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Editor's rating: 
 3.8
 
Monday, 23 March 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Quantum of Solace (2008) "Quantum of Solace" is the latest in the James Bond saga.  It is loaded with lots of car chases, guns and explosions.  Unfortunately, that is the extent of the film's success.  It is not the worst of the James Bond films, by far.  However, it leaves you feeling unfulfilled.  Apparently, there were enough Bond fans out there to give it a US box office gross of about $168 million.  It is going to sell well on home video, but only to the true Bond fans. This latest installment lacks the Bond quips that we have all come to know and love.  The Bond girl is fairly weak and the story goes absolutely nowhere.  The film relies completely on the legend and the special effects. "Quantum of Solace" picks up immediately after the end of "Casino Royale."  James is in the midst of ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.1
 
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Australia (2008) Whew…this is a long one folks.  It runs nearly three hours, but it feels more like an eternity.  The film drags on and on, with only a few spurts that make you forget about the runtime.  Still, there is a charm about the film.  It is difficult to come to a conclusion about this film.  The actors can be endearing sometimes and complete pains at others.  The story can be involving at one moment and just idiotic at others. "Australia" takes place at the turn of World War II, from the standpoint of Australian cattle drivers and aborigines.  In the early 1940s Australia is dealing with the assimilation of aboriginal children that are not considered to be black or white.  They are called, "creamies."  The creamy children are hunted and shipped off to mission island.  Nullah is one such child.  He ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.9
 
Monday, 16 March 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989 - 1997 Warner Bros. has put forth the two best superheroes in comic book history.  Superman and Batman are by far regarded as the most thrilling adventure series of all-time.  Without a build up, Warner Bros. has released the Batman Anthology on Blu-ray.  Following the success of “The Dark Knight,” and “Batman Begins” before that, “Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989 – 1997” contains the original four Batman films – “Batman,” “Batman Returns,” “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin.” In 1989, “Batman” thrilled audiences.  After years of the series being turned into a farce, the original motion picture brought darkness, mystery and revenge to the character.  Director Tim Burton is the master at dark and dreary, and it truly shines in the original film.  Michael Keaton made blockbuster history as Bruce Wayne/Batman.  He brought the dark knight to the screen, while retaining some ...
Editor's rating: 
 2.9
 
Thursday, 12 March 2009 |  Written by David Krauss  | 
Ronin (1998) Ronin takes a simple directive – "Get the case" – and turns it into a high-octane, gritty, action-espionage flick.  Director John Frankenheimer buckles us in and takes us on a wild tour of Paris and the French Riviera as we follow a team of mercenaries on their quest to retrieve a coveted metal attaché. Nobody really knows what's inside, but it's valuable enough to incite a load of violence.  The game of cat and mouse begins in an abandoned Parisian warehouse, where Irish ringleader Deirdre (Natascha McElhone) readies her ragtag team of rogue "professionals" for the dangerous job.  Like the long ago disgraced Samurai of centuries past, Sam (Robert De Niro), Vincent (Jean Reno), Gregor (Stellan Skarsgård), Spence (Sean Bean), and Larry (Skipp Sudduth) have been let go by various covert organizations and now work freelance, but their independent status ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.1
 
Friday, 13 February 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Street Fighter (Extreme Edition) (1994) Growing up I was never a big video game fan.  I enjoyed the original Nintendo game system but nothing really after that.  I did have a brief period in which I got into computer games.  Among the games I played constantly was Street Fighter.  Along with Mortal Kombat, the games were pioneers in one-on-one fighting games.  I don’t anyone around my age that doesn’t know the Mortal Kombat theme song, or Bison, Guile, Ryu, Ken, Chung-Li, Blanka, and a slew of others.  So, when I found out that they were making a Street Fighter movie, I was thrilled.  Sadly, that thrill was short lived. “Street Fighter” is probably one of the biggest flops in video game-to-silver screen adaptations.  In 1994 it did gross around $35 million in the US – somehow.  Audiences and critics alike panned the film for its poor ...
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