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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: 
 3.7
 
Sunday, 01 April 2007 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
Usual Suspects, The “The Usual Suspects” was the big surprise of 1995. A movie with a good cast of (then) relatively small names, directed and written by little-known talents, a title lifted from “Casablanca,” and a curious ad showing what must be those usual suspects in a police lineup. Conventional moviemaking wisdom holds that flashbacks are a bad idea—but “The Usual Suspects” isn’t just mostly a flashback, it’s flashbacks within flashbacks, and then at the end, something happens which leads us to wonder if what we just saw “actually” happened, or if the “true” story is something else altogether. The surprise was one of recent movie history’s biggest jolts, up there with “I see dead people” and she’s really a guy. Fortunately, like those movies, the movie didn’t depend on its surprise, and extreme though it was, the surprise didn’t undo the whole movie. “The Usual Suspects” was a substantial hit and won two Oscars; Kevin ...
Editor's rating: 
 2.9
 
Sunday, 01 April 2007 |  Written by Darren Gross  | 
Total Recall Director Paul Verhoeven, coming off of the surprise success of “Robocop,” turned his attention to another science-fiction script, based on Philip K. Dick’s “We Can Remember It for You, Wholesale,” which had been in development hell for over a decade. Set in the future, “Total Recall” relates the story of Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) a happily married construction worker, plagued by nightmares about perishing on Mars, which has been colonized. When his wife Lori (Sharon Stone) shoots down his idea of a vacation on the cold red planet, he finds an alternate way to experience Mars-- by having a faux vacation memory implanted by a company named “Rekall.” When the procedure causes Quaid to have a paranoid psychotic episode, the memory implant is halted, the “Rekall” visit wiped from his memory and he’s sent home in a cab. Quaid is almost immediately besieged by attackers sent from Mars Administrator Cohaagen (Cox) who ...
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 ...
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