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123movies Our Idiot Brother (2011)
Ned lived a happy life growing organic vegetables on a farm with his hippie girlfriend and his dog named Willie Nelson, but an unadvised incident with marijuana at a farmer's market lands him in jail. When he gets out of jail, he is off to live with his sisters. While Ned is still happy, his sisters are much less so after he manages to screw up one marriage, one job opportunity, one budding relationship and one domestic partnership. He sees those problems as breakdowns in communication, but his sisters see him as an idiot.
Director: Jesse Peretz
Cast: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel
123movies The Three Musketeers (2011)
The hot-headed young D'Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war. Review: Surprisingly fun and action packed. And having just caught the Chris Odonnel version on cable this weekend, I've got to say that I'm glad they updated it! There is more humor, more action and it just looks bigger then any previous effort. Casting is rather interesting with a great number of solid actors playing the roles of the Musketeers themselves in MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray S. And Mads Mikkelsen is such a bad ass. I would have liked to seen more of him. Both Orlando and Milla are quite a lot of fun and definitely add a little bit of needed glamour and sex appeal. I'd recommend it 100% to anyone looking for a good fun film.
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast: Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen and Ray Stevenson
123movies Wrecked (2011)
A man awakens in a mangled car-wreck at the bottom of a steep cliff. Injured and trapped inside, with no memory of how he got there or who he is, he must rely on his most primal instincts to survive. But as he attempts to free himself from the carnage and escape an impossible situation, a darker side is revealed. Even if he manages to survive, the man may have to face the horrible consequences of an earlier, forgotten life. Written by IFC Films
Director: Michael Greenspan
Cast: Adrien Brody, Caroline Dhavernas and Ryan Robbins
123movies Beastly (2011)
Charming, witty, and everything you could want in a teen flick, "Beastly" modernizes an age old tale, and it does it right. Neil Patrick Harris steals every scene he's in as Kyle's blind tutor Will, and Mary-Kate Olsen shines as Kendra the witch. The film's leads, Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens, lack in neither chemistry nor the acting department. While Vanessa Hudgens is clearly the weak link of the bunch, even her performance could have been much worse. The strange thing about Alex Pettyfer is that he always comes off as so sweet and sincere in his movies, but in real life he seems a tad full of himself. In all honesty, it saddens me. I'd be lying if I said I didn't wish he was like the characters he plays. That's actors for you, I guess. "Beastly" is utterly beautiful. In the beginning, Kyle is a shallow, egotistical jerk. But when he's served a piping hot slice of humble pie, compliments of Kendra, he becomes Hunter, the guy he he should have been all along. Perhaps one of the best parts of the movie was watching him try to woo Lindy. When his attempts to buy Lindy's love fail, Hunter stomps his feet and whines like a child. It's so adorable that you can't help but smile. With that said, there ARE some predicaments from which "Beastly" suffers. If you liked the book, you'll probably be disappointed to know that the library was ultimately traded in for the greenhouse. My heart nearly broke in half at this realization. However, I eventually got over that, as there is an even bigger problem: the ending. Simply put, the book's ending is 10 million times better. The ending in the movie is not nearly as powerful, and, at the end of the day, lackluster.
Director: Daniel Barnz
Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen
123movies Safe (2012)
A former elite agent (Statham) takes on a two-tier mission: rescue a Chinese girl who has been abducted by the Triads, then use a highly desired safe combination to outwit the Russian Mafia, corrupt NYC officials, and the Triads themselves.
Director: Boaz Yakin
Cast: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan and Chris Sarandon
123movies All Good Things (2010)
A love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for an imaginative spellbinding story of family, obsession, love and loss. ust watched on On Demand. I didn't think I liked Kirsten Dunst, but I was really impressed by her performance in this film. She goes from squeaky-clean and fresh-faced to disheveled, bleary-eyed and lost effortlessly. Watch. She really seems to age as the film progresses. I've always liked Ryan Gosling, whose rigid, dead-eyed manner is perfect for this role. They have great chemistry and it's a terrific story. Very strange, lots of twists to keep you on your toes. A must see if you like twisted love stories and suspense.
Director: Andrew Jarecki
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella
123movies I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)
Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another.
