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David Vaughn Posted: Mar 17, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/rolemodels.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Two energy-drink salesmen, Danny (Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Seann William Scott), are sentenced to 150 hours of community service mentoring young kids after an unfortunate traffic accident. After one day on the job, Danny thinks spending 30 days in jail would be the better alternative when he's assigned to a 16-year-old boy, Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who has an obsession with medieval role playing. Meanwhile, Wheeler's youngling is a foul-mouthed fifth-grader named Ronnie (Bobb'e Thompson) who's just looking for respect.

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David Vaughn Posted: Mar 17, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/australia.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>At the beginning of World War II, English aristocrat Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) inherits a vast cattle ranch in Northern Australia from her late husband. In order to save the ranch, she needs the help of a local tough guy, Drover (Hugh Jackman), to drive 2000 head of cattle hundreds of miles across the outback with Japanese forces approaching the continent.

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David Vaughn Posted: Mar 17, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/batmananth.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>The camp depiction of Batman from the 1960s changed dramatically in 1989 when Tim Burton modernized the iconic hero with a new cinematic version of the Dark Knight. Michael Keaton was a surprising casting choice to play Batman, and Jack Nicholson turned in a fantastic performance as The Joker. That first remake went on to become the top-grossing film of 1989 with over $250 million in box-office receipts

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Kris Deering Posted: Mar 14, 2009 0 comments
Video: 5/5
Audio: 3.5/5
Extras: 2/5
Watched any great books lately? Now you can. The most celebrated graphic novel of all time that broke the conventional mold continues to break new ground. "Watchmen" illustrator Dave Gibbons oversees this digital version of the graphic novel that adds limited motion, voice and sound to the books strikingly drawn panels.
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Kris Deering Posted: Mar 14, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3.5/5
From the director of "Watchmen" comes two tales from the celebrated graphic novel that do not appear in the extraordinary "Watchmen" Theatrical Feature. "Tales of the Black Freighter" brings to strikingly animated life the novels richly layered story-within-a-story, a daring pirate saga whose turbulent events may mirror those in the Watchmen's world. Stars from the "Watchmen" movie team in the amazing live-action/CGI "Under The Hood", based on Nite Owl's powerful first-hand account of how the hooded adventurers came into existence.
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Kris Deering Posted: Mar 14, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4/5
Audio: 2.5/5
Extras: 3.5/5
The masters of modern horror - George Romero and Dario Argento - bring you an unprecedented pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. In Romero's "The Facts In The Case Of Mr. Valdemar," a conniving wife and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. Then in Argento's "The Black Cat," a deranged crime scene photographer is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend's new pet. But will this cunning feline deliver a final sickening twist of its own?
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Kris Deering Posted: Mar 14, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3/5
Theater director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. His life catering to suburban blue-hairs at the local regional theater in Schenectady, New York is looking bleak. His wife Adele has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. His therapist, Madeleine Gravis, is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counseling him. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. Worried about the transience of his life, he leaves his home behind. He gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in New York City, hoping to create a work of brutal honesty. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a growing mockup of the city outside. The years rapidly fold into each other, and Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece, but the textured tangle of real and theatrical relationships blurs the line between the world of the play and that of Caden's own deteriorating reality.
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Kris Deering Posted: Mar 14, 2009 0 comments
Video: 3.75/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3.5/5
A vicious psychopath is murdering women throughout the Midwest. Believing it takes one to know one, the F.B.I. sends Agent Clarice Starling to interview a prisoner who may provide clues to the killer's actions. That prisoner is Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant, demented cannibal who agrees to help Starling only if she'll feed his morbid curiosity with details of her own complicated life. But as their relationship develops, Starling is forced to confront not only her own hidden demons... but also an evil so powerful that she may not have the courage or strength to stop it.
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Kris Deering Posted: Mar 14, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3.5/5
In this collection, "South Park" follows the new President-elect from his acceptance speech to his first official day of duty as Commander in Chief. The boys keep busy helping a pop-princess who's down on her luck, negotiating a truce for striking Canadians, and preventing giant rodents from destroying the world. For them, it's all part of growing up in "South Park".
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Kris Deering Posted: Mar 14, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4/5
Audio: 4.25/5
Extras: 3.5/5
Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd star in "Role Models" as Danny and Wheeler, two salesmen who trash a company truck on an energy-drink-fueled bender. Upon their arrest, the court gives them a choice: do hard time or spend 150 service hours with a mentorship program. After one day with the kids, however, jail doesn't look half bad.
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Kris Deering Posted: Mar 14, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4.25/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 3/5
Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss, Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the "Punisher Task Force" hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw in, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of the evil deeds go unpunished.
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Kris Deering Posted: Mar 14, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4.25/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3.5/5
This year the BAT goes BLU... Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology" includes "Batman", "Batman Returns", "Batman Forever" and "Batman & Robin".
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Kris Deering Posted: Mar 14, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 3/5
A romantic action-adventure epic set in Australia prior to World War II that centers on an English aristocrat who inherits a large ranch. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle drover to protect her ranch. Together they experience four life-altering years, a love affair and the bombing of Darwin during World War II.
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Ken Korman Posted: Mar 11, 2009 0 comments
Universal
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Marc Horowitz Posted: Mar 09, 2009 0 comments
20th Century Fox
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The Secret Life of Bees

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