Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Watch (2012)

Director:   Akiva Schaffer
Starring:   Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill

USA Release Date:   27-July 2012
Running Time:   105 min

MPAA Rating:   R
My Rating:   7/10

 When a night security guard at the local Costco gets killed, Evan (Ben Stiller), the manager of the store decides to start up a neighborhood watch club to find the killer and protect others. Three other suburban residents decide to join the neighborhood watch as an excuse to escape their regular lives one night a week. But when they accidentally find out their town is being overrun by aliens in human skin, they have no choice but to save their neighborhood.

 I went into this movie without knowing too much about it, as a matter of fact the only thing I knew was the title and the starring actors. I was honestly surprised when I found out this movie was about aliens. A comedy science fiction flick, at best. Overall, it was very mediocre. It's worth a rent, or perhaps no more  than $5 if you choose to buy it.

Pure Luck (1991)

Director: Nadia Tass
Starring: Martin Short, Danny Glover, Sheila Kelley

Release Date: 09 August 2012 (USA)
Running Time: 96 Min.

Rated: PG
My Rating: 10/10

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 When a wealthy businessman's accident-prone daughter, Valerie (Sheila Kelley) goes missing on a trip to Mexico, private detective Raymond Campanella (Danny Glover) is hired to find her. After many failed efforts to find her, a psychologist decides to use a new tactic, a accountant for the company, Eugene Proctor (Martin Short), who is similarly accident-prone to relive the course of events Valerie. Perhaps he can use his super bad luck to find her...

With a comedic duo such as Martin Short and Danny Glover, how can you go wrong with this? It's a 90's dream team, with nonstop laughter for the full ninety some minutes, some of the accidents were unbelievably done but while watching the movie you begin to realize how accident-prone they really are. When trouble comes for Proctor, Raymond also pays for it, which tests his patience. If you haven't seen this movie yet, it has recently become available on DVD in a comedy 4-movie marathon pack and can be found in most Walmart $5 bins across the nation, for 3 mediocre titles and one gem it's a no-brainer that it's worth the buy.

The Dark Knight (2008)

Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger

Released: 18 July 2008 (USA)
Running Time: 152 Min.

Rated: PG-13
My Rating: 9/10

 The second movie to Nolan's franchise was better than the first, but far from Tim Burton's version of Batman. Heath Ledger's last film debut, he did a remarkable job as Joker, trying to change the morals of the people of  Gotham. We all know Batman was created to rid the evil in Gotham, well when his big enemy is the clownishly homicidal Joker who won't stop at anything to transform the good to evil.

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple years, you must know they've made a sequel called "The Dark Knight Rises" which was released in theaters yesterday (7-20-12) which I haven't seen yet. However you can tell from what I've mentioned about this movie, I'm looking forward to finally seeing The Dark Knight Rises! Are you? (or have you seen it already? No spoilers please)

A Thousand Words (2012)

Spoilers ahead! You've been warned.

Director:  Brian Robbins

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Cliff Curtis and Kerry Washington

Runtime: 91 Minutes

MPAA Rating: PG-13

My Rating: 7/10

Synopsis from IMDb:

After stretching the truth on a deal with a spiritual guru, literary agent Jack McCall finds a Bodhi tree on his property. Its appearance holds a valuable lesson on the consequences of every word we speak.
 This wasn't one of Eddie Murphy's typical comedies, but don't get me wrong it was entertaining for the full hour and a half. Jack (Eddie Murphy) plays a bad game of charades throughout the movie, losing his job and wife in the process. He let's his book agent job get in the way of his family, making him just like his father who left him and his mother when he was a baby. Come to find out the tree is really symbolism of his father, once he finds room in his heart to forgive his father, the tree will stop dying hence letting Jack live longer. You're probably thinking, ah this is very typical for Hollywood, definitely not worthy of a true theatrical release. Bottom line, it's worth a cheap rent or a very cheap buy but not a full purchase.

The Innkeepers (2011)

Director: Ti West

Starring: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy and Kelly McGillis

MPAA Rating: R (for some bloody images and language)

My Rating: 6/10

Synopsis from IMDb: On the last weekend the Yankee Pedlar Inn is open, two employees are determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events.

