Monday, April 13, 2009

MOVIES to watch

"The Secret Life Of Bees" Namelia-J's Pick

Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping.

We Think: An extremely beautiful, touching movie that will bring tears to your eyes. A must watch for those who love sentimental movies.

"The Uninvited"

Based on Kim Jee-Woon's 2003 Korean horror film, "Changhwa Hongryon," "The Uninvited" revolves around Anna (Emily Browning), who returns home after spending time in the hospital following the tragic death of her mother. Her recovery suffers a setback when she discovers her father (David Strathairn) has become engaged to her mother's former nurse, Rachel (Elizabeth Banks). That night, Anna is visited by her mother's ghost, who warns her of Rachel's intentions. Together, Anna and her sister (Arielle Kebbel) try to convince their father that his current fiancee is not who she pretends to be, and what should have been a happy family reunion becomes a lethal battle of wills between stepdaughters and stepmother.

We Think: It starts off very cliched, making you think that the killer is right in front of your face, but this movie finishes off with a twist. A good movie. Eventhough it is not that scary, I heard a lot of screams coming from the audience when I watched this in the cinema.

"Make it Happen"

Lauryn is a young woman from a small town in Indiana who moves to Chicago with dreams of entering the Chicago School of Music and Dance. But after rejection and a series of misfortunes she finds herself working in a burlesque club. The club proves to be a place of conflict and self-discovery, helping Lauryn to realize that even though plans may change, dreams never do.

We Think: I thought that it would another typical dance movie, and I was nearly right except that the movie did not have a gang or a person where the heroine would have a dance battle with - admit it, most dance movies are like that, right? Like every other dance movie, though, it has the element where the main character wants to fulfill her dream of becoming a dancer. The movie is very cliched but it is not bad. I just wish that the dancing is better though. It is not entertaining enough, in my opinion.

"Mall Cop"
Kevin James, of King of Queens and Hitch fame, plays your typical "every man" character in this movie. Paul Blart is a guy whose dream job (New Jersey state trooper) is just out of his grasp, but who's making the best he can out of the job he has - security guard at the local mall. He lives with his mother and daughter and dreams of finding that one person who can love and appreciate him for himself. The fateful time arrives for Paul to prove just what he's made of when a group of really bad folks, disguised as Santa's Helpers, take control of the mall just before closing time on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. They chase all the customers out at gunpoint, lock the doors, and take hostages in the bank branch located in the mall, including the object of Paul's affection - Amy - a kiosk worker in the mall. Their plan - steal the approximately $3 million in sales receipts on the credit card machines in the mall's stores. They've got just one problem - Paul Blart.

We Think: A thoroughly horrible movie. I was waiting for a laugh but none came. It isn't funny. At all. The most that this movie will get out of you is a few half hearted chuckles at the beginning of it. Watching this was almost excruciating. Note: avoid watching this movie at all costs.

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