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Added by Chani on 16 Jul 2009 12:04
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People who added this item 2100 Average listal rating (1268 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Changeling (2008)
A very absorbing drama.. all the more so because it is based on true events.
Incredible performance from Angelina Jolie (especially the scene where Christine confronts Gordon Northcott after he requests to meet with her). Great performances all round and a movie well worth watching.
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People who added this item 2261 Average listal rating (1454 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
The contrast of a coming-of-age love story (of sorts) and a chilling vampire tale, which I found entrancing. Characters that are easy to connect with & scenes that can chill you without being excessively violent or gory.
A beautiful movie, both visually & story-wise.

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People who added this item 1257 Average listal rating (783 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Doubt (2008)
Riveting dialogue, perfect casting (loved Meryl Streep particularly in this) and a story which seems quite simple on the surface but actually keeps you wondering throughout & has an unexpected little twist in it.
A compelling drama.
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People who added this item 2845 Average listal rating (1894 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Coraline (2009)
Wonderfully kooky animated film & has a dark twist. Loved this movie visually ~ one of my new faves.
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People who added this item 1425 Average listal rating (907 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Valkyrie (2008)
A solid & most interesting story. I had never heard of 'Operation Valkyrie' before I watched this (.. asleep during my history lessons maybe) but I think I was glued to the screen with this movie. Stellar casting aswell.
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People who added this item 4030 Average listal rating (2663 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
Brilliantly shot & told story.. it has realistic drama, is really funny in places aswell as a being a love story. The kids in this film are fantastic to watch too.
Yep.. I join the hype with this one.
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People who added this item 5476 Average listal rating (3801 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.4
a couple or so scenes containing long & almost tiresome dialogue.. but don't let that put you off as I found this movie hugely entertaining.
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People who added this item 4803 Average listal rating (3336 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Up (2009)
A beautiful and 'different' intro for an animated movie, this grabs you by the heart practically before the adventure has started. Visually wonderful, cute characters.. brilliant family film.
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People who added this item 3203 Average listal rating (2200 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
A very entertaining sci-fi flick with a well-made mock documentary style filming. The plot is familiar yet done with a unique twist. The effects and action are great to watch (though I didn't care for the slow intro).
Overall.. very enjoyable to watch.
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People who added this item 2193 Average listal rating (1460 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Surprisingly much better than I anticipated.
This is a gritty, realistic and intense war film that doesn't feed you anything other than 'this is what an army bomb squad stationed in Iraq may endure on day-to-day basis' (i.e. no politics, blame or bias!)
Great filming & excellent performances.
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People who added this item 5438 Average listal rating (3790 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.4
WALL·E (2008)
Brilliantly animated, adorable characters & an engaging and emotive story - all this from an animated movie ~ wow!
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Lovely both visually and by way of story-telling - and this is a long story. I liked the aging effects & the chemistry on-screen between Brad Pitt & Cate Blanchett.
Quite a beautiful film overall.
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People who added this item 3147 Average listal rating (2133 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Gran Torino (2008)
Powerful & memorable film - incredibly watchable as the story unfolds and a great ending. What a performance from Clint Eastwood!
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People who added this item 807 Average listal rating (537 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1
Bronson (2009)
Outstanding performance from Tom Hardy ~ he captures the much talked about idea of Charles Bronson as a cocky fame-seeking hardman.
This wasn't what I expected, nor may have you - an amusing rather than out & out brutal movie with an unusual but striking filming style. A one-man theatrical show in more ways than I'd have guessed.
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People who added this item 2283 Average listal rating (1528 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
Brilliant performance from Mickey Rourke as 'The Ram' - a wrestler forced into early retirement and a man having difficulty adjusting to life outside the ring.
I didn't expect to like this movie but the emotional story, great acting (Marisa Tomei & Evan Rachel Wood included) & realistic feel made this movie very immersive.
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People who added this item 1559 Average listal rating (1027 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.5
A teen horror movie with some biting humour.
I thought this was well cast and fun to watch, pretty much what I expected having seen the trailer (if you don't like the trailer - don't watch!).
Overall, quite entertaining.
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People who added this item 407 Average listal rating (177 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
This movie is loosely based on a period in the life of poet Dylan Thomas. Engaging story with great performances from the cast. Visually captive too.