This was the first Ti West film I've ever seen, and while impressed with the ending I felt the movie to be extremely slow. The hotel was haunted, everyone knew it but no one had the proof, until Claire (Sara Paxton) decided she wanted to find it before the place closed for good.

I recommend this one but you have to have patience, the initial hour is very slow but once you hit the climax, it's worth it to finish it off.

Die Hard 2 (1990)

Spoilers Ahead! You have been warned.

Director: Renny Harlin
Starring: Bruce Willis, William Sadler, John Amos, Tom Bower, William Atherton, Reginald VelJohnson and Bonnie Bedelia

MPAA Rating: R
My Rating:  8.5/10

USA Release Date: July 4, 1990
Running Time: 2 hours 4 minutes (124 Minutes)

It's Christmas again, and once again John McClane (Bruce Willis) is in the wrong place at the wrong time - located at an airport in Washington D.C., waiting on his wife Holly to arrive from L.A. Her plane is delayed when a group of international terrorists, led by COL. Stuart, decide to hijack the airport electronic devices to rescue a drug lord from justice. With no landing lights all aircraft are required to stay in the air, which means John has approximately 90 minutes to defeat the terrorists before the planes run out of fuel.

There's nothing like a little Die Hard action to put you on the edge of your seat. Yippie-Ki-Ay, Motherfucker!

Die Hard (1988)

Spoilers Ahead! You have been warned.

Director: John McTiernan
Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia

MPAA Rating:  R
My Rating: 9/10

USA Release Date: July 18, 1988
Running Time: 131 Minutes

It's Christmas and when New York City Officer John McClane lands at a Los Angeles airport the only thing on his mind is spending the holiday with his family. When he arrives at his wife's office, everything appears to be normal-well as normal as a crazy office party could be-and after having a small disagreement with her husband, Holly is asked to make a big speech to her fellow employees, leaving John behind.

Unfortunately, it's not going to be a merry Christmas just yet as a group of terrorists led by Hans Gruber overtakes the Nakatomi Plaza building, holding everyone hostage in the meantime. With no way in or out and 12 terrorists with itchy trigger fingers, John is forced to stop them all with only one outsider (Reginald VelJohnson) believing in him.

Thirty floors up and a ton of action, this movie is definitely the start of something good. Watch it, I guarantee you'll enjoy it!

Bad Santa (2003)

SPOILERS AHEAD! You have been warned.

Director: Terry Zwigoff
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac and Lauren Graham

MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content and some violence.
My Rating: 7/10

USA Release Date: Nov. 26, 2003
Running Time: 91 min | 88 min (Director's cut) | 98 min (unrated version)

Who would ever suspect a Santa Claus to rob a department store? This one does, with his 3-foot tall "elf" sidekick. This isn't an ordinary Santa Claus, with his massive drinking and swearing. One Christmas in Arizona proves to be problematic for them though, when Santa (Billy Bob Thornton) befriends a troubled kid and the security manager foil their plans. Marcus (Tony Cox) and his mail-order wife are too greedy for their own good, when they kill off the department store security manager (Bernie Mac) so they don't have to share half of their profits. That takes care of their problems, or so Marcus would think, unfortunately his "partner" is getting soft as he learns the true meaning of Christmas from the troubled fat kid he's been living with. The only option on Christmas eve is to pull off their last heist together, and kill "Santa" which backfires when the department store gets raided by the police.

Overall, this is a really good movie to watch around the holidays or whenever since it's just another comedy/robbery heist story. I'm sure I everyone has probably seen this before, but if you haven't go find it and check it out for yourself.

Bad Teacher (2011)

Director: Jake Kasdan
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake

MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use
My Rating: 3/5

Running Time: 1 Hour 32 Minutes (92 Minutes)
USA Release Date: 24 June 2011

A poor Chicago teacher, Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) plans to quit teaching to marry her wealthy fiance, but when he dumps her, she tries to win over substitute teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake). Their colleague Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch) is also pursuing Scott, while the school's gym teacher Russell Gettis (Jason Segel) who is always trying to ask Elizabeth out.

When she thinks breast implants will help her get closer to a wealthy man, and learns that she can't afford the operation, she scams the 7th grade class car wash and the parents for some fast cash...However, the profits weren't even close to how much she needed for the operation.

