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Reviews for DVD Releases

Alex Florez

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2008/08/28 at 12:00am

What Happens in Vegas

08.28.2008 | By |

Rating: 2.0

Rated: PG-13 for some sexual and crude content, and language,including a drug reference.
Release Date: 2008-05-09
Starring: Dana Fox
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Official Website: http://www.algopasaenlasvegas.es/

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Elena Calvo

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2008/08/19 at 12:00am

The Life Before Her Eyes

08.19.2008 | By |

Rating: 3.0

Rated: R for violent and disturbing content, language and brief drug use.
Release Date: 2008-04-18
Starring: Emil Stern
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Official Website: http://www.lifebeforehereyes.com/

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Mack Chico

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2008/08/19 at 12:00am

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

08.19.2008 | By |

Rating: 2.5

Rated: PG-13 for some partial nudity and innuendo.
Release Date: 2008-03-07
Starring: David Magee, Simon Beaufoy
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Country:UK
Official Website: http://www.filminfocus.com/focus-movies/miss-pettigrew/synopsis.php

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Mack Chico

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2008/08/19 at 12:00am

Street Kings

08.19.2008 | By |

Rating: 1.0

Rated: R for strong violence and pervasive language.
Release Date: 2008-04-11
Starring: James Ellroy, Kurt Wimmer, Jamie Moss
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Country:USA
Official Website: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/press/

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Mack Chico

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2008/08/14 at 12:00am

The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior

08.14.2008 | By |

Rating: 2.0

Rated: PG-13 for violence, and sexual content including references.
Release Date: 2008-08-19
Starring: Randall McCormick
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Country:USA
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See how the legend of The Scorpion King began!  When a young Mathayus witnesses his father’s death at the hands of the king (UFC Champion Randy Couture), his quest for vengeance transforms him into the most feared warrior of the ancient world.  From the producers of The Mummy and the director of Resident Evil: Extinction and Highlander comes a heroic adventure filled with heart-stopping action and thrilling visual effects!

 

Experience pulse-pounding action and see how the Scorpion King legend was born when the highly-anticipated prequel The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior comes to DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def on August 19, 2008 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. An adrenaline-fueled adventure of epic proportions, The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior takes viewers back to the beginning of the saga of Mathayus, the young warrior who would become the fearsome Scorpion King. Directed by Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil: Extinction, Highlander), the film stars world-renowned, five-time Ultimate Fighting Championship winner  Randy Couture.  The DVD is priced at $29.98 SRP and the Blu-ray version at $39.98 SRP.

In addition, a special Scorpion King Warrior Pack will be available day and date, containing the new DVD as well as the original action blockbuster DVD, The Scorpion King starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, priced at $36.98 SRP.

“By far Universal’s most ambitious DVD OriginalTM to date, The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior raises the made-for-DVD bar to the next level with production values that deliver theatrical-style action, adventure and excitement,” said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures Digital Platforms. “Our strong track record in this arena has encouraged us to pursue this market even more aggressively as of late.  With The Mummy continuing to successfully build on its global popularity and appeal at the box office, we saw a unique opportunity to offer home entertainment consumers a new, engaging experience that embraces the iconic elements they love about this franchise.”

The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior is the latest in a series of top-selling Universal DVD Original® releases that includes American Pie Presents: Beta House and Bring It On: In It to Win It. Both the DVD and Blu-ray are packed with behind-the-scenes interviews, exciting deleted scenes and outtakes, and astonishing Scorpion King secrets.

In addition to Couture, the cast of The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior features Michael Copon (Bring It On: In It to Win It), Karen David (Batman Begins) and Natalie Becker (The World Unseen).

Alex Florez

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2008/08/12 at 12:00am

CJ7

08.12.2008 | By |

Rating: 2.5

Rated: PG for strong language.
Release Date: 2008-03-07
Starring: Stephen Chow, Chi Keung Fung, Vincent Kok, Sandy Shaw, Kan-Cheung Tsang
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Country:Hong Kong
Official Website: http://www.sonyclassics.com/cj7/

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Mack Chico

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2008/08/12 at 12:00am

Smart People

08.12.2008 | By |

Rating: 2.5

Rated: R for language, brief teen drug and alcohol use, and for some sexuality
Release Date: 2008-04-11
Starring: Mark Poirier
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Official Website: http://www.smartpeople-themovie.com/

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Despite its sharp cast and a few laughs, Smart People is too thinly plotted to fully resonate.

