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Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) [R]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $08.75
Review-lite: Resident Evil: Extinction—perhaps the title implies the direction of the film franchise a little too well. The disappointing ending left fans in the midnight preview stunned for it either guarantees a sequel or is one of the most unfufilling endings to a film franchise ever leaving major loose ends. Russell Mulchay helmed this installment; and, therefore, the humanistic elements of Alice (Milla Jovovich) are more omnipresent than the previous two films. Give her credit, Jovovich has created one of the most powerful and enduring female heroines of the past decade despite the less than brilliant screenplays. This outing, focuses on Alice's reunion with Carlos (Oded Fehr) as part of a caravan run by Claire ("Heroes" star Ali Larter). The caravan elects to journey to Alaska based on Alice's hope they can find refuge there at last. Unfortunately, Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen) might have other plans for them. (click for full details and complete review)

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September Dawn (2007) [R]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $11.50
Review-lite: September Dawn, directed by Christopher Cain and starring Jon Voight, Trent Ford, Shaun Johnston, and Tamara Hope presents a controversial look at what has come to be known as the Mountain Meadow Massacre in which approximately 120 emigrant men, women, and children on their way from Arkansas to California were slaughtered over a five day period just outside Cedar City in the Utah Territory in September of 1857 by the Mormon townspeople under the authority of the local Bishop, Jacob Samuelson. Controversy aside, the film has merit both in its ability to provoke conversation about the emergence of religious fanaticism in response to bigotry and discrimination and its notion that good men can be driven to do terrible things. Jon Voight gives a a powerful performance, and the sub-plot love story gives reason for hope even during times of grave despair. (click for full details and complete review)

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September Dawn [DVD](2006)

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Shoot 'Em Up (2007) [R]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $14.25
Review-lite: This film was an absolute blast and one of the most fun films made exclusively for grown ups in recent memory. It is way, way over the top. Way, way! It's about time that somebody made a film in the pure action genre that can be as satisfying and entertaining as the most richly written dramatic feature. Shoot 'Em Up is one of those films that when you see it, you just know that it's going to spawn most of the following in tribute to its greatness: sequels, knock offs, rip offs, send ups, and, of course, the obligatory "SNL" sketches with or without Paul Giamatti or Clive Owen hosting the show. Michael Davis, in his first really big picture, delivers big time in a raucous, extraordinary, over-the-top action picture that further raises the bar of expectations when it comes to adult-oriented action films. (click for full details and complete review)

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War (2007) [R]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $14.00
Review-lite: Fans of the action thriller this is your Holy Grail! War, starring Jet Li and Jason Statham, is the best action thriller of 2007 and has, by far, the best twists of any film this year. Directed by music-video director Philip G. Atwell and penned by debut screenwriters, this combination would seem an unlikely match up for a no holds barred, non-stop action thriller ready to take Die Hard fans down a new rabbit hole. With the motive of revenge like no one has conceived it before, the twist and then double twist will have fans of the genre rethinking their expectations. Still saturated with the crucial ingredients of marvelous stunt work, and well-choreographed fights, gun battles, and traditional rooftop chases, War never ceases to keep you off guard and balance. See it, but be prepared for War. (click for full details and complete review)

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