Capsule No. 103

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Most Recent Movie Reviews:
review archive: 2005200620072008

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Movie Review of 27 Dresses (2008) [PG-13] 107 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $9.75
Whether because once one becomes addicted to Judd Apatow approved comedy one just cannot go back or because the plot has been done in one form or another 27 times, 27 Dresses just begs to be hung back up in the closet with it's dusty, bridesmaid dress cousins. Directed by Anne Fletcher from a screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna, it's so odd that neither noticed that their film couldn't have been more formulaic had they just actually taken the scripts from How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and My Best Friends Wedding put them in a fancy new Food Processor from William Sonoma right off the wedding gift list, puréed on high for 15 minutes, and changed the names of the characters around a bit. Sadly, that's basically how 27 Dresses plays out. …continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of Mad Money (2008) [PG-13] 104 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $9.50
Did you ever hear the expression, "Don't get mad, get even"? It applies dually to Callie Khouri's Mad Money starring Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes, and Queen Latifah. First, the story is about one woman's 'madness'—as in loopy—emerging out of her 'being mad'—as in angry—at a society that permits her and her husband to amass a lavish lifestyle that hinges on his large income which evaporates over night when he's downsized. The second application of the expression may arise in people being prompted, in advance, just to skip this film thereby saving anger, frustration, irritation of having spend hard-earned money to see it. The getting even part comes in the form of poor box-office turning into, hopefully, a push for better material for audiences that deserve better.…continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of Cloverfield (2008) [PG-13] 90 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $12.00
10:15 PM 2 July 2007 Hello. I just got home from seeing Transformers, which was amazing. But, one thing I don't want to forget was a trailer I saw for some new movie coming out soon. It was scary and eerie. The Statue of Liberty's head goes flying. That's all I know. It was crazy. Stay tuned.

2:17 AM 18 January 2008Hello again. Crazy. Just got back from seeing Cloverfield directed by Matt Reeves from a script by "LOST" meister Drew Goddard. Actually, there were more people in the theatre tonight for the 11:59 p.m. showing than there were for HP: OotP or for Transformers for that matter. The mood of the audience before the trailers was palpable. Though, admittedly, it wasn't clear how many were there to see Cloverfield and how many were there to see the much-anticipated sneak trailer for the new J.J. Abrams new Star Trek film. As the trailers clicked by, the audience got increasingly quiet until the Leonard Nimoy's voice rang through the loudspeakers. There was a roar. Sorry to report that the trailer gives little other than an assurance of a December release date for the film. The overly expositive trailer for Jumper, however, either gives away too much or was great at increasing anticipation for that film out mid-February. Then, there was dead silent anticipation. No film has received this much Internet hype since Snakes on a Plane—oops, we know how that turned out—disaster. …continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2008) [PG-13] 124 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $8.00
The first giveaway that director Uwe Boll's In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale was headed for a downward spiral, and there're two more, was the appearance of Ron Perlman as the stoic yet chatty Norick. Where's this cat been for the past 20 years? The second was the appearance of Ray Liotta as the perturbingly gleeful villainous chief antagonist and resident sorcerer gone wild, Gallian. The third and final sign, if more than just the first was needed, was the casting of Burt Reynolds as the near-his-end-of-days, King Konreid. If Mr. Reynolds is not the shabby USAer substitute for Sean Connery who is? And his hair and make-up people might have noted that a greyer beard and moustache would have added dignity rather than the salt and pepper contrast they achieved with snow white hair and coal black beard making him look like more of a carnival novelty than a regal king. So, three bad signs are followed up with a film that's probably perfectly released in the relic-month of film releases known as the Dead of Winter January.…continued…or read the spoiler points

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

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Other Recent Reviews:
The Orphanage (2007) [R] 100 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.75
First Sunday (2008) [PG-13] 96 minutes WIP™ Scale: $3.00
There Will Be Blood (2007) [R] 158 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.75
One Missed Call (2008) [PG-13] 87 minutes WIP™ Scale: $4.00
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

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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
Jurors Press Conference - 2008 Sundance Film Festival2008 British Academy of Film and Television Film Award Nominees65th annual Golden Globe Awards Winners13th Annual Critics' Choice Award Winners2007 New York Film Critics Circle Awards19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala(continued)

Film Premiere Photo Sets
Be Kind, Rewind (Premiere) • Bigger Stronger Faster (Premiere) • Half-Life (Premiere) • Nobel Son (Premiere) • The Last Word (Premiere) • What Just Happened? (Premiere) • American Son (Premiere) • Bottle Shock (Premiere) • Diary of the Dead (Premiere) • Great Buck Howard, The (Premiere) • Merry Gentleman, The (Premiere) • Real Time (Premiere) • Sunshine Cleaning (Premiere) • Transsiberian (Premiere) • Wackness, The (Premiere) • Good Dick (Premiere) • Rambo Publicity Event (Premiere) • Yellow Handkerchief, The (Premiere) • In Bruges (Premiere) • Cloverfield (Premiere) • Jumper at MIT (Premiere) • Business of Being Born, The (Premiere) • Oxford Murders, The (Premiere) • Teeth (Premiere) • The Air I Breathe (Premiere) • 27 Dresses (Premiere) • Mad Money (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 14-January-07
Poster for Forbidden Kingdom • Poster for Hancock • Poster for Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (A version) • Poster for Over Her Dead Body • Poster for Semi Pro (Heavy Stock - Rare version) • Poster for Under the Same Moon (A version) • Poster for Untraceable (A version) • Poster for Witless Protection

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Recent Movie Star Birthdays:
birthdays: last month / this month / next month / by month / alphabetically
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Skeet UlrichDolly PartonKevin Costner

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James Earl Jones
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Movies Now on DVD and Download:
DVD releases: Archive / This Week / Next Week

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Good Luck Chuck (2007) [R]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $13.50
Review-lite: With only a couple of drawbacks, Good Luck Chuck starring Dane Cook, Jessica Alba, and Dan Fogler represents one of the most zany, vibrant, and sexually potent comedies of the year. Director Mark Helfrich buckles a bit too much at times to stereotypes while simultaneously celebrating the cool and unique differences between the genders. Therefore, on the one hand it shows some frailty, while on the other great enlightenment. Truly, Good Luck Chuck is an uproarious romantic comedy with a strong sense of understanding of the needs of all kinds of men and women playing to secret desires of both and with the eventual emphasis on finding a true love and equally satisfying soul mates. (click for full details and complete review)(click to purchase Good Luck Chuck)

Also This Week:

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Good Luck ChuckMr. WoodcockThe Ten

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 GoneThe 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 ladrónThe NinesRocket ScienceSaw IVSydney WhiteTradeWe 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, 18 January

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

Friday, 25 January

How She Move • Rambo • Meet the Spartans • Untraceable
in limited release only: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, & 2 Days • The Air I Breathe

*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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The Dark KnightNational Treasure:
Book of Secrets
RamboAcross the Universe
Harold and Kumar 2CloverfieldSweeney ToddIron Man
Horton Hears a WhoSpeed Racer
(accurate as of 18-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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