Tense, convincing and hypnotic are the three words that come to mind when describing Blue Valentine. The story is one that most everyone knows or has lived through but it’s the presentation, performances and cinematography that make it intriguing, involving and sometimes disturbing. Women will probably like the film more than most men, but Blue Valentine still makes a good date movie, just maybe not on Valentines Day. Read more
Javier Bardem gives a gutsy performance in the gritty drama Biutiful. I liked this film from the incisive beginning to the heartfelt ending. Acting, directing and especially the cinematography are the building blocks for this story of a man struggling to keep his children. Read more
What starts out to be a romantic story turns into a nightmare in All Good Things a loosely based true story involving a disappearance that could not be solved. Very chilling the movie moves along at a quick step from a budding romance that was frowned upon to the final enactment of the possible murder outcome of this unsolved mystery. Read more
One of the most remarkable true stories ever, Secretariat comes to DVD/Blu-ray. The evenly paced historical drama takes a look at a family who found a way to survive, no matter what the odds. Well acted, the movie is worth the watch and the bonus features even more.
The film Another Year rolls out like a theatrical play or good book that’s a swift page-turner. From the opening character introductions throughout writer/director Mike Leigh’s ‘seasons’, we are treated to blossoming relationships, seeds of life, uncertainty, and a dieing effort. Amazing acting, direction and fascinating storyline make Another Year a great choice for the mature adult. Read more
Breathtaking cinematography, expansive choreographed scuba diving and a story about a father/son relationship are the basis for seeing the film Sanctum. If any of these elements tantalize you then this film should be your entertainment choice. Read more
Devil May Cry 4 refrain was released onto the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms today. The game immerses gamers in a gothic supernatural world, where a new protagonist clashes with evil. As Nero, players will unleash incredible attacks and non-stop combos using a unique new gameplay mechanic, his powerful “Devil Bringer” arm.
Brilliant visuals and intricate details come to life as players explore new and exotic locales. Dynamic action and undeniable style combine with explosive fighting options and a gripping story to produce the incomparable experience that only a Devil May Cry game can deliver.
Like the console games Devil May Cry 4 refrain features a deep combo systems and customization options. After defeating enemies, players can collect red orbs which they can then use to enhance their character. The game includes ten epic levels and eight boss fights. Additional features include retina display graphics and Game Center achievements.
Devil May Cry 4 refrain is available on the Apple App Store for a limited-time launch price of $1.99. Which means, you might want to get it before the price sky rockets.
Lend your ears to Yeasayer‘s version of the recently released Cold War Kids track from Mine Is Yours, courtesy of the Fader.
In Plain Site debuted as the #1 new series on cable in 2008 and was the #1 cable drama Wednesdays in 2010. Fans will be happy to know the show has been renewed for another season, and will be back this coming May.
Yes — Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) will grace our screens once again with her smart mouth and her copious ball busting. Of course it wouldn’t be half as entertaining without her abused sidekick Marshall (Fred Weller).
In the upcoming season, Marshall (Weller) will have a new love interest (Rachel Boston); Brandi (Nicole Hiltz) gets engaged to Peter (Josh Malina), and Mary reluctantly helps plan the wedding. Read more
The game builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City, the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds.
Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.
Batman: Arkham City will be available for the Xbox 360, Windows PC and the PlayStation3 in Fall 2011.
Check out some crazy imagery from F.E.A.R. 3 store level screenshots. These spooky screens will give you an idea of what happens when a neighborhood family store is turned into a dark and twisted maze of psychically tortured homicidal maniacs.
Set to release on the Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows PC, F.E.A.R. 3 is a heart-pounding paranormal first-person shooter unleashing intense combat, compelling narrative and co-op play that evolves the franchise. Alma returns in F.E.A.R. 3, but this time her sons Point Man and Paxton Fettel are characters available to play in divergent co-op, giving players distinctly different abilities affecting their own play as well as the experience of their co-op partner. Gamers participate in single player or co-op modes as Point Man, and they can play cooperatively as his conniving brother Paxton Fettel whose incredible telekinetic power has given him life beyond the grave.
