Capsule No. 80

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Most Recent Movie Reviews:
(complete lists of reviews for 2005, 2006, 2007)

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Movie Review of El Cantante (2007) [R] 106 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $12.25
Two years ago, audiences were wowed by the performances of Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon when they 'walked the line' as Johnny and June Carter Cash. With a slightly different take as far as biopic structure goes, Director Leon Ichaso, nonetheless brings to live for millions of fans the likewise incredibly tragic lives of Salsa sensation Hector Lavoe and his wife Puchi in his film El Cantante (the singer). First and foremost, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez are outstanding. Sadly, I missed out on the entire Salsa phenomenon, and Marc Anthony's Lavoe makes that loss seem all the more palpable. His electric persona of complete confidence and faith in both his gift and his future envelope you in his life's story so quickly you don't really know how it happened exactly. And forget J-Lo, this is Jennifer Lopez the superstar.....continued...

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Movie Review of Stardust (2007) [PG-13] 128 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $14.25
In England, there's a small town called Wall. So called because it is near a wall the completely surrounds a big field in the town. The wall has been there for centuries, or a far back as anyone can recollect. The only gap is guarded day and night to keep anyone from Wall from getting the idea that he or she should go through. And the sanctity of the Wall has been assured until a young scientist named Dunstan Thorn (Ben Barnes) gets an idea that he really must see what's on the other side of the Wall, and he fairly easily tricks the guard and rushes through the gap. Once on the other side, he finds the field looks pretty much just as it had from his side, in other words, ordinary....continued...

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Movie Review of Skinwalkers (2007) [PG-13] 110 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $7.00
A horror movie released in August that isn't that great, surprise, surprise. A horror movie about two sects of werewolves battling for their survival, hmm sounds a bit like Underworld doesn't it? Well, for all the hype and delays in the release of this film, probably most people involved would sort of like to pretend it never happened. The made-for-Sci-Fi creature movies often have better plots and premises than this film. Most people actually are a bit tired of the werewolf / vampire genre, and some, sadly were probably hoping, due to the title, that this one might be a bit more about the Navajo legend and less like the relatively typical werewolf movie plots we've already seen....continued...or read the spoiler...

Other Recent Reviews:
Rush Hour 3 (2007) [PG-13] 90 minutes WIP™ Scale: $9.50
Daddy Day Camp (2007) [PG] 93 minutes WIP™ Scale: $5.25
Once (2007) [R] 85 minutes WIP™ Scale: $12.00
Underdog (2007) [PG] 84 minutes WIP™ Scale: $10.00
Bratz: The Movie (2007) [PG] 110 minutes WIP™ Scale: $8.25
Hot Rod (2007) [PG-13] 88 minutes WIP™ Scale: $9.00
Cashback (2007) [R] 102 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.50
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) [PG-13] 111 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.00
Talk to Me (2007) [R] 118 minutes WIP™ Scale: $14.75
I Know Who Killed Me (2007) [R] 105 minutes WIP™ Scale: $11.75

Recent Movie Star Birthday Tributes:
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Gillian Anderson
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Movies Now on DVD and Download:
(see the rest of this week's top releases)

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Disturbia (2007) [PG-13] -- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $12.50
Review-lite: In this new take on Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, a suburban teen (Shia LaBeouf) ridden with guilt over his father's death takes out his teen angst by going gonzo on his Spanish teacher landing him in 3 months of in-home incarceration. While derivative and recycled the seemingly unintentional homage to Rear Window and other films of teen terror with a bit of romance thrown in, it's hard to deny the guilty pleasures due to the disturbing events of the film. The film relies on constant tension between the kid's suspicions of his scrutinized neighbor Mr. Turner (David Morse) and the fact he could be very wrong. This creates fear and thrill in the true sense lately nearly ignored in thrillers or scary films. While certainly the film is not on the same plateau with Rear Window (the original version), it was still quite good.
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(DVD releases by week back to 12 June 2007)

Movies Coming Soon:
(complete calendar including links to official sites, trailers, and reviews updated through December 2008*)

Friday, 17 August

Artic Tale • The Invasion • The Last Legion • The Ten • Superbad

Friday, 24 August

Illegal Tender • The Nanny Diaries • Mr. Bean's Holiday • September Dawn • War

*note: Studios constantly change release dates for films. Please be advised that the information on the coming soon page is updated often, but may not be exact.

Movie Poster Extravaganzas:
(complete listing of all the movie poster extravaganzas that have been posted at plus a calendar of ones coming soon)

The Jackie Chan / Chris Tucker Rush Hour Franchise is honored with the traditional movie poster extravaganza--an extreme trip down the red carpet stretching from 1998 to 2007 via movie posters from the three films.

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The Jason Bourne Franchise is honored with the traditional movie poster extravaganza--a trip down memory lane through the Bourne posters.

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