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December 31, 2004

Spanglish (2004)

IMDB: Spanglish (2004)

Plot Outline: A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife.

Adam Sandler's best non-slapstick performance is overshadowed by Paz Vega and Shelbie Bruce.

Rating: 6

Posted by mark at 05:11 PM

December 29, 2004

Dead or Alive: Final (2002)

IMDB: Dead or Alive: Final (2002)

Plot Outline: The ace cop of a totalitarian police force and a drifting android play their parts in a post-apocalyptic society. They are destined to fight. Their encounter will change them forever.

The final (and worst) of Takashi Miike's Dead or Alive trilogy. Robot love.

Rating: 4

Posted by mark at 12:28 PM

December 28, 2004

Finding Neverland (2004)

IMDB: Finding Neverland (2004)

Plot Outline: The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

J. M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) uses his relationship with a family to create Peter Pan, his most famous work.

Rating: 6

Being as I really like Johnny Depp and also Kate Winslet, this biopic was easily digested.


Posted by mark at 10:21 PM

December 26, 2004

Ray (2004)

IMDB: Ray (2004)

Plot Outline: The life and career of the legendary popular music pianist, Ray Charles.

Oscar winning performance by Jamie Foxx, portraying the remarkable life of Ray Charles Robinson was stunning in its depth and breath.

Rating: 8

Posted by mark at 08:18 PM

December 19, 2004

Confidence (2003)

IMDB: Confidence (2003)

Plot Outline: Jake Vig (Burns) is a consummate grifter about to pull his biggest con yet, one set to avenge his friend's murder. But his last scam backfired, leaving him indebted to a mob boss (Hoffman) and his enforcer.

Edward Burns narrates the life and death of a confidence man. Very well portrayed, with excellent casting and that great twist at the end that you yearn for.

Rating: 6

Posted by mark at 10:14 PM