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Film Synopsis: For Marnie (Kristen Bell), high school was a horror movie, and her brother’s wedding is the sequel when her archrival comes back to haunt her as his bride. Its nice girl versus mean girl in this hysterical reunion with the one person Marnie would really like to forget. And if that weren’t enough, Marnie’s mom (Jamie Lee Curtis) reunites with her own high school nemesis (Sigourney Weaver). Complete with hilarious, never-before-seen bonus material, You Again is one crazy comedy that’ll keep you laughing again and again.
This gut wrenching true story, Shake Hands with the Devil, reminded me a lot of Hotel Rwanda, but that isn’t a bad thing. The film brings to light more of the atrocities, reasons for war and the intimidation the UN peacekeepers had to face. Incredible good filming presents the era, country and it’s people realistically both in a period of adjustment and conflict. I liked this film very much and recommend it highly to those who want a taste of Director Roger Spottiswoode suspense filled storytelling.
The movie centers on the appointment of Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire to lead the UN forces in Rwanda during a cease-fire between the Hutu and the Tutsis following a bloody war that had a high death toll. With the county hair trigger away from a restart of another conflict, Dallaire tries to communicate with each of the divided factions. He starts to make headway, until greed, ego, politics and animosity strike.
Shake Hands With the Devil makes a strong statement against war and violence. It shows how intervention by outside countries can force people to take sides against each other. In this story we find the reason for conflict between the Hutus and the Tutsis coming about with Rwanda’s Independence from Belgium. With the overwhelming number of Hutus, the government was set up in their favor that started a battle ending up killing off a great number of Tutsis and put a lot of them in exile. This set the stage for the film and the final outcome.
The acting here is way above par, cinematography brilliant in all scenes of the production and direction impeccable. Spottiswoode gives a strong view of the lack of morality, wickedness and devastating results of the futile war. Cinematographer Miroslaw Baszak (Pontypool, Land of the Dead) makes his camera do tricks with the lighting in order to give the viewer a more suspenseful and gut wrenching view of the extreme action. His ability to work with actors that have to act wild and scary makes the screen story very believable and terrifying.
The bonus features are good especially the Making of Shake Hands With The Devil. Turn on the Audio Commentary and listen to Director Roger Spottiswoode and the real Lt. Dallaire comment on the production the second time you watch film.
Shake Hands With The Devil is rated R for some disturbing violent images and brief strong language.
FINAL ANALYSIS: Realism through brilliant filmmaking makes this humanity flick a hit. (A)
Starring: Roy DuPuis, Owen Sejake, Odile Katesi Gakire, Michel Mongeau and John Sibi-Okumu
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
MPAA Rating: R for some disturbing violent images and brief strong language.
Genre: Art/Foreign, Drama, English Subtitles
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Explosive, vicious and thrilling, all the things that men like in a film are jammed into the 92 minutes of The Mechanic. The no-stop assassin drama kept me on the edge of my seat while bombs exploded, bullets flew, death defying stunts performed, knife fights, well you know what Crank was like, but count on double here. If you want to up your testosterone levels, then this is your kick-ass thriller.
Statham plays his brilliantly usual tough guy who’s relentless on getting his score no matter what it takes. I am a huge fan of his and he has never let me down on the screen. Here he makes me even more devout. Ben Foster expels a nasty persona as Steve making a great sidekick to Arthur. You can see in his face that every fight Steve gets into more fuel gets added to his hatred.
The Mechanic is rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity. Although the target audience is males, I could see a lot of women in the audience getting thrilled by it as well.
FINAL ANALYSIS: A killer action thriller. (B+)
[review pros=”Acting” cons=”N/A” score=87]
Starring: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland, Tony Goldwyn and Mini Anden
Directed by: Simon West (Laura Croft: Tomb Raider, Con Air)
MPAA Rating: R for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity
Genre: Action, thriller
Running Time: 1hr 32min
Erica Durance is Smallville‘s snappy, sexy Lois Lane. She hails from both Canada and the United States, although currently resides in Vancouver. With the latest season of Smallville already well underway, Erica finds some time to chat with ACED about what some of her favorite characters and episodes are for Smallville, and what her thoughts are on the upcoming US Presidential Election. Read more