Capsule No. 133

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Movie Review of Disaster Movie (2008) [PG-13] 90 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $4.50
After a pretty successful and critically more well-received than their previous films Meet the Spartans, co-writers / co-directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer convinced someone to let them have another quick go at it. And, it's unfortunate, maybe it was too rushed, maybe it was too presumptuous, but Disaster Movie is nowhere nearly as good as Meet the Spartans (MtS), which, of course, was a better than average but still not great spoof movie. What made MtS work where Disaster Movie fails? With MtS they pretty much chose to spoof all epic films by sticking to the plot of 300. At first, it seemed like they might be doing this in Disaster Movie with the plot of choice being that of J.J. Abrams way over-hyped Cloverfield. In fact, the absolute best part of Disaster Movie is the first 15 minute sequence that roughly follows the opening of Cloverfield. The star of Disaster Movie is the former contestant on "Manhunt: Search of America's Hottest Male Model" or some such thing, Matt Lanter—who steps right into the role of Will and has fun with it. Fortunately, he's learned not to take himself too seriously. The opening, just as it does in Cloverfield, occurs in Will's loft with a birthday party—in this case it's his Sweet 16 Party that he never had as a kid. All of his friends and a few famous types have showed up for the huge event. Oh Dr. Phil is there, Jessica Simson, Javier Bardem, and a Calvin Klein underwear model. No, of course not the real people mentioned. This is a spoof movie, remember.…continued… or read 2cOrNot2c

Movie Review of College (2008) [R] 94 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $3.25
[review exerpt] Kevin Brewer (Drake Bell) and his 'best' friends, the completely idiotic Carter Scott played haplessly by Andrew Caldwell (is it too early in his career to call him a hack, because if it's not, well, he's a hack) and the bumbling Morris Hooper (Kevin Covais), using plot devices so extremely overly contrived as to nearly seem not contrived at all, end up going for a weekend trip to a nearby college for the traditional campus weekend visit. Which, by the way, Parents and Guardians out there, is code for getting inducted into what college drinking and partying is all about—not so much on the going to classes and meeting professors etc. sorry to burst your Teflon® coated bubble, and no don't ask me why any parent in his or her right mind drops $5, $7, $9, or all the way up to a sweet $48K per year on their offspring's drinking and partying habits, but that's a whole different movie—maybe that could be Nanette Burstein's next documentary film project after her spectacularly scathing American Teen .
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Movie Review of Babylon A.D. (2008) [PG-13] 90 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $10.00
Right out of the box, the biggest problem with Babylon A.D. is that it's really a French film. There's nothing wrong with French films. For most USAers they are an acquired taste. The French are not preoccupied with how films end, though, generally, and are perfectly happy to accept the story for what it us up until such time as everyone seemingly gets bored with what's going on it the thing just sort of ends. The French style is the French style. Love it of leave it. For this USAer, however, who has developed that acquired taste for French films, the lack of a solid ending for Mathieu Kassovitz's Babylon A.D. starring mostly Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, and Mélanie Thierry, practically renders the film moot. Well, not totally pointless, but almost. …continued…or read the spoiler points…or read 2cOrNot2c

Movie Review of Traitor (2008) [PG-13] 114 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $14.00
Billed as a thriller, Jeffrey Nachmanoff's Traitor starring Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Neal McDonough, and Saïd Taghmaoui unfortunately fails to live up to the expectations of that label and further establishes the annual reputation for August as being a poor month for film releases. The story follows a familiar arc of which, by now, most USAers are growing increasingly bored as evidenced by very poor box office performance. Sami Horn (Cheadle) lost his father when he was just a little boy to a terrorist bombing in the Middle Eastern African nation of his birth. Virtual refugees in the USA, he and his mother rebuild their lives in Chicago. But for reasons unknown, he grows up and leaves a special opps military division to become a private arms dealer in the Middle East. Maybe he dreams of exacting revenge on his father's death, who knows? But, regardless, he finds himself in prison in Yemen on charges of terrorism.…continued…or read the spoiler points…or read 2cOrNot2c

Movie Review of The House Bunny (2008) [PG-13] 97 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $9.50
Pitched as a comedy with a decidedly feminist leaning, Anna Faris's risky House Bunny hops onto the screen filled with parts that, unfortunately, may induce a lot more squirming than worthy genuine laughter. Ms Faris plays Shelley Darlingson, a Playboy Bunny who's never yet been selected to be the coveted centerfold model. The morning after her 27th birthday, Marvin (Owen Benjamin), the Playboy Mansion Jack Rabbit, delivers her breakfast in bed with a note from Hugh Hefner (Hugh Hefner) indicating that given her advanced age, it's time for her to retire and clear out of the mansion by noon with all of her belongings and no she cannot keep her pink Prius. …continued…or read the spoiler points…or read 2cOrNot2c

