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Gray Matters (2007) [PG-13] -- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $11.50
Review-lite: What if your closest sister promised to help you find your dream girl, and then fell in love with her herself? Such is the story of this twisty romantic comedy starring Heather Graham as Gray, the sister and best friend of Sam (Thomas Cavanagh), and their mutual love interest Charlie (Bridget Moynahan). Gray Matters, written and directed by Sue Kramer, though the title rings of too many colliding bad clichés, fulfills its niche just fine. There's nothing too spectacular about the story or the characters. Everything about it is nice. There's nothing ground-breaking about it. It just seems very natural. We still live in a world brimming with prejudice and hatred toward people who possess biological differences they cannot or will not comprehend. Films like this help to remind us of the reality of people who cannot control whom they love or why despite our proper societal pressures and falsely perceived norms. (click for full details and complete review)

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Reno 911!: Miami (2007) [R] -- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $5.50
Review-lite: "Cops" parody "Reno 911!" depicts the lives of the Reno Sheriff's Department has reached the big screen as Reno 911!: Miami with its somewhat humorous moments though not enough to induce a downloading frenzy for seasons 1-4 from iTunes™. While the humor was degrees above duds like Let's Go to Prison and Beerfest, primarily due to the cast of zany characters and actors who take themselves way too seriously to the point of great parody, the net effect of the story wasn’t terribly entertaining. Co-writer / director Ben Garant has probably re-created the look and feel of the show. Unfortunately, the result is only semi-humorous with too much focus on the tensions of race and gender preferences and non-fashion model body types. Fans of the show may enjoy this; but, for everyone else, this little slice of a world we had not known previously is, perhaps, best left undiscovered. (click for full details and complete review)

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Reno 911!: The Complete Fourth Season Uncensored! [DVD](2006)
All 11 episodes from the fourth season--including "Weigel's Pregnant," "The Junior Bros.," "Rick's on It," "Son of a Chechekevitch," and "The Investigation Continues"--are collected in a two-disc set. 5 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary; extended scene; more.

Reno 911!: The Complete Second Season Uncensored! [DVD](2004)
All 16 episodes from the second season--including "Dangle Retires," "Religion in Reno," "Security for Kenny Rogers," "Raineesha X," and "Investigation Concluded"--are collected, with uncensored language, in a three-disc set. 5 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; deleted scenes; outtakes.

Reno 911!: The Complete Third Season Uncensored! [DVD](2005)
All 12 episodes from the third season--including "American Dangle," "SARS," "The Hot Tub King," "Crime Scene Idiots," and "Craig's Question"--are collected in a two-disc set. 4 2/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary on selected episodes; deleted scenes; extended scenes.

Reno 911!: Reno's Most Wanted Uncensored [DVD](2003)
Watch as the most incompetent members of Reno's law enforcement community train to deal with a terrorist attack, join in in a scavenger hunt, keep the streets safe from roller-skating male hustler Terry, and much more in this collection of seven of the best episodes from the popular Comedy Central series, including "Scavenger Hunt," "Reverend Gigg LeCarp," "Officer Smiley," "Reading Ron," and more. 154 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Reno 911!: The Complete First Season [DVD](2003)
All 14 episodes from the debut season--including the pilot, "Clementine's Pregnant," "Wiegel Suicide Watch," "Dangle's Moving Day," and "Halloween"--are collected in a two-disc set. 5 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; alternate scenes; deleted scenes; audio commentary.

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Bridge to Terabithia (2007) [PG] -- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $11.75
Review-lite: Jeff Stockwell and David Paterson have adapted David's mother's novel, Bridge to Terabithia for direction by Gabor Csupo. Young actors Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb take the leading roles as Jesse Aarons and Leslie Burke, two sixth graders who become friends via an imaginary world they create to protect themselves from the woes of their real, pre-teen lives. Those unfamiliar with Bridge to Terabithia and relying on the preview will be disappointed to find this is not about kids traveling to a spectacular world of fantasy, battling incredible characters, and emerging victorious. Quite arguably, this is not for kids at all, especially not little kids. Instead, the story serves grown-ups better for it illustrates, in an extremely tragic way, the problem with our cultural evolutionary history which has adults all but abandoning everything that makes life worth living by the time we must grow up and get serious with life. (click for full details and complete review)

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Bridge To Terabithia [Blu-ray](2007)

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Miss Potter (2006) [PG] -- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $13.50
Review-lite: Having grown up on Peter Rabbit it was delightful to get a look into the life of one of the world's greatest children's authors, Miss Beatrix Potter, via the lens of Chris Noonan's new film, Miss Potter. A member of the English upper class, Beatrix had every childhood need met by servants and an over-bearing mother. Her father cultivated her talent for drawing imaginative characters and telling clever tales. Renée Zellweger portrays the adult Beatrix beautifully in the film with only an occasional of over-enthusiasm. From the point of view of historical biography, the film does and exquisite job of capturing the infectious zest for the imagination that was such a prominent ingredient of Beatrix Potter's life's work. The film could have been a bit more magical than it was, still it aptly portrays the life of this incredible, forward-thinking person who gave so much joy to the world. (click for full details and complete review)

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