Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)

Plot

Randall “Memphis” Raines (Nicolas Cage), a retired master car thief, is forced to return to Long Beach, California and his former trade to steal 50 cars in 72 hours for British crime boss Raymond “The Carpenter” Calitri (Christopher Eccleston), who has a strange hobby of making wooden furniture, including coffins. Raymond is threatening to kill Memphis’ younger brother, Kip (Giovanni Ribisi), in his car compactor, after Kip and his associates did not make the deadline to deliver the stolen cars. Memphis quickly reassembles his old crew including his mentor Otto (Robert Duvall), former girlfriend Sway (Angelina Jolie), former colleagues Donny (Chi McBride) and Sphinx (Vinnie Jones), and some of his younger brother’s associates. Continue reading

Without a Paddle (2004)

Plot

Ten years after graduating from high school, three friends, Jerry (Matthew Lillard), Dan (Seth Green) and Tom (Dax Shepard) find out that their childhood friend, Billy (Antony Starr), died in a para-sailing accident in Costa Rica. After the funeral and burial, they take a trip down memory lane and enter their tree house, where the four hung out when they were children. They also remember their past with their posters and collectibles. Jerry discovers a treasure chest under Billy’s bed. Inside, they find a map leading to D. B. Cooper’s lost treasure that Billy has apparently been working on his whole life. Dan takes a break from his job as a doctor and is forced to join Jerry and Tom on a camping trip to find the treasure. Continue reading

The Next Three Days (2010)

Plot

Lara Brennan (Banks) is convicted of murdering her boss after an altercation at work and after a trial is sentenced to life in prison. Following the failure of her appeal, Lara’s husband John Brennan (Crowe), a professor at a community college, becomes obsessed with the idea of breaking her out of jail, while their son Luke ceases to acknowledge her during their prison visits. Continue reading

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

Plot

Years before the events of the first film, Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), heir of the peacock clan that ruled Gongmen City in ancient China, sought to harness the power of fireworks as a weapon with which to rule the entire country. When he learned from the court’s goat soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh) that “a warrior of black-and-white” would one day defeat him, Shen assumed she was referring to a panda and exterminated much of the panda population to avert the prophecy. Shen’s parents were horrified at this atrocity and exiled Shen, who swore revenge. Continue reading

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Plot

In the present day, scientists in the Arctic uncover a circular object with a red, white and blue motif.

In March 1942, Nazi officer Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving) and his men invade T√łnsberg, Norway, to steal a mysterious tesseract possessing untold powers. Meanwhile in New York City, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is rejected for World War II military duty because of various health and physical issues. While attending an exhibition of future technologies with his friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Rogers again attempts to enlist. Overhearing Rogers’ conversation with Barnes about wanting to help in the war, Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) allows Rogers to enlist. He is recruited as part of a “super-soldier” experiment under Erskine, Colonel Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones), and British agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Phillips is unconvinced by Erskine’s claims that Rogers is the right person for the procedure, but relents after seeing Rogers commit an act of self-sacrificing bravery. The night before the treatment, Erskine reveals to Rogers that Schmidt underwent an imperfect version of the procedure and suffered side-effects. Continue reading