Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) Review

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (delivered in the United States and India as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) is a 2001 dream movie coordinated by Chris Columbus and circulated by Warner Bros. Pictures, in light of J. K. Rowling's 1997 novel of a similar name.

Created by David Heyman and screenplay by Steve Kloves, it is the main portion of the Harry Potter film arrangement. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, with Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger. Its story follows Harry Potter's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as he finds that he is a renowned wizard and starts his schooling.

Warner Bros. purchased the film rights to the book in 1999 for a revealed £1 million ($1.65 million). Creation started in the United Kingdom in 2000, with Chris Columbus being picked to make the movie from a waitlist of chiefs that included Steven Spielberg and Rob Reiner.

Rowling demanded that the whole cast be British, with the three leads picked in August 2000 after open projecting calls. The film was taken shots at Leavesden Film Studios and noteworthy structures around the United Kingdom, from September 2000 to March 2001.

The film was delivered to films in the United Kingdom and United States on 16 November 2001. It turned into a basic and business achievement, earning $974 million in the cinema world overall during its underlying run, and over $1 billion with ensuing re-discharges. It turned into the most elevated netting film of 2001 and the second most elevated earning film at that point.

The movie was assigned for some, grants, including Academy Awards for Best Original Score, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. It was trailed by seven continuations, starting with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in 2002 and finishing with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 out of 2011, almost ten years after the primary film's delivery.

Jarhead (2005) Review

Jarhead is a 2005 American biographical war drama film based on U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford's 2003 memoir of the same name. The film was directed by Sam Mendes, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Swofford with Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard, Lucas Black, and Chris Cooper. Jarhead chronicles Swofford's life story and his military service in the Gulf War.
The film was released on November 4, 2005, by Universal Pictures. Upon release, the film received mixed reviews and was a box office disappointment, grossing $97 million against a budget of $72 million. Despite the film's mixed response, it spawned a film series of four films.
"Jarhead" is a slang term used to refer to U.S. Marines.
In 1989, Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, whose father served in the earlier Vietnam War (1961-1975), attends United States Marine Corps recruit training before being stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. Claiming that he joined the military because he "got lost on the way to college", Swofford finds his time at Camp Pendleton difficult, and struggles to make friends. While Swofford feigns illness to avoid his responsibilities, a "lifer", Staff Sergeant Sykes, takes note of his potential and orders Swofford to attend his Scout Sniper course.
After gruelling training, the Scout Sniper course is left with eight candidates, among them Swofford, now a sniper, and Swofford's roommate Corporal Alan Troy who becomes his spotter. When Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invades neighboring Kuwait, Swofford's unit is deployed to the Arabian Peninsula as a part of "Operation Desert Shield" in the Gulf War (1990–1991).
Eager for combat, the Marines find themselves bored with remedial training, constant drills, and a routine monotony that feeds their boredom, and prompts them to talk about the unfaithful girlfriends and wives waiting for them at home. They even erect a bulletin board featuring photographs and brief notes telling what perfidies the women had committed (known in military slang as a "Jodie Wall").

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) Review

Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American tragicomedy road film and the directorial debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
The screenplay was written by first-time writer Michael Arndt. The film stars Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, and Alan Arkin, and was produced by Big Beach Films on a budget of US$8 million.
Filming began on June 6, 2005, and took place over 30 days in Arizona and Southern California.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2006, and its distribution rights were bought by Fox Searchlight Pictures for one of the biggest deals made in the history of the festival.
The film had a limited release in the United States on July 26, 2006, and later expanded to a wider release starting on August 18.
Little Miss Sunshine was an overwhelming box office success, earning $101 million, and was praised mainly for the performances, screenplay and humor. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won two: Best Original Screenplay for Michael Arndt and Best Supporting Actor for Alan Arkin. It also won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and received numerous other accolades.

Gangster Squad (2013) Review

Gangster Squad is a 2013 American action crime film directed by Ruben Fleischer, written by Will Beall, and starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña, and Sean Penn. Set in 1949, the plot is a fictionalized account of the LAPD officers and detectives, called the 'Gangster Squad', who attempt to keep Los Angeles safe from Mickey Cohen and his gang.
After the script spent several years on the Black List, production of the film began in September 2011 around Los Angeles, lasting through December. The film was originally set to be theatrically released September 7, 2012, but in the wake of the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting the film was pushed back to a January 11, 2013 release date by Warner Bros. to accommodate re-shoots, which took place in August 2012.
Gangster Squad received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the cast and production values but criticized the thinly-written characters. The movie grossed $105 million worldwide.
In 1949 Los Angeles, Mafia boss Mickey Cohen has become the most powerful figure in the California criminal underworld and intends to expand his criminal enterprise to Chicago and New York City. The LAPD has not been able to stop Cohen's ruthless rise, as he has eliminated witnesses, hired dirty cops to protect his criminal activities, and shielded himself from prosecution through corruption in the justice system.
Determined to put a stop to Cohen, LAPD Chief Bill Parker creates a secret police unit, composed of officers who do not carry badges and are authorized to act outside of the law, with the sole mission of bringing Cohen to justice. Parker puts a trusted friend, Sergeant John O'Mara, in charge of secretly building the unit.
With the help of his wife, Connie, he recruits Sergeant Jerry Wooters and four incorruptible misfit officers – black Lieutenant Coleman Harris, electronics expert and family man Conwell Keeler, sharpshooter Max Kennard, and Kennard's Hispanic protégé Navidad Ramirez. Calling themselves the "Gangster Squad", they begin the task of destroying Cohen's operations.

