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Kris Deering Posted: Feb 24, 2008 0 comments
Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 2.5/5
It is rare that a film completely catches me by surprise but this one surely did. It is rare that a film captures something that is near and dear to your heart and judging from the trailers for this I would never have thought this would be one that would. Dan In Real Life is a great story about finding love at the wrong time, with the wrong person and having it work you over. Dan meets that love and finds himself in a position I wouldn't wish upon anyone. Then for three days he suffers for your entertainment and the result is endearing, touching and extremely sweet. This is a great one for a date, a love or any time in between.
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Kris Deering Posted: Feb 22, 2008 0 comments
Video: 3/5
Audio: 3/5
Extras: 2/5
It seems like we've seen plenty of renditions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers over the years. Some have been quite good while others blend into the B-Movie pile. This one leans more toward the latter, though has its moments. The production style is slick, but most of the actors can't seem to rise about the weak script. The film moves along at a rather slow pace, which doesn't help either. In the end we’re given a premise that doesn't seem to make you care one way or another what happens, and a collection of solid A-list actors phoning it in.
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Kris Deering Posted: Feb 22, 2008 0 comments
Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 3/5
Extras: 2.5/5
My wife and I decided to give this one a spin the day before Valentine's Day. Advertised as a romantic comedy, we were a bit disappointed with the lack of romance in the film. Sure it has its moments, but this is really a drama about a chef with a hectic life trying to fit her Niece in after losing her Mom in a car accident. This is a rather serious tale and I liked the characters, but I think the ad campaign was a bit misleading and could leave those in the mood for a romantic comedy a bit disappointed. The film does have a good heart though and we both enjoyed it for what it was, a human drama with a sprinkle of warmth and charm.
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Kris Deering Posted: Feb 22, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 4/5
It is easy for great films to get passed over when they dwell on unpopular subjects. Such is the case with The Kingdom, an exceptional action thriller that has some unsettling political messages. The film follows a FBI team into the kingdom of Saudi Arabia after a bombing takes place in an America oil worker's compound. Things get out of hand though once the team gets on the ground. Director Peter Berg and producer Michael Mann deliver an intense political thriller that reminds me a lot of Mann's directorial efforts in intensity and production. There is a constant sense of tension through most of the film that escalates near the end to almost unsettling levels. The photography is also classic Mann style with tight angles and great character coverage. Despite not being that popular at the box office I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to any political action fan.
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Mike Mettler Posted: Jan 31, 2008 0 comments
Touchstone
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With Se

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Ken Korman Posted: Jan 21, 2008 0 comments
Universal
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These days, it's hard to do some

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Rad Bennett Posted: Jan 21, 2008 0 comments
20th Century Fox
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It's a major O

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Ken Korman Posted: Jan 21, 2008 0 comments
20th Century Fox
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One of last year's few bona fide sl

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Sol Louis Siegel Posted: Jan 14, 2008 0 comments
Kino
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Director Patrice Leconte's fine adaptation of a Geo

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Brandon Grafius Posted: Jan 04, 2008 0 comments
Warner
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The twisty plot of Ocean's Thirtee

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Rad Bennett Posted: Jan 04, 2008 0 comments
Disney/Pixar
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Rats can be a bit of a hard sell as heroes.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Jan 04, 2008 0 comments
The Criterion Collection
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A frien

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Rad Bennett Posted: Jan 04, 2008 0 comments
New Line
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Hairspray has quite an enduring and endearing his

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Josef Krebs Posted: Jan 04, 2008 0 comments

For standard DVD, Warner has collected five Stanley Kubrick classics in a Directors Series box - but on Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD, they're only available individually. Full Metal Jacket was released in high-def previously, so I'll stick to the four debuts.

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Tom Norton Posted: Dec 26, 2007 3 comments

Deckard is a Blade Runner. His job is to seek out and eliminate Replicants who….oh, never mind. If you need me to describe the plot of <I>Blade Runner</I> in detail then you must be new to the entire movie game. If you haven't seen it, you should discover it for yourself. And if your reaction is typical you'll likely be blown away by this new 5-disc HD DVD boxed set from Warner Brothers (also available on Blu-ray). (Much of this material is also available on a multi-disc DVD package, but be careful; the 4-disc standard DVD set omits the work print version of the film described below.)

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