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Editor's rating: 
 3.4
 
Sunday, 01 April 2007 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
Broken Arrow Unlike too many films being rushed into Blu-Ray or Hi-Definition DVD release, John Woo’s “Broken Arrow” deserves the plush treatment. The movie is crammed with action and a variety of backgrounds—the sky, the southwestern desert, caves, etc., and is full of explosions—at least three helicopters go up in flames—that are peppered with bits of debris, every last one of which is rendered in crisp detail. Furthermore, the sound is rendered in Lossless audio, so your speakers get a full workout—the sound track and score are crystal-clear, and very busy. The movie itself is good enough, but far from what fans of John Woo’s Hong Kong-made films were hoping would be the stuff his American movies would be. It’s a fast-paced, very thinly-plotted action thriller with a colorful role for John Travolta, which he plays with infectious glee. Late in the picture, an appalled henchman tells Travolta’s “Deak” that he’s out of his mind. “Yeah,” ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.3
 
Thursday, 01 March 2007 |  Written by Darren Gross  | 
Gone in 60 Seconds H.B. Halicki’s 1974 version of “Gone in 60 Seconds,” was the template for the modern car chase film, inspiring dozens of imitators, from “The Gumball Rally” to “Bullitt” to “The Blues Brothers.” This Jerry Bruckheimer produced remake was released in 2000 and jettisons most of the original’s plot and characters, and builds the new film’s story on two things -- a crew of highly adept car thieves, stealing a large number of cars (50 here, 48 in the original) in a short time, (1 night here, several days in the original) and a climactic chase with the police as the protagonist attempts to get away with the final car-- a hard to find muscle-car dubbed “Eleanor.” The new story focuses on Memphis Raines, (Nicolas Cage) the king of car thieves, who has retired and is running a small go-cart track for tykes. Unknown to Memphis, back in Los Angeles, his little brother, ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.1
 
Thursday, 01 March 2007 |  Written by Bryan Dailey  | 
X-Men: The Last Stand On the surface you might think the third installment of the X-Men series is another story of good mutants fighting evil mutants for control of the world. However, “X-Men: The Last Stand” is much deeper than that. It brings up many social issues such as Darwinism, evolution, civil rights and social discrimination. It’s much more than just a big budget, computer generated special effects laden extravaganza. Scientists at Worthington Labs have come up with a vaccine they claim permanently reverses the genes that cause mutation. The United States constitution states that all men are created equal, however when this document was written, the countries forefathers never would have dreamed there would be a race of mutant humans whose abilities and powers would be far beyond anything imagined at the time. Herein lies the big question. Are non-mutant humans the controlling force on the earth or should the mutants be allowed to eventually take ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.3
 
Thursday, 01 March 2007 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
Underworld: Evolution The success of “Underworld” in 2003 prompted this 2006 sequel; the first was a multi-national production, shot in Europe; the sequel was entirely US-financed, and shot in British Columbia. It’s a more elaborate film than the original—more sets, more effects, more action—but it’s just another sequel that falls below the quality level of the original—and that, lord knows, wasn’t very high to begin with. This continues the centuries-old battle between vampires and werewolves (in these movies, unaccountably called “Lycans”), though this movie doesn’t bother even vaguely hinting at the issues behind the war. Which is taking place on a fairly small scale, having boiled down to a battle between Markus (Tony Curran), the second vampire of all time, and Selene (Kate Beckinsale), also a vampire. She’s assisted by her lover Michael (Scott Speedman) who, in the first film, was initially just another human being like me and probably you, but who became a ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.5
 
Thursday, 01 February 2007 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”, stands as one of the most iconic heroes in the world after only a few short years as a video game heroine. Emerging on the videogame scene in 1996, Lara Croft was recognized as the “Most Successful Human Videogame Heroine” in Guinness Book of World Records. Core Design, the development company, initiated a style of gameplay that mixed shooters and problem-solving with a deeper characterization than had ever caught the public’s eye. Almost overnight, Lara Croft became a sensation. Five years later, Angelina Jolie brought her to life on the big screen. In the video games, Lara always charges from one adventure to another, seeking and finding clues that lead her to the ultimate objective in that scenario. Game players get the opportunity to understand what’s at stake, take an active part, and a shot at solving the puzzles for themselves. In “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” the movie, though, ...
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