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Cast: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor and Leslie Mann
123movies Casino Jack (2010)
Jack Abramoff was a very successful but very greedy Washington lobbyist who now sits in a federal jail serving out his 4 year prison term scheduled to released later this year. Director George Hickenlooper had the idea to tell his story and enlisted writer Norman Snider to put together the screenplay based on the facts of this true story. Hickenlooper spent 30 hours visiting Abramoff in prison to gather as much information as possible to add to their study of the historical documents upon which this movie was based. Oscar winning actor Kevin Spacey who plays Abramoff participated in one of these five jailhouse visits and he apparently hit it off quite well with the protagonist despite their being at opposite poles of the political spectrum. If you know the widely reported story of how Abramoff took excessive fees from multiple Indian tribes, was involved with shady business deals and paid off congressmen landing at least one in jail and causing Tom Delay majority leader of Senate to quit this position and his Senate seat, you may be a little bored as the details are played out. On the other hand, many viewers will be getting a great history lesson at the same time that they are seeing a very well done movie. Barry Pepper is sufficiently nefarious in looks and deeds as Michael Scanlon, Abramoff's partner who deserved more than he got for punishment. Jon Lovitz plays an almost completely serious role as a not so smart and crooked enough to end up in jail, business associate of Abramoff. Political junkies will love this movie. You can't help coming away from seeing it without wondering how can we let our political system continue to function without reigning in lobbyists. Hickenlooper related an incident, which he touches upon at the end of the film, where while in jail anticipating his release shortly before the upcoming 2010 elections Abramoff has expressed a desire to collaborate with the Democrats and reveal information that he knows about the Republicans in order to hurt them in this and future elections. While this film is scheduled for wide release and distribution prior to the November election, there is also another movie coming out at the same time about Abramoff, which is an actual documentary and may have the same name as this one. Instead of Kevin Spacey that one will star the real Abramoff.
Director: George Hickenlooper
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper and Jon Lovitz
123movies You Again (2010)
As a teenager Marni was the kind of girl no guy would go near and would be tormented by the mean girls, and no one was meaner to her than Joana the head cheerleader. Years later, she's a successful woman with a good job. When she goes home for her brother's wedding she discovers that her brother is marrying Joana. When they meet she wants Joana to apologize for the way she treated her but Joana feigns ignorance. When Marni tells her mother, Gail about her and Joana, Gail tells her to try and put it behind her. But when Gail learns that her aunt Mona is her old friend Ramona who was her friend in high school whom she had confrontation with years ago, Gail feels like Mona is trying to thumb her success in her nose. When Marni learns that Joana does remember her she sets to expose her to her brother.
Director: Andy Fickman
Cast: Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman and Sigourney Weaver
123movies King of the Avenue (2010)
This was one of those films that was great from start to finish. I have been a fan of Ryan Combs since the Straight out of Compton days and I have literally watched his growth from movies I found amusing, to films that I remember in my everyday life. King Of The Avenue is a fantastic character movie. You actually fell like your part of this crew of men who have one thing on there mind, becoming the king. It's fun to watch them elevate to the top crew, but really, that's when the movie starts. I know this is a independent, but I think this is one of the best roles I've seen Ving Rhames in. My girlfriend and I voted Ving Rhames as the last person we would want to run into in a dark alley, or a park on a nice summers day for that matter. Ving is awesome in this film.
Director: Ryan Combs
Cast: Ving Rhames, Simon Rex and Esai Morales
123movies The Tournament (2009)
Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world's deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of Worlds No 1, which itself carries the legendary million dollar a bullet price tag. When I decided to check out "The Tournament" the expectations were moderate. Actually I expected it to be a pleasant DTV title with a couple of cool actors. What I got instead was a thrilling actioner that surpasses most of the theatrical releases of the same genre. The action is hyperkinetic and violent, and Scott Mann has undisputed Hollywood potential. The plot about the assassin tournament is clean and simple, a lot like "Taken" and when it comes to comparison between these two films, only advantage for "Taken" is Liam Neeson. "The Tournament" provides solid acting but it doen have such a potent star. Actually, if we consider its budget, "The Tournament" is really outstanding in terms of casting because it combines available theatrical-feature actors like Kelly Hu, Liam Cunningham,, Robert Carlyle and Ving Rhames with top DTV names like Scott Adkins. Scott Adkins potential was obvious ever since he first appeared in Isaac Florentine films and in "the Tournament" he is accompanied by Sebastien Foucan, the parkourist we remember from "Casino Royale". Fight scenes are marvelously staged, with great fight choreography, but also outstanding gunplay and vehicle stunts. When it comes to the sheer amount of action "The Tournament" gives you the most for bang for the buck. It is very hard to invent some new kinds of action set-pieces and choreographies but in a couple of scenes "Rhe Tournament" does that. Also, you must bear in mind that action is very violent and gory. The sheer amount of gore is comparable to Neill Blomkamps "District 9". Bloodletting is stylish and lavish and Scott Mann really has the guts (quite literally) to pull it off. I am surprised that this film failed to get theatrical release. I mean, its quite obvious that American distributors wouldn release because none of the stars are a draw in the US but I guess it shouldve worked quite well internationally. Writer Gary Young was lucky to move on into theatrical business with Matthew Vaughn production "Harry Brown". I hope Scott Mann will accomplish the same.
