MATM’s 2014 Movies Preview


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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013): A review


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Best of 2004



Aviator, The

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Top 10 Epic Films | أفضل 10 أفلام ملحمية



1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003)

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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Best of 2005 (Page 2)



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Good Night, and Good Luck

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    • Synopsis: Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.
    • Director: George Clooney
    • Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney and Patricia Clarkson


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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    • Synopsis: Harry finds himself selected as an underaged competitor in a dangerous multi-wizardary school competition.
    • Director: Mike Newell
    • Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint


History of Violence, A

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    • Synopsis: A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.
    • Director: David Cronenberg
    • Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello and Ed Harris


Hustle & Flow

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    • Synopsis: With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.
    • Director: Craig Brewer
    • Stars: Terrence Howard, Ludacris and Anthony Anderson


Junebug

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    • Synopsis: A dealer in “outsider” art travels from Chicago to North Carolina to meet her new in-laws, challenging the equilibrium of this middle class Southern home.
    • Director: Phil Morrison
    • Stars: Amy Adams, Embeth Davidtz, Alessandro Nivola and David Kuhn


King Kong

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    • Synopsis: In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.
    • Director: Peter Jackson
    • Stars: Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody


Kingdom of Heaven (Director’s Cut)

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    • Synopsis: Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.
    • Director: Ridley Scott
    • Stars: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green and Liam Neeson


Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

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    • Synopsis: A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.
    • Director: Shane Black
    • Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan


March of the Penguins

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    • Synopsis: A look at the annual journey of Emperor penguins as they march — single file — to their traditional breeding ground.
    • Director: Luc Jacquet
    • Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling and Jules Sitruk


Match Point

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    • Synopsis: At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for a femme-fatal type who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law.
    • Director: Woody Allen
    • Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Emily Mortimer



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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition) (2001): A Great Films review

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended Edition) (2003): A Great Films mini-review



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Director:

Peter Jackson

Synopsis:

Aragorn leads the World of Men against Sauron’s army to draw the dark lord’s gaze from Frodo and Sam who are on the doorstep of Mount Doom with the One Ring.

My mini-review:

A fantastic ending to a flawless trilogy! The added minutes just make this epic even more majestic and profound. No wasted scene or line of dialogue. Instead, everything has more depth to it. A perfect film.

Favorite Scenes: (Spoiler Alert!)

  • The final epic battle scene
  • The spider scene
  • Legolas slays the Oliphaunt
  • “You Bow To No One” scene
  • The final farewell scene

Outstanding Performances:

  • Andy Serkis (as Gollum)
  • Cate Blanchett (as Galadriel)
  • Elijah Wood (as Frodo Baggins)
  • Ian McKellen (as Gandalf the Grey)
  • John Rhys-Davies (as Gimli)
  • Sean Astin (as Samwise ‘Sam’ Gamgee)
  • Viggo Mortensen (as Aragorn)

Runtime:

3 hours and 21 minutes

Rating:

PG-13

Genres:

Action / Adventure / Fantasy


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Extended Edition) (2002): A Great Films mini-review



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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) (Extended Edition): A Great Films mini-review



The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition Movie Poster

Trailer:


Director:

Peter Jackson

Synopsis:

An innocent hobbit of The Shire journeys with eight companions to the fires of Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron forever.

My mini-review:

The first of a magnificent trilogy that is incomparable to anything else! The added minutes make the theatrical version obsolete and irrelevant. It also digs deeper into the story and characters resulting in a much fuller and satisfying experience.

Favorite Scenes: (Spoiler Alert!)

  • First scene of The Shire
  • The Fellowship is created
  • All scenes involving the Elves
  • The shire celebrates Bilbo’s birthday
  • The scene at the Dwarves cave
  • Arwen saves the day

Outstanding Performances:

  • Cate Blanchett (as Galadriel)
  • Elijah Wood (as Frodo Baggins)
  • Ian McKellen (as Gandalf the Grey)
  • John Rhys-Davies (as Gimli)
  • Sean Astin (as Samwise ‘Sam’ Gamgee)
  • Viggo Mortensen (as Aragorn)

Runtime:

3 hours and 48 minutes

Rating:

PG-13

Genres:

Action / Adventure / Fantasy


Top 10 Fantasy Films | أفضل 10 أفلام الفانتازيا



1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The Two Towers (2002)

The Return of the King (2003)



2. Wizard of Oz, The (1939)

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3. Ghostbusters (1984)

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4. Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto Del Fauno) (2006)

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5. Prestige, The (2006)

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6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

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7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, The (2003)

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8. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

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10. Mary Poppins (1964)

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