Capsule No. 122

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review archive: 2005200620072008

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Movie Review of The Love Guru (2008) [PG-13] 88 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $7.50
Should the film be boycotted on the grounds of religious discrimination, perhaps, yet above and beyond that, it should probably be avoided on the grounds that it's a huge disappointment. Given the obviously huge budget for talent (great cast and cameos), special effects (the best one of which was the digital fusion of Mike Myers's adult but made up to make him look younger with make-up on the body of a young boy to make him look like a little kid—a whole movie with this technique could be an amusing proposition), sets, locations, and two elephants, one would have thought the film would be a grand success. Instead, it's a tribute to Hollywood largesse and the notion that ego should come before substance. The main reason to hate this film is that it really had potential were it not for the fact that in nearly every instance where a comedic choice was to be made, the lower road was taken. If you're not a religious person, even you might feel the need to confess some sins after seeing it. No doubt there were some very creative and funny parts, but you have to sift through so many other un-funny or shouldn't be funny parts as to make the film something Dieter himself would have said, "You've grown tiresome." And admitting this is fairly painful for a couple of reasons: 1) Who doesn't want to see another great Mike Myers film—come on Austin Powers was brilliant, and 2) Who doesn't want there to be at least one really brilliant, commercially successful, non-Judd Apatow enhanced, non-animated, ROLF comedy this year? We'll have to keep waiting. …continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of Get Smart (2008) [PG-13] 110 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $10.00
Whether due to too much build up of anticipation from the previews and popular AT&T "Silence your cell phone" promos, over-excitement of the thought of dramedy superstar Steve Carell uttering "missed it by that much" in nearly perfect Don Adams cadence, or just a failure to translate well into the 2000s, it's difficult to report that the new Get Smart film also featuring the acting talents of Anne Hathaway (Agent 99), Dwayne "formerly The Rock" Johnson (Agent 23), Alan Arkin (The Chief), and Terence Stamp (Siegfried the really bad dude), despite some amusing parts and great tributes to the original show and stars, didn't turn out very well. First, there's something just off about everything from the first frame to the last. Certainly, there's a prime case of everyone overdoing it a bit—which is to be expected. Second, it's just not that funny and nearly all of the funniest parts are in the preview (including but not limited to the part where Agent 23 uses a stapler to staple a memo to Agent Larabee's head). Third, the story is about an intriguing and interesting as that used for Mission: Impossible I. There is a twist, but if you cannot see it coming a mile away, you fell asleep at the umpteenth self-deprecating line for Maxwell Smart. If you loved the original TV show, you'll enjoy the many tributes to it, but you'll probably be wondering if you'd still love the show if you watched it new today. It's always difficult to predict what will translate well into a future update; and, despite perfect casting for the leading roles, this one just didn't translate well.…continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of The Happening (2008) [R] 91 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $14.25
What to do if your very first commercial film wins the Academy Award® for best picture and you churn out 4 more films that not only fail to top your first film, but they receive decidedly negative criticism ultimately earning you the label of a has been before you've ever sort of really been? Well, you could take a really long vacation, you could retire altogether, you could quickly change your name and try again, or you could do what M. Night Shyamalan has done and that is stay absolutely true to your own artistic and aesthetic vision capitalizing on your fame to keep on going forward. He may never again see the acclaim he garnered during The Sixth Sense glory period, but that need not stop him from