Remember Me (2010) Review

Remember Me is a 2010 American romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Allen Coulter, and screenplay by Will Fetters. It stars Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, and Pierce Brosnan. It received negative reviews from critics, mainly due to the ending.
In New York City in 1991, Alyssa "Ally" Craig is waiting with her mother for the subway, when they are mugged by two young men, who shoot her mother after boarding the train.
Ten years later, Ally is a student at New York University (NYU), and lives with her father, Neil, a New York Police Department detective. Tyler Hawkins audits classes at NYU and works at the university bookstore. He has a strained relationship with his workaholic businessman father, Charles, because his older brother, Michael, died by suicide years before. Charles ignores his youngest child, Caroline, of whom Tyler is protective.
One night, with his roommate, Aidan, Tyler gets involved in somebody else's fight, and is arrested by Neil. Aidan calls Charles to bail Tyler out, but he does not stick around to have a conversation with his father. Aidan sees Neil dropping Ally off, realizing that she is his daughter. He approaches Tyler with the idea to get back at the detective by persuading him to sleep with and dump Ally.
Tyler and Ally go to dinner, kiss at the end of the night, and continue seeing one another. While at Tyler's apartment, Aidan convinces the pair to go to a party, after which Ally is very drunk, and ends up throwing up.
She passes out before Tyler can get her to tell him Neil's phone number. The following day, she and her father argue. Neil slaps her, and Ally flees back to Tyler's apartment.

Sunshine (2007) Review

Sunshine is a 2007 science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Alex Garland. Taking place in the year 2057, the story follows a group of astronauts on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun.
The ensemble cast features Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh, Cliff Curtis, Troy Garity, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, and Chipo Chung. The director cast a group of international actors for the film, and had the actors live together and learn about topics related to their roles, as a form of method acting.
The film was a co-production between the motion picture studios of Moving Picture Company, DNA Films, UK Film Council, and Ingenious Film Partners. Theatrically, it was commercially distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, while the 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment division released the film in the video rental market. Sunshine explores physics, science and religion. Following its wide release in theatres, the film garnered several award nominations for its acting, directing, and production merits. It also won an award for Best Technical Achievement for production designer Mark Tildesley from the British Independent Film Awards. The film score was composed by John Murphy and was released by the Fox Music Group on 25 November 2008.
Previous science fiction films that Boyle cited as influences included Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 film Solaris, and Ridley Scott's 1979 science-fiction horror film Alien. Sunshine was released in the United Kingdom on 6 April 2007 and in the United States on 20 July 2007. The film took £3.2 million in the UK over twelve weeks, and in the USA it was placed no. 13 in the box office on the first weekend of its wide release. With a budget of US$40 million, it ultimately grossed US$32 million worldwide.
Preceding its initial screening to the public, the film was generally met with positive critical reviews, but was not considered a box office success. Widescreen DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film, also including the hi-definition theatrical trailer, scene selections, and director's commentary among other highlights, were released in the United States on 8 January 2008.

Flipped (2010) Review

Flipped is a 2010 American romantic comedy-drama film co-written and directed by Rob Reiner, and based on Wendelin Van Draanen's 2001 novel of the same name. Starring Callan McAuliffe, Madeline Carroll, Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards, John Mahoney, Penelope Ann Miller, Aidan Quinn, and Kevin Weisman, the film tells the story of two eighth graders who start to have feelings for each other, despite being total opposites.
Flipped was released in theaters in the United States on August 6, 2010 by Warner Bros. Pictures. It garnered mixed reviews from critics, and was a box office bomb, grossing $4.3 million against a $14 million budget.
In 1957, second-grader Bryce Loski first moves in and meets Julianna "Juli" Baker. When they look into each other's eyes, Juli knows it’s love, but Bryce isn't so sure and tries to avoid her.
Four years later in 1961, Bryce tries to get rid of Juli by dating Sherry Stalls, whom Juli finds unreliable. However, his best friend Garrett takes an interest in Sherry and eventually tells her the truth about the advice, therefore not taking it too well. After Juli finds out they broke up, she thinks she could have him back, but they reconsider their own choices as time goes on.
Chet Duncan, Bryce's grandfather, moves in to live with the family. At one point, Juli falls in love with a large, old sycamore tree, but her relationship doesn't last long after the tree itself is cut down, much to her dismay. However, her father gives her a painting of the same kind of tree, causing her to overcome her distress. Juli is hurt when she finds out Bryce has been throwing away the eggs she offered, out of fear of salmonella. Chet helps Juli fix up her yard, while Bryce begins to develop feelings for Juli.
After Juli returns home from visiting her mentally-disabled uncle Daniel, she overhears Bryce supporting Garrett's badmouthing of her, causing her to stop having any interest in him.
The Loskis invite the Bakers over for dinner and once arriving there, Juli confronts Bryce about what he did and eventually rejects him. After dinner, she apologizes for her behavior. Bryce has mixed feelings afterwards, since he isn't forgiven and she doesn't care enough to hold a grudge.