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Joel Brinkley Posted: May 30, 2007 2 comments

<I>Smokin' Aces</I> is a thriller-action film full of suspense and quite satisfying. I liked it, and I had not seen it before the HD DVD arrived. The studio calls it an action "comedy." But don't look to this movie for laughs.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jan 21, 2010 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/smokinaces.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Magician turned gangster Buddy “Aces” Israel (Jeremy Piven) is in a load of trouble by turning states evidence against the mob. When the jilted mob boss finds out he’s holding-up in Lake Tahoe, he offers a $1 million bounty on his head and every lowlife thug is out to earn a quick buck and it’s up to a couple of FBI agents to try and protect their key witness before one of the fortune seekers hits pay dirt.

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Corey Gunnestad Posted: Nov 19, 2012 1 comments
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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the sexiest hunk of all? If given a choice between G.I. Joe or Ken, who do you think Barbie would choose? It’s a rhetorical question, but the answer is obvious all the same. And even though the handsome Prince in Snow White and the Huntsman isn’t exactly a Ken doll, he’s still hopelessly out of his depth here. A woman’s quest to stay forever young and beautiful can go to some pretty obsessive lengths depending on the woman (so I’m told), and in the kingdom of Tabor, the Evil Queen Ravenna is taking it to the harshest of extremes. Snow White, total hottie and legitimate heir to the throne, poses the last remaining threat to the queen’s eternal beauty and supreme rule, so drastic measures are called for.
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David Vaughn Posted: Oct 05, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/snowwhite.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>This is the time-honored story of a princess (voiced by Adriana Caselotti) whose blossoming beauty disturbs her insecure stepmother, the Queen (Lucille La Verne). Each day, the Queen asks a mysterious magic mirror (Moroni Olsen) the question: "Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" For years, the mirror answers the Queen's name, but when it suddenly says Snow White, the evil woman begins her quest to kill the young girl so she may once again be the fairest of them all.

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Laura Evenson Posted: Oct 29, 2001 0 comments

"The one that started it all" - that's how Disney Studios describes its first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the film that proved the naysayers wrong back in 1937 by drawing millions of people into theaters to watch an 83-minute cartoon.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 25, 2011 0 comments
When soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of an experimental government program called the "Source Code" that enables him to assume another man's identify in the last eight minutes of his life. Armed with the task of identifying the bomber of a Chicago-bound commuter train, Colter must re-live the incident over and over until he can solve the mystery and prevent an even deadlier second terrorist attack.

I was eagerly looking forward to giving this one a spin, and it more than met my expectations. It's nonstop action from start to finish, and Gyllenhaal has great screen presence as the troubled hero. Not only was I wildly entertained, but the DTS-HD MA audio track is outstanding and worth the price of admission all by itself. But don't get your hopes too high for the video encode, which isn't anything to write home about.

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David Vaughn Posted: May 02, 2011 0 comments
Join the boys as they publish award winning novels, struggle with a ban of fried chicken, fight off an invasion from New Jersey, and reveal the true identity of Mysterion. For them, it's all part of growing up in South Park!

Despite its crude writing, sophomoric behavior, and over-the-top potty humor, you have to hand it to Trey Parker and Matt Stone for catering to their audience and giving them what they want. I'm well outside the intended demographic, but still find myself laughing occasionally despite the low-brow one liners.

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David Vaughn Posted: Mar 04, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/southpark.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>In the twelfth season, the boys from <i>South Park</i> follow the presidential election from the primaries through the new president-elect's acceptance speech, they help Britney Spears disfigure her body, and try to get the country of Canada back to work when it strikes for more money. The best episode during the season is "Elementary School Musical," when Stan realizes he'll lose Wendy forever unless he adopts the latest fad hitting the school&#151;singing (think <i>High School Musical</i>).

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David Vaughn Posted: Feb 02, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/spacebuddies.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>After stowing away on a school field trip to witness the test launch of a spacecraft, the Buddies&#151;a group of dog friends featured in several other movies&#151;sneak aboard to explore the ship, but disaster strikes when they are rocketed into space.

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David Vaughn Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/spacechimps.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Ham III (voiced by Andy Samberg) is the grandson of the first chimpanzee into space who's recruited to join two other NASA chimps on an important mission to retrieve a wayward spacecraft that disappeared into a wormhole. With the help of Lieutenant Luna (Cheryl Hines) and their trusty pilot Titan (Patrick Warburton), the three must work together to save the inhabitants of a distant planet from their evil dictator (Jeff Daniels) and find a way back to Earth.

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Kris Deering Posted: Jul 09, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/spaceballs.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT><i>When the evil Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) attempts to steal all the air from planet Druidia, a determined Druish Princess (Daphne Zuniga), a clueless rogue (Bill Pullman) and a half-man/half-dog creature (John Candy) who's his own best friend set out to stop him! But with the forces of darkness closing in on them at ludicrous speed, they'll need the help of a wise imp named Yogurt (Mel Brooks) and the mystical power of "The Schwartz" to bring peace and merchandising rights to the entire galaxy.</i>

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David Vaughn Posted: May 23, 2010 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/spartacus.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) was born a slave although when sold to Batiatus (Peter Ustinov) he became a gladiator. Life was mildly improved although fighting to the death for the entertainment of the wealthy is a rough way to make a living. Spartacus gains new perspective on life when he falls in love with the slave girl Varinia (Jean Simmons) and develops a thirst for freedom.

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David Vaughn Posted: Sep 15, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/speedracer.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Based on the popular Japanese cartoon, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is a natural behind the wheel of his Mach 5. His loyalty to the family racing business, led by his father (John Goodman), is put to the test when Arnold Royalton (Roger Allam) attempts to lure Speed to the Royalton Industries race team. Speed declines and joins forces with the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox) in order to save the family business and protect the sport he loves.

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Tom Norton Posted: Oct 28, 2007 1 comments

When does a trilogy become a quadrilogy? (Is there such a word? There is now.) When they release the third sequel, of course. And the Spider-Man films have been such a rousing success that you can be sure another one is in the pipeline.

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