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Corey Gunnestad Posted: Jun 18, 2014 0 comments
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The legend of the 47 ronin is a long-cherished Japanese story about a group of dishonored samurai who set out on a dangerous quest to avenge the death of their village lord. Technically, their lord was deceived and tricked into killing himself, but as far as they’re concerned, it still counts as murder. And in the Japanese feudal code of samurai conduct, there’s no greater shame than failing to protect and serve your lord and master. Masterless samurai are called ronin, and it sucks to be one. The story is simple enough: The dishonored and banished ronin stage an impossible attack on their enemy’s stronghold to avenge their fallen master and perform ritual suicide when their task is done to regain their honor. The End. It sounds like a great idea for a movie, and it probably would have been in the hands of someone like Kurosawa or Kubrick, but tragically, both were unavailable.
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David Vaughn Posted: Feb 21, 2011 0 comments
A grizzled veteran cop (Nick Nolte) is determined to hunt down a couple of cop killers and needs the help of a smooth-talking convict (Eddie Murphy) who's behind bars for robbery. Cates (Nolte) pulls a few strings and gets Reggie (Murphy) a 48-hour furlough to help track down the murderers, but will this odd couple be able to tolerate each other long enough to catch the bad guys?

It's hard to believe it's been nearly 30 years since Eddie Murphy launched his feature film career with this classic buddy flick. He and Nolte have great chemistry and returned to the screen eight years later with Murphy at the top of his career after Beverly Hills Cop I and II and Coming to America. Like most films from this era, it can get a tad campy, but it holds up pretty well due to the two stars.

Mike Mettler Posted: Mar 16, 2016 1 comments
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As iconic as it remains a full half-century later, when Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back was being shot by director D.A. Pennebaker during the Bard’s whirlwind acoustic tour of England in May 1965, there were literally no rules to follow. “It’s the idea of the home movie, the kind of movie that was always made by one person,” says Pennebaker, still as sharp as ever at age 90. “I had gotten the notion in my head not to make a pure music film. I decided to make it about him, right at the time he was trying to figure out who he was.”
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David Vaughn Posted: Apr 08, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/8mile.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>In the slums of Detroit, it's a daily fight to keep hope alive. For trailer-park kid Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. (Eminem), his music is the only way out of the ghetto, but he must overcome many obstacles to realize his dreams.

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David Vaughn Posted: Sep 12, 2008 Published: Sep 13, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/88minutes.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Dr. Jack Gramm (Al Pacino), a Seattle-based forensic psychiatrist, receives a phone call telling him he has 88 minutes left to live. He must use all his skills to narrow the field of possible suspects and find his killer before it's too late.

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David Vaughn Posted: Dec 30, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/9.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>The films of producer Tim Burton have a certain visual flair, and <I>9</I> is no exception. Co-produced with Timur Bekmambetov, it tells a tale of humanity's final days and how one dedicated scientist provides the spark of life to nine of his creations.

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Kris Deering Posted: Jun 29, 2008 0 comments
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The filmmaker who launched a UFO invasion in Independence Day and unleashed the forces of global warming in The Day After Tomorrow now unveils a new day of adventure a time when mammoths shake the earth and mystical spirits shape human fates. Roland Emmerich directs 10000 BC the eye-filling tale of the first hero. That hero is young hunter D Leh set out on a bold trek to rescue his kidnapped beloved and fulfill his prophetic destiny. He’ll face an awesome saber-toothed tiger. Cross uncharted realms. Form an army. And uncover an advanced but corrupt Lost Civilization. There he will lead a fight for liberation and become the champion of the time when legend began.
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Kris Deering Posted: Mar 04, 2011 0 comments
Video: 3.5/5
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"127 Hours" is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over 8 miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family and the two hikers he met before the accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can when we choose life.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jun 30, 2011 0 comments
Video: 4/5
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Cult director Takashi Miike delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war torn future.
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Kris Deering Posted: Sep 21, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4/5
Audio: 4.5/5
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John Cusack plays a skeptical writer investigating paranormal events. When he insists on staying in the reportedly haunted suite 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel against the grave warnings of the hotel manager, he discovers the room's deadly secret - an evil so powerful, no one has ever survived an hour within its walls.
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Tom Norton Posted: Jun 17, 2006 0 comments

In these still early days of HD DVD, it's a little creepy that three of the releases have been films about bad cops: <I>Assault on Precinct 13</I>, <I>Training Day</I> (see below) and now <I>16 Blocks</I>.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 12, 2003 0 comments

<I>Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lucas, Peter Lorre. Directed by Richard Fleischer. Aspect ratio: 2.55:1 (anamorphic). Two discs. Dolby Digital 5.1, THX. 127 minutes. 1954. Walt Disney Home Video 27853. G. $29.99.</I>

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Kris Deering Posted: Jul 17, 2008 0 comments
Video: 4/5
Audio: 4.25/5
Extras: 3/5
Inspired by the true story of MIT students who mastered the art of card counting and took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings. Looking for a way to pay for tuition, Ben Campbell finds himself quietly recruited by MIT's most gifted students in a daring plot to break Vegas. With the help of a brilliant statistics professor and armed with fake IDs, intelligence and a complicated system of counting cards, Ben and his friends succeed in breaking the impenetrable casinos. Now, his challenge is keeping the numbers straight and staying one step ahead of the casinos before it all spirals out of control.
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Kris Deering Posted: Apr 22, 2008 0 comments
Video: 3/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 2.5/5
My wife had been pretty excited about seeing this one. We've been seeing trailers for it on several Blu-ray discs from Fox. Both of us are romantic comedy fans and we both really enjoyed Katherine Heigl's work in the recent Knocked Up. Unfortunately this one was a bit of a disappointment. It has a few good laughs but was weak on the romance and we didn't connect with the characters at all. Heigl is good but the rest of the characters were a bit one dimensional and I think this could have been the most cut and dry performance to date from Ed Burns. With so many great romantic comedies out there, I would suggest looking elsewhere on date night.
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Kris Deering Posted: Jul 19, 2009 0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 4.25/5
Retelling the ancient Battle of Thermopylae, it depicts the titanic clash in which King Leonidas and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Experience history at swordpoint.

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