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GRITZ Movie Reviews: Eagle Eye, Nick & Norah, Lakeview Terrace

Posted: Oct 06, 2008

Steven Spielberg taps into the whole “big brother is watching you” thing and multiplies it to infinity and beyond in this sci-fi thriller.

One of the hottest young actors in Hollywood, Shia LaBeouf stars as Jerry Shaw alongside Michelle Monaghan as Rachel Holloman, two people whose lives are thrown together by someone (or something) that is pushing then through one challenge after another that leads to a surprising and thrilling conclusion. I don’t want to give too much away. It would be really easy to create a spoiler here.

Billy Bob Thornton is excellent as the FBI Anti-Terrorism Task Force leader who is in hot pursuit of Shaw and Holloman who literally have to fight for their lives to make it through the movie in one piece. Billy Bob is determined to get to the bottom of the whole mysterious series of events, leading to a showdown that is one of the best I have seen of late.



The multi-talented Billy Bob Thornton.


Michael Cera has become quite a hot property in Hollywood with the huge success of Superbad and Juno, and he once again shoots and scores as Nick, the only straight guy in an all gay rock band who is hopelessly in love with a popular high school chick. They dated for a while, but are now broken up, but Nick still pines for her.

Enter Kat Dennings as Norah, a girl who possesses true beauty. She’s not one of the popular girls, but she is much more, and just what the doctor ordered for Nick. Their one magic night in New York seeking the mysterious band Fluffy and searching for their drunken, lost friend Caroline (Ari Graynor) pushes the couple together in Norah’s Dad’s recording studio (the historic Electric Lady Studios) and a happy ending is forged.

A fun movie with a rocking soundtrack.



BABE WATCH - True beauty, Kat Dennings as Norah.


Samuel L. Jackson is one of my favorite actors, but it was really hard watching him play the role of a racist cop who gets crazy when an interracial couple (Kerry Washington and Patrick Wilson) move into his L.A. neighborhood, right next door.

Sam sets about terrorizing the couple in a no holds barred effort to run them out of the neighborhood. It’s a psychological thriller in the vein of Arlington Road, and a very intriguing film.


-Reviews by Michael Buffalo Smith



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tuckerhead says...

Billy Bob is the man and I love The Boxmasters!

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