making outstanding films unlike anything people have seen before. Of course, given that he debuted in the genre of suspense / thriller films with a twist and The Sixth Sense has just about the best twist ever conceived, not just in film, but EVER, simply filling his own shoes has been a very worthy task indeed. Arguably, only The Village has even gotten close to the same level of twistyness. Alternatively, this may also be because Mr. Shyamalan's films have gotten more artful and mysterious when it comes to comprehending what they are really about. The best example of this was his Lady in the Waterwhich was labeled "twistless" by many when, in fact it had a brilliant twist that quite simply wasn't accessible to people without a more global and systems approach to their thinking. Thus is also the case with The Happening. …continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of Son of Rambow (2008) [PG-13] 96 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $13.75
Deliriously engaging from the raucous opening sequence juxtaposition of the lives of two English school boys: Lee Carter's a maverick, virtually unsupervised renegade, and Will Proudfoot's the son of Brethren parents and now single mom after his father's untimely brain aneurysm, Son of Rambo represents the collision of the imaginations of two opposites attracting and discovering in each other a best friend and eventual blood brother. The gifted young actors, Will Poulter and Bill Milner, star as Lee and Will respectively; and, not since Jamie Bell starred as young Billy Elliot, have English lads so captivated and commanded the big screen. Both are perfectly cast with Poulter as a middle school bully turned budding filmmaker, Lee Carter, and Milner as the scrawny cartoonist turned Lee Carter's personal stunt man. The duo are introduced when Lee, routinely tossed out of class by teachers whose patience he wears razor thin, and Will whose mother's religious rules prohibit him from viewing on the television the instructional documentaries his history teacher utilizes frequently thereby subjecting him to a solitary life in the hallway, tussle over Will's sketch book ending in a smashed gold fish bowl and a date with the Headmistress. Lee capitalizes on the opportunity, in exchange for his taking the full blame, to extract penance from Will including a protracted commitment to serve as the stunt man for his film which he intends to submit to the Screen Test Contest sponsored by the BBC. Two shades shy of Charlie Bucket when it comes to weight class, don't let Will's size fool you though for within his tiny package lives the soul of the son of Rambow. …continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of The Incredible Hulk (2008) [PG-13] 114 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $12.50
With sufficient homage to satisfy almost any ardent fan-boy of The Incredible Hulk, the new film, sprung from out of nowhere and begging the question "Why another one?" when Ang Lee attempted, most felt badly, the last translation of the bulky green behemoth from comic book page to CGI animated superhero, Director Louis Leterrier and Executive Producer and Incredible Hulk originator Stan Lee (with requisite cameo) unleash this new interpretation with Edward Norton both as co-writer and as Bruce Banner plus a killer cameo at the end that speaks to a larger 'Avenger Team' of films being built from the House of Marvel. Contrasting with so many superhero films of late, the creation of the gamma-ray-induced Hulk inside Dr. Bruce Banner and his subsequent quest to learn to control his rage and tame the beast inside him are set up in the opening credits leaving the rest of the film's running time for even greater conflict. On the one hand, Banner, now working in a soda pop factory in Rio strives both to achieve mental control of his heart rate and to find a cure for his affliction, on the other hand, General Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross (William Hurt), wants to locate and capture him to turn the biotechnology that created him into a super soldier weapon. In the middle, as always, is Bruce's love interest Dr. Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) and daughter of General Ross who, despite finding a new boyfriend after Bruce disappeared, still pines away for her tragic hero she believes is lost and gone forever. …continued…or read the spoiler points