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Other Recent Reviews:
Hamlet 2 (2008) [R] 92 minutes WIP™ Scale: $12.50
Death Race (2008) [R] 89 minutes WIP™ Scale: $11.75
The Rocker (2008) [PG-13] 102 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.50
Henry Poole is Here (2008) [PG] 100 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.75
Mirrors (2008) [R] 110 minutes WIP™ Scale: $8.75
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) [PG] 98 minutes WIP™ Scale: $10.25
Tropic Thunder (2008) [R] 107 minutes WIP™ Scale: $14.25
Pineapple Express (2008) [R] 111 minutes WIP™ Scale: $3.00
Swing Vote (2008) [PG-13] 100 minutes WIP™ Scale: $14.00
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) [PG-13] 112 minutes WIP™ Scale: $13.75
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

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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...

Film Premiere Photo Sets
The House Bunny Premiere • Hamlet 2 Premiere • X-Files: I Want to Believe Premiere • Swing Vote Premiere • The Rocker Premiere • Meet Dave Premiere • Tropic Thunder Premiere • Star Wars: The Clone Wars Premiere • Pineapple Express 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 • (continued)

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Brand New Posters Just In:
New Poster Archive: 20072008 | TV Posters: 2005200620072008
New as of 22-August-08
Poster for The Day the Earth Stood Still (A version) • Poster for The Duchess (A version) • Poster for "The Office" • Poster for Tales of Despereaux (A version) • Poster for There Will Be Blood (Australian B version) • Poster for Twilight (B version) • Poster for The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior (A version) • Poster for Star Trek XI (Special Set of 4 version) • Poster for The Day the Earth Stood Still (B version) • Poster for Everybody Wants to Be Italian (A version) • Poster for Hamlet 2 (B version) • Poster for Surfer, Dude (A version) • Poster for I.O.U.S.A. (A version) • Poster for Hamlet 2 (C version) • Poster for The Lucky Ones (A version) • Poster for Get Smart (Spanish C version) • Poster for The Bronx Tale (B version) • Poster for Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (A version)

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Brand New Stand-Ups Just In:
New Stand-Ups Archive: 2008
New as of 30-July-08
Lifesize Standup for WWE Torrie Wilson (A version) • Lifesize Standup for WWE The Undertaker (A version) • Lifesize Standup for WWE Tripple H (A version) • Lifesize Standup for WWE Ray Mysterio (A version) • Lifesize Standup for WWE Hulk Hogan (A version) • Lifesize Standup for WWE Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (A version) • Lifesize Standup for Spongebob Squarepants (B version) • Lifesize Standup for Spongebob Squarepants (C version) • Lifesize Standup for Patrick the Starfish (B version) • Lifesize Standup for Dora the Explorer (B version) • Lifesize Standup for Captain Jack Sparrow (A version)

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Recent Movie Star Birthdays:
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Movies Now on DVD and Download:
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Then She Found Me (2008) [R]

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Helen Hunt directed, co-wrote and stars in this engaging seriocomedy about a middle-aged schoolteacher whose life is thrown into turmoil when her husband (Matthew Broderick) leaves her and her adoptive mother dies. Her situation is not improved by the appearance of her eccentric birth mother (Bette Midler), nor by an unexpected pregnancy that could stall her burgeoning romance with a divorced dad (Colin Firth). 100 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English DTS HD 5.1; Subtitles: Spanish.
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Also This Week:
Monster CampThe Promotion

Previously or Recently Announced Available for Pre-Order:
88 MinutesBaby MamaBigger, Stronger, Faster Boy ACSNY Déjà VuDeceptionEight Miles HighThe Forbidden KingdomForgetting Sarah MarshallGoal II: Living The DreamThe HappeningHorton Hears A Who! LeatherheadsMade of HonorThe Memory Keeper's Daughter OSS 117: Cairo, Nest Of SpiesPathologyThe Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie Planet B-Boy The Price Of SugarPricelessRun, Fat Boy, RunSex and the CitySnow AngelsSpeed RacerThe StrangersTranssiberianThe VisitorWar, Inc. You Don't Mess With The ZohanYoung @ Heart

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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, 5 September 2008

The Accidental Husband • Amusement • Bangkok Dangerous • Everybody Wants to Be Italian
In limited release only: The Little Red Truck • Momma's Man • Passengers • Ping Pong Playa • A Secret • Walking On Dead Fish

Friday, 12 September 2008

Burn After Reading • The Family That Preys Together • Righteous Kill
In Limited Release Only: Assassination of a High School President • The Duchess • Flow • The Women

*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 KnightTwilightMummy 3Pineapple Express
Quantum of SolaceHigh School Musical 3The SpiritStar Wars: The Clone Wars
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(accurate as of 2-Sep-2008)

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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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