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David Vaughn Posted: Aug 29, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/heroes1.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Evolution is the process of change in all forms of life over generations. In <i>Heroes</i>, this process manifests itself in a random group of humans who start to develop superhuman powers. Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) has the ability to manipulate the spacetime continuum, Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere) is unbreakable, and Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg) can read people's minds. These are just a few of the characters we meet in season one as they battle the evil Sylar (Zachary Quinto), a serial killer with a unique superpower. Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) is the only man capable of stopping Sylar's murderous plans as he struggles to control his own superpowers.

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David Vaughn Posted: Sep 03, 2009 Published: Sep 04, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/heroes3.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Due to the WGA (Writers Guild of America) strike in 2007, season two of <i>Heroes</i> included only 11 episodes, and its tepid start and hasty finale left fans with a glimmer of hope that the series would rediscover the mojo it had during its first season. One complaint was its season-long story arc frustrated viewers, so executive producer/creator Tim Kring decided to split the season into two parts, "Villains" and "Fugitives."

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David Vaughn Posted: Apr 10, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/410hidalgo.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Famed horseman Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortenson) enters a grueling competition—"The Ocean of Fire"—with his mustang Hidalgo. Together, they must not only survive a 3000-mile race across the Arabian desert, but they must also prevail over competitors who will stop at nothing to win.

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David Vaughn Posted: Apr 02, 2014 0 comments
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Clint Eastwood has been a household name for over 50 years thanks to his impressive Hollywood résumé that includes work in TV as Rowdy Yates on Rawhide and as a movie star playing such iconic characters as Dirty Harry, Josey Wales, and Philo Beddoe, but it’s his work as a director that has had the greatest impression on me. Believe it or not, the iconic actor has directed 35 films since 1971 winning two Oscars in the process for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby.
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David Vaughn Posted: Feb 19, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/hsm3.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>America's favorite Wildcats are back for their exciting final year at East High. Amidst a basketball championship, prom, and the big spring musical, Troy (Zach Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) vow to make every moment count, as their lifelong college dreams put the future of their relationship in question.

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David Vaughn Posted: Apr 03, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/403hitman.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Based on the popular video game, <i>Hitman</i> stars Timothy Olyphant as a genetically engineered assassin known as "Agent 47." When an assassination doesn't go as planned, the hunter becomes the hunted as he is pursued across Eastern Europe by both Interpol and Russian agents.

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Shane Buettner Posted: Mar 03, 2007 0 comments

Ben Affleck drunk, and wearing tights- threat or menace? Actually <I>Hollywoodland</I> reminded me that we once knew Ben Affleck's name because of his acting talent and not the sheer tonnage of projects he was involved with or who he was engaged to. This well crafted movie tells the story of the death and then life of George Reeves, the Superman of 1950s camp TV. Coming in I knew nothing of Reeves' mysterious death let alone his life beyond the tights. <I>Hollywoodland</I> weaves through Reeves' life by way of a private investigator's look into his death, a character the film's creators acknowledge is an amalgam of several people and not a real person. The other chracters names have apparently not been changed to protect the innocent (or guilty).

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Al Griffin Posted: Jun 29, 2003 0 comments

The following reviews appeared as "Reference DVD" features in the Movies section of Sound & Vision. Out of the 22 discs chosen for their exceptional audio and video from September 2000 through July/August 2003, I consider these five the standouts. BLUE CRUSH Universal

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Tom Norton Posted: Apr 09, 2007 0 comments

All the clichs are in place. New coach with a checkered past and something to prove. Down-on-its-luck team. Hostile, meddling townsfolk. The big game. You've seen it all before.

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David Vaughn Posted: Oct 12, 2011 0 comments
Three friends, Nick (Jason Bateman, Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), and Dales (Charlie Day), are slaving away at their jobs in Los Angeles and have one thing in common; they each have horrible bosses. One night they hatch a foolproof plan to murder them and hire an ex-con (Jamie Foxx) as an adviser. Well, he isn't what they expected and their foolproof plan has a very likely chance to get them thrown behind bars for the rest of their lives.

At some point in your life, you're going to end up with a horrible boss. In fact, I've been unfortunate enough to have a few of them over the years. But as bad as things were, I never once contemplated murder (torture, maybe, but never murder!). Anyway, I found this movie to be mostly entertaining for the first two acts and I actually felt a little something for the characters. Sadly, the third act falls apart with childish antics and plenty of foul language.

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David Vaughn Posted: Sep 16, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/hotfuzz.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Simon Pegg's and Edgar Writt's ode to buddy-cop films was one of the best-looking HD DVDs ever released, and Universal has actually improved things on Blu-ray. Both VC-1 encodes are flawless, but the audio is improved with a kick-ass DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack on the Blu-ray version. The surround channels are extremely active, the bass rocks, and the dialog sounds as if the actors are sitting in the room.

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David Vaughn Posted: Sep 16, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/hotfuzz.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>London police officer Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is too good for his own good. His arrest record is tops in the department, which makes everyone else look bad, so his supervisor arranges a promotion and he's transferred to Sanford, a small, quiet town in the country. The crime rate is very low, but something is amiss because there are so many fatal accidents, so Nicholas and his bumbling new partner Danny (Nick Frost) are on the case.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 02, 2010 0 comments
Looking to cheer up one of their old friends (Rob Corddry) who just attempted suicide, Adam (John Cusack), Nick (Craig Robinson), and Adam's nephew Jacob (Clark Duke) take a road trip to a ski resort where they hung out in the 1980s. After a wild night of partying and hot tubbing, the quartet finds themselves transported back to 1986 and they must relive their experiences without causing a "butterfly effect."

Judd Apatow has ruined the typical Hollywood comedy with his sick sense of humor. Granted, he had nothing to do with this production, but it's a pure rip-off of his brand of humor that I personally don't find very funny. The language is so harsh a sailor would blush, there are multiple scenes with projectile vomiting, and too many crude sexual references befitting teenage boys and not grown men. It's pretty sad when the most mature member of the groups is actually a teenage boy.

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David Vaughn Posted: Apr 28, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/hoteldogs.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Two orphans, Andi (Emma Roberts) and her younger brother Bruce (Jake T. Austin), find themselves in a foster home with a strict "no pets" policy, so they set out to find a home for their dog Friday. Using an abandoned hotel in their neighborhood, they soon realize it can house more than just their own dog, and they end up creating a haven for all the strays in the city.

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David Vaughn Posted: May 23, 2011 0 comments
Hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) is put between a rock and a hard place when he's confronted with saving his family or doing whatever he can to save over 1,200 Tutsi refugees from being massacred by Hutu extremists.

The world can be an ugly place and in 1994 the situation in Rwanda resulted in over 1 million deaths. Men such as Rusensabagina show us that despite all the bad in the world, there are truly good people that will stop at nothing to do what is right, even if it means sacrificing their own life. Cheadle's performance earned him an Oscar nomination, but in my opinion he was robbed when Jamie Foxx won for his portrayal of Ray Charles.

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