Capsule No. 105

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Most Recent Movie Reviews:
review archive: 2005200620072008

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Movie Review of The Eye (2008) [PG-13] 97 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $12.00
With the popularity of Japanese ghost stories translated into USA hit films like The Grudge, it was only a matter of time before someone would attempt a Chinese ghost story, this time Jo Jo Yuet-chun Hui, Danny Pang, and Oxide Pang Chun's Gin gwai known now as the Jessica Alba vehicle, The Eye. The film begins with a brief glimpse at the suicide of a young woman to a chorus of children chanting bruja (witch) outside her home someplace in Mexico—this before the opening credits. Then we meet a accomplished, blind violinist named Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba) whose warmth and charm are only exceeded by her virtuoso status on her favorite instrument. She speaks in voice over a bit about her life. She's been functionally blind since the age of five when both of her corneas were damaged. Yet, she's been able to develop an appreciation for the beauty the world possesses as revealed through her other now heightened senses. One of the most insightful things she reveals about herself is a hidden desired she's always held that to actually see music. …continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of Teeth (2008) [R] 88 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $12.50
Now here's a shocking tale ripe with irony illustrating the chief and potentially fatal flaw of male kind. Mitchell Lichtenstein's Sundance 2007 favorite, Teeth, finally gets a limited USA release. Some who see it, may wish for it to stay as limited as possible for it is a gruesome story of female empowerment at the expense of males, albeit well-deserved in this case, dismemberment. Young Dawn, growing up in the shadow of two nuclear power plant water-cooling towers, has a childhood encounter with her stepbrother in their play pool that he would long remember. The two were showing off their privates out of view of their soon-to-be-shared parents, when soon-to-be step brother Brad decides to look with his hands and gets, well, bitten. Years later, when Dawn (Jess Weixler) is now a full-figured teenager who's made a promise to her purity and leads her high school chastity until marriage group with the fervency only the purist of Puritans would fully appreciate, she will find herself endowed with a special level of protection from males most frightful and uncommon.…continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of Over Her Dead Body (2008) [PG-13] 95 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $9.00
Jeff Lowell's writing debut was the scathingly smart, dead on indictment of suburban teen, high school clique culture, John Tucker Must Die. In this, Over Her Dead Body, his directing debut, he smacks a foul ball in trying to make a romantic comedy about a persnickety bride-to-be who's accidentally crushed to death on her wedding day by a wingless ice angel who fails to listen to her after-life instructions only to believe it her new ethereal mission to protect her near-husband from having any life after her at all. Running counter to this story is another about a psychic caterer, Ashley (Lake Bell) and her sidekick, something's not right about him, gay best friend, Dan (Jason Biggs) who are trying to make a living despite his utter ineptitude in the kitchen which keeps ruining her psychic sessions. Lo and behold their stories will, of course, intertwine when Chloe (Lindsay Sloane), meddling sister of the woe-begotten near-groom Henry (Paul Rudd) sends him to meet Ashley hoping that contact with his departed Kate (Eva Longoria Parker) will allow him, at last, to move on with his life. A man of science and doctor of veterinarian medicine, Henry is skeptical of Ashley's abilities until she starts getting some things really right—Chloe offering up Kate's diary to help Ashley appear more convincing didn't hurt. And, as contrivance would have it, Henry starts to fall for Ashley over Kate's dead body. …continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of Strange Wilderness (2008) [R] 87 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $3.00
Strange Wilderness—something that plays out like it was hatched in the minds of people completely out of touch with reality at the time, written by supercilious teenagers with bonafide contempt for their intended audience, acted out by people whose careers were over 40 years ago (and some actually were), aged in a rotting cesspool, and then smeared on the screen as if to say, "We've got big bucks, we can make whatever we want, and you people will be dumb enough to pay your hard-earned money to watch it."--stands on track to be quickly forgotten as one of the worst, most mundane, deflating, and pointless films of the decade.…continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of How She Move (2008) [PG-13] 98 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $12.25
Back in 1983, there were some eyebrows raised when a brazen film critic for the Columbine Courier gave the film, Flashdance, a daringly positive review. The film when on to spawn a new generation of love for dance in film that really has never entirely subsided. With her body double and Irene Cara song, Jennifer Beals inspired a generation despite the opinions of critics and skeptics at the time. In many ways, Ian Iqbal Rashid's How She Move shares much in common with the 80s trendsetter. With a virtual unknown leading lady, Rutina Wesley, playing a smart young daughter of Jamaican immigrants, Raya Green) who must step dance her way back into her independent school education when funds her parents had saved for her tuition get co-opted to help get her older sister off drugs. Unfortunately, Raya's sister does not survive the intervention succumbing to the dangers of drug abuse. Upon returning home, Raya finds her old friends, especially Michelle (Tré Armstrong) are not so keen on having her back, as Michelle put it, "slumming" with them. Desperate for cash to pay her tuition and certain she's failed the scholarship exam, Raya begs and then steps her way onto Bishop's step crew rejecting Michelle's offer to join her team—she knows they'll never give big prizes to a girls team. Bishop (Dwain Murphy) initially has a hard time selling his crew on the addition of a female stepper, but when they see what she can do their concerns are put to rest.…continued…or read the spoiler points

