Invictus by T. A. Moreland
It’s 1995; Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela became president of South Africa the year earlier after having spent 27 years in jail for leading the fight against Apartheid.
Invictus tells the story of how Mandela (Morgan Freeman) uses the South African rugby team, the Springboks, to help unite the country still reeling from decades of racial division. Continue reading
The Princess and the Frog by T. A. Moreland
From the time she was a little girl, Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), wanted to open her own restaurant. And her determination only grew with time.
As an adult she worked tirelessly as a waitress to save every penny she earned. One evening when it looked as if her goal was not going to be accomplished, she kissed a talking frog who promises her that he is a prince who could make all of her dreams come true. Continue reading
The Road by T. A. Morleand
Based upon a runaway 2006 bestselling novel, The Road tells the story of a father (Viggo Mortensen) and his son, (Kodi Smit-McPhee) traveling the country after some doomsday event has destroyed almost all plant and animal life.
Everyone they encounter is a threat. The father has a gun with only three bullets left. They cling to hope that there is a place where there is some sun and people don’t kill each other over scraps of food. Continue reading
2012 by T. A. Morleand
The ancient Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012. Some believe this fact foretells the end of the world on that date. This leads us to the story of movie 2012.
In the film, John Cusack plays Jackson Curtis, a would be author who makes ends meet by working as a chauffer in L.A. Just before the infamous day, he picks up his kids from his ex wife (Amanda Peet) for a weekend visit. Continue reading
Zombieland by T. A. Morleand
Zombies are back again. How many movies have there been about these dead but come back-to-life flesh eating freaks? In Zombieland mad cow disease has evolved into an illness that initially creates the Zombies. Continue reading
The Informant! by T. A. Moreland
He just wants to do the right thing. In the true story, set in the early ‘90s, Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) has had life of bad breaks and good outcomes as he tells people: his parents were killed in car accident when he was six – bad.
But he was adopted by a rich man – good. And because of his good fortune he owes it to the world to report the wrongdoings at his company, agricultural giant, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). Continue reading
Jennifer’s Body by T. A. Moreland
The notion of human sacrifices has been around since biblical days. And when a rock band comes to the rural town of Devil’s Kettle, they decide to look for a subject to be offered to the gods in exchange for fame and fortune.
They focus upon Jennifer (Megan Fox). They size her up as the typical small town flirt who is big on teasing but who is actually a virgin. The rules of the ritual are clear; female sacrifices have to be virgins. The rules are also say that things can go very wrong if the sacrificee turns out be a non virgin. Continue reading
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by T. A. Moreland
When the town’s main industry, sardine canning goes under, Flint Lockwood, (voice by Bill Hader) a young inventor, decides to come up with something to save the town.
His creates a machine that produces large quantities of different kinds of foods that rain down from the sky. Sam Sparks (voice by Anne Farris), is a weathergirl sent by a large national network to cover the phenomenon. Continue reading
All About Steve by T. A. Moreland
After reluctantly agreeing to going out on a date set up by their parents, Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock) and a guy she knows only as Steve (Bradley Cooper) have decidedly different takes on each other.
She’s immediately smitten and he thinks she’s a nut. He ends the date before they pull away from the curb in front of her house. But Mary didn’t take the hint. She loses her job as crossword puzzle constructor at a local newspaper when all the clues involve her new crush, Steve.
By T. A. Moreland
Visitors who have overstayed their welcome is one way to describe these aliens who have landed in South Africa.
Refugees from their own planet, these aliens are not especially sophisticated and not able to offer anything revolutionary or of great benefit to humans.