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The Great Debaters (2007) [PG-13]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $14.50
Review-lite: Starring and directed by Denzel Washington, The Great Debaters follows the story of the Wiley College Debate team coaches by Washington's character, Melvin Tolson—himself an accomplished poet and professor of English during a time in the USA's history when civil rights had still not caught up with the results of the Civil War. The film exemplifies the very highest quality of both pure filmmaking and using film has a vehicle to make a difference on the geopolitical stage via a candid look back at some of the more troubling times in America's history and those who worked against the grain. While similar in feeling to that of a sports team overcoming great odds film, I've never heard audience applause during a sports film like I heard after every stirring speech in The Great Debaters. (click for full details and complete review)

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The Great Debaters [DVD](2007)
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Mad Money (2008) [PG-13]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $9.50
Review-lite: With a shallow script based on a concept that grows stale quickly, director Callie Khouri's Mad Money starring Dian Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes, falters partially because its construction reveals the ending before the beginning all but diminishing the "do they" or "don't they" get caught mystique and partially because the overall depth fo the story is too shallow for these great characters and luminous actresses. Some good humor and good performances make the film tolerable, but not one that cannot wait for DVD or download. (click for full details and complete review)

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Mad Money [DVD](2008)

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Untraceable (2008) [R]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $9.75
Review-lite: Not to be favorably compared with Academy Award®-winning Silence of the Lambs, Gregory Hoblit's Untraceable does share a few things in common: a strong female lead in Diane Lane's Agent Jennifer Marsh and a foreboding tension—far greater in Lambs than this January release. Marsh heads a team of agents to stop the Internet Killer who's kidnapping locals and streaming their murders online—more viewers means more expeditious demise for the victims. As the investigation is thwarted by the killer's computer savvy and secret IP-swapping servers in Russia, her team and a local dectective, Eric Box (Billy Burke) must rely on clues left behind to solve the crime. Were in not for the prurient interests of people to seek out morbid web sites in the first place, the film would have little post-viewing discussion merit. As it is, Lane keeps the ship afloat just long enough for us to care. (click for full details and complete review)

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Youth Without Youth (2008) [R]

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An elderly linguistics professor (Tim Roth) is ironically saved from suicide when he is struck by lightning, a freak occurrence that inexplicably causes him to grow younger. Even stranger, he learns he has a malicious double and, after enduring the horrors of World War II, he meets a woman (Alexandra Maria Lara) who has also survived a heavenly assault with otherworldly consequences. Francis Ford Coppola directs, adapting the Mircea Eliade novella; Bruno Ganz, Andre Hennicke co-star. 124 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French.

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