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David Vaughn Posted: Aug 22, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/miamivice.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>The title <i>Miami Vice</i> conjures up memories of the hit TV series from the 1980s, but this 2006 reincarnation is similar in name only. Its slow start develops into a more fast-action pace when a confidential informant contacts Crocket (Colin Farrell) and Tubbs (Jamie Fox) and lets them know that his cover was blown from "the inside." Forced to go undercover as drug and weapons runners, the pair attempt to get close enough to the cartel leader in order to bring him down.

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David Vaughn Posted: Aug 22, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/transformers.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Two competing factions from Cybertron&#151;the Autobots and Decepticons&#151;arrive on Earth seeking the Allspark, a device with enough power to save their planet. A human teenager (Shia LaBeouf) holds the key to where the Allspark is hidden, and unbeknownst to him, his recently purchased Camaro is an Autobot serving as his protector from the evil Decepticons until help can arrive.

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David Vaughn Posted: Aug 20, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/nightmare.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Bored with his perennial role as Halloween Town's frightening Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington discovers the cheerful village of Christmas Town. Determined to shake things up in Halloween Town, he schemes to kidnap Santa Clause and takes over the job of delivering gifts to the children himself. When his plan goes awry, Jack attempts to restore Santa to his rightful place, but he must first rescue him from the evil clutches of Oogie Boogie.

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David Vaughn Posted: Aug 20, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/Perfectstorm.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Based on the book by Sebastian Junger, <i>The Perfect Storm</i> centers around one of the deadliest storms in recorded history. In 1991, three weather fronts collided in the North Atlantic&#151;one of them being Hurricane Grace&#151;which caused swells 100 feet tall and winds that reached 160MPH.

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Kris Deering Posted: Aug 15, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4/5
Audio: 3.5/5
Extras: 2.75/5
Two strangers awaken together to discover they've gotten married following a night of debauchery in Sin City, and one of them has won a huge jackpot after playing the other's quarter. The newlyweds devise ever-escalating schemes to undermine each other and get their hands on the money - only to find themselves falling in love amid the mutual backstabbing.
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Kris Deering Posted: Aug 15, 2008 0 comments
Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 3.25/5
Extras: 2.5/5
Professor Lawrence Wetherhold might be imperiously brilliant, monumentally self-possessed and an intellectual giant - but when it comes to solving the conundrums of love and family, he's as downright flummoxed as the next guy. His collegiate son won't confide in him, his teenage daughter is an acid-tongued overachiever who follows all too closely in dad's misery-loving footsteps, and his adopted, preposterously ne'er-do-well brother has perfected the art of freeloading. A widower who can't seem to find passion in anything anymore, not even the Victorian Literature in which he's an expert, it seems Lawrence is sleepwalking through a very stunted middle age. When his brother shows up unexpectedly for an extended stay at just about the same time as he accidentally encounters his former student Janet, the circumstances cause him to stir from his deep, deep freeze, with often comical, sometimes heartbreaking, consequences for himself and everyone around him.
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Kris Deering Posted: Aug 15, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 3.25/5
A young photographer and his wife discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can never escape the past as a ghost continuously haunts them.
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Kris Deering Posted: Aug 15, 2008 0 comments
Video: 2.75/5
Audio: 3/5
Extras: 3/5
This groundbreaking film (the first independent ever to receive the top four Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director for Hector Babenco), adapted for the screen by Academy Award nominated screenwriter Leonard Schrader from Manuel Puig's novel set in a non-specific Latin American country, takes a penetrating look at the role of sex and politics under an oppressive right-wing regime. The timeless story, more relevant today than ever, follows the complex relationship between two distinctly different men with opposite views about life - building with powerful emotional crescendo as they gradually come together in a stunningly transcendental conclusion.
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Kris Deering Posted: Aug 15, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4/5
Audio: 3.75/5
Extras: 3.5/5
On their flight to Amsterdam Harold and Kumar are mistaken for terrorists and sent to Guantanamo Bay... but not for long. They bust out and go on a cross-country road trip to clear their names and win over their hotties! But first they'll have to outsmart the Feds outrun the Klan and enlist the help of a hallucinating Neil Patrick Harris. It's one wild ride with America's most wanted - and most wasted!
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Kris Deering Posted: Aug 15, 2008 0 comments
Video: 3.25/5
Audio: 3.5/5
Extras: 3/5
The sold-out concert event that rocked the nation is bursting onto Disney Blu-ray with a 3-D concert experience so real it's like having a backstage pass! "Make Some Noise" and get ready for the year's most eye-popping, dance-in-your-seat music experience. For the first time ever, Miley performs as herself and Hannah in the same epic show!
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 12, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/patton.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Released in 1970, <I>Patton</I> is the cream of the crop of World War II films released recently on Blu-ray by 20th Century Fox. The film won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. George C. Scott, in the title role, famously turned down the honor as he didn't believe in competing with other actors. That takes nothing away from one of the most compelling performances ever put on film.

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Kris Deering Posted: Aug 11, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4/5
Audio: 3.75/5
Extras: 3/5
Set on the westside of the Los Angeles fight world, a scene inhabited by bouncers, cage fighters, cops and special forces types, "Redbelt" is the story of Mike Terry, a Jiu-jitsu master who has avoided the prize fighting circuit, choosing to instead pursue a life of honor and education by operating a self-defense studio with a samurai's code. Terry and his wife Sondra struggle to keep the business running to make ends meet. An accident on a dark, rainy night, between an off duty officer and a distraught lawyer puts in motion a series of events that will change Terry's life dramatically introducing him to a world of promoters and movie star Chet Frank. In order to pay off his debts and regain his honor, Terry must step into the ring for the first time in his life.
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Kris Deering Posted: Aug 11, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4.25/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 3.75/5
A veteran cop finds himself ensnared in a deadly web of conspiracy and betrayal. Reeves stars as Tom Ludlow, a hard-nosed detective with a talent for delivering brutal street justice. When evidence implicates him in the murder of a fellow officer, the violence around Ludlow explodes as he realizes his own life is in danger and he can trust no one.
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Kris Deering Posted: Aug 11, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4/5
Audio: 4.25/5
Extras: 3.5/5
Nim Rusoe lives on a deserted island with her scientist father Jack and her best friends: Selkie, a sea lion; Fred, a bearded dragon lizard; and Galileo, a plucky pelican. But when Jack goes missing at sea and the island is "invaded," Nim reaches out via e-mail to the adventurous author of her favorite books, and together, each discovers what it takes to truly become the hero of your own life story.
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Kris Deering Posted: Aug 11, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4.25/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 3.75/5
When detectives Ricardo Tubbs and Sonny Crockett are asked to investigate the brutal murders of two federal agents, they find themselves pulled into the lethal world of drug traffickers.

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