Capsule No. 100

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Most Recent Movie Reviews:
review archive: 200520062007

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Movie Review of The Great Debaters (2007) [PG-13] 123 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $14.50
It may have come as some what of a surprise when the Golden Globe Awards for the film year 2007 were announced, and Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters was listed among the seven films nominated for Best Picture in the Dramatic category. Upon seeing the film, though, all surprise should quickly dissipate. This is not only the right film for Mr. Washington—unlike his atypical performance and contributions to American Gangster—to act in, but also for him to direct. From start to end, this unlikely story about the first all-black college in the United States to ever be invited to debate the national collegiate debate champions, packs powerful performances and brilliant speeches that were honestly the first ones I've ever heard applauded during a movie along with receiving one "Amen!". Not only does the film introduce cross-examination, collegiate debate style to the masses, it serves well as a worthy reminder of the societal wrongs that can commence when groups of people presume superiority over others.…continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) [R] 86 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $11.00
The first thing to like about Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is the name and the tag line. Any film with the word 'requiem' which means, in this case, "a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person", in the title, has got to be good, right? Recall, Requiem for a Dream, for example. As for the tag line which began appearing on posters, "This Christmas there will be no peace on Earth," what's not to love about the creativity of that line? Well, other than the obvious fact that many within the Christian faith are growing weary of seeing one of their most sacred holidays being used in movie tag lines. The second thing to like is the story. Now, it might sound odd to be heralding a story about Aliens and Predators when there are brilliant scripts out there like the one for Juno or Lars and the Real Girl or even Walk Hard, but give this one a small chance to present its case. What the writer, Shane Salerno, has done with this opportunity is to create a rather compelling fable. And what better time for fables, then the winter holiday season. …continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) [PG] 111 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $9.00
The folks at Walden Media who brought us, and won't ever seem to let us forget it, the film version of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, have been 'hurriedly' scurrying about seemingly with the goal of adapting every piece of literature having anything to do with children to the big screen. The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep based on Dick King-Smith's book is the most recent. Whether the fault of the adaptation by Robert Nelson Jacobs or the original story itself (apologies for I haven't read it), the film version is sadly lacking on many fronts. The film story unfolds as an elderly gentlemen in a pub, who all-too-predictably turns out to be the elder version of the story's main character Angus MacMorrow (Brian Cox), invites to wayward travelers to hear a fantastic tale of the origins of the Loch Ness monster. As they listen, he flashes back on his childhood to the days when he found the alabaster-covered egg that eventually hatches into the flipper-finned, waddling sea creature of legend and how he became Crusoe's closest friend.…continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of P.S. I Love You (2007) [PG-13] 126 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $13.75
Be forewarned that while P.S. I Love You is the romantic comedy of the holiday season, it is also the romantic tragedy. Co-writer / Director Richard LaGravenese seems to have a knack for pushing Hilary Swank in new directions as demonstrated when the two paired up for one of the 2007's least known great movies, Freedom Writers which came out in January which he also wrote and directed. This time, he and Steven Rogers adapted Cecelia Ahern's novel for the big screen. The result, while definitely a Hilary Swank vehicle, is a bittersweet tale of love from beyond the grave—not in a supernatural way, in a "your dead husband leaves behind letters for you to receive after his is unexpectedly diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor" kind of way.…continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) [R] 117 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $14.25
If Tim Burton was planning a sequel to Edward Scissorhands to reunite Johnny Depp with blades, he sort of got his wish in his direction of the translation of the acclaimed Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd" to film. Not every stage musical adjusts well to the motion picture medium, and some would say none do except those which one has not scene on stage first. Partly because of the surprisingly seductive portrayal of the leading venge-meister by Johnny Depp and partly because of the keen eye for dark scale of Tim Burton, the transition amounts to something nearly quite as spectacular as it is sinister.…continued…or read the spoiler points

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Other Recent Reviews:
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) [R] 96 minutes WIP™ Scale: $14.25
Charlie Wilson's War (2007) [R] 97 minutes WIP™ Scale: $14.50
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) [PG] 124 minutes WIP™ Scale: $11.75
Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) [PG] 90 minutes WIP™ Scale: $12.25
I Am Legend (2007) [PG-13] 101 minutes WIP™ Scale: $14.00
Atonement (2007) [R] 130 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.50
My Kid Could Paint That (2007) [PG-13] 82 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.75
The Golden Compass (2007) [PG-13] 113 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.00
No Country for Old Men (2007) [R] 122 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.50
Awake (2007) [R] 78 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.00
I'm Not There (2007) [R] 135 minutes WIP™ Scale: $11.50
Lust, Caution (2007) [NC-17] 157 minutes WIP™ Scale: $14.25
The Mist (2007) [R] 127 minutes WIP™ Scale: $11.75
Enchanted (2007) [PG] 107 minutes WIP™ Scale: $12.25
August Rush (2007) [PG] 104 minutes WIP™ Scale: $12.50
This Christmas (2007) [PG-13] 117 minutes WIP™ Scale: $9.00
Hitman (2007) [R] 100 minutes WIP™ Scale: $14.00
Crazy Eights (2007) [R] 80 minutes WIP™ Scale: $9.50
Nightmare Man (2007) [R] 94 minutes WIP™ Scale: $4.25
Love in the time of Cholera (2007) [R] 138 minutes WIP™ Scale: $14.25
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) [G] 93 minutes WIP™ Scale: $11.00

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Film Premiere and Award Photo Sets
archive: 2007

Listed in Order of Publication in the mEd database not necessarily chronologically...

