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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 11, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 3.5/5
As darkness descends over the flatlands of West Texas every Friday from September through December, a dazzling, disorienting glow, visible on the stark horizon for miles around, ignites the blackened sky. Looming over the landscape, Ratliff Stadium, the country's biggest high school football field, overflows with 20,000 spectators, their voices raised in the trademark chant: "MO-JO! MO-JO! MO-JO!" Since their first season in 1959, the Panthers established themselves as the most successful football program not only in Texas, but in the entire country. Now, in the last days of summer of 1988, the Permian High School Panthers of Odessa, Texas begin the season with one thing on their minds...winning their fifth state championship in their 30-year history.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 11, 2009 0 comments
Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3/5
Dexter is a crime drama about Dexter Morgan, a man who leads a double life as an incredibly likeable forensics expert for the Miami Police Department and as an emotionless vigilante serial killer. Taught by his foster father to harness his lust for blood and killing, Dexter lives by his own strict moral code - he only kills murderers who can't otherwise be brought to justice. Dexter is a killer who grapples with fitting into society while, at the same time, he struggles with his inability to feel emotion. The irony of Dexter's life is that he works closely as a blood splatter analyst with the very people who hunt his kind - the homicide department.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 11, 2009 0 comments
Video: 3/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3/5
Lloyd and Harry. One's dumb, the other's dumber. You pick which is which. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels deliver a delirious no-brainer as they hit the road to return a misplaced briefcase to its owner. The fellas don't know that case is crammed with ransom money. Maybe that's why the smash mouth lowlifes are trailing them, you think?
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 11, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4/5
Audio: 2.5/5
Extras: 4/5
"The Day The Earth Stood Still" depicts the arrival of an alien dignitary, Klaatu, who has come to earth with his deadly robot, Gort , to deliver the message that earthlings must stop warring among themselves - or else. After being shot at by military guards, Klaatu is brought to a Washington, D.C. hospital, where he begs a sympathetic but frank Major White to gather all the world's leaders so he can tell them more specifically what he has come to warn them about. Losing patience, Klaatu slips into the human world, adapting a false identity and living at a boarding house where he meets a smart woman with a conscience and her inquisitive son. Both mother and son soon find themselves embroiled in the complex mystery of Klaatu, his message and the government's witch hunt for the alien.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 11, 2009 0 comments
Video: 3.75/5
Audio: 4.25/5
Extras: 3.5/5
In Marshal Virgil Cole and deputy Everett Hitch's line of work, you shoot quick, you shoot clean, and you reload straightaway. No remorse. No looking back. No feelings. Feelings get you killed. Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen stand together as longtime friends and for-hire peacekeepers Cole and Hitch in this character-driven, bullet-hard Western based on Robert B. Parkers novel. As the woman who arrives in town with only a dollar and a keen sense of survival, Renee Zellweger adds feelings - those things that get you killed - to a quest to bring murderer Randall Bragg to justice.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 06, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3.5/5
When straight-arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton investigates a dangerous international conspiracy responsible for a prison break in Yemen, a bombing in Nice and a raid in London, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn. But a tangle of contradictory evidence emerges, forcing Clayton to question whether his suspect is a disaffected former military operative - or something far more complicated. Obsessed with discovering the truth, Clayton tracks Horn across the globe as the elusive ex-soldier burrows deeper and deeper into a world of shadows and intrigue.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 06, 2009 0 comments
Video: 5/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3.5/5
After 30 years as partners in the pressure cooker environment of the NYPD, highly decorated Detectives "Turk" and "Rooster" should be ready for retirement. But, before they can hang up their badges, they are called in to investigate the murder of a notorious pimp, which appears to have ties to a case they solved years before.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 06, 2009 0 comments
Video: 3/5
Audio: 3.5/5
Extras: 3.5/5
Imagine a cyclone, a Tex Avery cartoon come to life, a zoot-suited fashionista and the wiggy energy of a vat of jumping beans and that still doesn't capture Jim Carrey's comic genius as Stanley Ipkiss, a repressed clerk who goes from zero to hero when he dons "The Mask". The mysterious mask Stanley finds allows him to do what he normally can't - like woo Tina and beat baddies. Beneath all the loopy fun is the film's heart: Does Stanley really need the mask to be the person he longs to be?
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 06, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4.75/5
Extras: 3.5/5
In "Eagle Eye", Jerry Shaw and Rachel Holloman are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and their family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move. As the situation escalates, these two ordinary people become the country's most wanted fugitives, who must now work together to discover what is really happening. Fighting for their lives, they become pawns of a faceless enemy who seems to have limitless power to manipulate everything they do.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 06, 2009 0 comments
Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 2.5/5
Extras: 5/5
Before “Rome”... Before “Gladiator”... The most controversial film of all time as you've never experienced it before! Combining lavish spectacle and award-winning stars, this landmark production was shrouded in secrecy since its first day of filming. Now, this unprecedented edition presents a more revealing “Caligula” than ever before, with high-definition transfers of the uncensored theatrical cut and revealing, alternate pre-release version from negative elements.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 06, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 3.5/5
Vin Diesel stars as Toorop, a ruthless mercenary hired to smuggle a mysterious young woman from the post-apocalyptic confines of Eastern Europe to the glittering megalopolis of New York City. Hunted at every turn, Toorop spirits his charge across a nightmarish wasteland only to uncover a shocking secret that will bring the entire world to its knees. Eye-popping action and mind-blowing science fiction clash head-on in this hard-edged thriller, where the only rule is survival.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jan 06, 2009 0 comments
Video: 3.75/5
Audio: 3.5/5
Extras: 0/5
Vicky and Cristina are two young Americans spending a summer in Spain, who meet a charming "Casanova" and his beautiful but volatile ex-wife. When they all become romantically entangled, the smoldering sparks begin to fly in hilarious fashion.
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David Vaughn Posted: Jan 06, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/eagleeye.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>A copy-shop clerk (Shia LaBeouf) and a single mom (Michelle Monaghan) meet after receiving phone calls from an anonymous woman instructing them to do exactly as she says, or else. Using cell phones, LED signs, television screens, and other commonplace technology to pass on instructions, the mystery woman ensnares the unwitting pair in a vast and unthinkable plot. Pursued by a determined FBI agent (Billy Bob Thornton) as the nation's most wanted fugitives, the two must work together to discover who's manipulating them and why.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jan 06, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/ghosttown.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Bertram Pincas (Ricky Gervais), a socially- challenged New York City dentist, emerges from a routine colonoscopy with the uncanny ability to see and speak to the dead. When word of his ability gets out in the spirit community of his ability, he becomes the go-to- guy for every ghost with unfinished bisinessbusiness. One such ghost is Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear), who is determined to stop a relationship involving his widow, Gwen (Tea Leoni), and so he seeks Bertram’'s help in the matter.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jan 06, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/superhero.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>In an homage to <i>Spiderman</i>, nerdy high-school student Rick Riker (Drake Bell) is bitten by a genetically altered dragonfly, giving him superhuman abilities. He soon discovers the secret of being a superhero&#151;it's all in the costume&#151;and becomes "The Dragonfly."

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