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The Eye (2008) [PG-13]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $12.00
Review-lite: Jessica Alba portrays the violin virtuoso Sydney Wells as well as a recent cornea transplant patient who suddenly starts having horrifying visions of shadowy death. Her physician, Dr. Faulkner (Alessandro Nivola) subscribes these to the overwhelming levels of new stimuli her brain is receiving and trying to learn to process in a short time after yeas of blindness. In the end, she must get to the bottom of what's happening to her or face an uncertain psychosis. Imperfect with minor flaws and one miscasting in that of Parker Posey as Sydney's sister, the scary, twisty film, is a welcome change from the mind-numbing horror gore fests of late. Alba and Nivola make for a great pair, as he's only barely capable of hiding his growing affection for his patient. The end ties up most of the plot while leaving room for a sequel—which there was to the original Gin gwai. (click for full details and complete review)

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The Eye (Jian Gui) [DVD](2002)
Haunting thriller from Hong Kong centers on Mun, a young woman who undergoes a revolutionary corneal transplant to restore her vision after years of blindness. Although the operation is a success, Mun begins seeing ominous images of ghostly figures, horrendous impending deaths and a mysterious woman who stares back at her from every mirror. Eerie mix of "The Sixth Sense" and "The Hands of Orlac" stars Angelica Lee, Lawrence Chou, Edmund Chen. 98 min. Soundtrack: Cantonese and Thai Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English; "making of" documentary; theatrical trailer; TV spots; more. In Cantonese and Thai with English subtitles.

The Eye 3 [DVD](2008)
If you think you know terror, you haven't seen anything yet! In mourning over the death of her deep-sea photographer husband, a psychiatrist begins having strange visions about her spouse entering a lost underwater city. Convinced that her lover is sending her messages from beyond the grave, she takes drastic measures to be reunited with him. Bo-lin Chen, Yu Gu, Isabella Leong star. 86 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Chinese Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish. In Chinese with English subtitles.

The Eye 2 (Jian Gui 2) [DVD](2004)
Following several suicide attempts, a troubled young woman who is plagued by bizarre visions discovers that she is pregnant. While trying to cope with impending motherhood, she becomes overwhelmed by strange occurrences. After enlisting the help of her ex-lover, can she uncover the mystery that surrounds her? Spine-tingling sequel stars Eugenia Yuan, Qi Shu, Jesdaporn Pholdee. 98 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Cantonese, Thai and Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish; "making of" documentary; theatrical trailers. In Cantonese, Thai and Mandarin with English subtitles.

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Meet the Spartans (2008) [PG-13]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $5.75
Review-lite: It's 300 from the guys who brought you Epic Movie, Date Movie, and Scary Movie 4. What more needs to be said? (click for full details and complete review)

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Meet The Spartans (Unrated Pit-Of-Death Edition) [Blu-ray](2008)
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Meet The Spartans (Unrated Pit-Of-Death Edition) [DVD](2008)

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Semi-Pro (2008) [R]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $6.50
Review-lite: Just skip Semi-Pro written by Scot Armstrong and directed by Kent Alterman starring Will Ferrell and a cast of thousands as a Bad News Bear basketball team trying to win the championship. Boring, monotonous, and barely humorous at times, this film isn't even Semi-good. (click for full details and complete review)

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Semi-Pro (Let's Get Sweaty Edition) [Blu-ray](2008)
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