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Ken Park (2002) - Larry Clark - Edward Lachman

 

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The picture begins with the title character blowing his brains out one sunny day at a park. Then there’s a teenage boy graphically servicing his girlfriend’s mom; the “good girl” daughter of a Bible-quoting dad who’s really a bondage-loving nympho; the autoerotic asphyxiation freak who masturbates in loving close-up before stabbing his grandparents to death in their bed; and the drunken macho father who sexually assaults his sleeping son. Exploitative, deliberately provocative pornography?

 

Courageous revelation of the secret life of teens? Calculated sensationalism? Telling it like it is? These are the arguments that will inevitably cause fur to fly anywhere in the vicinity of “Ken Park,” a sexually explicit slab of teenage ennui from that self-proclaimed expert on the skateboard set, Larry Clark.

 

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Reign Over Me

 

My Rate : ***+

 

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There are many faces to Adam Sandler. There's the manic, live-wire, laugh-out-loud star of movies like The Waterboy and Happy Gilmore. There's the warm and funny romantic comedy star of 50 First Dates and Click. But then there's the face we rarely see. A dramatic face. A serious actor who's very good at revealing deep emotions.

 

You'll see it in Punch Drunk Love, and you'll see it in Spanglish. In Reign Over Me Adam Sandler sheds all the funny man routines and slapstick to present one of the most damaged and raw characters to inhabit a modern Hollywood picture. Not all fans will appreciate this, but for those who stick around, the rewards are rich indeed.

 

I'm still not sure what die hard Adam Sandler fans are going to think of "Reign Over Me", but it proves the point once again that sometimes it takes a great clown to touch your heart and make you cry.

 

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4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

 

My rate : ****

 

 

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The first part made good ticket office but it disappointed to the followers of cómic. This sequel has the attractiveness to incorporate, although it is of antagonist, to Silver Surfer, a superhero who began being enemy and finally he became ally.

 

As much it has caught the attention that already is spoken of spin-off of the personage. As far as quality, with the passage of time the techniques improve and the special effects are than surprising more. Comedian, adventurer and for all the family, "the four fantastic and Silver Surfer" redeems his predecessor although she is not the film of the year.

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Pirates of the Caribbean III (film series)

 

My rate : ***

 

 

 

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I won't be able to talk anybody into or out of the Pirates of the Caribbean experience now, so I'll simply offer sage advice: Hit the bathroom just before it starts. To miss any five-minute chunk of this densely plotted trilogy-capper will leave you confused.Depp and Rush are still in there plugging away. They’re troupers, but the series is all used up. If there is to be another sequel it will have to be called "Pirates of the Caribbean – At Wit's End."

 

 

Bruckheimer does deserve a shoutout: It takes a kind of genius to sucker audiences into repeatedly buying the same party tricks. Know what? There really is no legit way to review Pirates 3. It's not a movie at all, it's a business proposition.

 

 

 

 

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Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

 

 

My rate :**

 

 

 

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The masters of this saga of cinema of swindlers is in which, reality, they handle to talent and talent applying, to equal parts, personal technology and resources. Some of the personages receive greater protagonism and the brain of the pie will not be single Ocean.

 

"Ocean´s thirteen" is amused like was to be expected, history implies more to all the personages which is refrescante in a saga where protagonism was always of Clooney and Pitt. Damon takes terrain and it becomes rompecorazones of this sequel. The hook: the election of A the Pacino like the target of the robbery, unquestionably spectacular.

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Pathfinder (2007)

 

My rate :**+

 

 

 

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Pathfinder, which is a remake of the 1987 Norwegian film Veiviseren, is barely tolerable during the action sequences, even though the camera moves around so much it can be difficult to figure out what's going on. Things become tedious during the film's lengthy down times, when we're subjected to what passes for dialogue being uttered by actors who would impress more if they didn't say anything.

