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Theater or Renter: January 2009

Theater or Renter: January includes 5 SF movies The Unborn, My Bloody Valentine 3-D, Inkheart, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, The Uninvited.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

The Unborn:

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Release Date:  JANUARY 9th 2009

Listed as: Horror, supernatural Thriller

Studio: Rogue Pictures

Director: David S. Goyer

Produced by: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller

Written by: David S. Goyer

Stars:  Gary Oldman, Odette Yustman, Cam Gigandet, Meagan Good, Jane Alexander, Idris Elba, Rhys Coiro, Carla Gugino

The Plot / Story: Sometimes the soul of a dead person has been so tainted with evil that it is denied entrance to heaven.  It must endlessly wander the borderlands between worlds, desperately searching for a new body to inhabit.  And sometimes it actually succeeds.  A young woman pulled into a world of nightmares when a demonic spirit haunts her and threatens everyone she loves.  The source of a family curse dating back to Nazi Germany - a creature with the ability to inhabit anyone or anything that is getting stronger with each possession.  With the curse unleashed, her only chance at survival is to shut a doorway from beyond our world that has been pried open by someone who was never born.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

My Bloody Valentine 3-D:

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Release Date: JANUARY 16th 2009

Listed as:  Horror, Thriller

Studio: Lionsgate

Director: Patrick Lussier

Produced by: John Dunning, Andre Link, Jack L. Murray, Mike Paseornek, John Sacchi

Written by: Original story: Stephen Miller, Screenplay: zane Smith, Todd Farmer

Stars: Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith, Tom Atkins

The Plot / Story: Ten years later, Tom Hanniger returns to Harmony on Valentine's Day, still haunted by the deaths he caused. Struggling to make amends with his past, he grapples with unresolved feelings for his ex-girlfriend, Sarah, who is now married to his best friend, Axel, the town sheriff. But tonight, after years of peace, something from Harmony's dark past has returned. Wearing a miner's mask and armed with a pickaxe, an unstoppable killer is on the loose. And as his footsteps come ever closer, Tom, Sarah and Axel realize in terror that it just might be Harry Warden who's come back to claim them. A 3-D movie.  (Wikipedia)

Inkheart:

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Release Date:   JANUARY 23rd 2009

Listed as:  Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Studio: New Line Cinema

Director: Iain Softley

Produced by: Cornelia Funke, Ileen Maisel, Barry Mendel

Written by: David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay) Cornelia Funke (novel) Gary David Goldberg

Stars:  Brendan Fraser, Eliza Bennett, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, Andy Serkis, Jim Broadbent

The Plot / Story: Based on a German Novel called Inkheart.  When Mo reads aloud from books, he has the ability to make the characters come out of the book, into real life. Mo discovered his power when his daughter Meggie, was just a baby. Mo read aloud from the book Inkheart, which caused several of the book's wicked characters, including Capricorn, to literally come to life. But while he read them out of the book, he accidentally read Meggie’s mother, Teresa into the story. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)U

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans:

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Release Date:   JANUARY 23rd 2009

Listed as:  Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Studio: Screen Gems

Director: Patrick Tatopoulos

Produced by: Len Wiseman, Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Skip Williamson

Written by: Len Wiseman, Danny McBride

Stars:  Rhona Mitra, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen, Kevin Grevioux, Shane Brolly

The Plot / Story: The prequel will trace the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. In the Dark Ages, a young Lycan named Lucian emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor, the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, Viktor's daughter Sonja, in his battle against the Death Dealer army and his struggle for Lycan freedom. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Uninvited:

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Release Date:   JANUARY 30th 2009

Listed as:  Drama, Horror, Thriller

Studio: DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures

Director: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard

Produced by: Michael Grillo, Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock, Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Riyoko Tanaka

Written by: Screenplay: Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard    Original Screenplay: Kim Jee-Woon

Stars: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbelm, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn, Maya Massar

The Plot / Story: Anna Rydell returns home to her father and sister, Alex, after spending time in hospital following the tragic death of her mother. Her recovery suffers a setback when she discovers her father has become engaged to her mother's former nurse, Rachael. That night, Anna is visited by the ghost of her mother, who warns her of Rachael's intentions. Together, Anna and Alex try to convince their father that his current fiancée is not who she pretends to be, and what should have been a happy family reunion becomes a lethal battle of wills between stepdaughters and stepmother. Based on the Korean move A Tale of Two Sisters (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)


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Exploring The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor

Review of:  The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor Overall Rating: 9.5

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is everything one could expect and hope for in a Mummy movie!  This was a fun, thrilling, adventure tale that takes us around the world.  They maintain the brilliant sense of humor that is in the previous mummy movies.  I was pleased to see a movie with really nice looking animation that was not done by ILM, it gives me hope for the future of animation effects and characters.

