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April 2008
Week of April 14th through April 18th


Latest Additions:
Street Kings (in Film)

Street Kings is a disaster for several simple reasons: a preposterous premise, less credible plot twists, too much gratuitous violence, too many ethnic slurs, an absence of likable characters plus another wooden performance from Keanu Reeves.


Smart People (in Film)

A dysfunctional-family drama which might as well have been titled Smart Alecks


The Take (in Film)

Leguizamo, along with Rosie Perez, give intense and credible performances in what could easily be a B movie.


Jellyfish (in Film)

A surreal adventure which whimsically intertwines the lives of several women whose paths crisscross in present-day Tel Aviv.


My Blueberry Nights(in Film)

The film was not a vehicle for its impressive veteran cast to showcase their talent. The characters were poorly developed and felt one dimensional.


Leatherheads(in Film)

Half slapstick, half romantic romp, the picture is at its best when indulging in witty repartee between Clooney and Renee Zellweger.


Sex and Death 101(in Film)

A kinky dramedy that is every bit as eerily chilling as it is irreverently funny


Flight of the Red Balloon(in Film)

A slight, surreal cinematic experiment apt to enthrall the more discerning theatergoer, while leaving the mundane masses scratching their heads and asking, “Is that it?”



Skid Row (in Film)

An eye-opening documentary which paints a good picture of what life is like for today’s hobos.


Stop Loss (in Film)

Well-scripted and convincingly executed, this raw, super-realistic thriller is made all the more riveting by the sense you get that very similar scenarios are likely currently unfolding all across America


Run, Fatboy, Run (in Film)

Run, Fatboy, Run is well enough crafted to keep you in stitches while on the edge of your seat for the duration, even if this laff-a-minute escape is more mindless than cerebral.


Flawless(in Film)

This multi-layered whodunit is masterfully-constructed to keep you confounded and guessing about the next bizarre twist from start to finish.



Overall, ‘Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns’ is not as multi-layered and spiritual uplifting as a the previous films, but it will still appeal to his usual fan base.


Irina Palm (in Film)

A thought-provoking drama, which arrives in a timely fashion, given these dire days of skyrocketing medical costs and a governor caught consorting with high-priced call girls.


Love Songs (in Film)

Why make a movie about bohemian swingers, if all you’re going to serve up is the French equivalent of a Broadway musical?


dPlanet B-Boy (in Film)

An exhilarating homage which deservedly elevates the rubber-limbed performers to the level of world-class gymnasts.


Never Back Down (in Film)
The Karate Kid joins the Fight Club and kicks butt!


Wetlands Preserved (in Film)
Wetlands Preserved is a fitting tribute to those intrepid souls who dared to try to carve out an altruistic utopian escape right in the midst of the hustle and bustle of a most materialistic metropolis.


College Road Trip (in Film)
More funereal than comical, with a universal message that gets lost in the shuffle.


SEMI-PRO (in Film)
Another goofy spoof strictly for the Ferrell faithful who ostensibly never tire of such bottom-feeding fare


LIVE AND BECOME (Va, Vis et Deviens) (in Film)
Ethiopian Identity at Issue in Coming-of-Age Flick from Israel


A Raisin in the Sun will premiere on ABC-TV at 8 PM (EST) on Monday, February 25th. (Check local listings)


Be Kind Rewind (in Film)
Nothing can save this overambitious enterprise embarked upon by a couple of idiots, full of sound and fury but ultimately signifying nothing.


COVER (in Film)
Duplicitous Life on the Down-Low Theme of Murder Mystery


American GangsterDefinitely, Maybe (in Film)
You’re apt to enjoy the unpredictable hijinks along the path to this implausible romp’s carefully-concealed resolution.


American GangsterWelcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (in Film)
Not even a soulful soliloquy before the closing credits about the importance of family could undo the damage already done by this otherwise impressively pointless minstrel show.


American GangsterRambo (in Film)
Not to worry, geriatric Rambo, AARP poster boy, still saves the day!


American GangsterHow She Move (in Film)
Given that it revolves around dance and a protagonist whose sibling dies at the point of departure, How She Move is enough of a variation on the theme to stand on its own.


American GangsterUntraceable (in Film)
This psychological thriller’s well-earned tension is ultimately undone by a practically comical set of improbable developments during the denouement.


American Gangster4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (in Film)
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is a relentlessly-depressing, slice-of-life drama which unfolds over the course of 24 hours.


