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Movie Review of Rush Hour 3 (2007) [PG-13] -- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $9.50
Review-lite: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, and director Brett Ratner reunite for Rush Hour 3 with only modest success at recapturing that indescribable element that made the first two far better than anticipated. There are some decent twists, and the final action sequence is pretty good—more reminiscent of the previous movies than the rest of this film. There's just nothing that special this time around, nothing that makes this film stand out, and too much time has passed for us to have maintained any sort of loyalty to the characters such that we are dying to find out what has become of them. The net result is a very watered-down version of the stuff that made the first two films refreshing fun.(click for full details and complete review)

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The Brothers Solomon (2007) [R] -- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $4.50
Review-lite: Despite some amusing parts, The Brother Solomon featuring Will Arnett and Will Forte directed by Bob Odenkirk serves more as an extensions of an inside joke that these obviously talented and creative persons concocted to amuse themselves, but to which the rest of us will never quite fully relate. With gags that run too long, and an incredibly odd set of characters and circumstances, the film should have been slated to bypass cinemas and DVDs heading straight to YouTube™ where revenue could have been made off content-targeted ad clicks. (click for full details and complete review)

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Eastern Promises (2007) [R] -- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $13.00
Review-lite: Best known for his spectacular horror films, David Cronenberg delves again into the psychological thriller genre with Eastern Promises. Featuring Naomi Watts as an English midwife of Russian descent who finds herself in the midst of a complex chess game played with the lives of real people by the vory v zakone (Russian Maffia), the film opens with the death of a pregnant girl during delivery of her daughter. Finding relatives to care for it becomes her obsession and the dead girl's diary her only key. Soon, she will inadvertently find herself embroiled in a complex power struggle in a family triangle between elder, Semyon (Armin Mueller-Stahl), his heir and son, Kirill (Vincent Cassel), and Kirill's underling, Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen). Still mastering this genre, Cronenberg has made two interesting and very good films, with Eastern Promises surpassing A History of Violence a bit as the better of the two. (click for full details and complete review)

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The Heartbreak Kid (2007) [R]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $6.00
Review-lite: Going from bad to worse, poor Ben Stiller seems to have found himself in purgatory with the Farrelley Brother's remake of Neil Simon's The Heartbreak Kid. In Night at the Museum, Stiller's character found himself chased by a T. Rex. Here he's the victim of his own bad decisions, especially that to marry Lila (Malin Ackerman) who, like a Transformer®, is "more than meets the eye" in all the wrong ways you can imagine. Without much real humor, and a story that was poorly ported to the 2000s, the film flounders 'Farrelley' well into oblivion. (click for full details and complete review)

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The Kingdom (2007) [R]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $13.00
Review-lite: Actor / Director Peter Berg's ten-year plan to deliver an insider's look into the investigation of a terrorist bombing in Saudi Arabia erupts with some spectacularly horrific footage of an oil company compound's family picnic and softball came being bombed. Unfortunately, the team of FBI Special Agents led by Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) arrives with USAer arrogance in tow hindering the investigation. Eventually, the final act delivers an incredible battle scene, but also sends mixed messages as to the final point of the film's story. Ashraf Barhom as Colonel Al Ghazi steals the show on the acting front with his and Jamie Foxx's characters being the most well-developed in Matthew Michael Carnahan's script. (click for full details and complete review)

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