Earlier in the day before we watched the movie I was joking about a possible way as to how they would resolve Rachel Weisz not coming back to play Eve.  I put forth the idea that maybe Rick would have to explain to Alex that his mommy would not be joining them on their adventure this time because she had discovered a new book store in Diagon Alley and would not come home.  We all had a good laugh until the movie started and I sat paralyzed in my seat as we see Eve in a book store doing a reading of her Mummy book.  She is asked if she is the same character as in the book and answers "I can assure you I am an entirely different person." This was a nice tie in to reality and really helped to ease the audience into the story.  Maria Bello did a good job with the character of Eve and thankfully they did not relegate eve to a small roll to try to cover up the actress change.  I also enjoyed that eve retains her combat prowess that she obtained in The Mummy Returns.

The chemistry amongst the O'Connell family is believable and compelling.  The moments between Rick and his son Alex are touching and hilarious.  They take an appropriately short amount of time to fill in the audience with what the family did in the time between the end of The Mummy Returns and the beginning of this adventure.

The acting was good but has some week points and the same goes for the writing.  That being said it's a Mummy Movie and an adventure tale the expectation should be weighted on the action sequences and the adventure.  This movie hit those notes perfectly!  A must see in the theaters and definitely an owner to put on the shelf next to my other Mummy movies.

The Plot / Story: The ruthless Dragon Emperor (Jet Li) and his 10,000 warriors are double crossed by a sorceress (Michelle Yeoh). Trapped in suspended animation and forgotten for eons until Alex O’Connell (Luke Ford) gets tricked into awakening them. Alex then turns to the only people who knows a lot about stopping the undead: his father Rick O’Connell’s (Brendan Fraser), mother Evelyn (Maria Bello) and Evelyn’s brother Jonathan (John Hannah).

Rick must combat the resurrected Han Emperor to stop his quest for world domination. As they engage in a race from the catacombs of ancient china into the frigid Himalayas.

Stars: Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Luke Ford, Michelle Yeoh, Isabella Leong, Russel Wong

Likes

  1. "Spank my ass Rick!"
  2. The father / son interaction
  3. Eve's awesome moves
  4. Jet Li & Michelle Yeoh
  5. The Yeti, OMG The Yeti!
  6. The effects looks great
  7. Their use of having Eve be the author of two Mummy books.

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. Wished the fight between Jet Li & Michelle Yeoh could have been either more or longer.
  2. acting & writing could be better
  3. The Yeti showed the continuing limitations for computer generated fur.

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Exploring: The Mummy Returns

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The Mummy Returns, sequel to The Mummy, is also an adventure tale in the vein of the 40's 50's swashbuckler movie.  They really strike a nice balance between the action, comedy, and thriller moments.  I absolutely loved the character Izzy Buttons.  In this sequel they fill in the rest of the story between Anck-Su-Namun, Imhotep, Pharaoh Seti I, Princess Nefertiri, and the Madji warriors.  They really do a great job with the Scorpion King which in turn left me wanting to know more about the story of that character.  This is a delightful sequel film and a wonderful follow up to The Mummy.

The Plot / Story: The Scorpion King with his army looses a decisive battle and is forced to retreat into the desert to die.  Instead of giving into death he swears and oath to Anubis to lead his army.  After succeeding Anubis' campaign the Scorpion King and the army vanish.  Five Thousand years later, Evie and Rick O'connell are exploring along with their Son Alex find the bracelet of Anubis and begin the seven day countdown to the awakening of the Scorpion King and Anubis' army.  Meanwhile Meela Nais, the reincarnation of Anak-Su-Namun, resurrects Imhotep with hopes to defeat the Scorpion King and to take control of Anubis' army.  Now Evie, Rick, Alex, and the Medjai warriors must race against time to stop the Scorpion King, Anubis' Army and Imhotep.

Starring:   Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, Arnold Vosloo, John Hannah, Patricia Velásquez, The Rock, Oded Fehr

Likes

  1. Dwane Johnson makes for a perfect Scorpion King
  2. great sense of humor
  3. The balance between action, comedy, and  thriller
  4. The swashbuckler style of the movie
  5. nice story
  6. They Give Rachel Weisz a more prominent role in this movie

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. They continue the use of Imhotep's name for a villain
  2. They continue to have issues with Egyptian Mythology
  3. The effects were not up to par even with the original

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Exploring: The Mummy

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The Mummy is a wonderful adventure tale in the vein of the 40's 50's swashbuckler movies.  I really enjoy watching this film for it's great sense of humor, mystery, and suspense.  The movie opens up with the back story for Imhotep setting up the tragic love story that led the character to become cursed and establishes his motivations.  The film has a great pace.  Though they use names and events from history they take great liberty with the actual historical accurateness.  This is definitely an owner.

The Plot / Story: High priest Imhotep is forced to undergo the cures of the Hom Dai for having an affair with the Pharaoh's wife  murdering the Pharaoh and trying to resurrect her from the dead.  For three thousand years Imhotep was laid quietly at Hamunaptra until Evie Carnahan accidentally wakes him up.  Now they must find a way to stop the mummy Imhotep before he can unleash a wave of destruction and death upon the earth.  For More

Starring:  Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo

Likes

  1. the portrayal of the Americans made me laugh
  2. the sense of humor
  3. the swashbuckler style
  4. the effects look really good

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. they use the name of Imhotep for the villain when there are other historical Egyptian names that would have been more appropriate.
  2. seem to have a lack of knowledge about Egyptian mythology
  3. the mummy visits the same curses on the people as Moses so are they saying Moses is a mummy?

