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Editor's rating: 
 3.9
 
Saturday, 13 December 2008 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
X-Files, The: Fight the Future In 1998, "The X-Files: Fight the Future" became the first movie based on the popular television series.  It racked in about $170 million worldwide, which was a bit disappointing.  However, as the television show gained more popularity, home video sales of the film soared.  The majority of fans rave about this film, and for the most part, they are correct.  "Fight the Future" contains all the elements that make for a great sci-fi movie. This film contains a real extraterrestrial investigation, one that was sorely lacking in the more recent X-Files film.  Fox Mulder, leading investigator for the X-Files division of the FBI, and Dana Scully, lead scientist and near non-believer in the paranormal, are partners.  AS the film opens, we are introduced to an alien presence in what would be north Texas in the year 35,000 B.C.  Jumping to the ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.6
 
Friday, 12 December 2008 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
X-Files, The: I Want to Believe "The X-Files" was one of those television shows that captivated audiences.  Its following is nearly as big as the Star Trekkies.  Fox blessed the fans with a feature length film back in 1998.  The film was well received by audiences.  Unfortunately, the second X-Files film left audiences disappointed.  There are many which left the theater feeling like they just lost an hour and 45 minutes of their life that they will never get back. That's not the way I felt after watching the film, but I was pretty darn close to it.  I was never a regular watcher of the television show, however, I caught the show enough to know that this film does not fit with the series.  The strengths of "X-Files" the TV show laid in unexplained phenomena and the relationship/romance between Mulder and Scully.  Unfortunately, this film doesn't ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.1
 
Monday, 06 October 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren & AVRev.com  | 
Eastern Promises A few years ago, David Cronenberg made “A History of Violence,” starring Viggo Mortensen. It seemed to be a deviation from the well-regarded Canadian director, formerly a specialist in distinctive horror movies. But “Eastern Promises,” also with Mortensen, is similar to “History,” as it’s also a layered, deeply felt story of crime and criminals. In its storytelling, it’s more mainstream than Cronenberg’s usual films (although “The Fly” was straightforward as well), but few mainstream movies have characters this rich while still being occasionally as gruesomely violent as Cronenberg’s less, um, sophisticated fans want. It’s an outstanding movie, one of the best of 2007, and Mortensen fully deserved his best actor Oscar nomination. Set in London, “Eastern Promises” opens with scenes of a barber, Azim (Mina E. Mina), slashing the throat of a customer, and then a young woman hemorrhaging in a ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.3
 
Friday, 03 October 2008 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
L.A. Confidential Okay, 'Titanic' was the most financially successfully, logistically complicated movie released in 1997. However, the best film of 1997--at least from this perspective--is still 'L.A. Confidential.' You know the magician's stunt of pulling a tablecloth off a table while leaving the plates and cups undisturbed? Director Curtis Hanson and his co-screenwriter Brian Helgeland have managed the same feat in adapting James Ellroy's massive novel into a juicy, intricate and volcanically active thriller populated by riveting characters and terrific performances. The underlying mystery has been changed around, but they've preserved Ellroy's dense, layered style, finding telling details in even minor events and creating a sense of real unpredictability. In early '50s L.A., everybody is making deals with everybody else. The cops are on the take, the fledgling tabloid industry is staging its own stories and when the town's top gangster is temporarily put ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.7
 
Monday, 25 August 2008 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
In the Line of Fire Clint Eastwood has given the audiences some powerful performances over the years.  Undoubtedly, you more often than not envision Eastwood in his "Unforgiven" role, not mention "Dirty Harry."  And with his softer side, present in "The Bridges Of Madison County" his role as Frank Horrigan in "In the Line of Fire" easily gets overshadowed.  This however, would be a great mistake.  Eastwood is at the top of his game in this film as a Secret Service Agent that has been involved in a game to assassinate the President of the United States. Equally impressive in the film is the acting talent of John Malkovich, who plays Mitch Leary, an assassin.  Malkovich is so strong and convincing in his role that he actually strikes fear into the audience.  His character is greatly complex, and Malkovich is differently up for the challenge.  He ...
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