Capsule No. 102

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Most Recent Movie Reviews:
review archive: 2005200620072008

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Movie Review of The Bucket List (2007) [PG-13] 97 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $13.75
Unrealistic—probably. Silly special effect green screen travel scapes—likely. Unbelievable activities by people who've just undergone intensive chemotherapy—doubtless. Platitudes galore and another film the opens with magnanimous voiceover by Morgan Freeman—definitely. And yet, The Bucket List, when taken at its core can have a miraculous impact on one's soul, if you let it. If you're looking for reasons not to get anything out of it, you probably won't, and you'll probably be better off taking your hypercritical skepticism to see There Will Be Blood. …continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of The Orphanage (2007) [R] 100 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $13.75
Juan Antonio Bayona's El Orfanato (The Orphanage) is more reminiscent of Nicole Kidman's The Others than Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, still, the film is an exceptionally good and well-made scary ghost movie. Featuring the lead talent of Spanish actress Belén Rueda as Laura, the mother of an adopted, HIV+ boy named Simón (oger Príncep), she and her husband, Carlos (Fernando Cayo), have just purchased and moved into an enormous mansion-style old home with a storied history—namely, it used to be the orphanage where Laura resided as a child until she was adopted. Sadly, she was one of the few to leave as the others, generally either too old or possessing various physical differences thought to be challenging for adoptive parents to handle at the time. Excited to be adopting as many as five or six more children to give them a stable family unit, Laura and Carlos, a physician, are embarking on the fulfillment of one of her life-long dreams. Yet, no sooner does the family move in then, of course, some unexplained things start to happen. …continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of First Sunday (2008) [PG-13] 96 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $3.00
It may be too early to deem a film worst of the year given that it's the 11th of January, but First Sunday has all of the makings to rank among the bottom feeders for even worst of the decade. The film is not only just plain poorly done in almost every aspect of filmmaking, the messages, social stereotypes, and retrospectively backwards themes should make this film on the most outrageous film's list—and not Borat sense of the term. Just when genius filmmaker Tyler Perry starts to make inroads into serious dramedy queued for an African-American audience but which transcend ethnic heritage and speak universal truths, this horrendously awful and regressive film starring the badly in need of a new agent, Ice Cube—this being his second 'not so great film' in a row—and Tracy Morgan—as two of the most hapless and non-role model characters ever held up as role models in a film of this kind. …continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of There Will Be Blood (2007) [R] 158 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $13.75
From the opening chord to the final credits roll, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood based on Upton Sinclair's Oil! feels ominous and foreboding. Like a needle in the mind though, something seems off in that which remains in the thoughts after the film's torrential performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview subsides. Here's how it goes, the film starts, a little like 2001: A Space Odyssey with dread-filling dialog-free segment as Plainview struggles to get ore from a mine he's staked, breaks his leg in a terrible fall, and worms his way along the ground to get his results assayed. It's 1902, and this is a great or bad time to be a prospector depending on the combination of skills at play and good, old-fashioned luck. His hard work pays off over time as he learns the ropes in the booming new oil business and scores a couple of lively wells. His world turns upside down, however, when a visit from a truly odd little bird named Paul Sunday (Paul Dano) arrives to lure him to the promised land of oil and honey. …continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of One Missed Call (2008) [PG-13] 87 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $4.00
Looking for the spawn of a hybrid between Final Destination and The Grudge? If so, then you're at the right place…Eric Valette's One Missed Call should fit the bill just perfectly. The only problem is that one would have to wonder why you were looking for such a thing? Do you have a thing for malevolent ghost films? Again, if you do, this is your ticket. Only, be forewarned this one is not quite the caliber, plot-wise, mostly because this has pretty much all been done before. Some people refer to this as unimaginative, recycled, derivative, or just plain over-done. …continued…or read the spoiler points

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Other Recent Reviews:
The Great Debaters (2007) [PG-13] 123 minutes WIP™ Scale: $14.50
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) [R] 86 minutes WIP™ Scale: $11.00
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) [PG] 111 minutes WIP™ Scale: $9.00
P.S. I Love You (2007) [PG-13] 126 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.75
Sweeney Todd (2007) [R] 117 minutes WIP™ Scale: $14.25
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