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People who added this item 734 Average listal rating (478 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Defiance (2009)
Convincing performances from Daniel Craig & Liev Schreiber & an interesting plot meant it was easy to become immersed in this movie. Not action-packed but great 'based on true events' story-telling.
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People who added this item 2663 Average listal rating (1613 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
Much slower paced than I anticipated but very watchable due to it's great cast and performances. Less of an action-packed gangster film too, mainly due to the focus given to Dillinger's relationship with his girlfriend, but a very good movie all the same.
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People who added this item 3873 Average listal rating (2668 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
The Hangover (2009)
A comedy movie with a story worth watching! Due to the plot there are many unexpected laughs. The actors well-suit their characters - the funniest being quirky 'Alan' (Zach Galifianakis) and the hilarious 'Mr. Chow' (Ken Jeong).
Decent film.

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People who added this item 930 Average listal rating (576 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
Martyrs (2008)
Definitely not for the faint-hearted!
Some of the first scenes were quite gory and violent. The second half of the movie drags & is very hard to watch - the story twists and becomes quite sadistic. A movie that is disturbing & relentless.. and has an incredibly frustrating ending.
Good performances from the cast though.
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People who added this item 179 Average listal rating (101 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1
A subtle sort of chick-flick - set in Beirut - with a strong set of female characters and predominant themes of love and friendship (touches on cultural/religious traditions too, but this doesn't overpower the film).
I liked the backdrop, humour and overall found this movie quite touching.
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People who added this item 1489 Average listal rating (1010 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.2
This story sets a good pace throughout and has great (disturbing!) special effects. I like the fact that these kind of movies have more scare-tactics than your average horror. Predictable but conclusive ending.
Very entertaining ~ a good ride.
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People who added this item 662 Average listal rating (432 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.3
Dead Snow (2009)
Great setting, I liked the creepy looking 'Nazi zombies' and I find that European movies do adrenaline pumping scenes better than most! An equal dose of fear & humour from this Norwegian horror.
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People who added this item 2103 Average listal rating (1398 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
A slow-paced, memorable and intelligent sci-fi movie with a difference.
Sam Rockwell is very much a brilliant one-man show, with Kevin Spacey as his (man-voiced) machine sidekick - and they both draw you into this film where nothing is quite what it seems.
One that makes you think!
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People who added this item 2058 Average listal rating (1388 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.3
How frustratingly disappointing! So slow & boring at the start, I actually fast-forward all the talking & messing with the camera just to watch the 'scary parts' lol. The best of this movie happens towards the ending (skip the rest!)... one overhyped movie that I won't be jumping on the bandwagon to recommend.
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People who added this item 1064 Average listal rating (702 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.8
Gamer (2009)
A fast-paced action movie, lively futuristic environment - but a basic plot seen before in the likes of 'The Condemned' and 'Death Race'. Expect plenty of violence & some (in my opinion) distasteful scenes.
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People who added this item 944 Average listal rating (612 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.2
Another installment to the 'Final Destination' films - only not as good as the other movies. I found the plot quite lazy and the 3D isn't effective on dvd (far too animated).
Not awful but not great either.
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People who added this item 2135 Average listal rating (1356 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.9
A very cute and enjoyable film with plenty of humour to keep a range of ages amused.. good addition to the previous Ice Age movies.
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Completely outdoes the first movie in terms of awesome effects. That being the best reason to watch this (and if you are/were a fan of the cartoon). Very comical too. Minor flaws? - the fact that every shot of Megan Fox is clearly there for the eye-candy factor, and the length of the film is a little bit bum-numbing.
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People who added this item 1530 Average listal rating (969 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
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Creative visually, this is a dark cyberpunk-style animation aimed at adults/older kids (not for the little ones).
Fun to watch but the plot had more potential.
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People who added this item 1176 Average listal rating (757 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
An impressive prequal to the Underworld movies.
This has a simple but enjoyable plot and explains the history of the follow-up movies well, good effects/action scenes too. I also liked the love element to the story.
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People who added this item 2147 Average listal rating (1436 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.5
Positives? Lively effects and an action-packed ride, follows on with the original plot well.
Negatives? Very predictable & too similar to Transformers (which is fine for Transformers but not for a Terminator film, if you get me).
