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Aliens vs Predator - Requiem (2007) [R]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $11.00
Review-lite: The Brothers Strause rekindle the story in this sequel to AvP which finally united in film the mythologies of the Predator and Alien universes as they had been in comic books for years. A Predator ship overrun with Aliens crashes in the mountains fo Colorado near Gunnison. Aliens escape and begin to overtake the town, while a Predator 'Clean-Up' man is sent to eliminate evidence of the incursion. Shane Salerno writes a better script with better human characters than the genre typically has gotten since the great days of the first two Alien films—still regarded as the most frightening and dread-filled, sci-fi horror films of all time. Part fable, this film offers up some good lessons while serving as a worthy basis for transition to what might be the best of the AvP films to come. (click for full details and complete review)

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Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem [Blu-ray](2007)
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem [DVD](2007)
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (Unrated Version) [DVD](2007)
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (Special Edition) [DVD](2007)
Related Titles:
Alien vs. Predator (2004)/Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem [Blu-ray](2007)
Aliens (Special Edition) [DVD](1986)
Aliens (Collector's Edition) [DVD](1986)
Alien Quadrilogy [DVD]
Alien Quadrilogy [DVD]
Alien vs. Predator (The Unrated Edition) (2004)/Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (Unrated Version)(2007)
Alien Triple Pack [DVD]

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Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) [R]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $12.75
Review-lite: World class director Sidney Lumet brings his touch to Kelly Masterson's tantalizing script about two brothers who attempt to commit a robbery but everything goes terribly, terribly wrong leading them to face their own selves and the consequences of their heinous actions. Unfortunately, there are too many holes in the plot, and too little is given to provoke much empathy for any one character in the film. The net result is strong performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, and Marisa Tomei, but with out much pay off in the end (which, in this case, is the beginning, but with a trick). In many ways, Find Me Guilty is a better swan song film for Sidney Lumet's filmography in many ways that Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. (click for full details and complete review)

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Before The Devil Knows You're Dead [Blu-ray](2007)
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead [DVD](2007)

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Charlie Wilson's War (2007) [R]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $14.50
Review-lite: Director Mike Nichols takes Aaron Sorkin's powerful political commentary script based on the life of real Texas Congressman, Charlie Wilson, and illustrates some of the major and compelling pitfalls of the USA's overt and covert operations of the past 40 years. Starring Tome Hanks as Wilson and Julia Roberts as his funder, the film challenges us to think and reconcile our government's actions with the outcomes. Philip Seymour Hoffman helps the two out as their C.I.A. liaison in their foreign affairs work. The threesome provides not only ample comedic brilliance but also wonderful gifts in bringing out the subtleties of their characters. The result is purely astute political comedy that cannot be ignored. (click for full details and complete review)

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Charlie Wilson's War [DVD](2007)
Charlie Wilson's War (Widescreen Version) [DVD](2007)

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December boys (2007) [PG-13]

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December Boys [DVD](2007)
Sharing December birthdays, four boys living in a Catholic orphanage in Australia are treated to a summer retreat on the Southern coast. While the others are enjoying the natural beauty of the seaside community, Maps (Daniel Radcliffe) develops a crush on a local girl (Teresa Palmer) who might change his life forever. Set in the 1960s, this drama based on the Michael Noonan novel co-stars Lee Cormie, Christian Byers. 105 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; deleted scenes.

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I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With (2007) [R]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating:
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I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With [DVD](2006)
Writer/director Jeff Garlin stars as James, a struggling Chicago actor living with his mother who needs to lose weight, land a good role, and, most importantly, find someone to love. He eventually meets Beth (Sarah Silverman) while trying to pass his numerous off-hours in the city. She may be the one, but nothing worthwhile in life is ever easy. Bonnie Hunt, Amy Sedaris, Richard Kind, and Gina Gershon co-star in this romantic comedy. 80 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; theatrical trailers.

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Juno (2007) [PG-13]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $12.75
Review-lite: Jason Reitman, writer / director of the super satirical and brilliant comedy, Thank You For Smoking, ventures into entirely new territory with Diablo Cody's screenplay, Juno. The perfectly-cast Ellen Page plays the title character as if they were written as one. After a casual and obviously meaningless encounter for basic exploration with a member of the track team named Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera), she finds herself pregnant. Solving her 'problem' and dealing with the consequences make up the bulk of the hilarious, but shallow, story. Her parents are 'fine' with this, and the Penny Saver finds her new guardians for her child. Mostly, things seem to work out pretty well despite some minor complications along the way. Unfortunately, the film lacks depth and fails to explore the realities of Juno's situation in today's society rendering the film less meaningful in the end. (click for full details and complete review)

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Juno (Digital Copy Special Edition) [Blu-ray](2007)
Juno [DVD](2007)
Juno (Digital Copy Special Edition) [DVD](2007)

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Lars and the Real Girl (2007) [PG-13]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $14.75
Review-lite: A profoundly moving cinematic experience that derives its greatness from the simplicity of its bewildering story. A young man, lost in a curious delusion believing a life-sized doll to be his soul mate, bring about a lasting change in his small Midwestern town as to what it means to be a 'real' person. In the process, Lars (Ryan Gosling), forces everyone to confront his mental illness, and help him rediscover the true person he can be. The wonderful cast and understanding direction from Craig Gillespie who seems light years away from his direction of Mr. Woodcock, prove to make Lars and the Real Girl one of the best films of the decade, let alone year. (click for full details and complete review)

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Lars And The Real Girl [DVD](2007)

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War Dance (2007) [PG-13]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating:
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War Dance [DVD](2007)
In the midst of bloody civil war in Northern Uganda, three children dislodged from their families cling to the hope offered by a national music and dance festival. This affecting documentary chronicles the children's stories and provides a startling contrast between the fulfillment the kids receive from the festivities and the horrors that inform their personal histories. 107 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English; bonus footage; theatrical trailers.


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