Director: Scott Mann
Cast: Ving Rhames, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Hu
123movies Sus (2010)
With the election looming, '80s anti-fascist demonstrations back in the news and controversy over stop-and-search still raging, the release of ‘Sus' is auspicious. Based on Barrie Keefe's 1979 stage play, this claustrophobic, intense three-hander was inspired by the late '70s law that gave police officers the right to detain on suspicion anyone they saw fit, usually young black men. Betraying its theatrical origins, the film takes place in a single police interview room on election night, as thuggish Thatcherite cops Karn (Ralph Brown) and Wilby (Rafe Spall) attempt, by any means, to extract a confession from unemployed labourer Delroy (Clint Dyer) following the unexplained death of his wife. It's morally one-sided and the dialogue and acting tends towards the mannered and overblown – Spall in particular comes off like a ‘Fast Show' bad-cop parody at times. But overall this is a well structured, emotionally rigorous piece of filmmaking, and a timely reminder of the dangers of unchecked police power *Sus is a timely and dynamic piece of filmmaking from Rob Heath and is complimented by the acting performances of Clint Dyer, Ralph Brown and Rafe Spall who demand attention from the 1st minute of the film to the very last. Similar to Michael Caines performance in the film Harry Brown, Sus reeks of authenticity, a realness about the British society and the moral fabric which truly exists whether it be 1979 or 2010. A film for our times indeed.
Director: Robert Heath
Cast: Ralph Brown, Clint Dyer and Anjela Lauren Smith
123movies The Loved Ones (2010)
In order to avoid a ghostly figure in the road, high school senior Brent Mitchell wraps his car around a tree, killing his father. Constantly confronted by his mother's emotional collapse after the accident, Brent escapes into a marijuana fueled world of loud metal music to block the pain and guilt. Dejected and out of sorts, he has a shot at happiness with his girlfriend Holly, a grounded, caring girl with drop dead good looks, a dream date for the high school prom. But his plans are thwarted by a disturbing series of events that take place under a mirrored disco ball, involving pink satin, glitter, syringes, nails, power drills and a secret admirer. Brent has become the prom king at a macabre, sadistic event where he is the entertainment. Its no surprise that Sean Byrnes relentlessly blood-soaked The Loved Ones won the Cadillac Peoples Choice Award at TIFFs midnight screening. The young Australian writer/director has since been hard-pressed for free time as many in Hollywood have been vying for his attention. Since the films premiere in Toronto, Byrne has been making frequent trips to LA and has been invited to speak with top execs. On this particular trip, Byrnes schedule has been tightly booked from morning until night on every single day thus far, including weekends. For those who haven seen The Loved Ones, it is an indie-horror treat. Lets just say, if Carrie from "Carrie" and Jigsaw from "Saw" "wanted to play a game," this film would be the perfect compromise between their approaches. What results is an anti-John-Hughes film that offers a cynical, frightening re-imagining of a high-school prom. The Loved Ones The film benefits from a cast which is in full-tune with its director. And unlike many horror films today, Byrnes even has something to say. The films bizarre title provokes us to think about the consequences of unrequited love and, more importantly, the real victims. Of course life would be easier if anyone we fell in love with immediately felt the same way. But in The Loved Ones, love is played as more of a cruel game for all characters. It may be a bit unusual for American moviegoers to see a horror film carried by actors who speak with Australian accents. Although Peter Jackson was able to earn instant cult-status with his blood-splasher Dead Alive through similar New Zealand accents. Jackson and Byrne already share some in common. Like Jackson, Byrne seems to be fascinated with shock-horror, fantasy, and even the supernatural. There is also an indie feel to Byrnes work reminiscent of Jacksons earlier low-budget films. So long as the young and talented Byrne is making movies, he just might have to get used to spending more time in Hollywood than at home.
