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Eagle Eye

September 27th, 2008
Eagle Eye is a top secret but ubiquitous monitoring system designed to keep the world safe from terrorists. Also designed to fight terrorism is the USA’s PATRIOT Act which hasn’t much to do with being patriotic and unlike most of the legislators that passed this sweeping law without really reading it, Eagle Eye has that document committed to its massive and unfailing memory. Its built in powe ...

Miracle at St. Anna

September 27th, 2008
Miracle at St. Anna has its origins in the Italian theatre of the dying days of World War 2 but culminates early in the movie in 1983 when postal worker Hector Negron (Laz Alonso) goes postal by using a German Lugar to dispatch a seemingly innocent customer in need of a stamp. The ensuing police investigation of the former Corporal’s apartment by Detective Ricci (John Turturro) leads to the d ...

The Duchess

September 27th, 2008
The Duchess is based on the lives and loves of Georgiana Spencer Duchess of Devonshire (a direct ancestor of Princess Diana) and is yet another gorgeous period piece (for those who like gorgeous period pieces) that Keira Knightly (Spencer) seems to be able to glide into effortlessly. Ralph Feinnes plays William a middle aged Duke who despite his hang dog expression and bored personality has q ...

Tell No One

September 27th, 2008

Tell No One is the cryptic sign off attached to an email to Alex Beck (François Cluzet) a French paediatrician who would even give a thug the benefit of the doubt if his child was in need (this pays off big time later). Also attached is what appears to be grainy security camera video of his wife Margot (Marie-Josée Croze) entering an underground station. He’s shocked and incredulous because ...

Lakeview Terrace

September 20th, 2008
Lakeview Terrace is the name of a suburban Californian cul-de-sac where Chris (Patrick Wilson) and Lisa (Kerry Washington) Mattson, a young inter racial Chicago couple become first time buyers. Abel Turner ( Samuel L. Jackson) is the guy next door who happens to be one of LAPD’s finest. To his fellow cops he’s a father figure, to the rest of the neighbourhood he’s a guardian angel but Chris a ...

GhostTown

September 20th, 2008
GhostTown is a rib tickling take on the old “I see dead people” cliché. Britain’s Ricky Gervais brings his “brilliant” subtle sarcasm to the role of Bertram Pincus, a transplanted New York dentist with an uber anal personality who ironically runs into trouble during a colonoscopy. Foregoing a local and electing for a general anaesthetic the worst that can happen does happen and he dies briefl ...

Igor

September 20th, 2008
Igor is an animated family treat set in the gloomy kingdom of Malaria – aptly named since there is something bad in the air that has turned the sky dark. Under perpetual heavy storm clouds nothing much grows or prospers save for an over abundance of humps on the backs of a litany of unlucky individuals. As it turns out they are much in demand because this one industry kingdom survives by attr ...

Blindness

September 20th, 2008
Blindness focuses on dwellers of an anonymous city (Guelph Ontario) that after casual contact with one another are stricken by an unexplainable loss of vision and all of a sudden it’s Lord of the Flies time. Mark Ruffalo plays one of the characters all of whom are deliberately nameless. He’s an optometrist who treats the first person stricken by the contagious sightlessness that plunges its v ...

I Served the King of England

September 20th, 2008
I Served the King of England is not the boast that the protagonist of this pre and post Nazi Czech comedy. He is Jan Díte played as a younger opportunist by Ivan Barnev and by Oldrich Kaiser in his reflective twilight years. Our hero aspires to be in that class but never seems to have the moral fibre. Jan was a long time protégé of a maitre‘d at Prague’s prestigious Hotel Paris who was a roya ...

Girls Rock!

September 20th, 2008
Girls Rock! Treats us to a week long school of rock without Jack Black but with twice the insecurities. Portland Oregon is headquarters for this seven day camp that draws young women from pre teen to late adolescence regardless of musical ability (usually minimal). In their few days together some eighty to ninety girls form bands based on music genres, learn rudimentary musicianship and write ...
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