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Monday, 01 January 2007 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
Cinderella Man Ron Howard and Universal were surprised when “Cinderella Man” didn’t become the boxoffice smash it was carefully designed to be. Perhaps that’s because this big-scale biopic is all too clearly intended to repeat the response—critical and financial—to “Seabiscuit” of a couple of years ago. It’s about a crowd-pleasing sport, it takes place during the 1930s, and the title character is depicted as the great come-from-behind champion who lifts the spirit of America during the Great Depression. The radio ads for “Cinderella Man” promote this as not just a good movie, but one of the best movies of all time. That’s not just shameless, it’s outrageous, and it’s not strongly supported by cultural history, the way Seabiscuit’s story was. This Hi-def DVD is a plush, extras-laden, extra-plush treatment of the movie, which definitely has its strong supporters. The images are lovingly rendered in high-definition video, especially effective here. Often, movies with a lot of night ...
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Wednesday, 01 November 2006 |  Written by Bryan Dailey  | 
Million Dollar Baby When one sees a movie after it has cleaned up at the Academy Awards, one obviously has certain expectations. I had heard nothing but the highest of praise for Clint Eastwood's twenty-fifth film as a director, the female boxing drama based on a Paul Haggis screenplay of an F.X. Toole story called “Rope Burns.” “Million Dollar Baby” is a beautifully simple story of a girl who comes of age a little later in life than most and a hardened man who has been struggling with the emotional loss (not the death of) his own daughter. I went in expecting a knock-down, drag-out boxing movie in the vein of “Rocky,” but was surprised to find that, although everything in this movie is about boxing, the boxing itself plays second fiddle to the real heart of the story. Released as one of the ...
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Wednesday, 01 November 2006 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
Grand Prix When it was released back in 1966, “Grand Prix” was cutting-edge filmmaking expertise as far as shooting close-in action shots of high-speed Formula 1 racing. Of course, that was 40 years ago. We’ve come a long way, and the special effects of “Grand Prix” pale in comparison to the computer-generated look of “The Fast And The Furious”. The fact that the story lags and lacks, and that the film is almost three hours long, requires patience from the viewer as well. Yet, there’s a certain clarity of character and storyline that manages to keep an audience in front of the movie. For those not familiar with Grand Prix: Grand Prix (big prize) is a series of races that started in France. In the beginning, around the turn of the 20th century, motorists simply raced from one city to the next. (For a wackier look at the world of early auto racing, look ...
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