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David Vaughn  |  Jan 23, 2009  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/express.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Ernie Davis (Rob Brown) led a short yet inspirational life. Hailing from a coal-mining town in Pennsylvania, Davis beat the odds to become an unstoppable running back for the Syracuse Orangemen in the late 1950s. With the guidance of coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid), he's transformed from a very good high-school athlete into a Heisman Trophy winner&#151;the first African-American to win the coveted prize as the best player in college football.

David Vaughn  |  Jan 23, 2009  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/bourne.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>After being pulled from the sea with two bullets in his back, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) awakens on a fishing boat with no memory of his involvement in a top-secret, black-ops arm of the CIA called Treadstone. The only clue to his identity is the number of a Swiss safe-deposit box in which he discovers an array of passports, weapons, and cash. As he struggles to unlock the secret of his own identity, Bourne has to deal with his past in order to ensure his own future.

David Vaughn  |  Jan 21, 2009  |  First Published: Jan 22, 2009  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/appaloosa.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Longtime friends and for-hire peacekeepers Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) find themselves in the crime-ridden town of Appaloosa and attempt to take back the streets from a band of local outlaws. When a young widow (Renee Zellweger) moves to town, Cole struggles between his duty and his newfound love for the beautiful new resident.

David Vaughn  |  Jan 21, 2009  |  First 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.

David Vaughn  |  Jan 21, 2009  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/kingkong.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>A desperate young actress, Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), and an ambitious and unscrupulous movie producer, Carl Denham (Jack Black), travel to a mysterious jungle island to shoot a film. There they discover an extraordinary lost world and encounter Kong, a gigantic, savage gorilla who becomes enthralled with the leading lady. Their mutual empathy and affection eventually leads to the beast's tragic downfall.

David Vaughn  |  Jan 21, 2009  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/swingvote.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner) is a regular guy with a dead-end job content with coasting his way through life until his daughter, Molly (Madeline Carroll), sets off a chain of events that results in a presidential election coming down to a single vote&#151;Bud's. All hell breaks loose when political operatives from both parties, including the incumbent president (Kelsey Grammar) and the Democrat challenger (Dennis Hopper), swarm his hometown to vie for the winning vote.

Kris Deering  |  Jan 19, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4.25/5
Extras: 3.75/5
A security guard is exposed to unspeakable acts of evil from the past, present and future only visible to him in the reflection of mirrors. Suddenly, his life is exposed to the evil and he must stop it before everyone he knows is dead.
Kris Deering  |  Jan 19, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 5/5
Extras: 3.5/5
Get ready for breathtaking action in this thrilling epic adventure about a legendary gorilla captured on a treacherous island and brought to civilization, where he faces the ultimate fight for survival.
Kris Deering  |  Jan 19, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 4-4.5/5
Audio: 4.5-5/5
Extras: 4.5/5
Matt Damon is Jason Bourne, an elite government agent determined to outwit and outmaneuver anyone who stands in the way of his finding out the secrets of his mysterious past. Follow his explosive, action-packed adventures in three blockbuster films from one of the most popular series of all time: "The Bourne Identity", "The Bourne Supremacy" and "The Bourne Ultimatum".
Kris Deering  |  Jan 19, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 2.5/5
Extras: 2.5/5
A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television. After a run in with a limousine, he ends up a guest of a woman, Eve, and her husband Ben, an influential but sickly businessman. Now called Chauncey Gardner, Chance becomes friend and confidante to Ben, and an unlikely political insider.
Kris Deering  |  Jan 19, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3/5
After falling head over hooves in love with Giselle, Elliot's road to the altar takes a slight detour when Mr. Weenie is kidnapped by a group of pampered pets determined to return him to his owners. Boog, Elliot, McSquizzy, Buddy and the rest of the woodland creatures launch a full-scale rescue mission for their sausage-shaped friend and soon find themselves in enemy camp: the world of the pets. Led by a toy poodle named Fifi, the pets do not plan to let Mr. Weenie go without a fight.
Kris Deering  |  Jan 11, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 5/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 4/5
As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters, investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.
Kris Deering  |  Jan 11, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 2.75/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3.75/5
Truman is about to discover just how abnormal his seemingly "normal" life is. What he doesn't realize - just yet - is that his whole life is a reality TV show, televised and broadcast for the world to see!
Kris Deering  |  Jan 11, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3/5
Long before the concept existed, the Duchess of Devonshire, Georgiana Spencer, was the original "It Girl." Like her direct ancestor Princess Diana, she was ravishing, glamorous and adored by an entire country. Determined to be a player in the wider affairs of the world, she proved that she could out-gamble, out-drink and outwit most of the aristocratic men who surrounded her. She helped usher in sweeping changes to England as a leader of the forward-thinking Whig Party. But even as her power and popularity grew, she was haunted by the fact that the only man in England she seemingly could not seduce was her very own husband, the Duke. And when she tried to find her own way to be true to her heart and loyal to her duty, the resulting controversies and convoluted liaisons pushed her to the brink of risking banishment by her husband, family and all of London society.
Kris Deering  |  Jan 11, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 2.5/5
Bud Johnson's an ordinary dad drifting through life, caring about nothing except his overachieving daughter Molly. Trying to encourage him to get involved, Molly accidentally sets off a chain of events on Election Day that ends with the presidential race coming down to one vote - Bud's.

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