The plot centers on students involved in the Soweto Riots, in opposition to the implementation of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in schools. The stage version presents a school uprising similar to the Soweto uprising on June 16, 1976. A narrator introduces several characters among them the school girl activist Sarafina. Things get out of control when a policeman shoots several pupils in a classroom. Nevertheless, the musical ends with a cheerful farewell show of pupils leaving school, which takes most of act two. In the movie version Sarafina feels shame at her mother's (played by Miriam Makeba in the film) acceptance of her role as domestic servant in a white household in apartheid South Africa, and inspires her peers to rise up in protest, especially after her inspirational teacher, Mary Masombuka (played by Whoopi Goldberg in the film version) is imprisoned.
Armando P (nl) wrote: Wes Anderson's masterpiece. Beautiful in every aspect. Even tho the cast is huge they all act incredibly good.
Joe J (ag) wrote: Elvis (Scott Peat) and Tweeter (Marissa Merrill) are trying to avoid the hordes of zombies that have overtaken the world. They travel to an isolated island in hopes of avoiding the zombies (known as "walkers"), but instead come into contact with a gang of ruthless rebels who've built a community there, and as long as they're useful, Elvis and Tweeter could stick around, while the whole island slowly becomes one walker paradise.This reminds me of the game Dead Island, but it's still a zombie movie, and one that wasn't as bad as others. It takes a very Romero-style approach to the zombies, making them more of a background character, showing us that the worst kind of evil in a post-apocalyptic world isn't the undead - it's the humans. The acting wasn't the best, but it delivered a lot of action, scares, and surprisingly decent effects for a low-budget film.
Senor C (br) wrote: A better outing for Steve Austin but not really a stretch for him. He's just badass. That's where his greatest strength lays. Being a stone cold son of a bitch, kicking ass & taking names. Thankfully he has a better director then what I had seen in The Condemned who's able to keep the camera moderately steady & the action plays out much better. Austin also has a decent rival in Gil Bellows who just won't die..well until Austin is able to say his tag line & run him over w/ a quad. Clearly the best of the 3 Steve Austin movies that Ive seen that he shows quite a bit of of promise as a B action star even though he doesn't need the one liners. He just needs to be stone cold
Sandra V (fr) wrote: Pleasantly surprised at how good this is. The cast are excellent, the action is gritty and exciting (the filmmakers make the most of a low budget) and I loved the idea of focusing on just one siege and all the steps that go into it.
Abby G (es) wrote: it was ok too ..... O_o
Ola G (gb) wrote: Set in a strict elite British boarding school in the 1930s, the story centers on a clique of girls who idolize their enigmatic and complex teacher Miss G (Eva Green). Di Radfield (Juno Temple) has a crush on Miss G, and is the firm favourite and ringleader of her group. When a beautiful Spanish girl named Fiamma Coronna (Maria Valverde) arrives at the school, Miss G's focus is shifted away from the other girls. It becomes a triangle: Miss G gets increasingly obsessed with Fiamma, Fiamma is disturbed by Miss G and also openly disgusted by the teacher's hypocrisies and deceptions, while Di is terribly jealous and makes Fiamma's life hell. The triangle eventually leads to tragic consequences...The focus in "Cracks" is desire and what you are willing to do for that desire. But theres also topics such as loneliness, jealousy, isolation, bullying, innocence, sexuality, group pressure, complexity and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Been fascinated by Eva Green since "Kingdom Of Heaven" and "Casino Royale". Those dark eyes, pale skin and freckled appearance are heavenly. However, her performance as Miss G ends up in the overacting list for me and I simply felt she was over the top in a way that you just couldt really believe her character. I reckon she tried hard to become Miss G with all her obsessive-compulsive disorders and disintegrated personality, however the end result is not convincing me. I particularly dont like Juno Temple, I cant put my finger on it, but she just doesnt do it for me. I reckon I was hoping for a female "Dead Poets Society" and in one way it is, but the dramatisation and acting (way too theatrical) is simply not strong enough in my book. Its nicely shot and edited, but thats really not enough. "Cracks" is a bit of a disappointment.
T E (de) wrote: Fast-paced, action-packed and entertaining. Explosions and gunfire are the excuse for the lack of story and character depth.
Jerry C (es) wrote: 'Road Trip' meets a random vampire spoof. It doesn't work... at all.
