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Tuesday, 19 November 2002 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
title: Reign Of Fire function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();<br> studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, Izabella Scorupco, Gerard Butler release year: 2002 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: Four Stars reviewed by: Mel Odom Dragons and dinosaurs remain perennial favorites in the eyes and hearts of most movie audiences because of the audaciousness of their nature: things almost too large and terrifying to comprehend. Stephen Spielberg first pulled the stunt with dinosaurs off in “Jurassic Park.” Lately, “The Fellowship of the Ring” created a great frightening dragon. However, movies about dragons and dinosaurs tend to remain mostly within the realms of children’s and fantasy fare. Even in a movie, making a dragon or a dinosaur exist within the real world, or pulling an audience completely into a fantasy world so that we aren’t constantly reminded that we’re watching a movie, is difficult. “Reign of Fire” hurdles that difficulty easily.
Tuesday, 12 November 2002 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Platinum Series Extended Edition function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();<br> studio: New Line Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Ian Holm, Sean Astin release year: 2001 film rating: Five Stars sound rating: Four-and-Half-Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Moderation is usually a good thing, but once in awhile, more really is more. The release of the special extended edition of “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” is one of those occasions. A brilliant, epic movie has had approximately half an hour of footage restored to it for this new four-disc, boxed set DVD release and the result is a film that is even more engrossing, impressive and generally awe-inspiring than the theatrical version, no small feat.
Tuesday, 01 October 2002 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Brotherhood Of The Wolf function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Universal Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Samuel Le Bihan, Vincent Cassel, Emilie Dequenne, Mark Dacascos, Monica Bellucci, Jeremie Renier, Jean Yanne release year: 2001 film rating: Four stars sound/picture: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren This surprisingly lavish film plays like an unusual cross-breeding of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," a Merchant-Ivory historical piece, and a Hammer horror movie. It goes on a bit too long -- the ending is particularly elongated -- but the heady, almost breezy, grouping of seemingly clashing styles works surprisingly well. It's based on a real historical incident that occurred in 1764-1765 in the French region of Gevaudan. A strange beast, never truly identified, killed at least a hundred people, mostly from the lower classes, and then stopped as mysteriously as it began. Some have concluded it was a wolf, though wolves rarely attack people, especially lone wolves, but the movie tries a different idea -- and in fact, never really identifies ...
Tuesday, 17 September 2002 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Earth vs. The Flying Saucers function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Columbia Pictures Home Video starring: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis, Morris Ankrum, John Zaremba, Thomas Browne Henry, Grandon Rhodes, Larry J. Blake release year: 1956 film rating: Four stars sound/picture: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Until "Independence Day," this and "War of the Worlds" were the only two American films about a mass invasion of Earth by aliens. Other films featured one ("The Man from Planet X" for example) or a few ("I Married a Monster from Outer Space") acting as advance forces. But in "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers," as in Pal's "War of the Worlds," the aliens are everywhere -- we see their flying saucers over several of the world's capitols.
Tuesday, 06 August 2002 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Time After Time function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();<br> studio: Warner Bros. Home Video MPAA rating: PG starring: Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Mary Steenburgen release year: 1979 film rating: Four-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Everybody has a favorite screen romance that is ostensibly about something else, from “Gone With the Wind” (Civil War, anyone?) to “Titanic” (something about a boat sinking). “Time After Time” has a plot that concerns two famous real-life Victorian-era figures – the influential science-fiction writer H.G. Wells and the serial killer Jack the Ripper – and the notion that both men wind up in present-day San Francisco. It’s a perfectly good and well-executed premise, but what makes “Time After Time” shine is its love story. The chemistry between Malcolm McDowell as the out-of-his-element Wells and Mary Steenburgen as the modern woman who sweeps him off his feet is so undeniable that it carries along everything around it.
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