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Theater or Renter: July 2008

It's time once again for our favorite game "Theater Or Renter?" Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then Put in your comments below the trailer: does the trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

For July we have Seven movies

Hancock

Hancock:

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Release Date:   July 4

Listed as:  Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Studio: Columbia Pictures

Director: Peter Berg

Produced by: Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter, Michael Mann, Will Smith

Written by: Vince Gilligan, Vincent Ngo

Starring: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Johnny Galecki

The Plot / Story: Hancock (Will Smith) is an apathetic superhero who has to wrestle with an image problem due to his get the job done approach to superheroism.  Hancock dosn't care what other people think until the day that he saves the life of PR executive Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman) and he realizes that he needs to change.  (The Official Site)

Hellboy_2_poster Hellboy II: The Golden Army:

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Release Date:   July 11

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Studio: Universal Pictures

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Written by: Screenplay: Guillermo Del Toro Story: Mike Mignola, Guillermo Del Toro comic Book: Mike Mignola

Stars: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, John Hurt, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, John Alexander, Seth MacFarlane, Roy Dotrice, Brian Steele

The Plot / Story: In a time long forgotten an ancient battle between humans and the mythical creatures.  During the battle an indestructible clockwork army was created, controlled by a crown and unleashed on the humans.  After a truce was made they split the crown one half going to the elves and the other half going to the humans.  Now Prince Nuala (Luke Goss) wants to finish off the humans so he sets out to reunite the crown and take control of the golden army.  (The Official Site)

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Journey to the Center of the earth 3dJourney to the Center of the Earth:

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Release Date:   July 11

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Studio: Warner Bros. & New Line Cinema

Director: Eric Brevig

Produced by: Brendan Fraser

Written by: Jules Verne, Michael Weiss, Mark Levin

Stars: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem

The Plot / Story: Based on a science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The film is being released in 3D.  While on expedition in Iceland Trevor (Brendan Fraser), his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson, and local guide Hannah (Anita Briem) they make an amazing discovery after falling into a hole that takes them deep beneath the Earths surface.  There they must try to understand their dangerous environment of dinosaurs and man eating plants before they become dinner. (The Official Site)

Meet Dave

Meet Dave:

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Release Date:   July 11

Listed as:  Comedy, Sci-Fi,

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Brian Robbins

Produced by: Jon Berg, David T. Friendly, Todd Komarnicki

Written by: Rob Greenberg, Bill Corbett

Stars: Eddie Murphy, Gabrielle Union, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Banks,Judah Friedlander, Pat Kilbane, Shawn Christian, Brandon Molale, Mike O'Malley, Marc Blucas

The Plot / Story: Dave is a human shaped alien spaceship operated by diminutive aliens from within his head.  They have landed on earth and are trying to understand their new environment.  (The Official Site)

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

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Release Date:   July 18, Australia July 17th, UK July 25th

Listed as:  Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Studio: Warner Bros.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Produced by: Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas

Written by: Screenplay: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan Story: David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan Characters: Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson

Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman

The Plot / Story: The second movie in the New Batman series.  A sociopath criminal known as the Joker has grown tired of Batman and the changing scene in Gotham city.  In the Joker's ideal city the criminals ran everything and the police would not interrupt their fun.  Now that Batman has arrived the confidence of the police and especially new district attorney Harvey Dent is growing and in turn the city is getting cleaned up.  The Joker in turn leads a campaign of destruction to bring back his beautiful city and makes it personal against Batman.  (The Official Site)

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Step Brothers Step Brothers:

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Release Date:   July 25

Listed as:  Comedy

Studio: Columbia Pictures

Director: Adam McKay

Produced by: Judd Apatow, Jimmy Miller, Will Ferrell

Written by: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell

Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen

The Plot / Story: Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell), a sporadically employed thirty-nine-year-old who lives with his mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen). Dale Doback (John C. Reilly), a terminally unemployed forty-year-old who lives with his father, Robert (Richard Jenkins). When Robert and Nancy were married and move in together, Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers. As their narcissism and downright aggressive laziness threaten to tear the family apart, these two middle-aged, immature, overgrown boys will orchestrate an insane, elaborate plan to bring their parents back together. To pull it off, they must form an unlikely bond that will finally get them out of the house.   (The Official Site)

xfiles The X-Files: I Want to Believe:

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Release Date:   July 25

Listed as:  Mystery, Sci-Fi

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Chris Carter

Produced by: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz

Written by: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet, Callum Keith, Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner, Adam Godley, Sarah-Jane Redmond

The Plot / Story: The X-Files: I want to Believe is set six years after the events of the the series.  Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anders) return to seek for the truth.  This is a stand-alone story in the tradition of the x-files.  (The Official Site)

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