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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
13th Annual Critics' Choice Award Winners2007 New York Film Critics Circle Awards19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala14th Annual Screen Actors Guild® Award Nominations2nd 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)(continued)

Film Premiere Photo Sets
27 Dresses (Premiere) • Cassandra's Dream (Premiere) • I Am Legend (Premiere) • No End in Sight Special Screening Photos - NYC (Premiere) • Orphanage, The (Premiere) • Bucket List, The (Premiere) • Charlie Wilson's War (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) • (continued)

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Brand New Movie Posters Just In:
New Movie Poster Archive: 2007 / 2008 | TV Posters: 2005 2006 2007
New as of 6-January-07
10,000 B.C. (B version) • 4 Months, 3 Weeks, & 2 Days • American Gangster (Japanese-A version) • American Gangster (Japanese-B version) • Bella (B version) • Charlie Bartlett (D version) • College Road Trip • Definitely Maybe • Drillbit Taylor • Harold and Kumar 2 (C version) • Horton Hears a Who • Indiana Jones 4 (E version) • Meet the Spartans • Nim's Island • No Country for Old Men (B version) • Pride and Glory • Punk's Not Dead (Japanese-A version) • Punk's Not Dead (Japanese-B version) • Redacted • Resident Evil: Extinction (Japanese-B version) • Speed Racer • Step Up 2 the Streets • Strange Wilderness • Sweeney Todd (Japanese-A version) • Terror's Advocate • The Accidental Husband • The Amateurs • The Dark Knight (B version) • The Golden Compass (Japanese version) • The Great Debaters (B version) • The Happening • The Mutant Chronicles (A version) • The Mutant Chronicles (B version) • The Poughkeepsie Tapes • The Spiderwick Chronicles (B version) • You Don't Mess with the Zohan

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Recent Movie Star Birthdays:
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Orlando BloomKirstie AlleyMarc Blucas
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Patrick Dempsey
Michael Peña
Oliver Platt
Amanda Peet
Joey Lauren Adams
David BowieNicolas Cage

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Rachel Nichols
Sarah Polley
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Movies Now on DVD and Download:
DVD releases: Archive / This Week / Next Week

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3:10 to Yuma (2007) [R]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $14.50
Review-lite: James Mangold's directs Christian Bale and Russell Crowe in this tour-de-force remake. Casting, scenery, gorgeous wild west settings outstanding to superstar performances, great gun fights, and a final suspense-filled fifteen minutes from 3 o'clock to fifteen after that will rivet even the most jaded to his or her seat. The ending plays a morality twist a whole herd of people are going to find hard to believe. To get it, to accept it, to own it, they may have to see the film at least a second time paying ever so close attention again to this character triangle between a father, a son, and an admired outlaw and the way in which the three impact each other's lives. 3:10 to Yuma stands out as an early front-runner in the pursuit of Academy Award® hardware and the odds on favorite, to date, for Best Picture of the Year. (click for full details and complete review)(click to purchase 3:10 to Yuma)

Also This Week:

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Black IrishDeath SentenceDragon WarsJoshuaSunshineThe Invasion

Previously Announced Available for Pre-Order:

Across the UniverseAssassination of Jesse JamesBecoming JaneBlind DatingThe Brave OneThe CombacksDaddy Day CampElizabeth: The Golden AgeFeast of LoveFierce PeopleThe Game PlanGone Baby GoneGood Luck ChuckThe Hunting PartyI Could Never Be Your WomanI Think I Love My WifeIn the Shadow of the MoonInto the WildIntroducing the DwightsIra & AbbyThe Jane Austen Book ClubKing of CaliforniaKing of KongLadrón que roba a ladrónMr. WoodcockThe NinesRocket ScienceSaw IVSydney WhiteThe TenTradeWe 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

Friday, 11 January

First Sunday • In The Name of the King• The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie
in limited release only: none

Friday, 18 January

27 Dresses • Fanboys • City of Men • Cloverfield • Mad Money
in limited release only: Cassandra's Dream • Teeth • Taxi to the Dark Side

*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 13-Jan-2008)

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Movie Poster Extravaganzas:


Here we honor two film series as they began and then merged into one mega film franchise: Aliens and Predators then Aliens vs. Predator with a movie poster extravaganza.

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