She later learns of a bonus for the teacher who has the class with the highest state scores. Halsey decides to change her style of teaching, going from a teacher who only showed movies to one who makes her students study vigorously for the approaching exam. The change in her teaching style and her efforts to prepare her students was not enough, seeing how they were scoring low on the quizzes she gave them. All the while she begins a friendship with Gettis, the gym teacher, and Squirrel and Delacorte begin dating.

Halsey then decides to steal the state exam that her students were going to be taking by passing for a journalist who wanted to do a report on the racial bias of the exam. When the man in charge of the exams, who she is interviewing, explains he can not give her the exam due to protocol, she resorts to seducing and drugging him in his office and stealing it from his office herself. She also takes nude pictures of him as insurance in case she gets caught. A month later Halsey wins the bonus and pays for the appointment to get her breasts enlarged.

In the end, Squirrel gets transferred to a school where the students have behavioral problems. Halsey ends up realizing she doesn't need the breast implants and takes a guidance counselor job at the school while dating the gym teacher.

Overall, just because this movie got such a low rating on IMDb, doesn't mean you shouldn't go see the movie for yourself...

The Dream Team (1989)

Director: Howard Zieff
Stars: Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd and Peter Boyle
MPAA Rating: PG-13
My Rating: 9/10

Dr. Weitzman (Dennis Boutsikaris) works with four patients with different issues. Billy (Michael Keaton) is a pathological liar, Henry (Christopher Lloyd) believes he is a doctor with an obsessive compulsive disorder, Jack (Peter Boyle) is an ex-ad executive who believes Jesus is talking to him, and Albert (Stephen Furs) is an adult who never talks and occasionally wets himself.

When the doctor is convinced the patients need some time away from the sanitarium, he plans a trip to see a Yankee baseball game. Along the way, Dr. Weitzman witnesses the murder of a police officer and is attacked and hospitalized. This leaves the four disturbed patients alone on the streets of New York. The four crazies find that Dr. Weitzman will be murdered as a witness and no one believes four mental patients. They now have to diverge a plan to rescue Dr Weitzman from the hospital with the police and killers chasing them.

Overall, this is one movie I would actually watch more than once and laugh more than the last time. It's got a perfect cast list and a better-than-most plot line. Would I recommend it? Sure, why not!

Spaceballs (1987)

Director: Mel Brooks
Cast: Mel Brooks, John Candy and Rick Moranis
Runtime: 96 min.
MPAA Rating: PG
My Rating: 7/10

When princess Vespa of Druidia escapes from the set marriage to prince Valium, she gets kidnapped by the evil race of the Spaceballs. The Spaceballs ask king Roland for a tremendous ransom: the abundant supply of air of Druidia to replenish their own. In the meantime, a space rogue, Lone Starr and his friend "Barf" the half-man half dog, are in need of one million space bucks to re-pay a debt to "Pizza the hut." The King decides to offer them this amount, to persuade him to save Vespa.

Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino and Angela Lansbury
Runtime: 94 min.
MPAA Rating: PG
My Rating: 7/10

When Mr. Popper's (Jim Carrey) father passes away, he inherits six penguins. As he transforms his Manhattan apartment into a winter wonderland, his life unravels. He has to sell the "Tavern on the Green" property from an owner that doesn't want to sell the property to just anyone. To top it all off, he's a divorced father of a teenage daughter and a young son.

This untimely gift ends up being a tool to re-unite him with his children, and later his ex-wife. The kids instantly fell in love with them, even though their father didn't want the birds, he knows he has to keep them from the antagonist of the film, the zookeeper, who wants to sell them.

Fast Five (2011)

Director: Justin Lin
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson
Release Date: 29 April 2011 (USA)
Runtime: 130 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
My Rating: 9/10

Former cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and ex-con Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) return once again as a team when they're on the run after breaking Dom out of custody. They've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he's not the only one on their tail. Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) never misses his target.

Normally a sequel isn't a good thing, but in this case I think it was for the best. Fast Five picks up where they leave off on Fast & Furious, with the cast from all 4 previous fast and the furious movies because they're unsure who to trust in Rio de Janeiro, they have to put together a new crew to attempt to pull off a 100 million dollar heist.

