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GI Joe: Retaliation

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2013

Paramount’s latest offering, GI Joe: Retaliation is a sci-fi action movie filmed in 3D.  It is the sequel to the 2009 GI Joe movie, and I think I would have enjoyed this movie more if I had seen the first one.  But, having said that, the pieces do start falling into place as the plot unfolds.

After the Elite GI Joe Force is framed for stealing nuclear warheads from Pakistan, almost the entire team is killed, in a military strike, and sadly Duke, their leader is one of the casualties.

Identity Thief

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2013

Identity Thief is Absolutely Hilarious

Directed by Seth Gordon and written by Craig Mazin, Identity Thief is a comedy drama which will have you howling with laughter.

Starring the latest comedy sensation, Melissa McCarthy, of Bridesmaids fame, this movie is a real laugh a minute.

Sleeper's Wake

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2013

SLEEPER'S WAKE – A Gripping South African Thriller

Whilst I wasn’t 100% captivated by this movie, it does keep you on the edge till the last horrifying moment.  

I would probably classify this movie as a psychological thriller.  Its one of those films that features a lot of unanswered questions, but gradually all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place.

The movie begins in a hospital ward, where John Wraith (played by Lionel Newton), a South African writer, wakes up completely disorientated, and with  an enormous wound on his forehead.  From flashbacks, one gathers that he is recovering from an accident in which his wife and daughter were killed.

Hansel and Gretel

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2013

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – a new spin on the Classic Fairy Tale

Paramount’s latest 3 D offering is the sequel to the Brothers Grimm Fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, which was first published in 1812.  Although the action is set in the early 19th Century, it features modern day ideas and attitudes and this makes it pretty entertaining, if a bit silly.

Zero Dark Thirty

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2013

Zero Dark Thirty is a Definite Must-See

Director, Kathryn Bigelow,  has done it again with Zero Dark Thirty.  It is a must-see film, based on the true events leading up to the capture and elimination of the world’s most wanted fugitive, Osama Bin Ladin.

The story begins with Maya, a young CIA agent (Played by Jessica Chastain), being assigned to the US Embassy in Pakistan to work with fellow CIA agent, Dan (Played by Jason Clarke), on the continuing quest to track down US Enemy No 1, the leader of al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Ladin.


Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2013

“Mama” Almost sent me into cardiac Arrest!

I am not a fan of horror movies, in general, but I am a big girl and I’m quite over the days when I did the 4 minute mile in 10 seconds, from the door of my bedroom to my bed, in case the evil spirit hiding under my bed got me, so I wasn’t too phased about the prospect of seeing Mama.

I mean how bad could it be?  I got through Paranormal Activity, with just chewing 2 of my expensive acrylic nails off, so how much worse could Mama be?


Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2013

“Ted” is so much fun!

I laughed from start to finish and really fell in love with the raucous, foul-mouthed computer animated little bear. He’s a bit of an anomaly, as he looks like a real cutie pie, until he opens his mouth! Then he comes across as “one of the boys” and it’s hard to believe that he is actually a teddy bear, and this is what makes this enjoyable comedy so unique!

The film begins in the mid 80’s when John Bennett  (Played by the yummy Mark  Wahlberg), was a solitary, bullied little boy. 

Anna Karenina

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2013

Anna Karenina – A classic Period Drama

When Shakespeare wrote “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players” he could well have been referring to the 2012 film version of Anna Karenina.  Director, Joe Wright, has successfully put a new spin on Tolstoy’s classic 1877 novel, (adapted for the screen by Tom Stoppard), as most of the action takes place on a stage, within the movie!

Les Miserables

Written by Joy Dembo on . Posted in 2013

Les Miserables is nothing short of a Masterpiece!

I often tell my kids that they are morons because they can watch a movie over and over and over.  With that in mind, I have entered the realm of the moronic because I have watch Les Mis twice and I could easily watch it again!

I am seldom this blown away by a movie, but this movie has everything!