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Movie Review of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) [PG] 98 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $10.25
Well, as nearly everyone alive knows, it all began a long time ago (some 30 years-ish) in a galaxy far, far away (also known as California) when the young George Lucas conceived of what is now apparently called his Star Wars universe. Six major motion pictures, millions of action figures, thousands of product tie-ins, hundreds of novels, dozens of video games, and countless cartoon specials later, it apparently became necessary to someone in the Star Wars universe to create a feature-length, CGI-animated film that would explain in 90 minutes the events that happened between episodes II and III of the Star Wars Hexilogy—apologies, but what else does one call a six part story? Now, there are a lot of people who grew up on the Star Wars trilogy—the real one, the one that included: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Then, Mr. Lucas went back, supposedly always according to plan, and made the first three episodes of this story which were unfortunately called: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith.…continued…or read the spoiler points…or read 2cOrNot2c

Movie Review of Tropic Thunder (2008) [R] 107 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $14.25
Ben Stiller truly outdid himself with the production, direction, and writing (not to mention acting in) the most outrageously satirical film of 2008 if not the past few years. With a return to his own comedic roots and carrying many torches, Tropic Thunder skewers everything from war films to Academy Award® winning actors who portrayed mentally challenged people and everyone and everything in between. It remains to be seen how well received the deeper satire is, fortunately, there's quite a bit of sticky Stiller comedy to keep anyone with comedy demands happy. Moreover, his timing and choice of topic to satirize might not be viewed as being the most appropriate.
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Movie Review of Pineapple Express (2008) [R] 111 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $3.00
If you've never been a film critic, you've probably never thought about what it's like to be sitting there in anticipation as a film illuminates the screen and as it unfurls minute by minute slowly beginning to realize that there is probably not a single good thing you're going to be able to think of to write about this particular film. Such was the case when faced with the borderline incomprehensibly terrible Pineapple Express. To dispatch that right away, the name of the film comes from the name of the marijuana blend sold by one of the film's two protagonists, Saul Silver (James Franco). While the potent narcotic weed gives the film its title and a good portion of the plot points, that's where the effectiveness of the title ends. A better title for this film might have been: Apatow's Appalling Downward Spiral. I'll admit that I went into the cinema with a Superbad attitude having just seen Step Brothers—another Apatow's gone rotten fiasco film—but there somehow seemed to be hope. …continued…or read the spoiler points…or read 2cOrNot2c

Movie Review of Swing Vote (2008) [PG-13] 100 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $14.00
Relative newcomers director / co-writer Joshua Michael Stern and co-writer Jason Richman have gone where few have dared to tread outside of the documentary world with any success. They've delved into the American psyche as it relates to our current geopolitical circumstances and produced a touching cutting-edge, political dramedy that's as inspirational as it borderline implausible. The film possessed the financial support of star and producer Kevin Costner, who portrays, Bud Johnson, the only man in the USA who voted in the presidential election but whose vote endured a mechanical malfunction leading him to be in possession of the sole vote needed to determine the allocation of the state of New Mexico's 5 electoral votes and thereby determine the next President of the United States. Sure, it's a far-fetched concept, though in the scheme of what USAers have seen and endured in the past 8 years, who knows what could really happen anymore. …continued…or read the spoiler points…or read 2cOrNot2c

Movie Review of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) [PG-13] 112 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $13.75
So, it's been a while since The Mummy Returns and the semi-spin-off The Scorpion King which was really move of a prequel than a sequel to The Mummy franchise helmed by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser as the daring mummy slayer Rick O'Connell. Yet, how fitting given that mummies rise from the dead that so does this franchise. And, rise it does in a rousing action-adventure that's everything most people probably thought Indiana Jones 4 was going to be but wasn't because Messers Spielberg and Lucas opted for an authentic look true to the Indy Jones Franchise right down to the lack of really special, special effects—which it was. Unfortunately, since those days we've become so spoiled by brilliant effects to the point where we hardly notice them and can barely live without them. Fortunately, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor's director Rob Cohen felt no such obligation to pay homage to some perceived legacy of the past. Hence, Indy Jones ends up looking like a relic while this new Mummy chapter rocks. In all of the ways that Raiders of the Lost Ark was so cool and special when it debuted, The Mummy: TotDE lives up to expectations and the legacy of the genre. …continued…or read the spoiler points…or read 2cOrNot2c



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Other Recent Reviews:
Step Brothers (2008) [R] 95 minutes WIP™ Scale: $7.75
The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008) [PG-13] 100 minutes WIP™ Scale: $9.25
Space Chimps (2008) [G] 81 minutes WIP™ Scale: $11.50
Mamma Mia! (2008) [PG-13] 108 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.00
The Dark Knight (2008) [PG-13] 152 minutes WIP™ Scale: $14.50
American Teen (2008) [PG-13] 95 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.50
Meet Dave (2008) [PG] 90 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.25
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
The Wackness (2008) [R] 108 minutes WIP™ Scale: $12.50
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



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Film Premiere and Award Photo Sets
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Listed in Order of Publication in the mEd database not necessarily chronologically...
The RockerTropic Thunder Premiere • Star Wars: The Clone Wars Premiere • X-Files: I Want to Believe Premiere • Swing Vote Premiere • Pineapple Express Premiere • Meet Dave Premiere • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Premiere • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Premiere • Step Brothers 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 • (continued)

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Brand New Posters Just In:
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Brand New Stand-Ups Just In:
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Smart People (2008) [R]
After suffering a brain injury, a self-centered English professor and widower (Dennis Quaid) is prohibited from driving for six months. His adopted brother (Thomas Haden Church) volunteers as chauffeur but his irresponsible nature frequently leaves Quaid stranded. Will a lift offered by an attractive doctor (Sarah Jessica Parker) lead to romance or will Quaid's massive ego get in the way? Ellen Page co-stars in this offbeat seriocomedy. 95 min.

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Movies Coming Soon:
Dynamic Calendar Jan 2007 - Jun 2009 with links to official sites, trailers, reviews & more
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Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Tropic Thunder

Friday, 15 August 2008



Fly Me to the Moon • Mirrors • Star Wars: The Clone Wars

In limited release only: Henry Poole is Here • The International

Friday, 22 August 2008

Death Race • The House Bunny • The Longshots • The Rocker

In Limited Release Only: 8 Miles High • Crossing Over • Cthulhu • The Fifth Commandment • I Know What Boys Like • I Served the King of England • I.O.U.S.A. • Trouble the Water • Wild Child

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Movie Poster Extravaganzas:


We pay tribute to Brendan Fraser's The Mummy Franchise with this movie poster extravaganza.

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

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1 comment:

movie buff said...

i'm gonna wait for Kung Fu panda to come out on DVD at this point... Jack Black is classic for sure, he'll be forever famous for his work in School of Rock