The Hangover Part II (2011)

Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms
MPAA:  R for pervasive language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images.
My Rating:  2/5

For those of you living under a rock, a second Hangover movie hit the box office in late May. This time, Stu's getting married and the entire wolf pack: Phil, Stu, Doug, Alan, and Stu's future brother-in-law Teddy travel to Thailand. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu insists they just have a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, something goes horribly wrong the night before the wedding in Bangkok.

What starts out as a nice quiet evening on the beach, drinking beers and roasting marshmallows ends with Phil, Stu, and Alan waking up in some rundown apartment in the city of Bangkok. Doug is back at the resort, but Teddy is missing, there's a monkey with a severed finger, Alan's head is shaved, Stu has a tattoo on his face, and they can't remember any of it. The wolf-pack retrace their steps through strip clubs, tattoo parlors and cocaine-dealing monkeys on the streets of Bangkok as they try and find Teddy before the wedding.

Personally, I thought the first Hangover movie was an instant classic, but this one tanked. Sure it had a couple humorous scenes, but definitely not as funny as the original!

Adventureland (2009)

Director:  Greg Mottola
Starring:  Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Kelsey Ford, Jack Gilpin, Ryan Reynolds
MPAA:  Rated R for language, drug use and sexual references.

In the summer of 1987, James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) just graduated from Oberlin College. He is looking forward to touring Europe with his friend and going to Columbia University the following year, when his parents (Wendie Malick and Jack Gilpin) break the news that they won't be able to help him financially.

Of course, this means James will have to cancel his plans and find a summer job. Come to find out, he doesn't qualify for anything but a job at a local amusement park, Adventureland. He thinks he's applying to operate the rides, when the manager, Bobby (Bill Hader), immediately assigns him to the games area. His first day is spent meeting some of his co-workers: Joel (Martin Starr), Bobby's wife Paulette (Kristen Wiig), Sue O'Malley (Paige Howard), Mark (Mark Miller), Lisa P. (Margarita Levieva), and the park's repairs technician Mike Connell (Ryan Reynolds), who is a part-time musician and claims to have once jammed with Lou Reed.

He also meets Emily "Em" Lewin (Kristen Stewart), fellow games area co-worker, when she rescues him from almost being knifed by a dishonest customer. When they go for a drink at a local bar, he freely admits he's a virgin and starts talking about his ex-girlfriends from school, a very big mistake according to Connell. When James tells Connell, that he thinks he loves Em, the first thing Connell does is tells her. She does what she thinks is right, by telling James she just wants to take things slow - one step at a time.

The next day, Lisa P. asks James out. After James returns home after the date, he finds out Em tried calling him, so to make it up to her, he gives her some of his marijuana to bake some 'pot cookies'. After a pot-induced game-playing streak, Joel is attacked by an angry customer who learns the games are rigged. When Em steps in, the customer pushes her and James defends her by punching him.

Later on, Joel sees James and Em walking together and quits. When James confronts Joel, trying to encourage him to go back to work, he gets angry because James went out with Lisa P. when he clearly has Em.  That night, Em goes to Connell's to end their affair when James finds out and confronts her about it. James tells Lisa P. about the affair between Em and Connell and she tells one of her friends, and now everybody in the park knows about it. This causes Em to quit, and go back to school (NYU). 

James realizes he and Em are perfect for each other, and wants her back at whatever cost, so he decides to go to New York even though he has no money for school. Waiting for her, outside her apartment in the rain, surprises Em when she arrives. Once there, James gets out of his wet clothes, and finds she still has an Adventureland shirt.

I have to admit, this was one of those movies where it was a no-brainer on how it was going to end, but was very good in my opinion and I have seen LOTS of movies.

Trailer, compliments of YouTube:

Sorority Row (2009)

Director: Stewart Hendler
Cast: Adam Berry, Marie BlanchardBriana Evigan, Margo Harshman, Rumer Willis, Jamie Chung, Leah Pipes, Audrina Patridge, Matt O'Leary, Debra Gordon, Carrie Fisher

"Sorority Row" directed by Stewart Hendler, is about a group of sorority sisters who try to cover up the death of their house-sister after a prank gone wrong, only to be stalked by a serial killer. Originally, they try tricking a guy into thinking he killed his girlfriend, then take him into the middle of nowhere to 'dismember" the body, only to reveal the prank. However, the prank goes horribly wrong, and they're forced to drop the girl down an old mine shaft while keeping quiet to save their futures. A year later, at a welcoming party for the new sisterhood, they end up being haunted by those events.