American GangsterMeet the Spartans (in Film)
Don’t expect anything of depth and you won’t be disappointed by this predigested pabulum.


American GangsterCloverfield (in Film)
This cleverly-conceived screamfest was shot entirely with a shaky hand-held camera being operated by one of the film’s central characters.


American GangsterFirst Sunday (in Film)
A cringe-inducing, cinematic tribute to the Golden Age of Minstrelsy!


American GangsterThe Bucket List (in Film)
A feelgood, end-of-life flick that somehow manages to buoys the spirits.


American GangsterThe Orphanage (in Film)
It’s effective at casting a creepy pall over the proceedings which permeate the picture for the duration.


American GangsterHoneydripper (in Film)
A thought-provoking slice of African-Americana sans the shucking and jiving which Hollywood typically attaches to black-oriented fare.


American GangsterThe Great Debaters (in Film)
Not only is this a feel good story, but it’s moving and inspirational for all.


Relatively lighthearted romp about a real-life James Bond.


I AM LEGEND (in Film)
Amidst some CGI flaws, Smith still gives a tour-de-force perfomance as the last man on Earth.


The Kite Runner (in Film)
The Kite Runner unfortunately, fails to engage the audience on a visceral level, in spite of its earnest endeavor to tug on one’s heartstrings.


The Perfect Holiday (in Film)
What could have been a film that folks can watch for ages, it’s merely something you’d probably consider as a ‘bin’ movie in a box when you pass by your local video store.


Juno (in Film)
The upshot is a terminally-clever comedy that’s laced with lots of inspired sardonic humor but can’t quite convince you to take its slowly thickening plot seriously


American GangsterThe Diving Bell And The Butterfly (in Film)

The magnificence of this film is in its storytelling; narrative and metaphorical, visceral and poetic, in the specificity and trauma of one man's life.

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Latest Additions:
DVD: There Will Be Blood (in Film)

A turn of the century saga, starring Oscar winner Daniel Day Lewis, ostensibly-inspired by Oil!, the class-conscious novel published by Upton Sinclair back in 1927.


pic I Am Legend DVD review (in Film)

Unfortunately, the second-rate special effects leave a lot to be desired, so the arrival of the cheesy monsters he has to wrestle with fails to measure up to the tension built in anticipation.


American GangsterMichael Clayton DVD review (in Film)
Corporate ethics is at the center of the intricate web woven by this modern morality play.


American GangsterWhy Did I Get Married? DVD review (in Film)
The Best Man meets The Big Chill, only with more flava.


American GangsterGone, Baby Gone DVD Review (in Film)
Gone Baby Gone is a meticulously-twisted thriller guaranteed to keep you on edge and guessing right up to its shocking conclusion.


American GangsterThe Game Plan DVD review (in Film)
Formulaic, but watchable.


American GangsterShe's Gotta Have It DVD review (in Film)
fter 22 years, Spike Lee’s feature film debut still more than holds up for a bare bones production made on a shoestring budget in a dozen days.


American Gangster3:10 to Yuma DVD (in Film)
A complicated cowboy flick where you don’t know whether to root for the guys in the white or the black hats.


American GangsterShoot 'Em Up DVD (in Film)
A one-dimensional cinematic treat best savored with one’s brain on pause.


Rush Hour 3 DVD (in Film)
Soufflé-light fare with a wafer-thin plot just compelling enough to keep you amused by the comic crime caper until the very end.


Eastern Promises DVD (in Film)
A mesmerizing thriller designed with a penchant for lingering depictions of utter depravity


The Bourne Ultimatum DVD review (in Film)
Another stunt-driven, Matt Damon vehicle about a relentless killing machine without a memory caught up in manic, mindless mayhem not of his own making.


Interview DVD review (in Film)
Steve Buscemi and Sienna Miller generate enough chemistry here to keep one transfixed for the duration of this daring mindbender.


Dirty Laundry DVD (in Film)
The motley ensemble’s supportive response to the secret in the film proves to be a surprisingly sweet way to bring down the curtain on this well-meaning message movie


American GangsterPirates of the Caribbean At World's End DVD (in Film)

Best thought of as a Johnny Depp vehicle to be savored as a mindless, mildly scary escape.

American GangsterSuperbad DVD (in Film)

You will be richly rewarded by this testosterone-fueled fantasy which is easily the funniest movie of 2007.

American GangsterWaitress DVD (in Film)

Waitress is a warts-and-all tale of female empowerment featuring adult-oriented humor as sophisticated as the mature themes it tackles.

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