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Wednesday, 01 November 2006 |  Written by Darren Gross  | 
Adventures of Robin Hood, The It is the year 1191 and King Richard the Lionhearted has departed England to lead the Crusades and has placed the regency in the care of trusted friend Longchamps, instead of his treacherous brother Prince John (a wonderfully fey Claude Rains). When Richard is seized by the King of Austria, John uses the opportunity to unseat Longchamps and, backed by the loathsome Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Basil Rathbone) and fellow Normans, begins a program of oppression and cruelty against the poor Saxons. Sir Robin of Loxley (Errol Flynn), outraged by the oppression, unites the dispossessed and loyal Britons into a ragtag band. These Merrie Men live deep in Sherwood Forest and do whatever they can to upset Prince John’s treacherous plans and to defend the downtrodden Saxons. Warner’s lavish, exciting Technicolor delight, directed by both Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, is cinema’s slickest and most entertaining version of the oft-filmed legend. Errol Flynn is ...
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Wednesday, 01 November 2006 |  Written by Darren Gross  | 
Fast and the Furious, The In Los Angeles, trucks are being hijacked and their contents stolen by a gang of street-racers, all driving turbo-charged cars. Brian Spilner (Paul Walker), an undercover cop who drives a tricked out car, attempts to break into the inner circle of highly regarded street racer, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). After Brian loses a race and saves Toretto, he ends up on his good side and becomes part of his extended racing family. Brian becomes more involved with the world of street racing (his racing obsession is sincere) and is caught up in a relationship with Toretto’s sister. When Brian’s superior officers push him for results, it puts him on a risky journey to find out who the mysterious hijackers are and puts him at odds with his new friends. This is a 1960’s drive-in movie realized on a gigantic scale. Its story is moderately involving, and its characters likable but the focus ...
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Wednesday, 01 November 2006 |  Written by Darren Gross  | 
Batman Begins When Warners decided to restart the Batman movie franchise, they clearly brought the right people aboard. Director Christopher Nolan (and screenwriter David Goyer)’s depiction of Batman’s origin and early days is a near-perfect work and an astounding technical, visual and dramatic feat. Utilizing Nolan’s flair for playing with narrative time (as seen in “Memento” and his current release “The Prestige”), “Batman Begins” relates the story of a young Bruce Wayne, son of wealthy parents who, traumatized by an experience in a cave full of bats and the murder of his parents by a mugger, evolves into a one-man crusader of justice. Bale is perfectly cast as the haunted, driven and resourceful Wayne and the main strength of the film is in allowing a significant portion of the film to focus on his character with a degree of depth. Instead of it being about Batman, who is also Bruce Wayne, it’s a film ...
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Friday, 01 September 2006 |  Written by Darren Gross  | 
Lethal Weapon Homicide detective Murtaugh (Glover), having just turned 50, is assigned an emotionally unstable new partner, Martin Riggs (Gibson), a suicidal mess, tormented by the recent death of his wife. As a result, Riggs (whose martial arts skills classify him as the “lethal weapon” of the title) is prone to taking huge risks, frequently placing himself in harm’s way. While investigating the drug-induced suicide of an old army buddy’s daughter, Murtaugh uncovers a powerful and murderous heroin-running operation based in Los Angeles. Richard Donner’s 1987 hit is a flashy and loud cop thriller given a little bit of extra spark from the amiable Glover and wild-eyed Gibson’s pairing, but ultimately feels a bit patchy and uneven. Shane Black’s script has two or three plot turns that are very effectively timed; when you feel a scene is building toward something, a sudden event or shocking death will happen about a minute or two before you would ...
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Tuesday, 01 August 2006 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang Shane Black as a scriptwriter has been hit-and-miss with the audiences. “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” evenly divides the audience again—viewers will either love this move or hate it. The cock-eyed and intricate plot will lure crime story aficionados and drive away others who prefer a more streamlined approach. The slapstick humor combined with the bloody violence will likewise repel and attract. Downey’s voice-over, as Harry Lockhart, especially with the way he plays with the viewer and goes back and forth in time because he can and because he wants to, will cause another rift. Black’s first movie starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, “Lethal Weapon”, and was the kind of buddy-flick he became known for. “The Last Boy Scout” with Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans followed, then “The Last Action hero”, an Arnold Schwarzenegger film, and “The Long Kiss Goodnight” with Samuel L. Jackson and Geena Davis. All of those films, like “Kiss Kiss, ...
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