Joshua LF M (gb) wrote: It's one loud action scene after another with Shanghai Noon, sandwiched with racist Asian jokes and lots of unfunny dialogue. When the occasional gag is funny, it's worth a good chuckle,. But these gags don't come nearly often enough, which is unfortunate because despite a less than intriguing plot, the two leads (Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan) really give it their all in this film, though it's not enough to save it.Chon Wang, an imperial guard from China, travels to America in order to rescue Princess Pei-Pei, whom has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. Wang gets caught up in a train robbery, which through a strange series of events, Wang becomes friends with outlaw Roy O'Bannon, whom are now both determined to rescue the princess.There are loads of action scenes, but despite excellent choreography, they never come across as more than loud and dull. These scenes never generate tension, or do anything particularly unique.The comedy itself is hardly sophisticated, and while there are a number of amusing lines, there aren't nearly enough to top the gags that fall flat. The characters are generally weak. While Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon have great chemistry and a surprisingly well done character arc, Roy O'Bannon is undeveloped. In his first couple scenes, Roy seems to be a very timid robber, but this is not referred to for the rest of the film. The villain, Lo Fong, has no personality at all.The cast is surprisingly devoted. Jackie Chan portrays a perfect Asian stereotype. Yes, the portrayal might be a wee bit offensive, but no one can deny the talent in this role. Owen Wilson also gives a lot of energy into his role. The rest of the cast, however, is generally forgettable.The score by Randy Edelman attempts to combine Western and Asian music, but the result is clumsy and awkward. The occasional rock elements and heavy percussion don't help much.Shanghai Noon could be somebody's nightmare. It wasn't quite such an unpleasant experience for me, but it was far from positive. Often dull, often racist, and a lack of truly riotous humor makes for a long 2 hours. This isn't the train wreck it could've been, but that's hardly high praise.
Kevin R (it) wrote: Come back to me.In Cold Mountain North Carolina the news of the Civil War starts emerging and it quickly becomes apparent the south will be in the area drafting troops. Inman and Ada are a young couple just getting to know each other but they know they're in love and meant to be. The day of their first kiss will be the last time they see each other before Inman is sent to war. After 4 years of bloodshed and lost brothers, Inman heads home to hopefully marry the love of his life; however, the journey may be more challenging than he anticipates."Ain't no man around here better than me, because there ain't no man around here that ain't old or full of mischief."Anthony Minghella, director of The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Mr. Wonderful, Breaking and Entering, and Truly Madly Deeply, delivers Cold Mountain. The storyline for this picture is outstanding and a brilliant epic of life during the civil war. It was very brutal in some ways and a beautiful love story in others ways. The acting is perfect and the cast delivers breathtaking performances and includes Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Natalie Portman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Brendan Gleeson, and Donald Sutherland."Was there something special you wished to say to me?""Nothing particular comes to mind."I had not watched this in a long time but always remembered it being a great movie. I recently watched this again off Netflix and still found it so well done. The settings, characters, script, and storyline are all perfectly done. I strongly recommend seeing this picture and it is borderline worth adding to your DVD collection."I am going to make him hug me until I grunt."Grade: A
Andrew S (it) wrote: Epic as hell.Weird, but epic as hell.
fernando R (mx) wrote: Shaq did such a good job he almost left behind his basketball career to act, but then he realized he can come back to movies once hes out of the league
Sean D (de) wrote: Must-own alert! 16 Candles is an amazing film. It's not the best in the world, but it's a lot of fun. It's a coming-of-age comedy about a girl who turned 16 at the beginning of the film, it's not disclosed as to which level of high school she is in, but she's either a Sophomore or Junior. Anyway, everyone forgets her birthday and she's crushing hard on some guy who is getting sick of his partygirl constantly drunk gf and wants a change with a real woman. There's geeks and other stereotypes, but it's not as intense as other high school films. The plot is light and simple, but it's a good one and must-see!
Kevin C (ca) wrote: Bank holiday afternoon, pile of ironing; you just need a vintage WWII film. My childhood recollection is this was quite dull. From an older vantage point, I found it stirring stuff.
August M (ag) wrote: Tarkovsky continues to floor me with his poetic vision and mastery of film. Andrei Rublev is an epic film unlike any I have ever seen. It literally made me feel imbued into 15th century life. Andrei Rublev ponders the role of the artist in harsh times. I was floored by just how monumental this film truly was. Some of the shots had me racking my brain as to how they were even accomplished. A historical, potent masterpiece.
Matt F (jp) wrote: Isle is an exercise in suspenseful, psychological horror. Val Lewton was handed a slate of poverty row subjects to tackle back in the 40's and effectively spun gold out of hay. Isle is generally considered one of Val's poorer stepchildren beside the likes of I Walked With A Zombie, Bedlam and The Body Snatcher. But I feel it succeeds in a way those others don't, in being a taut, perfectly paced thriller which causes the viewer to question whether the events are, or aren't supernatural in cause. And Karloff does a fantastic turn as Gen. Pherides, a military man possessed of a very regimented sense of order who places the chain of command heirarchy above all else in life. Far different, you'll find, from a good many of his other characters. Poverty row, as if!
Mat S (br) wrote: This movie is about as good as the acting...... think of it like.... halloween 3.... just no!
Frances H (nl) wrote: Entertaining watch, if you like this genre, and I do. Not as good as Centurion or Highlander, but better than average fight scenes, which is most of the movie.
Karsh D (jp) wrote: British Horror film with James Nesbitt who is trying to track down a werewolf/beast in Edinburgh. Dark and sinister it's a good effort all round.
Peter C (it) wrote: My favorite movie along side Aliens and Jurassic Park!!!! Great suspense and awesome pred costume this was the best 80s pure action / suspense / horror movie