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5.3
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Alice in Wonderland Review

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is considered one of the finest examples of children’s literature to come out of the Victorian period. It has been a staple of popular culture and been adapted many times, including the popular Disney animated version from 1951. Because of the novel’s enduring popularity, Disney saw fit to commission a remake with the great Tim Burton directing.

6.0
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Survival of the Dead Review

There once was a zombie from Nantucket…ok not quite, and it’s not that famed island but rather Plum Island off the coast of Delaware that provides the setting for George A. Romero’s sixth outing in his famed zombie series. This is certainly a step up from his previous blunder Diary of the Dead, but just like there are only so many places you can be “of dead” (next up, “Airport of the Dead”) there is only so much Romero can siphon from his creative well before he scrapes rock bottom.


6.5
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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Review

If you’re Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer, how do you go about finding your next “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise? Well, you start by keeping the whole cast in long hair and eyeliner only you relocate them to the desert. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a familiar swashbuckling adventure only transplanted to the Middle East and outfitted with turbans, swords with even bigger curves, snakes and lots and lots of sand.

6.5
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Splice Review

One would think that with a ghoulish approach to monster movie making, that Splice would either be a mindless gore fest or an over-predictable snore fest, but that’s not the case with Vincenzo Natali’s latest.


When two brilliant geneticists, Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley), accomplish the arduous task of “splicing” human DNA with the DNA from other species, the result is Dren (Delphine Chaneac), a revolutionary animal-human hybrid anomaly. 

8.0
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The Road Review

The challenges awaiting Joe Penhall and John Hillcoat in adapting and directing (respectively) Cormac McCarthy’s The Road were numerous. This post-apocalyptic father-and-son story about whether struggling to survive as long as possible is worth the pain is a bleak tale and one that grinds along much of the time. It doesn’t have more than a handful of eventful or visually stimulating scenes. They manage, however, to not only be faithful to McCarthy’s elegy, but also add great details to make The Road,now on DVD and Blu-ray, into a solid film.

6.0
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MacGruber Review

Fully criticizing a movie that revels in its own inherent idiocy is a somewhat insincere path to take. The promotional material for this Saturday Night Live sketch adaptation never attempts to deceive the potential audience with its intentions; you will get exactly what you expect.  The conundrum with getting what you expect is you rarely get more than what you expect.


4.5
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Shrek Forever After Review

After three films of diminishing quality, more than anything, Shrek Forever After begs the obvious question: why?  Unfortunately the answer is also all too obvious with the franchise having grossed one billion dollars domestically and oodles more overseas.  For what it’s worth, this installment is better than the last but fails to hold a candle to Shrek 2 and pales to the point of apparition when compared to the original.

7.5
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Invictus Review

I think there’s actually a proverb somewhere that says “On one of three things a film contends for Oscars: Clint Eastwood directing, Morgan Freeman acting and a compelling historical figure as the lead role.” The person who first uttered this saying would take one look at Invictus and say: “well that’s not fair.” But the film, which arrives on DVD and Blu-ray today, only boasts a couple Oscar-contending performances and amounts to a simple feel-good sports and human interest story in the hands of exceptional talent.

6.5
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Daybreakers Review

Riding the most recent wave of monster-dom, Daybreakers hits DVD shelves and is yet another entry in the endless parade of vampire films to hit the market since the arrival of a little film called Twilight (which I hear is somewhat popular). Breaking with recent trends however, Daybreakers is by far the best of the bunch; high concept and high reward.

6.3
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Robin Hood Review

It has been 19 years since Robin Hood was last on the silver screen. But with his enduring popularity and new trends taking place in cinema since Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves nearly 20 years ago, a re-invention was always on the cards. With Ridley Scott directing and Russell Crowe starring, a new type of Robin Hood is born.

Scott is one of the best directors around for a historical film; he has shown a great skill for taking people back to another time and show what the period would have been like (even if he has to take a few liberties to the historical facts). He has shown he ability in The DuellistsGladiator, and Kingdom of Heaven. With Robin Hood he shows that the Medieval period was dark and dirty, even for members of the gentry. Battles are hard and brutal, though with a PG-13 rating there is a lot less blood than in Gladiator, which is a shame.

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