Sunday, August 31, 2008


Academy Award® nominee Don Cheadle ('Hotel Rwanda,' 'Crash') and Guy Pearce ('Memento,' 'L.A. Confidential') star in 'Traitor,' a taut international thriller set against a jigsaw puzzle of covert counter-espionage operations. 'Traitor' is written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (screenwriter of 'The Day After Tomorrow').

When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn (Don Cheadle). A mysterious figure with a web of connections to terrorist organizations, Horn has a knack for emerging on the scene just as a major operation goes down.

The inter-agency task force looking into the case meets with Carter (Jeff Daniels), a veteran CIA contractor who seemingly has his own agenda and Max Archer (Neal McDonough), a fellow FBI agent. The task force links Horn to a prison break in Yemen, a bombing in Nice and a raid in London, but a tangle of contradictory evidence emerges, forcing Clayton to question whether his quarry is a disaffected former military operative--or something far more complicated.

Obsessed with discovering the truth, Clayton tracks Horn across the globe as the elusive ex-soldier burrows deeper and deeper into a world of shadows and intrigue. -

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Rocker

The Office star Rainn Wilson portrays a drummer who gets a second shot at fame after the band he recently quit suddenly shoots to the top of the charts in this Fox Atomic comedy co-starring Christina Applegate. Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) and Tom McNulty co-produce the feature penned by Wallace Wolodarsky and Maya Forbes, and directed by Peter Cattaneo (Opal Dream). ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Step Brothers movie review

No one can play a 40-year-old obliviously immature man-child like Will Ferrell. Ferrell's Talladega Nights and Step Brothers partner in crime, John C Reilly, is pretty close, but Ferrell's the current title holder (Adam Sandler used to be however he seems to have moved on to more obnoxious roles). After a couple of hugely disappointing 'comedies', Step Brothers provides the king of immature characters with material that's right in his wheelhouse. And while Step Brothers isn't a home run by any stretch of the imagination, it is a solid double that shows Ferrell's back in the game.
With his Anchorman and Talladega Nights director Adam McKay at the helm, and working off a script he co-wrote with McKay, Ferrell's reconnected with what's funny. Yes, it's total lowbrow humor – fart jokes, penis and poop gags, and put-downs 13-year-old boys would come up with – but Ferrell and McKay know how far they can push gross-out gags and sophomoric humor before they lose their audience.

The Story

Ferrell and Reilly play Brennan Huff and Dale Doback, two middle-aged slackers raised separately by the most patient single parents on the planet. If asked, both Brennan and Dale would say they're living the good life – no jobs, no goals, no worries. Brennan and Dale are perfectly satisfied with sleeping in, watching TV, and not collecting a paycheck, but their parents have other plans. When Brennan's mom, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen), and Dale's dad, Robert (Richard Jenkins), fall in love and marry, the idea of having two grown men laze around the house wears thin, especially when the men hate each other with a passion. Dale doesn't want to share his bedroom – or his drums – with this stranger. Brennan's equally unhappy about his mom's decision to merge their family with that of the Dobacks.

Will Ferrell, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, and John C Reilly in Step Brothers.
© Columbia Pictures
After taking an immediate dislike to one another, Brennan and Dale are forced into an uneasy alliance when their parental units decide it's time to send them out into the world. How dare mom and dad push them into acting like adults? What's the world coming to when two 40-year-old guys can't sit home watching Shark Week without fear of having to find a job, an apartment, and a life? Discovering they have a lot more in common than not, Brennan and Dale come up with a plan of attack that involves singing, drumming, and Robert's prize possession – the boat he intends to sail around the world when he and Nancy retire. You just know this isn't going to end well...

The Cast

The smartest decision made by Ferrell, McKay and Reilly was to go authentic and have the lead characters be in their 40s. Step Brothers would have entered ridiculously stupid territory had Ferrell and Reilly tried to play them younger, although the jokes themselves play to all ages (as long as you're into this sort of humor). And while watching Ferrell and Reilly play emotionally stunted men evokes a feeling of déjà vu, these guys pull it off because they're obviously having a blast working off of each other.

Adam Scott (August) co-stars as Brennan's uber-successful narcissistic brother, Derek. Derek terrorized Brennan when they were kids and, as adults, Derek continues to be the thorn in his brother's flabby side. Scott had a minor role in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up and with much more screen time in this Apatow-produced comedy, Scott steals a few scenes from Ferrell and Reilly. Also stealing the spotlight while delivering some of the film's best lines is Crossing Jordan's Kathryn Hahn playing Derek's neglected wife, Alice. Hahn is absolutely hilarious as the lecherous sister-in-law who seduces the virginal Dale after he takes her thoughtless husband down a notch or two.
Will Ferrell and John C Reilly in Step Brothers.
© Columbia Pictures
The Bottom Line

For all its crass humor and silly dialogue, Step Brothers has a surprising amount of heart and a genuinely touching message. The team of McKay and Ferrell focus on the goofy, childish maneuverings of Brennan and Dale, but they've added a twist at the end that's uplifting yet not completely out of touch with the rest of the production.

Ferrell and Reilly make the best of playing totally clueless guys caught in an '80ish time warp. And while Step Brothers isn't in the same league as Anchorman or even Talladega Nights, it is a huge leap above Ferrell's semi-comedy, Semi Pro.


Step Brothers was directed by Adam McKay and is rated R for crude and sexual content, and pervasive language.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

In “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” Lord Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and Wizard worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching.

Two-time Oscar nominee Bruno Delbonnel (“A Very Long Engagement,” “Amelie”) will serve as the director of photography, marking his first Harry Potter film. He will be joined by returning Harry Potter veterans, including production designer Stuart Craig, editor Mark Day, costume designer Jany Temime, creature & make-up effects designer Nick Dudman, special effects supervisor John Richardson, visual effects supervisor Tim Burke and composer Nicholas Hooper.

Director: David Yates
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, David Bradley, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Natalia Tena, Julie Walters, David Thewlis, Evanna Lynch, Matthew Lewis, Bonnie Wright