Capsule No. 127

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review archive: 2005200620072008

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Movie Review of Space Chimps (2008) [G] 81 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $11.50
Give Space Chimps a chance. Co-writer / director Kirk De Micco utilizes a good 1960s-ish story and style in this CGI-animated film about chimps sent into space as guinea pigs before human crews to discover what happened to a missing space probe. Adventure for the chimps on a new planet ensues. Maybe less humorous than other animated comedies, the stories many morality plays more than make up for it.…continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of Mamma Mia! (2008) [PG-13] 108 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $13.00
For those unfamiliar with the story of Mamma Mia!—the stage musical sensation written to link various ABBA hits into a semi-coherent love story—it all begins with Sophie (Amanda Seyfried). She's getting married to Sky (Dominic Cooper) at her mother's run-down Inn on a tiny island in Greece. Donna (Meryl Streep), her mother, secretly believes she's too young to make this decision but goes along with the wishes of her daughter. To ensure the perfect wedding, unbeknownst to her mother, Sophie has secretly invited the three men from her mother's diary who could possibly be her long-lost father: Bill, an adventurer and novelist, (Stellan Skarsgård), Sam Carmichael (Pierce Brosnan) a well-to-do English businessman now settled in the US, and Harry Bright (Colin Firth) a very, very well-to-do English businessman still living in England. They all arrive quite spectacularly a few days before the wedding holding invites they think Donna has sent them, and each secretly longs to be back in her arms. …continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of The Dark Knight (2008) [PG-13] 152 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $14.50
With the Batman back story out of the way with Batman Begins, the brothers Nolan, Chris (writer / director) and Jonathan (writer) were given more time this film go round entitled The Dark Knight to focus on the eternal conflict in the superhero archetype between having a real life and living a lonely life of service. They do this with an astonishingly astute analysis of the hero in general capturing the notion in one simple line uttered twice in the film but originally attributed to the Gotham City D.A. Harvey Dent, "You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain." This simple yet elegant line veils the complexity of the notion much as does the superhero's mask hide the true person within. To take this amazing journey required the appearance of a mind-bending supervillain with a superego to match and his orchestration of the fall of the best of the heroes. Toward that end, with the seed of that villain planted in the final scene of Batman Begins, the brothers bring forth The Joker. Inasmuch as The Joker may remain the most compelling character of not just this film but any film this year, and not just because of all of the tragedy associated with the actor who becomes him, the film triumphs in its ability to share the attention and the wealth. This is, after all, a Batman movies, and where the previous series of films began to fail was when they began to focus more on the villains than the heroes. …continued…or read the spoiler points

Movie Review of American Teen (2008) [PG-13] 95 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $13.50
Sundance was very, very good to American Teen with voters bestowing it with awards and accolades. The Nanette Burstein-directed documentary film that plays out like a cross between an episode of "The Hills" mashed with "The O.C." splashed with some Cartoon Network for art's sake is either a poignant, real, and insightful examination of the life of American teens today or one of the most scathing indictments of current American education ever put on screen. Maybe it's both. The film follows the lives of four central teens seemingly selected because they represent what both reality and fictional shows of the day point to as the main archetypes in our public high school culture…continued

Movie Review of Meet Dave (2008) [PG] 90 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $13.25
After his dismal in almost every way big screen comedy return that was Norbit, posters announcing a new Eddie Murphy comedy called first Starship Dave and then Meet Dave were at once unwelcome. And, probably, going into see Meet Dave with low expectations, is a good idea, for the surprises will carry even more impact in the positive direction. Actually, though, given Mr. Murphy's abundant talent, expectations should be high, and he should be held to them. Fortunately, his ego takes a firm back seat in this film, and he comfortably re-emerges the hilarious physical and situational comedian those of use who grew up on him beginning way back in his "SNL" and then Bev Hills Cop days.…continued…or read the spoiler points

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Other Recent Reviews:
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) [PG] 92 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.50
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) [PG-13] 110 minutes WIP™ Scale: $11.50
Hancock (2008) [PG-13] 92 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.75
Wanted (2008) [R] 110 minutes WIP™ Scale: $14.00
Get Smart (2008) [PG-13] 110 minutes WIP™ Scale: $10.00
The Happening (2008) [R] 91 minutes WIP™ Scale: $14.25
Son of Rambow (2008) [PG-13] 96 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.75
The Incredible Hulk (2008) [PG-13] 114 minutes WIP™ Scale: $12.50
The Love Guru (2008) [PG-13] 88 minutes WIP™ Scale: $7.50
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