How far can a group of sorority sisters go before mentioning the death of their house-sister?

Watch the trailer, compliments of YouTube......

Jennifer's Body (2009)

Director: Karyn Kusama
Cast: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried
Rated R for sexuality, bloody violence, language and brief drug use.

Nerdy, reserved bookworm Needy and arrogant, conceited cheerleader Jennifer are best friends, though they share little in common. They share even less in common when Jennifer enters a band's van after a large, mysterious fire at a local club. The band chose Jennifer, because they needed a virgin to sacrifice. She was supposed to die in the ritual, but because she wasn't truly a virgin, she remained long as she stay nurtured by human flesh. As Needy's male classmates are steadily killed off in gruesome attacks, the young girl must uncover the truth behind her best friend's transformation and find a way to stop the bloodthirsty rampage before it reaches her own boyfriend Chip.

Watch the trailer compliments of Youtube:

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

Director: Chris Weitz  
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner

Lots of Twilight fans and movie watchers alike are anxiously awaiting the upcoming release of New Moon (Twilight 2).

Yup, the same cast is returning for this one, and rumor has it, this will be Robert Pattinson's last debut in the Twilight series. Even more of a reason to watch this, right?

After Bella recovers from the vampire attack that almost claimed her life, she looks to celebrate her birthday with Edward and his family. However, a minor accident during the festivities results in Bella's blood being shed, a sight that proves too intense for the Cullens, who decide to leave the town of Forks, Washington for Bella and Edward's sake. Initially heartbroken, Bella finds a form of comfort in reckless living, as well as an even-closer friendship with Jacob Black. Danger in different forms awaits.


Source(s): IMPAwards (movie poster), IMDb (synopsis)

The Hangover (2009)

Director: Todd Phillips

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Mike Tyson
Release Date: June 5, 2009 (USA)
Running Time: 100 min.
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content including nudity, and some drug material.

*** Warning: Spoilers Ahead!!! ***

It all starts when Doug (Justin Bartha) decides to get married. His friends Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) decide to give him a bachelor party in crazy Las Vegas that he could not forget. Unfortunately the morning after their arrival, they awaken in their hotel suite with the worst hangover ever. No one remembers what happened in the past twelve hours. While the suite is destroyed, they find out they have replaced the groom for a tiger and a baby.

As Phil, Stu and Alan try to find Doug using only what little pieces of information they have at hand, they discover what they did the previous night. However, they are running out of time to find Doug before the wedding, and having to explain to Tracy (Sasha Barrese) why they are not back in Los Angeles.

First they find out Stu got hitched, to a sexy stripper/escort, Jade (Heather Graham) with child. Then they discover Phil was in the hospital, so they visit the doctor he saw for more information on what happened - this is when they find out they were drugged with roofies. Their misadventures with a Chinese guy, Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), has to be the funniest yet dangerous situations in the entire movie. They think all they need is $80,000 and it will be all over, but to their luck, Chow has the wrong ‘Doug’.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants a great laugh!

Fast & Furious (2009)

Director: Justin Lin
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, John Ortiz, Laz Alonso, Gal Gadot
Release Date: April 3, 2009 (USA)
Running Time:
107 MIN. (1 hour, 47 min.)

Fast & Furious is the fourth film in The Fast and the Furious series. The plot connects with the original film of the series from which Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster return as the starring cast.

After a successful run of hijacking fuel tankers in the Dominican Republic, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) has become an international criminal. Dom is afraid of what will happen to his girlfriend, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) if the authorities ever catch him and link her to him, so he runs to Mexico and leaves her with Mia (his sister, Jordana Brewster).

Later, Letty is found to have been shot dead in her wrecked car. Dom returns to the scene of her murder just outside of L.A. There, he discovers traces of nitromethane, which allows him to lead a personal investigation up to a certain David Park, who had purchased the nitromethane for the driver who killed Letty. Park is coerced into helping Dom get a spot in a street race, arranged by Ramon Campos, where he will supposedly find Letty’s killer.

