Capsule No. 134

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review archive: 2005200620072008

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Movie Review of Bangkok Dangerous (2008) [R] 99 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $11.00
Based on their 1999 Thai film of the same name, the Pang Brothers have updated their film for USAer audiences and cast the most peculiarly coiffed Nic Cage ever in the leading role of a mysterious hired assassin named Joe on what he hopes will be his last "job". He heads to Bangkok to carry out four assassinations following the strict code of assassination, rules his mentor taught him. He hires a local named Kong (Shahkrit Yamnarm) for 3000 baht a day using honed instincts after just one trip to the night market. Kong learns his rules the hard way, and he won't get paid if hr deviates even slightly from protocols or expectations. He does offer one prophetic piece of advice despite the reluctance of his new boss to listen to anyone but his inner voice, that the elephant portrait in the foyer of his secluded rental house has the trunk pointing down and is, therefore, bad luck for him—prophetic words he fails to heed. …continued…or read the spoiler points…or read 2cOrNot2c

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

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Other Recent Reviews:
The House Bunny (2008) [PG-13] 97 minutes WIP™ Scale: $9.50
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

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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 9-September-08
Poster for "90210" (A version) • Poster for "Sons of Anarchy" (A version) • Poster for "The Shield" (A version) • Poster for A Girl Cut in Two (A version) • Poster for Appaloosa (A version) • Poster for Australia (A version) • Poster for Australia (B version) • Poster for Australia (C version) • Poster for Babylon A.D. (A version) • Poster for Babylon A.D. (B version) • Poster for Babylon A.D. (B version) • Poster for Body of Lies (A version) • Poster for Brothers Bloom (A version) • Poster for Burn After Reading (B version) • Poster for City of Ember (B version) • Poster for Disaster Movie (D version) • Poster for Filth and Wisdom (A version) • Poster for Four Christmases (A version) • Poster for Ghost Town (A version) • Poster for Hell Ride (A version) • Poster for Igor (B version) • Poster for In Search of a Midnight Kiss (A version) • Poster for Marley and Me (A version) • Poster for Max Payne (B version) • Poster for Mirrors (B version) • Poster for Ping Pong Playa (A version) • Poster for Pride and Glory (B version) • Poster for Saw V (A version) • Poster for Secret Life of Bees (A version) • Poster for Sex Drive (B version) • Poster for Star Trek XI (set of 4) (B version) • Poster for Transsiberian (A version) • Poster for W. (A version) • Poster for W. (B version) • Poster for W. (C version) • Poster for Wall-E (F 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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Baby Mama (2008) [PG-13]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $11.25
Review-lite: Tina Fey is hot right now, so whom better to cast as aging female corporate executive Kate Holbrook, vice president of Round Earth Markets with an unlikable uterus (at least according to "I'm a PC" John Hodgman who plays, in this case a cameo role as the fertility specialist") who seeks out the help of surrogacy center to treat her lack-of-baby-itis. Angie Ostrowiski (Amy Poehler) and her common law husband Carl (Dax Shepard) are selected by Kate hoping to put her baby in Angie's basket despite dozens of warning bells, cautionary flags, and blinking red alerts. The film turns into a variant of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" shortly thereafter but without the clever Neil Simon dialogue. Still, the film was far better than last year's The Brothers Solomon which possessed a similar theme. The main problem stems from the fact that the film doesn't seem to know exactly what it's trying to be. (click for full details and complete review)(click to purchase Baby Mama)

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The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) [PG-13]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $13.00
Review-lite: Director Rob Minkoff, known for directing The Haunted Mansion joins forces with two of the greatest martial arts legends of our time, Jet Li and Jackie Chan, to bring to life a fish out of water tale about an adolescent boy named Jason Tripitikas (Michael Angarano) who, upon finding a long lost magical fighting staff in a South Boston Chinese pawn shop run by Old Hop (Jackie Chan), finds himself suddenly thrust from the clutches of murderous neighborhood bullies into an ancient time, ancient battle, and struggle between the forces of good and evil in ancient China. With spectacular scenery, wonderful special effects, and the kind of mercurial story that has made the Wizard of Oz with which this film compares favorably minus the musical numbers being substituted for good Kung Fu fighting make The Forbidden Kingdom rousing good family entertainment and the surprise hit of the spring film season. (click for full details and complete review)(click to purchase The Forbidden Kingdom)

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Previously or Recently Announced Available for Pre-Order:
88 MinutesBeer for My HorsesBigger, Stronger, Faster Boy AChronicles of Narnia: Prince CaspianCSNY Déjà VuDeceptionEight Miles HighForgetting Sarah MarshallGoal II: Living The DreamHancockThe HappeningHell RideHorton Hears A Who! The Incredible HulkIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullIron ManLeatherheadsMade of HonorMeet DaveThe 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 VisitorWall-EWar, 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, 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

Friday, 19 September 2008

Igor • Lakeview Terrace • My Best Friend's Girl
In Limited Release Only: Battle in Seattle • Blindness • Brideshead Revisited • Ghost Town • Management • Nothing But the Truth • Taken • A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

*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
Tropic ThunderCollege
(accurate as of 9-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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