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Movie Review: WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS movie poster | ©2011 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider, Jim Norton, Hal Holbrook Writer: Richard LaGravenese, based on the novel by Sara Gruen Director: Francis Lawrence Distributor: Fox 2000 Release Date: April 22, 2011 Based on Sara Gruen’s novel, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is a big movie that feels in many ways like it could have been made in the ‘50s or ‘60s, with its forbidden romance, circus spectacle and mostly noble hero. The most modern aspects of the movie are concern for animals and acknowledgment that quite a few non-humans were and are smarter than humans gave them […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AFRICAN CATS

AFRICAN CATS movie poster | ©2011 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: G Stars: Samuel L. Jackson (Narrator) Director: Alastair Fothergill & Keith Scholey Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: April 22, 2011 I grew up watching DISNEY TRUE LIFE ADVENTURES in school. They were old even then, but I still loved seeing them. It clearly has been years since I have watched any of them which were very cute and given the Disney treatment to take the edge off of stories in nature. AFRICAN CATS is in some ways exactly what I expected – a throwback to those older Disney nature film. It is a beautifully shot film as the […]Read On »

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THE KING’S SPEECH is one of the Blu-ray and DVD Picks this week

THE KINGS SPEECH | © 2011 Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. MOVIES THE KING’S SPEECH – The multi-Oscar-winning film makes its debut on DVD and Blu-ray starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush centering on a prince’s ascension to King at a time of great peril for the country of England. Now normally, I’m not a huge […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HENRY’S CRIME

HENRYS CRIME poster | ©2011 Moving Pictures Film and Television

Rating: R Stars: Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga, James Caan, Peter Stormare, Bill Duke, Judy Greer, Fisher Stevens Writers: Sacha Gervasi & David N. White, story by Stephen Hamel and Sacha Gervasi Director: Malcolm Venville Distributor: Moving Pictures Film and Television/Mimran Schur Release Date: April 15, 2011 HENRY’S CRIME puts together two elements audiences don’t see every day: bank robbery and a stage production of Anton Chekhov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD. The tone is gentle, slightly deadpan and droll and the pace is measured, starting slow, but delivering delightful results. Keanu Reeves plays Henry, a Buffalo, N.Y. toll booth operator gamely trying […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SCRE4M (aka SCREAM 4)

SCREAM 4 final poster | ©2011 Dimension Films

Rating: R Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts,Hayden Panettiere, Anthony Anderson, Alison Brie, Adam Brody, Rory Culkin, Marley Shelton Writer: Kevin Williamson Director: Wes Craven Distributor: Dimension Films Release Date: April 15, 2011 It’s been eleven years since Wes Craven delivered the warmed over SCREAM 3 and much has changed with the horror genre (torture porn, remakes of classic 1980s horror) not to mention how we interact socially. We now have Twitter, Facebook, smart phones and a whole plethora of new technology which is ripe for new Ghost Face adventure to utilize in his slashing endeavors. And […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: SCREAM 3

SCREAM 3 Blu-ray | ©2011 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Foley, Lance Henriksen, Matt Keeslar, Jenny McCarthy, Emily Mortimer, Parker Posey, Deon Richmond, Patrick Warburton Writer: Ehren Kruger Director: Wes Craven Distributor: Lionsgate Suggested Retail Price: $19.99 After two really good films, the SCREAM franchise took a huge nosedive with 2000’s virtually unwatchable SCREAM 3. A very lazy film (when you compare it to the ambitions screenwriter Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven were going for in SCREAM 2), SCREAM 3 is a hodge podge of unfunny comedy, crazy back story and very few actual scares. Williamson is nowhere […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: TANGLED

TANGLED - DVD and Blu-ray

Rating: PG Voices: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy Writers: Dan Fogelman, based on the story by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm Directors: Nathan Greno & Byron Howard Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Disney has had a rough patch when it comes to their own homegrown animated films especially when they’re competing in-house with the magicians at Pixar (who, up until this point, can do no wrong). It’s been frustrating to watch Disney fumble the ball time and again, but thankfully with their 50th animated feature film TANGLED, they got it all right. Originally called RAPUNZEL, the film had the potential stigma […]Read On »

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Movie Review: YOUR HIGHNESS

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Rating: R Stars: Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux, Charles Dance, Rasmus Hardiker, Toby Jones, Damian Lewis Writers: Danny McBride & Ben Best Director: David Gordon Green Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: April 8, 2011 YOUR HIGHNESS tries to straddle the treacherous territory between MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL and the original CLASH OF THE TITANS. As might be imagined, that’s an easier feat to describe than to accomplish. The ambitious task is hindered by the fact that the screenplay by star Danny McBride & Ben Best relies more on genital humor, homosexual panic and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HANNA

HANNA movie poster | ©2011 Focus Features

Stars: Saiorse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams, Jason Flemyng, Jessica Barden Writers: Seth Lochhead and David Farr, story by Seth Lochhead Director: Joe Wright Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: April 8, 2011 HANNA is one of those movies that poses some intriguing questions, answers them on the fly and then has nowhere to go, leaving the entire enterprise feeling like a prologue to some other unmade film. Saiorse Ronan is an extraordinary young actress who commands attention at all times she’s on screen, which is in nearly every scene here, so HANNA is worth watching. However, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SUPER

SUPER movie poster | ©2011 IFC Midnight

Rating: R Stars: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler, Nathan Fillion Writer: James Gunn Director: James Gunn Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: April 1, 2011 There is nothing whatsoever wrong with being part of a subgenre. For example, despite the existence of ALIEN, it’s perfectly possible to make a terrific new movie about scary extraterrestrials – which SUPER writer/director James Gunn actually did a few years back with his horror comedy SLITHER. Gunn’s new film SUPER fits into the non-super-powered superhero genre. The giant monolith in this field is obviously BATMAN, but SUPER belongs to an even smaller […]Read On »

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