Meanwhile, Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), now an FBI agent, is assigned to track down a notorious drug lord named Arturo Braga. Brian’s investigation also leads him to David Park. He arrives at Park’s apartment while Dom is still interrogating him (by holding him by his ankles outside a window). At the FBI office, Park also tells Brian that the aforementioned street race grants the winner a spot on the team that traffics heroin across the United States-Mexico border for Braga. He visits Dom’s sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster), warning her to stay away from Dom, as he will eventually get caught; Mia criticizes him for his betrayal of them five years earlier and asks why he let Dominic go. Brian replies that he doesn’t know, and she leaves.

With both of them having the information of the race, Dom repaints and modifies his Chevrolet Chevelle SS while Brian eventually picks a Nissan Skyline GTR from the LAPD impound lot and modifies it. Dom and Brian participate in the race. Having lost the race, Brian uses his position at the FBI to wrongfully arrest Dwight Mueller (Greg Cipes), another of Braga’s drivers, in order to usurp Mueller’s spot on the team. Ramon Campos, Braga’s right hand man, invites the drivers to a party, where Dom ends up in a confrontation with a driver called Fenix, and Brian looks for signs of Braga.

The next day, the team’s drivers and their cars are smuggled into Mexico to receive the heroin which they are to import across the border at night. They are to meet with Fenix en route and pass through a path of tunnels to evade the surveillance systems used to monitor the borders. Gisele, Braga’s liason, gives Dom a subtle warning in the form of the Spanish phrase “vaya con Dios” After the run, Dom realizes that the drivers are routinely shot and killed after each import job, to avoid having to pay them. Letty, having been in the same situation, was the only driver to get away when they shot her team. The ensuing pursuit led to her car crash and getting shot. Now, just before shooting Brian and Dom, Fenix admits with no remorse that he killed Letty. Suddenly, the cars behind them explode due to sabotage by Dom, who had anticipated the betrayal. Brian uses this diversion to hijack one of the Hummers carrying the heroin, and escape the gunfire with Dom.

Back in marshall, they hide the Hummer in the LAPD impound lot, and Brian claims that Dom now owes him a “10-second car”, echoing Dom’s line from the first movie. Dom smashes the window of an impounded Subaru Impreza WRX STI which he “gives” to Brian. They go to Brian’s place, where Brian calls up Mia to come over and patch up Dom from a gunshot wound he sustained in the earlier fire fight. After dinner, Dom rummages through some of Brian’s evidence and learns that Brian had been contacted by Letty, who had agreed to infiltrate Braga’s organization to collect information in exchange for clemency for Dom, so that he could return home to her in LA. This is how she had ended up being one of the drivers for the Braga import job which led to her death. Mia forgives Brian for his past betrayal five years earlier.

The next day, he tells his superiors about his plan to lure Braga into a trap, offering him his heroin back in exchange for $6 million, which Braga is to deliver himself. However, Brian requests that the FBI pardon Dom before proceeding with the plan. Campos agrees to Brian’s deal, not knowing that the FBI is poised to arrest Braga at the exchange site. However, the FBI only succeeds in apprehending Braga’s decoy, realizing too late that Campos is the real Rowe Braga. Because of this error, Braga is able to evade capture and flees to Mexico, out of the FBI’s jurisdiction.

Brian and Dom head after Braga on their own, and find him in a cathedral in Mexico praying for salvation. They kidnap him, but are soon chased by Braga’s henchmen, to the underground tunnels where Dom’s Dodge Charger crashes. Once on the U.S. side of the border, an injured Brian is about to be shot by Fenix when Dom suddenly arrives, driving a henchman’s car straight into Fenix, killing him. Braga is finally apprehended by the FBI, and despite the promised clemency clause, so is Dom.

