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David Vaughn Posted: Feb 02, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/vicky.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) venture to Barcelona for a summer holiday when they meet a charming man, Juan Antonio Gonzalo (Javier Bardem), a local painter who offers to act as a tour guide&#151;among other things. A love triangle develops, and to further complicate matters, Juan's ex-wife Maria (Penlope Cruz) enters the picture.

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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 31, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4.25/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 2.5/5
In the fifth installment of the "Saw" franchise, Detective Hoffman is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. But when his secret is threatened, he must go on the hunt to eliminate all loose ends.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 31, 2009 0 comments
Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 3.5/5
Extras: 2/5
Reese Witherspoon is Tracy Flick, a straight "A" go-getter who's determined to be president of Carver High's student body. But when popular teacher Jim McAllister observes the zealous political locomotive that is Tracy, he decides to derail her obsessive overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate - with disastrous results!
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 31, 2009 0 comments
Video: 5/5
Audio: 5/5
Extras: 3.5/5
Max Payne is a maverick cop with little regard for rules and nothing left to lose. Hell-bent on revenge, he's determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murder of his family, but his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmarish journey where dark fantasy collides with stark reality. As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world...and face an unthinkable betrayal that will drive him to the edge of his own sanity.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 31, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4/5
Audio: 4.25/5
Extras: 3.5/5
"Hulk Vs. Wolverine": Alberta, Canada. The Incredible Hulk has been tearing a line across the Canadian countryside, leaving a swath of destruction in his wake. He has to be stopped, and there's only one man up to the job. He's the best there is at what he does, but what he does isn't very nice. He's Wolverine, an elite agent of Canada's top secret Department H, and he's been put on Hulk's trail with a single objective: stop the green goliath...at all costs. Hulk and Wolverine are about to enter the fiercest battle of their lives.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 31, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4.25/5
Extras: 2.5/5
Inspired by the true life experiences of its title character, "Antwone Fisher" tells the compelling story of a troubled sailor who is ordered to see a naval psychiatrist about his volatile temper. Little does he know that his first step into the doctor's office will lead him on a remarkable emotional journey to confront his painful past and connect with the family he never knew.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 31, 2009 0 comments
Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 2.5/5
Halftime is party time in this high-energy comedy about a gifted street drummer who snares the top spot in a university marching band - but quickly discovers it takes more than talent to succeed.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 31, 2009 0 comments
Video: 2.5/5
Audio: 3/5
Extras: 3.5/5
Something very strange is happening in the quiet coastal village of Potters Bluff, where tourists and transients are warmly welcomed... then brutally murdered. But even more shocking is when these slain strangers suddenly reappear as normal, friendly citizens around town. Now the local sheriff and an eccentric mortician must uncover the horrific secret of a community where some terrifying traditions are alive and well... and no one is ever really DEAD & BURIED.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 31, 2009 0 comments
Video: 3.75/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3.75/5
At the 50-year line of this gridiron cosmos is Al Pacino as Tony D'Amato, the embattled Sharks coach facing a full-on blitz of team strife plus a new, marketing-savvy sharks owner who's sure Tony is way too old school. An injured quarterback, a flashy, bull-headed backup quarterback, a slithery team doctor and a running back with an incentive-laden contract also provide some of the stories that zigzag like diagrams in a playbook.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 25, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4.25/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 2/5
Four cops down: two dead, two likely. An NYPD drug bust has gone horribly wrong, and Detective Ray Tierney heads the investigating task force. He already has ties to this case. His brother was commander of the ambushed officers. His brother-in-law, a fellow officer, often partnered with them. The more Ray uncovers, the more those family ties are tested. And the more the fraternal order starts to fray.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 25, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4.25/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 4/5
"Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" is a comedy about two people thrust together for one hilarious, sleepless night of adventure in a world of mix tapes, late-night living and live, loud music. Nick (Michael Cera) frequents New York's indie rock scene nursing a broken heart and a vague ability to play the bass. Norah (Kat Dennings) is questioning pretty much all of her assumptions about the world. Though they have nothing in common except for their taste in music, their chance encounter leads to an all-night quest to find a legendary band's secret show and ends up becoming the first date in a romance that could change both their lives.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 25, 2009 0 comments
Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3.75/5
Smart, beautiful and headstrong, Alexis is the girl of Dustin's dreams. But after only five weeks of dating, the love-struck Dustin is coming on so strong that Alexis is forced to slow things down - permanently. Devastated and desperate to get her back, Dustin turns to his best friend, Tank, the rebound specialist. A master at seducing - and offending - women, Tank gets hired by freshly dumped guys to take their ex-girlfriends out on the worst date of their lives - an experience so horrible it sends them running gratefully back to their beaus. But when Tank works his magic on Alexis, he ends up meeting the challenge of a lifetime. Alexis is the first girl who knows how to call his bluff, and Tank soon finds himself torn between his loyalty to Dustin and a strange new attraction to his best friend's girl.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 25, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3.5/5
Henry Poole is a disillusioned man who attempts to hide from life only to discover he cannot escape the forces of hope. Shattered by circumstances beyond his control, Henry Poole settles in to suburban isolation, but his well-meaning busybody neighbor destroys his exile when she discovers a mysterious stain on Henry's stucco wall that is seen to have miraculous powers. With the help of the beautiful young divorcee next door, and her daughter Millie, Henry finds himself gradually drawn back towards life as he realizes his plan to live out his days in quiet desperation is going to be much harder than he ever imagined.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 25, 2009 0 comments
Video: 3.25/5
Audio: 3/5
Extras: 3.5/5
Terror and suspense abound in this 24-hour nightmare of blood. Camp Crystal Lake has been shuttered for over 20 years due to several vicious and unsolved murders. The camp's new owner and seven young counselors are readying the property for re-opening despite warnings of a "death curse" by local residents. The curse proves true on "Friday The 13th" as one by one each of the counselors is stalked by a violent killer.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 25, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4.75/5
Audio: 5/5
Extras: 3.5/5
"Domino" presents an entertaining mix of gritty action and a sharp visual style. The film is inspired by the life of Domino Harvey, a former model who rejected her privileged Beverly Hills life to become a bounty hunter.

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