This is not Juno. In fact, I don’t think this movie gives anything new that we haven’t known about. People who are intelligent can be so smart that they lose touch on what’s important, they slowly distance themselves from those who care about them without even realizing it. Smart People got a lot of brain but… not enough heart. Yes it’s smart, witty, and occasionally funny but along the way, something is missing. Something that would make it captivating instead of boring, which is what it is.

All I can say is thank heavens Thomas Haden Church is in this movie. His character is probably the most interesting one. He’d come up with smart-ass remarks and comebacks that are entertaining. Not laugh out loud funny, but good enough to keep us from sleeping.

The tone of the movie for the most part is depressing. The filmmaker wants you to see how smart people can be so detached that when they start to feel something, they don’t know what to do with it or they react in the wrong way. Ellen Page’s character’s crush on her uncle, played by Thomas Haden Church is one example.

Dennis Quaid does an excellent job playing a clueless, unhappy professor, Sarah Jessica Parker has a certain charm and cuteness, but would somebody please give Ellen Page some other character to do!

Don’t get me wrong, I love Juno, but what Ellen Page needs now is not another independent movie (Hard Candy, Tracey Fragment, An American Crime).

She should try another big budget project that would challenge her to do a different role in a different style or genre (she was in X-Men 3 by the way)

The movie does okay in depicting a dysfunctional family without being too outrageous and messed up. But you’ll mostly get frustrated with how it can’t seem to carry itself and bring itself to a good conclusion or resolution.

It’s sorta like hearing a note held for the longest time with only a few fillers from time to time, but only a few unfortunately. The self-realization moments aren’t groundbreaking. This movie fails to leave a lasting impression. It’s another independent movie that will easily be forgotten in time.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/05 at 12:00am

The Counterfeiters

08.5.2008 | By |

Rating: 5.0

Rated: R for some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language.
Release Date: 2008-02-22
Starring: Stefan Ruzowitzky
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Official Website: http://www.sonyclassics.com/thecounterfeiters/

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The Counterfeiters is a great film which tells the true story of the Nazi attempts to forge bank notes during the Second World War.They grouped together from the camps anybody that had any printing, paper, forging, currency knowledge etc. They set about to create a mini-production line to forge the Pound (UK Currency) and the later the Dollar (USA Currency).

For the men involved their lives depended on their success. Due to the work involved they were treated well compared to others, but their lives were always in the balance.

The lead actor, Karl Markovics, who played Salomon Sorowitsch was amazing and stole the film to my mind. He played the character well, ruthless in one respect, compassionate in another. Although he was a criminal, a master forger, he lived by his own set of ethics. Which he stood fast to, regardless of the situation.

This film really questions your own beliefs, what would you do in this situation? If you help, then you help to fund the Nazi war machine. Let them put more people in camps, in the same position as you.

If you stick to your morals/ethics/beliefs whatever you like to call them. Then you face certain death. You are basically between a rock and a hard place regardless. So you can either give up all you belief in an effort to survive, or you can stick to your beliefs and die. What is more important?

A very good film indeed and to me Karl Markovics played a stunning role. He is certainly an actor I will look out for in the future.

 

Alex Florez

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2008/04/04 at 12:00am

Shine a Light

04.4.2008 | By |

Rating: 3.0

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The Rolling Stones was here for a concert not too long ago, but since tickets were priced way out of my league, there was no way I could have seen them in action live unless I opted for the cheapest of the lot and sat well away from the stage. So I got to thank Martin Scorsese for having design and capture some definitive moments from a Rolling Stones performance, and share that stage magic the quartet provide when they’re at their element, on a celluloid screen, captured for posterity.

Make no mistake, the entire movie is just like being there at a Rolling Stones concert, only that you’ll have to ensure the cinema hall has great sound system installed, and you can’t actually smell the sweat the rockers exude, even though you get to go really up close and personal during their performance, something which even the standing-only front row pit will not allow. You can even throw your hands up in the air only to irk those seated behind you, unless they and everyone else are game enough to turn the sedate cinema atmosphere into a party one. So this review (if I can call it one) largely depends on whether you’re a Stones fan to appreciate, or for non-fans to want to give them a go, to kick back, relax (if you can) or just soak in the rollickingly wild atmosphere and immerse yourself into a Rolling Stones experience.