Director: Sean Byrne
Cast: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy and John Brumpton
123movies The Rig (2010)
As a hurricane rages outside, the small but experienced crew of an oil drilling rig settles in to ride out the storm. Isolated on the rig, their calm is short lived when a crew member goes missing and an extensive search proves futile. Slowly, they discover that a deadly creature is stalking the skeleton crew, eliminating them one by one. Surrounded by nothing but raging ocean, their communication severed and no way off the rig, the roughnecks try to survive the stormy night with an unrelenting force of death hunting them down.
Director: Peter Atencio
Cast: Serah D'Laine, William Forsythe and Art LaFleur
123movies Twelve (2010)
Just caught the premier of "Twelve" today and left the theater shocked. Having never read or heard of the book before now, i entered the cinema knowing two things; first that it was directed by Joel Schumacher an astounding filmmaker, and second that because it was accepted into Sundance, it must have some exceptional parts. Needless to say, the film exceeded expectation and moved into the realm of surreal. Like every film at Sundance, the director said a few words before screening started. Now most people know Schumacher from his hits like, "Phantom of the Opera", "Phone Booth", or his flawed Batmans. However Ive been privileged to see his early work, which includes, "The Lost Boys", "Flatliners", and "8MM". Yet despite the high mark which his previous films set, "Twelve" pulls up to and even surpasses some. Chace Crawford was an inspiration in the lead role and though it was the first film Ive seen him in, i hope he continues a successful career. The other actors all give supreme performances, though my personal favorite in the film is one you might despise me for. Billy Magnussen as Claude, who carries out his character in magnificent form and had the role been given to anyone else, the movie wouldve been sorely injured. The insight into teenagers, especially the rich, stands unrivaled. Nick McDonell wrote true people, characters that are 3D and whom you can relate to. As a seventeen year old myself i am grateful for his gift to our generation. The five million dollar budget which this film was made on, and the twenty-three days in which it was shot, proves the genius of everyone working on it. And when the cast and crew stood on stage at the end to answer questions, i felt the need to clap till my hands bled. And to stress the point Joel made, there is a comedy in this film that supersedes anything youve seen before. But to truly appreciate every aspect and genre in it, you must be of an open mind, and willing to see even the gritty parts in teenagers.
Director: Joel Schumacher
Cast: Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts and Rory Culkin
123movies Monsters (2010)
The Monsters is a unique masterpiece written and directed by Gareth Edwards in the year 2010. The Monsters was kind of a B-movie, or at least didn't get the attention it deserves. By my opinion it's almost a perfection, it's really well written, and all the speeches are made up by the writer/director Gareth Edwards. The Boondock Saints is the 34 year old Gareth Edwards's first movie, and his second one, The Monsters 2: The Repentanence is in production and is coming later this year. The Monsters is a action/crime and drama film and for all I know, a pretty good one (believe me, seen it about 30 times). The Monsters tells the story of a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. The Monsters is just amazing, great, a masterpiece. It's well written and Whitney Able and Scoot McNairy are amazing as the 'Monsters'. I gave the Monsters 10/10 (excellent). It's probably the best movie I've ever seen, I don't know how many times I've watched it, but it must be at least over 30 times. The Monsters did not get the attention it deserves and still doesn't, being one of the greatest ever made. Especially in this genre (Action/Giant Squid/Romance). If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend that you do it as soon as possible and if you've already seen it, do it again.
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able
123movies Legendary (2010)
Because of this being a WWE Films release, there are going to be some that will automatically condemn the movie. It's a shame, because this is a really good film. John Cena's involvement is actually minimal. The focus is on his younger brother. The story is about a young man named Cal who had a dad and an older brother, who were great amateur wrestlers. The father is killed in a car accident while he and the older brother Mike(played by Cena) are going to scout an opponent. The death causes a rift in the family. Mike blamed himself, and the mother (played by Clarkson) blamed him too. Ten years after the accident, Cal has decided to start wrestling. Being awkward and clumsy, he seeks out Mike to train him. He uses the amateur wrestling in hopes of not only coming out of his shell, but also in putting his family back together in. This is by far the best of the films WWE has put out. It has a lot of heart, and tells a good story. Even if you are not into amateur wrestling, they still make it easy to follow. I wish WWE would have actually gotten more behind this rather than releasing it to just a few select screens, and then rushing it to DVD. They didn't even advertise it outside of WWE programming. This is a film that they could have made more money on.