Film-Related Awards, Galas, and Celebrity Event Photo Sets
2nd Annual Anniversary Gala For Charity: Water Disney High School Musical Family NightEin Herz fuer Kinder GalaUPI Entertainment Photos of the Year4th Dubai International Film Festival65th annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations13th Annual Critics' Choice Award NominationsWill Smith Cement Ceremony at Grauman's Chinese TheatreJules Verne Adventure Film Festival Special Awards Presentation (2007)Five Women in Film and Television Awards (2007)Theatregoers' Choice Awards (2007)AFI Awards (2007)AFI Industry Awards (2007)Hollywood Reporter's 16th Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast(continued)

Film Premiere Photo Sets
Cassandra's Dream (Premiere) • No End in Sight Special Screening Photos - NYC (Premiere) • Orphanage, The (Premiere) • Bucket List, The (Premiere) • Charlie Wilson's War (Premiere) • I Am Legend (Premiere) • Great Debaters, The (Premiere) • Juno (Premiere) • National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Premiere) • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Premiere) • In the Land of Women (Premiere) • My Kid Could Paint That (Premiere) • St. Trinian's (Premiere) • Superbad (Premiere) • There Will Be Blood (Premiere) • Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, The (Premiere) • P.S. I Love You (Premiere) • Control (Premiere) • Jumper Trailer (Premiere) • Youth Without Youth (Premiere) • Kite Runner, The (Premiere) • (continued)

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Brand New Movie Posters Just In:
New Movie Poster Archive: 2007 | TV Posters: 2005 2006 2007
New as of 26-December-07
Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (version F) • In Bruges • Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (version B) • Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (version D) • Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (version C)

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Recent Movie Star Birthdays:
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Jason BehrJude LawDenzel Washington
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Eliza Dushku
Tyrese Gibson
Kristin Kreuk
Mekhi Phifer
Thomas Dekker
Vanessa Ferlito
Sienna Miller
Maggie Smith
Emilie de RavinJared LetoSissy Spacek
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Movies Now on DVD and Download:
DVD releases: Archive / This Week / Next Week

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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)(click to purchase Rush Hour 3)

Also This Week:

Brothers Solomon, TheEastern PromisesThe Heartbreak KidThe Kingdom

Previously Announced Available for Pre-Order:

3:10 to YumaAcross the UniverseAssassination of Jesse JamesBecoming JaneBlack IrishBlind DatingDaddy Day CampDeath SentenceDragon WarsElizabeth: The Golden AgeFeast of LoveFierce PeopleGone Baby GoneGood Luck ChuckI Could Never Be Your WomanI Think I Love My WifeIn the Shadow of the MoonInto the WildIntroducing the DwightsIra & AbbyJoshuaKing of CaliforniaKing of KongLadrón que roba a ladrónMr. WoodcockResident Evil: ExtinctionRocket ScienceSaw IVSeptember DawnShoot 'Em UpSunshineSydney WhiteThe Brave OneThe CombacksThe Game PlanThe Hunting PartyThe InvasionThe Jane Austen Book ClubThe NinesThe TenTradeWarWe Own the NightWhy Did I Get Married?

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Movies Coming Soon:
Dynamic Calendar Jan 07 - Jun 09 with links to official sites, trailers, and reviews
Plain Calendars: 2006 / 2007 / 2008-09

Tuesday, 25 December

Alien Vs. Predator Requiem • The Great Debaters • Waterhorse: Legend of the Deep
in limited release only: The Bucket List • Persepolis

Tuesday, 26 December

in limited release only: There Will Be Blood • The Savages

Friday, 28 December

in limited release only: The Orphanage

Friday, 4 January

One Missed Call
in limited release only: The Killing of John Lennon

*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.

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Top 10 Hottest-Selling Movie Posters:
(source: our friends at MovieGoods®—one of the biggest movie poster supply companies)
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Across the UniverseNational Treasure:
Book of Secrets
I Am LegendThe Dark Knight
Sweeney ToddEnchantedThe Golden CompassCloverfield
Iron ManHarold and Kumar 2
(accurate as of 30-Dec-2007)

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Movie Poster Extravaganzas:


Saw fans can rejoice in celebrating the film franchise status for their beloved horror films about malevolent traps being sprung on people with a devious purpose. Here, as is tradition, the franchise is honored with its own movie poster extravaganza.

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