Make ‘The Call’, you’ll be really glad you did

Halle Berry as "Jordan" in 'The Call'
Halle Berry as “Jordan” in ‘The Call’

[rating=3]Starring:  Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut, Michael Imperioli, Jose Zuniga and Roma Maffia
Director(s):  Brad Anderson
Writer(s):  Richard D’Ovidio (screenplay) and Richard D’Ovidio, Nicole D’Ovidio, and Joe BokenKamp (story)

Originally titled The Hive, The Call is the story of an emergency services dispatcher who makes a decision that she believes led to the death of a young woman and how she copes with it when a similar situation takes place later on.

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‘Cloud Atlas’ could have used a better guide

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in 'Cloud Atlas'
Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in ‘Cloud Atlas’

[rating=2]Starring: Doona Bae, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, James D’Arcy, Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess
Director(s): Tom Twyker, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Writer(s): Tom Twyker, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Are some books simply impossible to adapt? It’s one thing to make a disappointing film version of a beloved novel such as The Fountainhead or The Great Gatsby, where the story can be reproduced but the magic of the imagery or the interiority of ideas cannot. But can a book whose very essence depends on its literary structuring successfully morph into a two-dimensional, all-visual medium? Time can only tell with the adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

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‘X2: X-Men United’ is better than the original

The mutants are together again, with some new members, in 'X2: X-Men United'
The mutants are together again, with some new members, in ‘X2: X-Men United’

[rating=4]Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming
Director(s): Bryan Singer
Writer(s): Story by Zak Penn, David Hayter and Bryan Singer, Screenplay by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris and David Hayter

It’s rare that a sequel proves to outdo the original, but X2 does pull it off with flying colors. This is chiefly because it does everything that a sequel is supposed to do: Build on original, expand the story, move it forward and make it different.

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