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Other Recent Reviews:
U2 3D (2008) [G] 85 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.75
Rambo (2008) [R] 93 minutes WIP™ Scale: $6.00
Meet the Spartans (2008) [PG-13] 84 minutes WIP™ Scale: $5.75
Untraceable (2008) [R] 100 minutes WIP™ Scale: $9.75
27 Dresses (2008) [PG-13] 107 minutes WIP™ Scale: $9.75
Mad Money (2008) [PG-13] 104 minutes WIP™ Scale: $9.50
Cloverfield (2008) [PG-13] 90 minutes WIP™ Scale: $12.00
In the Name of the King (2008) [PG-13] 124 minutes WIP™ Scale: $8.00
The Bucket List (2007) [PG-13] 97 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.75
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

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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
George Clooney Holds UN Press ConferenceVirtuosos Awards at the SBIFF 200814th Annual Screen Actors Guild® Award Winners60th Annual Directors Guild Award Ceremony2007 Razzies® Nominations80th Annual Academy Award Nominations(continued)

Film Premiere Photo Sets
The Eye (Premiere) • Fool's Gold (Premiere) • Over Her Dead Body (Premiere) • Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (Premiere) • CSNY déjà vu (Premiere) • Definitely, Maybe (Premiere) • Saving Grace (Premiere) • Towelhead (Premiere) • The Year Of Getting To Know Us (Premiere) • Assassination of a High School President (Premiere) • Quantum of Solace (Premiere) • A Raisin in the Sun (Premiere) • Rambo (Premiere) • Savage Grace (Premiere) • The Visitor (Premiere) • August (Premiere) • The Deal (Premiere) • Death in Love (Premiere) • Savage Grace (Premiere) • Sleepwalking (Premiere) • Untraceable (Premiere) • Adventures of Power (Premiere) • Baghead (Premiere) • Henry Poole Is Here (Premiere) • Incendiary (Premiere) • Made In America (Premiere) • Phoebe in Wonderland (Premiere) • Pretty Bird (Premiere) • Quid Pro Quo (Premiere) • Smart People (Premiere) • Be Kind, Rewind (Premiere) • Bigger Stronger Faster (Premiere) • Half-Life (Premiere) • The Last Word (Premiere) • Nobel Son (Premiere) • What Just Happened? (Premiere) • American Son (Premiere) • Bottle Shock (Premiere) • Diary of the Dead (Premiere) • Great Buck Howard, The (Premiere) • The Merry Gentleman (Premiere) • Real Time (Premiere) • Sunshine Cleaning (Premiere) • Transsiberian (Premiere) • The Wackness (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 26-January-08
Poster for The Dark Knight (C version) • Poster for Monsters, Inc. (International version) • Poster for Ratatouille (C version) • Poster for Atonement (B version) • Poster for Hannah Montana: One In A Million (A version) • Poster for I Am Legend (Int'l B version) • Poster for The Dark Knight (B version)

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Recent Movie Star Birthdays:
birthdays: last month / this month / next month / by month / alphabetically
[click star names to see tribute pages]
Nathan LaneFarrah FawcettBrian Krause
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Justin Timberlake
Christian BaleOprah Winfrey
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Minnie Driver
Andrew Keegan
Elijah Wood
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Movies Now on DVD and Download:
DVD releases: Archive / This Week / Next Week

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The Combacks (2007) [PG-13]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $03.00
Review-lite: Well, you always have two choices in life when it comes to a movie: see it or not. This would be a not. (click for full details and complete review)(click to purchase The Comebacks)

Also This Week:

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Daddy Day CampIra & AbbyKing of CaliforniaKing of KongLadrón que roba a ladrónThe NinesRocket ScienceTrade

Previously Announced Available for Pre-Order:
30 Days of NightAcross the UniverseAmerican GangsterAssassination of Jesse JamesBecoming JaneBlind DatingThe Brave OneThe CombacksThe Darjeeling LimitedElizabeth: The Golden AgeFeast of LoveFierce PeopleFor the Bible Tells Me SoGone Baby GoneI Could Never Be Your WomanI Think I Love My WifeIn the Shadow of the MoonInto the WildIntroducing the DwightsThe Jane Austen Book ClubRenditionResurrecting the ChampWe Own the NightWhy Did I Get Married?

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New films same day as DVD-$14.99

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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, 1 February

The Eye • Hannah Montana Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Movie • Over Her Dead Body • Strange Wilderness
in limited release only: Caramel, Shrooms

Friday, 8 February

Fool's Gold • The Hottie and the Nottie • Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
in limited release only: The Band's Visit, Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show, In Bruges, Spiral

*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 KnightHarold and Kumar 2RamboAcross the Universe
National Treasure:
Book of Secrets
CloverfieldSweeney ToddSpeed Racer
Horton Hears a WhoStep Up 2
(accurate as of 3-Feb-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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