More than 20 songs were performed (if my mental counter serves me right), and for a Rolling Stones fan, you’ll likely be satisfied them all for the price that you fork out. For a simple fleeting fan like me, it’s an eye (ear?) opener to a lot more of their music, as well as an opportunity to watch them in action on the cheap. The first 10 minutes or so was the setup, with Scorsese worrying and fussing over how to film the Stones in action, and to want to have their set of songs as early as possible so that he could plan certain shots. But of course Mick Jagger and the gang got other ideas, as they flit from performance to performance during their “A Bigger Bang” tour, only to connect physically with Scorsese when they’re at the designated performance stop at the Beacon theatre for the Clinton Foundation – where you’ll get to see how big a fan Bill and Hillary are, together with their 30 strong entourage.

Interspersed throughout the concert performance are plenty of vignettes culled from past interviews spanning from the 60s, which will bring on some laughter as you watch them with perfect hindsight. You will get to see how youthful all of them looked when they first started out, and be amazed at their longevity in this business where bands come and go after making it to the top, if at all. Despite being grand-daddies, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts still look in great physical condition to be touring and strutting their stuff, dishing out high energy, high performance concerts, with Watts even cheekily feinting tiredness at a point. In fact, none of them thought earnestly thought, back in their youths, that they will sustain their popularity, or would have reasons for it, except perhaps Jagger himself who jested that he had dreamt about rocking the stage into his 60s.

Shine a Light doesn’t break any new cinematic ground, even though it has cameras almost everywhere in a concert hall to capture every aspect and angle of the performing stage. In fact, despite Scorsese making appearances in front of the camera, his work behind it, with all due respect, could be replaced with any other director, and the outcome would probably be more or less the same, only because of the fact that it is a Rolling Stones concert with the band holding court from start to end. Would have been more of a blast to be able to see this in the IMAX version though.

 

Ted Faraone

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2008/04/04 at 12:00am

Nim’s Island

04.4.2008 | By |

Rating: 3.0

Rated: PG for mild adventure action and brief language.
Release Date: 2008-04-04
Starring: Joseph Kwong, Paula Mazur, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
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Official Website: http://www.nimsisland.com/

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First, the good news:  Jodie Foster can play comedy.  As agoraphobic, obsessive compulsive action novelist Alexandra Rover in “Nim’s Island,” an adaptation by Joseph Kwong, Paula Mazur, and co-directors Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett of Wendy Orr’s eponymous novel, Foster is both funny and convincing.  At physical comedy she approaches Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett.  “Nim’s Island” should earn Foster her fifth Oscar nomination.
 
Now the bad news:  The screenplay does not do justice to the performances.  Rather than show the idyllic love between 11-year-old prodigy Nim Rusoe (Abigail Breslin), her dad Jack (a scientist, the other half of Butler’s dual role), and their menagerie of almost-human animals on an uncharted island, the screenplay hammers it home.  Every scene between Breslin and Butler fairly oozes saccharine.
 
Plot centers on the unlikely convergence of a monsoon, which maroons Jack in mid ocean, the chance discovery of the island by a cruise ship crew who resemble modern day pirates, and Alexandra “Alex” Rover’s writer’s block.  With Jack gone, Nim reads his emails and answers one from Alex, her favorite novelist.  An email relationship develops almost overnight.  There’s a catch.  Nim believes that Alex Rover, the author, is the swashbuckling, Indiana Jones – style adventurer of novels.  Nim does not know that ‘he” is a “she,” let alone a nutcase.  With her island about to be invaded by tourists and her dad in danger, Nim begs Alex to travel half-way around the world to come to her aid.
 
Challenged to overcome her fears, Alexandra’s inner conflict, played out with her alter ego, brings out just about every agoraphobic, obsessive compulsive joke that one can imagine, and Foster plays them to the hilt.
 
When the chips are down, Nim and Jack resort to the Mr. Wizardry that endeared the “MacGyver” TV show to a generation of kids.  His mast broken by the monsoon, his boat leaking, Jack rigs a pump and fashions a propeller, turning his sailboat into an airboat.  Nim enlists Selkie the sea lion to pass noxious gas near the tourists’ launch.  She then catapults lizards onto their faces on the beach.  Finally, she fakes a volcanic eruption – and gets a real one – to scare off the cruise ship crowd.
 
Expect PG-rated “Nim’s Island” to fare well with kids and fans of the novel.

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