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David Vaughn Posted: Jun 19, 2013 0 comments
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Coerced into playing baseball by his father, Victor connects with the hit of his life and sails one over the fence. His beloved dog, Sparky, thinks it’s a game of fetch, races after the ball, is hit by an oncoming car, and dies. Terribly depressed and lonely, Victor is inspired by his science teacher to bring his dog back to life. Successful in his task, his home-sewn creature draws the attention of an evil classmate when he escapes, and Victor is forced to reveal his secret on how to raise the dead. All hell breaks loose when the town is suddenly overrun by reanimated pets, and it’s up to Victor and Sparky to save the day.
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David Vaughn Posted: Nov 24, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/fredclaus.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Did you know that Santa Claus (Paul Giamatti) has a brother? Yep, his name is Fred (Vince Vaughn), and he's on the naughty list. After growing up in saintly Nick's shadow, Fred becomes a scrooge who's lost his belief in Christmas. Estranged from the family but in dire need of cash, Fred ventures to the North Pole to help his brother through the holiday crunch in exchange for $50,000. His outlook on Christmas begins to change when he realizes Nick is in trouble from a scheming efficiency expert (Kevin Spacey) out to shut down Christmas forever.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jan 21, 2009 Published: Jan 22, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/fridaynight.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Based on the best-selling book by H. G. Bissinger, <i>Friday Night Lights</i> chronicles the 1988 season of the Permian High School Panthers of Odessa, Texas, the most successful football team in the state's history. For Coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton), it's a season filled with immense pressure as he tries to drive his team to the championship after failing to do so the previous two years.

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David Vaughn Posted: Feb 02, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/friday13.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>In 1958 at the Crystal Lake kids camp, young Jason Voorhees drowned due to the inattention of the camp counselors. Shortly following the drowning, two camp counselors mysteriously died in a double homicide resulting in the camps closure. Twenty two years later, the owner of the property thinks enough time has passed and a new generation of kids should enjoy the beautiful setting&#151;boy was he wrong!

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David Vaughn Posted: Sep 14, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/fringe.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>A young, beautiful, and determined FBI agent (Anna Torv) forms an unlikely alliance with a brilliant scientist (John Noble), who's spent the last 17 years in a mental institution, and his sarcastic son (Joshua Jackson) to investigate a series of bizarre deaths and disasters known as "the Pattern." They suspect someone is using the world as a laboratory, and all clues lead back to a powerful corporation called Massive Dynamic.

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Chris Chiarella Posted: Aug 30, 2013 0 comments
Father and son Miyazakis craft another touching tale, Helen Mirren shines as a capable cop, and all hell breaks loose in an offbeat World War II gorefest.
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David Vaughn Posted: Apr 17, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/frostnixon.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>In the summer of 1977, disgraced former president Richard Nixon (Frank Langella) agreed to sit down for a series of interviews with British commentator David Frost (Michael Sheen) to answer questions about his time in office and the Watergate scandal. Would Frost be able to match wits with one of the most astute politicians of the mid-20th century? Or would Nixon be able to dictate the outcome and restore his image with the American people?

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jun 26, 2014 0 comments
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Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fable The Snow Queen, Frozen opens by introducing us to two princesses, Anna and Elsa. Elsa has been born with power over cold—a curse she can’t control. To protect Anna and others, Elsa locks herself in her room as the two siblings grow into young adulthood.
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Corey Gunnestad Posted: Feb 13, 2013 2 comments
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Oliver Stone practically had to sell his soul to get Platoon made at a time when no movie studio wanted to revisit the Vietnam War. After that film won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1986, however, it kicked open the floodgates, and suddenly movie theaters everywhere were inundated with Vietnam War films like Hamburger Hill, Casualties of War, and Full Metal Jacket, and all paled in comparison with Platoon. With Full Metal Jacket, legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick examines the ritualistic dehumanization of the American Marine through rigorous boot camp training and transformation into a remorseless killing machine.
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David Vaughn Posted: Dec 07, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/gforce.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>A top-secret, highly trained trio of guinea pig super spies is assigned to stop a dastardly plot to take over the world. Squad leader Darwin (voiced by Sam Rockwell) will do what it takes to guarantee the success of his team, which also includes Blaster (Tracy Morgan), a weapons expert with an attitude, and Juarez (Penelope Cruz), a sexy martial arts pro.

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David Vaughn Posted: Nov 08, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/gijoe.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>While protecting a top-secret warhead, two NATO soldiers code-named Duke (Channing Tatum) and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) are saved from certain doom by agents of G.I. Joe, an secret military organization armed with the latest in military technology. After the attack, the two are recruited into G.I. Joe's ranks, and their mission is to stop a terrorist who uses nanotechnology for nefarious purposes.

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David Vaughn Posted: Nov 11, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/galaxyquest.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Sixteen years after the cancelation of the TV show <I>Galaxy Quest</I>, the ensemble cast ekes out a living signing autographs at fan conventions and making appearances at store openings. Lucky for them, the gig of a lifetime comes along when they're recruited by an alien race&#151;which has been watching the show as the TV signal races through space, believing it to depict real life on Earth&#151;to rescue them from a band of outer-space warriors.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 26, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/gangs.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>After years of incarceration, Irish immigrant Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio) returns to lower Manhattan's lawless, corrupt Five Points neighborhood seeking revenge against Bill "The Butcher" Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis) for killing his father. Vallon's personal vendetta becomes the catalyst for all-out gang warfare in 1862 New York.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jun 24, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/genkill.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>From the creator of <i>The Wire</i> comes an in-depth look at the Iraq War from the perspective of the 1st Recon Marines&#151;and it isn't pretty. <i>Rolling Stone</i> correspondent Evan Wright rode along with the platoon for 40 days in 2003 before writing a series of articles that ran in the magazine, which led to a book, then the mini-series.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jun 22, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/genkill.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>The seven-part series opens with a platoon of Marines on a training mission in Kuwait shortly before the start of the Iraq War doing what Marines do best&#151;kicking ass and taking names&#151;preparing for the most important event of their young lives. This is Bravo Company of the First Recon Marines, led by the bright but nave Lt. Fick (Stark Sands). Like most kids, these guys are a little unsure of themselves and act a lot tougher than they actually are. I had to remind myself that these young men aren't our best and brightest, but they do a job that most of us aren't willing to do. Is some of their dialog reprehensible? Yes. But given their circumstances, I'm willing to cut them some slack.

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