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LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER (8 1/2)
Jon Voight (screen and real life father) gets co-billing and is
on screen for no more than 5 to 7 minutes. Plenty of lip time for Angelina
Jolie, with a British accent. As an action hero, she runs, jumps,
shoots, snarls. Less thrilling than Raiders of the Lost Ark. Lots of special
effects. Supporting cast: Was there a supporting cast? It's
Angelina Jolie all the way.
LAST CASTLE (The) (7)
I'm usually a big Redford fan, but not today.
Redford is an apparently wrongfully imprisoned military man, who immediately,
as in TOO SOON for the evolution of the plot, becomes a revered icon
among the prisonmates who labor under James Gandolfini's tyrannical rule.
Redford is stiff. It hurts to say that! And Rusty and I agreed the
plot was contrived. Lots of language. But thank goodness: NO
PRISON SEX. What a relief that was! Redford shows off his great
body in worked-out-shape in yet another contrived scene that seemed made
just for that purpose. And again, I hate to say that. It makes me
feel so disloyal.
LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE, THE (9)
Think Golf. Golf. Golf. WILL SMITH as Bagger Vance,
who comes to help MATT DAMON as Rannolph Junah, a has been golfer after
Junah comes back from the war and the country endures the Great Depression
in Savannah, Georgia. J. MICHAEL MONCRIEF must be the cutest young lad
in moviedom--that Southern accent, big brown eyes, incredulity, belief
in fair sports and all things noble and proper. He is tooooooo
cute, and it's worth the REGULAR price of admission just to watch him.
He is GOOD! Move over some Haley Joel Osment. CHARLIZE THERON
does an ok job as the Southern Belle love interest. She would have not
been my pick. But Gwyneth Paltrow and Helen Hunt are over exposed as it
is...literally for Hunt.
A ROBERT REDFORD film, and whether he is in front of the camera
or behind it, I enjoy his films because the music is big, the scenery is
lovely, and the actors are excellent. No one gets completely naked.
Mild language. I loved this movie.
LIFE AS A HOUSE (7 1/2)
One of Kevin Kline's better performances in years.
There are lots of risque scenes and foul language in this film, where
Kline is an archetect who suddenly has a life change. Kristen Scott
Thomas is good as the ex-wife who comes back into Kline's life as he attempts
to reconnect with his drug obsessed, sexually confused son. Hayden
Christensen, Kline, and Mary Steenburgen bare all in some ridiculous
nude scenes. This movie has shades of American Beauty, which I thought
was a rather sick look at what Hollywood considers to be normal America.
Once again, here Hollywood tries to sell us on the seedy side of "normal
American family life." And of course, they are way off base again.
Don't take your kids to see this movie. 19 F-words. Rusty
semi-liked this one.
LORD OF THE RINGS (10)
HOLY COW! This is a good one. Get
ready to devote time to the trilogy of Tolkien's masterpieces of literature on
the big screen. Two more bigger than life films from this series are in
the works already. The cast is exceptional, everyone of them. Wood,
Blanchett, Astin, and a supporting cast of wonderful actors all work together
to pull off this extraordinary film. This is an enchanting world of
Hobbits and monsters about good versus evil. Lots of fighting and
mystical/magical/elf/ dwarf/sorcery/violence-type stuff. Enjoy the
holidays and take the whole family to see this one. (Smaller children
probably won't be able to last 3 hours though. It's a long
Rusty loved this one, and he hates long movies.
LOST THE TV SERIES (10)
Season 1: Not being a fan of Survivor, how can it be that I absolutely fell in
love with LOST? Well, I did. I can only recommend that you wait until each
season is over and then buy the series of rent the series from Blockbuster or
Netflix. There is nothing quite so much fun as having all the series in
hand, though, and we often buy the boxed set. It's worth it not to have to
wade through the commercials or wait on the online service to send the next DVD.
Lost is AWESOME!!! Plane wrecked, the survivors have to learn how to, well, they
have to learn how to survive. What is lurking in the forest? It keeps you on the
edge of your seat. Wonderful cast. You never know who is going to survive
this LOST ordeal!!
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