Director: Mel Damski
Cast: John Cena, Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover
123movies 30 Days of Night: Dark Days (2010)
I haven't seen the original mainly because movies filmed with no color turn me off, so I can't compare it to the the fist one. As a stand alone movie Dark Days works very well. Stella, who I understand is a survivor from part I, is giving lectures at universities about vampires. Since she knows no one believes her, this time around in LA she has a demo planned. High intensity UV lights are turned on, and sure enough, some vampires among the audience go up in flames. Stella then is approached the by a group of vampire hunters who want to kill Lilith, the queen vampire, to put an end to it all. They are mentored by a reformed vampire named Dane, who also sent letters to Stella. They embark on their mission but their early attempts in the sewers are unsuccessful. Then they board a ship where Lilith is. The group only consists of 4 people. Stella, two guys and another girl, who initially presents herself as the tough chick and hates Stella, but turns out to be a complete fool and pretty annoying, too. This movie is very enjoyable and entertaining. It takes the vampire genre seriously and doesn't turn it into a comedy or romance. There are plenty of good gory death scenes. What impresses most though is Kiele Sanchez's performance. She gives it her all, as she has done in some of her other work. And she is very attractive. Also nice is that a good part of this movie is filmed during the day and the colors are vivid. The story itself is nothing spectacular but, as mentioned, the virtue of this movie is that it's a much needed return to a good serious vampire movie and has good performances and lots of gore.
Director: Ben Ketai
Cast: Kiele Sanchez, Rhys Coiro and Diora Baird
Release: September 28, 2010
123movies Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)
I loved the first Superman/Batman movie, "Public Enemies". And I love this one even more. It has everything that made the first one great while fixing some PE's flaws. First, the plot: a girl crashes to Earth in a spaceship and it turns out she's Superman's cousin, Kara. She tries to adapt to her new life and powers, but is soon targeted to by alien tyrant Darkseid to be molded into the ultimate soldier. Superman, along with Batman, Wonder Woman and Big Barda, goes to the evil planet Apokolips to rescue his cousin from being brainwashed into a heartless killer. For starters, "Apocolypse" looks better than its predecessor. While PE based its animation on Ed McGuinness' ridiculous art style, this one tries (though doesn't always succeed) in imitating the gorgeous artwork of the late Micheal Turner, which greatly helps it. It also gives its characters more depth. In PE, a number of DC Comics characters just showed up almost randomly, many not even identified by name, let alone telling us about them. I watched it with some non-fan friends in the room and they were confused by the lesser known heroes and villains who seemed to show up out of no where and they didn't learn anything about. Here, we get to learn about many of the characters, at least to some degree. Fittingly, Kara gets a lot of focus let us get to know her well quickly and her relationship with Superman is quite stirring. It even benefits from more time. While PE was the shortest DC Animated film, this one is the longest (even if it's just by a few minutes), it makes good use of every second. However, it's not perfect. While most of the voice cast does a wonderful job, Andre Braugher is surprisingly underwhelming as Darksied. The spot on dialog would've sounded better and been more intimidating if they'd used Micheal Ironside or even Frank Welker, but Braugher's performance just isn't very menacing. It also drops a few too many things from the original comic storyline. One such unfortunate side effect of the dropped material is Lyla/Harbinger, whose death is treated with much sadness and importance by the characters, but viewers have little reason to sympathize. To be fair, the character had been so underused/misused in the comics that by the time the storyline happened I doubt many fans cared. But I can imagine her getting enough depth in the comics to give us more reason why we should be as moved by her death as the characters are. Other things I miss are Mr. Miracle, the Justice League's appearance at the end, and explanation why the Doomsday clones are such wusses. Though there are elements I'm glad they dropped like Batman fighting Darkseid and the Source Wall. As far as I'm concerned, this is one of DC's best animated films. It has everything that made "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" cool, while surpassing it in a number of areas. A great movie for any DC Comics fan.
Director: Lauren Montgomery
Cast: Andre Braugher, Kevin Conroy and Tim Daly
123movies The Last Seven (2010)
I enjoy thrillers and twists and after reading the other reviews was considering not watching this movie...I am glad that I ignored some of the other reviews because I thought this movie was brilliant. There is violence but not to an excessive degree and you have to pay attention, but all in all the buildup of suspense is good and the story is original. The cast is small but the acting is good and the scenes of a deserted City of London are excellent. The only thing that I didn't get was the last scene and at the beginning, a figure darts across the back of the scene that I thought might be part of the story, but it didn't seem to develop. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys thrillers.
Director: Imran Naqvi
Cast: Tamer Hassan, Simon Phillips and Daisy Head