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David Vaughn  |  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?

Kris Deering  |  Apr 12, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 5/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 2/5
A professional writer finds his life turned upside down when he attracts the amorous attention of his late client's sister in this dark romantic comedy about a quirky young man who can't tell "write" from wrong.
Kris Deering  |  Apr 12, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4.25/5
Extras: 3.5/5
When Skeeter Bronson babysits his sister's children, his imagination runs wild as he dreams up elaborate bedtime stories - always casting himself as the hero. Entranced, the children add their own ideas to these once-upon-a-time tales of heroics and chivalry. Then...magic happens. These nighttime fantasies become Skeeter's daytime realities, leading him on a real-life adventure in search of his own happy ending.
Kris Deering  |  Apr 12, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 4.75/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 4.5/5
In the film, a renowned scientist finds herself face to face with an alien called Klaatu, who has traveled across the universe to warn of an impending global crisis. She quickly discovers the deadly ramifications of Klaatu's claim that he is "a friend to the Earth." Now she must find a way to convince the entity who was sent to destroy us that mankind is worth saving - but it may be too late.
Kris Deering  |  Apr 12, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 3.5/5
Extras: 4/5
From the opening bomb blast outside a steamy nightclub to a last-minute escape from the president's personal jet, James Bond's third screen adventure is an exhilarating, pulse-pounding thrill-ride! Sean Connery takes command as Agent 007 and faces off with a maniacal villain bent on destroying all the gold in Fort Knox - and obliterating the world economy!
Kris Deering  |  Apr 12, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 4/5
When disgraced President Richard Nixon agreed to an interview with jet-setting television personality, David Frost, he thought he'd found the key to saving his tarnished legacy. But, with a name to make and a reputation to overcome, Frost became one of Nixon's most formidable adversaries and engaged the leader in a charged battle of wits that changed the face of politics forever.
Kris Deering  |  Apr 12, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 4/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 1.5/5
A professional writer finds his life turned upside down when he attracts the amorous attention of his late client's sister in this dark romantic comedy about a quirky young man who can't tell "write" from wrong.
Kris Deering  |  Apr 12, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 4.25/5
Audio: 3.75/5
Extras: 4.5/5
Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" is a towering musical masterpiece and the tender love story of a naive young Navy nurse and an older French Plantation owner on a U.S. occupied South Sea island.
Kris Deering  |  Apr 12, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 5/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Extras: 2.5/5
Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke star as friends who grew up like brothers on the gritty streets of south Boston. They do whatever it takes to survive, living by the code of their dog-eat-dog neighborhood. Petty crimes and misdemeanors grow into more serious offenses and eventually, they fall under sway to organized crime boss Pat Kelly. As Brian becomes increasingly lost in a haze of drugs and 'jobs,' even the love he has for his wife and his children does not seem like it will be enough to redeem him. Meanwhile, Paulie plans "one last heist" but knows it will take both of them to pull it off. How can they escape the only life they know?
David Vaughn  |  Apr 10, 2009  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/day2008.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Based on the short story <i>Farewell to the Master</i> by Henry Bates, <i>The Day the Earth Stood Still</i> tries to modernize the 1951 classic with modern special effects and a new take on the story. Klaatu (Keanu Reeves) and his robot Gort emerge from a spaceship in Central Park, whereupon he's shot by a nervous soldier. Klaatu is then rushed to a military hospital for surgery, and once he's patched up, he is visited by the Secretary of Defense (Kathy Bates), who denies his request for a meeting with the UN. With the help of Dr. Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly), Klaatu escapes, and the two end up spending the majority of their time together as all hell breaks loose.

David Vaughn  |  Apr 09, 2009  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/despereaux.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>This animated tale is based on Kate DiCamilla's award-winning 2004 book about an unordinary mouse born with big ears and even bigger dreams. Banished from home because of his desire to be a knight, Despereaux (voiced by Matthew Broderick) sets off with Roscuro (Dustin Hoffman) on a quest to rescue a princess (Emma Watson).

David Vaughn  |  Apr 09, 2009  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/bedtime.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) is a handyman at a hotel in Los Angeles. When asked by his sister Wendy (Courteney Cox) to baby-sit her two kids for a week, he spins tall-tale bedtime stories before putting them down for the night. Amazingly, the stories start to impact Skeeter's life in impossible ways, and his dream of running the hotel rests in the kid's imagination.

David Vaughn  |  Apr 09, 2009  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/yesman.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Three years after his divorce, Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) still has the blues and dreads going to work at his dead-end job as a loan officer. In order to get a new outlook on life, he attends a self-help seminar led by Terrence Bundley (Terence Stamp), who challenges people to say "yes" to everything. Miraculously, when Carl embraces this philosophy, events lead him to Allison (Zooey Deschanel), and his life takes a turn in the right direction.

David Vaughn  |  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.

Josef Krebs  |  Apr 07, 2009  |  0 comments
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