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Other Recent Reviews:
Kung Fu Panda (2008) [PG] 92 minutes WIP™ Scale: $14.00
The Wackness (2008) [R] 108 minutes WIP™ Scale: $12.50
You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) [PG-13] 113 minutes WIP™ Scale: $10.25
The Strangers (2008) [R] 90 minutes WIP™ Scale: $11.00
Sex and the City (2008) [R] 148 minutes WIP™ Scale: $11.25
Indiana Jones 4 (2008) [PG-13] 124 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.50
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) [PG] 147 minutes WIP™ Scale: $12.75
Frontier(s) (2008) [NC-17] 108 minutes WIP™ Scale: $4.25
What Happens in Vegas (2008) [PG-13] 99 minutes WIP™ Scale: $12.75
Speed Racer (2008) [PG] 129 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.25
Made of Honor (2008) [PG-13] 101 minutes WIP™ Scale: $10.75
Iron Man (2008) [PG-13] 126 minutes WIP™ Scale: $14.00
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) [R] 102 minutesWIP™ Scale: $3.00

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Film Premiere and Award Photo Sets
archive: 20082007 | Videos from the Latest Premieres

Listed in Order of Publication in the mEd database not necessarily chronologically...
The Love Guru Premiere • Hancock Premiere • Get Smart Premiere • Camp Rock Premiere • You Don't Mess with the Zohan Premiere • Kung Fu Panda Premiere • The Incredible Hulk (2008) Premiere • The Happening Premiere • Sex and the City Premiere • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Premiere • What Happens in Vegas Premiere • Made of Honor Premiere • Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Premiere • Forgetting Sarah Marshall Premiere • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Premiere • (continued)

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Brand New Posters Just In:
New Poster Archive: 20072008 | TV Posters: 2005200620072008
New as of 19-June-08
Poster for Wanted (A version) • Poster for "Wizards of Waverly Place" (A version) • Poster for American Werewolf in London (British Quad A version) • Poster for "The Andromeda Strain" (A version) • Poster for "Secret Lives of Women" (A version)

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Brand New Stand-Ups Just In:
New Stand-Ups Archive: 2008
New as of 19-June-08
Lifesize Standup for Fabio • Lifesize Standup for Luke Skywalker (Talking version) • Lifesize Standup for Princess Leia (Talking version) • Lifesize Standup for Stormtrooper • Lifesize Standup for Boba Fett • Lifesize Standup for Dale Evans • Lifesize Standup for Roy Rogers • Lifesize Standup for Humphrey Bogart • Lifesize Standup for Speed Racer • Lifesize Standup for Racer X • Lifesize Standup for Betty Boop (C version) • Lifesize Standup for Crypt Keeper • Lifesize Standup for Three Stooges (Tuxedo - Talking version) • Lifesize Standup for Three Stooges (Golf version) • Lifesize Standup for Marilyn Monroe (7-Year Itch version)

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Movies Now on DVD and Download:
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Fool's Gold (2008) [PG-13]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $7.25
Review-lite: Andy Tennant directs Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson as Benjamin 'Finn' and Kate Finnegan in a treasure-hunting un-romantic, anti-comedy that bears too much resemblance to Paul Walker's Into the Blue. Filled with bumbling bad guys with bad accents and the usual McConaughey mischief, Fool's Gold sinks about 10 minutes into the film around the same time that Finn's boat catches fire and plummets to the ocean floor. None of the actors deserved this kind of humiliation especially the venerable Donald Sutherland. This film dissolves like cotton candy in sea water. (click for full details and complete review)(click to purchase Fool's Gold)

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Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008) [PG-13]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $13.00
Review-lite: Funny and fresh, with a great balance of physical, situational, and dialogue-based comedy, and a healthy mix of heart-felt drama, writer / director Malcolm D. Lee's Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins realistically examines pop-psychologist and talk show host R.J. (Martin Lawrence) Stevens's future as he grapples with the demons of his past at his parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration. Avoiding crass stereotypes and predictability, Malcolm D. Lee proves Tyler Perry has some competition when it comes to family dramedies with incredible casts, stories that resonate with all types of audiences, and big box office potential. (click for full details and complete review)(click to purchase Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins)

Also This Week:

Previously or Recently Announced Available for Pre-Order:
2110,000 B.C.AugustThe Bank JobCharlie BartlettCollege Road TripDefinitely, MaybeDoomsdayDrillbit TaylorHannah Montana And Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds ConcertHarold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo BayIn BrugesMeet BillMeet the BrownsMiss Pettigrew Lives For A DayNever Back DownNim's IslandProm NightSex and Death 101The Spiderwick ChroniclesStep Up 2 The StreetsVantage PointWar, Inc.

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Movies Coming Soon:
Dynamic Calendar Jan 2007 - Jun 2009 with links to official sites, trailers, reviews & more
Plain Calendars: 200620072008-09

Friday, 20 June 2008

Get Smart • The Love Guru
in limited release only: Brick Lane • The Children of Huang Shi

Friday, 27 June 2008

Wall-E • Wanted

in limited release only: Elsa & Fred • Finding Amanda • The Last Mistress • Trumbo

*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 KnightIndiana Jones 4Sex and the CityHancock
Wall-EIron ManTwilightMummy 3
Chronicles of Narnia 2Quantum of Solace
(accurate as of 22-Jun-2008)

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Movie Poster Extravaganzas:


Here we honor the George Lucas / Steven Spielberg collaboration, the Indiana Jones Quadrilogy with this movie poster extravaganza.

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