Entertaining ~ but Terminator 2 is still the best in this franchise!
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People who added this item 1517 Average listal rating (1016 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
Great to see the original cast back (despite the brief Michelle Rodriguez!). If you enjoyed the first movie (the 2nd/3rd too?) this shouldn't disappoint - Cool guys, fast cars & an action-packed film.
Back to it's best.
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People who added this item 2977 Average listal rating (2108 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
Star Trek (2009)
I'm not a Star Trek fan but I appreciated this movie for it's casting and easy-to-follow story. Good effects and quite enjoyable.
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People who added this item 889 Average listal rating (635 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4
A decent though unoriginal thriller. John Travolta's dramatic 'bad guy' vs. 'good guy' Denzel Washington making this very watchable.
Entertaining enough.
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People who added this item 3606 Average listal rating (2501 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Watchmen (2009)
A comic-book adaptation for adults.
Visually - cool, as is the soundtrack. I liked the characters but the story I have mixed feelings about - great in places, boring in others (plus irrelevant scenes could have been taken out to shorten this LONG movie). Good, but wouldn't watch again.
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People who added this item 1681 Average listal rating (1127 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.9
An animated film with an imaginative & fun food theme to the story aswell as good effects.
A likeable kids movie.
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People who added this item 1058 Average listal rating (724 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
Role Models (2008)
A modern comedy with the usual silliness, swearing & sex jokes.. and Bobb'e J. Thompson as Ronnie, a kid who has some of the funniest lines!
This also has a positive 'message' but isn't too saccharine in it's delivery. Much better than I expected.
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People who added this item 1122 Average listal rating (727 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Body of Lies (2008)
A movie that snuck under the radar - I watched this by chance (hadn't really heard of it) & found it really worth the watch. Great performance from Leonardo DiCaprio and a plot with enough twists to keep you entertained.
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People who added this item 1480 Average listal rating (945 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
A familiar plot but this thriller gradually builds into an effectively creepy movie with a twist that only seems likely *just before* it is revealed (so I found anyway!). Somewhat similiar to The Children only this is much more entertaining, has good performances and the story is better!
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People who added this item 993 Average listal rating (588 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
A story that really draws you in - similar to a child's fairytale only with a more grown-up theme. Visually great & I adored Catinca Untaro - the child actress in this, her friendship with actor Lee Pace throughout the movie was brilliant.
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People who added this item 1864 Average listal rating (1107 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
War from a child's perspective.
On the surface the plot is very simple and yet completely heartbreaking at the same time - what an ending!
A unique film that is effective without being brutal.
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People who added this item 4153 Average listal rating (2886 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.3
Never has teen romance been so alluring since Romeo & Juliet, even with this vampire twist. Good choices for the lead roles and the story was simple but well played out.
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People who added this item 811 Average listal rating (463 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
A realistic portrait of a flawed family, trying to enjoy the happiness of a wedding whilst dealing with simmering tensions and conflict. Great performances - notably Anne Hathaway as protagonist 'Kym'.
A strong mix of characters and a story which is a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
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Quite similar to Rachel Getting Married by way of story, and Kristin Scott Thomas gives a great performance depicting the range of emotions newly released ex-prisoner 'Juliette' feels whilst adjusting to life (and people) on the outside.
The ending isn't unpredictable, but this is a good melancholy drama.
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People who added this item 1384 Average listal rating (832 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
Australia (2008)
A melodramatic film consisting of adventure & love & a small dose of aboriginal culture. Visually impressive, good characters & story (a bit bum-numbing though!).
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People who added this item 1666 Average listal rating (1125 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.5
Much more comedic than I expected. The story was good but with a very predictable ending, this sometimes reminded me of the 'Final Destination' films. Scary in places (decent 'jump factor') but overall very entertaining.
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People who added this item 132 Average listal rating (83 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.1
Grace (2009)
'UNSETTLING' - the best word to describe this movie. Good acting, decent atmosphere, not excessively horrifying.. but very creepy & weird, with scenes that are uncomfortable to watch.
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People who added this item 561 Average listal rating (393 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.3
A leave-your-brain-at-the-door comedy that looked plain silly on it's trailer, and it is, but I also found it unexpectedly quite funny! I liked it more than I wanted to!!
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