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Editor's rating: 
 3.2
 
Tuesday, 01 January 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
RoboCop Some movies diminish in power over time; what once seemed bold and innovative can often seem later—after imitators—tired and uninteresting. Not so with “RoboCop.” If anything, it seems even better now than it did when first released 20 years ago. The script by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner still seems sharp, satirical and inventive; the direction by Paul Verhoeven seems even more creative and dynamic. Sure, he’s excessive—sometimes it seems as though that’s his middle name—but it’s controlled excess, especially in the very gory and violent version of the film on this DVD. The movie was very popular, establishing Verhoeven as one of those rare foreign directors (rare since the 1930s, anyway) who smoothly slipped into an all-American mode for his first movie in this country. The swift pace never slags; the often dry humor is deftly caught; the satiric elements ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.4
 
Tuesday, 01 January 2008 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Mr. & Mrs. Smith "Mr. And Mrs. Smith" is a high-powered action film that keeps you riveted throughout. This film's story is not to be confused with the 1941 Alfred Hitchcock, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". The stories are completely different and Hitchcock's is a comedy film, while this film is action/adventure, with a little comedy thrown in. Director Doug Liman takes us on a wild ride through the secret lives of an on-the-surface bored, married couple. John Smith (Brad Pitt) is a hitman that works for one of two companies that specialize in the field. Contractor work is his cover. Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie) is a hitwoman that works for John Smith's competitor. Of course, their secret lives are unbeknownst to each other. Instead, the two appear to be a normal, bored married couple. They even attempt to attend therapy sessions. The on-screen (and apparently off-screen) ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.1
 
Tuesday, 01 January 2008 |  Written by Christopher Joseph  | 
Underworld When I first saw the trailer for “Underworld” back in 2003, I was pumped. I love vampires. I love werewolves. I love Kate Beckinsale in tight leather. Package all of that together with post-“Matrix” styling, and you have a recipe sure to get every male between the ages of 13 and 45 into the theatre. I was one of them, lined up on opening night, big happy grin upon my face. And for the first 15 minutes, I was pleased. The vampire vs. werewolf concept was getting its justice and I eagerly anticipated whatever the filmmakers decided to throw at me. Unfortunately, they threw me an average movie. “Underworld” is by no means a bad flick. It’s just not great; the problem is, it should be. The filmmakers nailed the right tone, got some talented actors and excellent special effects. The ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.2
 
Thursday, 01 November 2007 |  Written by Christopher Joseph  | 
Replacement Killers, The Former music video helmer Antoine Fuqua’s (“Training Day”, “King Arthur”) feature-length directorial bow was supposed to introduce Hong Kong action cinema to American audiences. Asian superstar Chow Yun Fat made his American debut, and Oscar winner Mira Sorvino came on to give the production some extra credibility. The result is more of a glossed over regurgitation than an homage. Failing to capture the high octane originality of its predecessors, “The Killers” and “A Better Tomorrow”, “The Replacement Killers” simply defines all Hollywood stereotypes: take a successful existing product and either imitate or remake it. Screenwriter Ken Sanzel recycles the character Chow Yun Fat made a career playing in Honk Kong, and flattens it out into a one-dimensional hitman-for-hire with a conscience. I would say two dimensional, but Chow Yun Fat’s English is so limited, the dialogue is kept to a ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.3
 
Thursday, 01 November 2007 |  Written by Bryan Dailey  | 
Spider-Man 3 This is the big one for Blu-ray. Spider-man 3 is the disc that many people in the Blu-ray camp believe will knock the fence sitters in this format war over to their side. It’s not because Spider-Man 3 is the end-all, be-all of blockbuster films. It’s actually quite flawed and sometimes ridiculously far-fetched and silly. The reason that so many people have been eagerly awaiting this title is because few films rival it in terms of special effects, there are few equals. The movie looks spectacular and I’m happy to report the Blu-ray transfer is excellent. I was worried because I felt many of the scenes in the DVD version of Spiderman 2 are lackluster. Pop that disc in and take a look at the washed out, overly-contrasty opening scenes where Peter Parker Is driving the pizzas around town on his scooter and note the washed out skin tones. Like most comic-book super ...
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