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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...
X-Files: I Want to Believe Premiere • Swing Vote Premiere • Step Brothers Premiere • Meet Dave Premiere • Mamma Mia! The Movie Premiere • The Dark Knight Premiere • Wanted Premiere • Wall-E Premiere • The Love Guru Premiere • Kung Fu Panda Premiere • The Incredible Hulk (2008) Premiere • The Happening Premiere • Hancock Premiere • Get Smart Premiere • Camp Rock Premiere • You Don't Mess with the Zohan 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 • (continued)

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Brand New Posters Just In:
New Poster Archive: 20072008 | TV Posters: 2005200620072008
New as of 25-July-08
Poster for "Californication" (A version) • Poster for "Criss Angel Mindfreak" (A version) • Poster for "Dexter" (C version) • Poster for "Gene Simmons: Family Jewels" (C version) • Poster for "Hell's Kitchen" (A version) • Poster for "House" (G version) • Poster for "In Treatment" (B version) • Poster for "Intervention" (A version) • Poster for "Mad Men" (B version) • Poster for "My Boys" (A version) • Poster for "Nip/Tuck" (G version) • Poster for "Saving Grace" (B version) • Poster for "The Cleaner" (A version) • Poster for "The L Word" (D version) • Poster for "The Secret Life of an American Teenager" (A version) • Poster for "The Tudors" (B version) • Poster for "This American Life" (B version) • Poster for "Tracy Ullman's State of The Union" (B version) • Poster for "Weeds" (B version) • Poster for "Weeds" (I version) • Poster for Bra Boys (A version) • Poster for Farah Fawcett (E version) • Poster for Vicky Cristina Barcelona (A version)

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Brand New Stand-Ups Just In:
New Stand-Ups Archive: 2008
New as of 16-July-08
Lifesize Standup for Dora the Explorer (A version) • Lifesize Standup for Patrick the Starfish (C version) • Lifesize Standup for Spongebob Squarepants (C version) • Lifesize Standup for Superman (Comic Book version) • Lifesize Standup for Superman Returns (C version) • Lifesize Standup for WWE Batgista (A version) • Lifesize Standup for WWE John Cena (A version) • Lifesize Standup for WWE Kurt Angel (A version) • Lifesize Standup for WWE Melina (A version) • Lifesize Standup for WWE Trish Stratus (A version)

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Recent Movie Star Birthdays:
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Movies Now on DVD and Download:
DVD releases: Archive / This Week / Next Week

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21 (2008) [PG-13]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $11.50
Review-lite: Very loosely based on the Ben Mezrich book, the film version of Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions re-entitled 21 concerns a boy-genius Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) who intends on graduating from Harvard Medical School. The $300K price tag is the only thing standing in his way, until devious professor Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey) lures him to his 'dark side' involving a card-counting team of wunderkind math geniuses and the prospect of earning four years of tuition in a single weekend. Dividing roughly into three acts, the film sags in the middle though Sturgess's and Spacey's performances throughout redeem it somewhat and the ending delivers with a plausibly twisty sucker punch to the 'villain' permitting 'our hero' to prevail and sealing the package with a happy ending to a dark journey down his path of self-discovery. (click for full details and complete review)(click to purchase 21)

Also This Week: none

Previously or Recently Announced Available for Pre-Order:
88 MinutesAugustBaby MamaCamp RockDeceptionDoomsdayThe Forbidden KingdomForgetting Sarah MarshallHannah Montana And Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds ConcertHarold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo BayLeatherheadsMade of HonorMiss Pettigrew Lives For A DayNever Back DownNim's IslandPathologyProm NightShine a LightSmart PeopleSpeed RacerStreet KingsWhat Happens in VegasWhere in the World is Osama bin Laden?

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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, 25 July 2008

Step Brothers • X-Files: I Want to Believe

in limited release only: American Teen • Boy A • Henry Poole is Here • Man on Wire

Friday, 1 August 2008

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor • The Rocker • Swing Vote
in limited release only: Frozen River • He's Just Not That Into You • In Search of a Midnight Kiss • Sixty Six • South of the Border

*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 27-July-2008)

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Movie Poster Extravaganzas:

Here we honor the Batman franchise with this movie poster extravaganza.

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