowned. Since the dawn of Junior year, men have tried to possess her. Some have even died in reckless pursuit of this 16-year-old Texas angel. Chloe and Red invite Mandy out to Red's family ranch for the weekend. Mandy sees it as an excellent opportunity to cement her new friendships. The boys see it as an opportunity to finally get with Mandy Lane. Driving across the Texas landscape, the kids begin to gently chip away at the wall that surrounds her. Joints are smoked. A keg is stolen off a beer truck. Pills are crushed to fine powder and inhaled. Mandy observes it all with the gentle interest of a foreign tourist. And they love her for it. At the ranch, all the boys start to make their move--each one hoping to be the first to attain the unattainable Mandy Lane. However, as night falls and the booze, drugs, and hormones take over, things are said and advances made which can never be reversed. Suddenly, sweet Mandy finds herself pit in a brutal struggle for survival against someone whose interest she has rejected. Forget reading, writing and arithmetic; in high school, learning to be yourself and not succumbing to peer pressure is the ultimate test. And this is one exam that Mandy is determined not to fail.                                 (Source Yahoo movies)

Verdict: A bunch of good looking high schoolers . . .yawn . head off for a weekend away . . . yawn . but find themselves being stalked by a crazy guy with a gun . . . zzzz

Sneak Preview :Valkyrie  
Courtesy: 20th Century Fox
Starring: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Eddie Izzard, Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh
Director: Bryan Singer

Synopsis: The "July 20 Plot" on Hitler's life is one of the most heroic but least known episodes of World War Two. Severely wounded in combat, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg returns from Africa to join the German Resistance and help create Operation Valkyrie, the complex plan that will allow a shadow government to replace Hitler's once he is dead. But fate and circumstance conspire to thrust Stauffenberg from one of many in the plot to a double-edged central role. Not only must he lead the coup and seize control of his nation's government... He must kill Hitler himself. 
                                                                     (source yahoo movies)