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One Missed Call

January 25th, 2008
One Missed Call is the readout on the cell phone of a select few co-eds. Impossibly the message is dated some time in the future and when the message is retrieved it’s the wireless owner saying the last few words at her untimely death. Shannyn Sossamon is Beth Raymond who gets more and more creeped out as the messages seem to be making a daisy chain around her My5 local plan. After she witnes ...

The Bucket List

January 25th, 2008
The Bucket List has Rob Reiner directing two of Hollywood’s biggest heavyweights - Morgan Freeman who is in everything and Jack Nicholson who isn’t in nearly enough. Nicholson is Edward Cole whose lavish lifestyle ironically hits a wall when chemotherapy forces him to conform to the indignity of the rules of his own chain of private hospitals. His first commandment is two patients to a room, ...

There Will Be Blood

January 25th, 2008

There Will Be Blood adapted from the 1920’s novel “Oil” is true to the title but only after about two and a half hours have passed in this circa 1900 epic drama. Meantime for the first 20 minutes you start to believe that there won’t be any dialogue yet the basis of the story unfolds articulately thanks to the talent of Daniel Day Lewis. As we’ve come to expect, when he does finally speak h ...

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege

January 25th, 2008

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale is a big budget, filmed in Burnaby, Lord of the Rings Wannabe. Jason Statham is a boomerang tossing farmer who spent his life pulling turnips yet mysteriously is a skilled swordsman. Although it’s delightful to see some local actors land good parts, the rest of the casting seems to have gone to the lowest bidder.  Burt Reynolds is King Konreid o ...

First Sunday

January 25th, 2008
First Sunday is the latest make work project for Ice Cube who produced this forgettable comedy. He plays Durell, a down on his luck dad sharing custody with his ex who is making noises about leaving town. The tough luck is usually the result of trying to prevent the latest lamely set up catastrophe brought on by his best friend LeeJohn played by Tracy Morgan. Morgan’s misguided hubris is kill ...

Persepolis

January 25th, 2008
Persepolis was an ancient capital of Persia the ruins of which sit in southern Iran so the title is fitting for this animated adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's semi autobiographical graphic novel. Although from France very little of the story takes place there or Europe in general. “Marji“ is born in Tehran during the time of the Shah and her pre-teens were as a westernized middle class school ...

Mad Money

January 25th, 2008
Mad Money borrows heavily from Fun With Dick and Jane as Diane Keaton and Ted Danson are Bridget and Don Cardigan, a heartland middle class couple who suddenly find themselves with no visible means of support and no marketable skills. A desperate Bridget takes a janitorial job at the Federal Revenue Bank where she hatches a scheme to steal worn out currency destined for shredding. She enlists ...

Cloverfield

January 25th, 2008

Cloverfield is about as far away from a field of clover as you can get. As we find out during the ominous opening credits it’s the name assigned to a video found in the area formerly know as Central Park. What follows is the videography playback of a particularly bad night in the Big Apple as for a tense 88 minutes we get a cross between The Blair Witch Project and Godzilla. It starts with ...

Steep

January 25th, 2008
Steep has nothing to do with tea fanciers who prefer a strong brew. The stars of this documentary are about as diametrically opposed as you can get from teetotallers although they don’t get high on anything but adrenalin. They’re all extreme skiers, a sport that started in the 1980’s French Alps. As a matter of fact for a while it looks like Steep is nothing more that a rehash of 1988’s cult ...

How She Move

January 25th, 2008

How She Move stars Rutina Wesley as Raya Green, a bright young woman with a plan for success whose dreams are shattered when private school funds dry up and she has to return to the delinquent breeding grounds of her old Toronto neighbourhood. Step dancing which was featured in last years Stomp the Yard has come a long way from its African roots to the point where it’s a big influence even ...

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