Brian appeals to the courts, but Dom is sentenced to “25 years to life without the possibility of early parole.” The movie concludes with Dom being transported in a prison bus on a desert highway to the Lompoc Penitentiary, when Brian, driving a new Dodge Charger R/T, with Mia, Tego, and Rico in two other stealthy black cars (Honda NSX and Pontiac Trans Am), arrive for an interception.
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Bedtime Stories (2008)

Director: Adam Shankman  
Starring: Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, Russell Brand, Richard Griffiths, Teresa Palmer, Lucy Lawless, Courteney Cox
Release Date: December 25, 2008 (U.S. Theater) April 3, 2009 (Region 1 DVD)  
Running Time: 99 MIN. (1 hour, 39 min.)
Budget: $80,000,000

Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) is a hotel leader who is promised as a child by his father Marty (Jonathan Pryce) to be the manager of the family hotel, but later it is bought by chain Nottingham Hotels. 25 years later, the new manager Mr. Nottingham (Richard Griffiths) plans to build a new hotel and appoints another man, the snotty Kendall (Guy Pearce) to become the manager, because he is dating his daughter.

When his neice and nephew’s school is threatened to be closed down, Skeeter is asked by his sister (Courtney Cox) to watch her kids while she travels to Arizona to look for a new job. Skeeter tells a bedtime story taking place in medieval times, assisted by the kids, the first night. The next day, he is chosen to come up with plans for a new hotel, which gives him a shot at being the new hotel manager, after Mr. Nottingham finds out Kendall’s plans were the same as the Hard Rock Hotel. On his way home, it rains gumballs, all from the story.

The next night, Skeeter tells a story taken place in the Old West, and when he waits for it to come true, a man (Rob Schneider) steals his wallet. He saves Mr. Nottingham’s daughter, Violet (Teresa Palmer), from the paparazzi and gets kicked by a dwarf (Mikey Post). The next night, on the rooftop, having a campfire - Skeeter falls in love with his sister’s friend Jill (Keri Russell).

On the last night, Skeeter has the kids make up plans for the new hotel. The only problem is, Skeeter told the kids that there’s no such thing as an happy ending. The last night, he tells them about a space fight, and unfortunately makes the discovery, after he wins the gig of manager, that the closing school is where the new Nottingham Hotel will be. After being fired, which turned out to be the connection with the ending of the space story, he gets the hotel moved to Santa Monica and then stops the demolition, saving the school and his neice and nephew, as well as getting his wallet back.

Later, he marries Jill and opens his own hotel named after his late father.

Sex Drive (2008)

Director: Sean Anders
Cast: Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, Clark Duke, Seth Green, and James Marsden

Eighteen year old Ian Lafferty (Josh Zuckerman) sets out on a cross country drive with his best friends Lance (Clark Duke) and Felicia (Amanda Crew) in order to lose his virginity to a sexy, hot babe he met on the Internet. But the journey, filled with hilarious misadventures which can be expected, teaches all three more than they expected about life and love.

Ian can't seem to catch a break, while taunted by his older brother Rex (James Marsden), shown up in the romance department by his 14 year old brother and humiliated by his job at a donut shop at the mall. Being 18 years old, and still a virgin complicates everything for him, while it pushes him to look for romance on the Internet, he hooks up with Ms. Tasty, who is a sexy hot blonde who can't wait to get intimate. Of course, there's a catch: Ian has to drive 500 miles from Chicago, IL to Knoxville, TN. Nagged by his buddy Lance, Ian risks everything and "borrows" The Judge, Rex's prized vintage Pontiac GTO. Along the way, he runs into car trouble, some jail time, a buggy tow with an Amish farmer (Seth Green), a evening at an Amish 'party' and an afternoon at a roadside carnival to complicate Ian's journey. As they continue on their journey, there are a few consequences that Ian has to realize, for instance: Will Rex find Ian before he reaches Knoxville? Will a anger-crazed husband get revenge on Lance just as he seems to have found true love? Will Ms. Tasty live up to her Internet profile? Will Ian realize what he really wants? And most importantly, will Ian, Felicia and Lance survive the bumpy road to adulthood with all its unexpected twists and turns? This hilarious movie will keep you laughing throughout the movie, but I can't figure out whether or not it's worth buying just yet - definitely worth a rent.

What Happens in Vegas (2008)

Director: Julian Farino  
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Dennis Miller

After the wildest party night of their lives, two mismatched strangers, Jack (Ashton Kutcher) and Joy (Cameron Diaz), wake up in Vegas to discover they not only got lucky - they got married! The road to annulment takes a hilarious turn after Jack wins a three-million-dollar jackpot while playing Joy's quarter and a no-nonsense judge (Dennis Miller) sentences them to six months of "hard marriage." What follows is an all-out war of the sexes as Jack and Joy go to outrageous lengths to try and cheat each other out of the money. But in the end, they may learn that when you gamble on love, you just might win, against all odds!

Twilight (2008)

Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke

Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has always been a bit different, never caring about or fitting in with the trendy girls at her Arizona high school. So when her mother Renee (Sarah Clarke) decides to remarry and move to Florida, and Bella decides to go live with her father, Charlie (Billy Burke), in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn't expect anything to change. While in Washington, she meets the mysterious Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). Edward can run faster than any cheetah, he can stop a moving car with his bare hands, and he hasn't aged since 1918. Most importantly, he's a vampire. Like all vampires, he's immortal. He doesn't drink human blood (they're vampire "vegetarians"), which is rare among the vampire population. Instead, they go on regular "hiking" trips, where they feed on prey such as grizzly bears and mountain lions. For Edward, Bella is the thing he has waited ninety years for - a soul mate. What will they do when James (Cam Gigandet), Laurent (Edi Gathegi), and Victoria (Rachel Lefevre) come into town and James sets his sights on Bella? Will true love prevail when Edward is forced to save her life and conquer his thirst? The true question is, When you can live forever, what do you live for?

Armed and Dangerous (1986)

Director: Mark L. Lester
Cast: John Candy, Eugene Levy, Meg Ryan

Frank Dooley (Candy) an ex-cop, who is thrown out of the force after being framed by corrupt colleagues. Norman Kane (Levy) is a useless defense lawyer. They team up in their new security guards. Their first job is to guard a warehouse, that ends up getting robbed. Of course, like everything else the two get falsely accused of allowing it happen. Dooley and Kane suspect something fishy among the robbery and the security firm's union. The two security guards decide to investigate the situation and figure out what's going on. Making enemies along the way, and confronting their boss's attractive daughter, who just started working for the security firm, they uncover the entire robbery as a team.

The House Bunny (2008)

Director: Fred Wolf

When a playboy bunny, Shelly Darlingson (Anna Faris) is falsely tossed out of the mansion because she is twenty-seven years old, she has nowhere to go until she falls in love with the girls from the Zeta Alpha Zeta sorority. The members of the sorority, who also have got to be the seven most social outcasts on the planet, are about to lose their house. They need at least thirty sorority pledges to keep the house, so they decide to let Shelly move in and be their house mother to help recruit new sorority sisters.

Step Brothers (2008)

Director: Adam McKay

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, who last teamed in the box-office smash "Talladega Nights," now star in "Step Brothers," directed by Adam McKay. In "Step Brothers," Ferrell plays Brennan Huff, a sporadically employed thirty-nine-year-old who lives with his mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen). Reilly plays Dale Doback, a terminally unemployed forty-year-old who lives with his father, Robert (Richard Jenkins). When Robert and Nancy marry and move in together, Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers. As their narcissism and downright aggressive laziness threaten to tear the family apart, these two middle-aged, immature, overgrown boys will orchestrate an insane, elaborate plan to bring their parents back together. To pull it off, they must form an unlikely bond that maybe, just maybe, will finally get them out of the house.

Pineapple Express (2008)

Director: David Gordon Green

After witnessing a murder involving a corrupt police officer (Rosie Perez) and a drug kingpin (Gary Cole), addicted pothead Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) must go on the run with his drug dealer, Saul Silver (James Franco) to escape the vengeance-minded criminals. These criminals only have one interest, to take over the drug market in the country.

Head of State (2003)

Director: Chris Rock

When Washington D.C. alderman Mays Gilliam (Chris Rock) loses his job at the same time as the death of his party's front-runner in the upcoming presidential election. He is now chosen to run for president of the United States. When he needs to choose a running mate, he thinks of no one better than his bumbling brother Mitch Gilliam (Bernie Mac). Along the way, he finds obstacles that face him to make a huge decision. Finding out he was chosen to lose so he decides to win the people's votes at no cost! While he campaigns, his social climbing ex-girlfriend, Kim (Robin Givens), who wants him back because he's found more success than before.