 

Karl Urban, for example, looks kind of fearsome, but speaking ruins the effect. Moon Bloodgood could pass for a Native American (even though she's not), but her utterance of phrases like "I'm not gonna leave you behind" hurts the image. Then there's the curious situation of the Vikings speaking Norwegian and the Native Americans speaking English. Huh?

 

Pathfinder wants to provide a jolt of adrenaline; ironically, it works better as a tranquilizer. And, should you fall asleep and miss the ending, don't worry. What happens is pretty much what you expect.

 

 

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License to Wed (2007)

 

 

My rate : ***

 

 

 

 

 

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Krasinski and Moore are an adorable couple, but marriage material they aren't, especially since they're given a mere ten minutes to form a full-fledged relationship before Williams breathlessly barges into the picture. Although Williams is probably more than capable of unleashing a vicious vicar, his Reverend Frank isn't so much a character as he is a recurring plot point with a PG-13 sense of humor.

 

Neutered and spayed by Kim Barker's listless script, Williams cranks up the shtick and goes with God, though the only prayers that are answered here arrive when License to Wed's end credits begin.

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Next (2007)

 

 

 

My rate :**+

 

 

 

 

 

 

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... For an action thriller based on a thing story, "Next" is peculiarly low-tech and hokey. Along with his ability to see two minutes into the future, Cris is able to dodge bullets and, once he's warmed up, peel off various layers of himself to test out alternate outcomes of any given situation. As Cris romances Liz, he's dogged by the hard-driving Ferris, a cookie so cartoonishly tough her jaw seems constantly on the brink of jutting out beyond her face and punching someone. Moore has never looked more tense or, weirdly, more bored than she does here.

 

In fact, "Next" comes across like a standard clock-puncher for almost everyone involved. We never do learn what it is that the terrorists — a small band of attractive French and German ne'er-do-wells — are up to, or why they choose the top level of the Los Angeles Times parking structure as the location of their final showdown. That part stuck with me, though. I kept wondering for hours afterward: How did they even get in there without magnetic I.D. cards? Otherwise, the title pretty much sums it up.

 

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Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)

 

 

 

My rate : ***+

 

 

 

 

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For what could have been a stupid gross-out comedy (and let's face it, in the end it still ain't Masterpiece Theatre) has the ever-so-slightest hint of wit and goodwill.

 

Chuck and Larry's relationship is the essential heart of the movie, and James and Sandler seem to be enjoying every minute of it (well, not every minute). We genuinely like these guys, because they genuinely like each other. And kudos to the always charming Jessica Biel: As the guys' lawyer and Sandler's crush, she's such a good actress,i actually believe she could be attracted to the Waterboy himself :D .

 

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Lonely Hearts (2006)

 

 

 

My Rate : ***

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lonely Hearts,a beautifully photographed remake of Leonard Kastle’s 1970 cult B-movie The Honeymoon Killers , which was based on the actual crimes of the couple known as the Lonely Hearts Killers ,succeeds better than many in balancing the philosophical with the visceral, although its villains’ dirty deeds still trump its deeper strain of melancholy.

 

Elmer is balanced by James Gandolfini’s portrayal of his partner, Charles Hildebrandt, who sporadically narrates the movie and has the bulk of its wisecracking, hard-boiled dialogue. This is Tony Soprano as played by a less overbearing Broderick Crawford, on the right side of the law for once, but still formidable.

 

I hear the screams beneath his mask as smoke pours from his body. It may not be intentional, but “Lonely Hearts” appears to be ardently in favor of capital punishment.

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The Hoax (2006)

 

 

My rate : ***

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In his most complex role for years, R Gere plays C Irving, a failed novelist and audacious con artist who, in the early 70s, suckered publisher McGraw Hill into paying him an advance of 1 million $ for the rights to H Hughes authorised biography.

 

Since the eccentric billionaire was a recluse, Irving was able to fabricate handwritten letters, secret meetings and oddly plausible details.

 

There are even hints about Watergate. Irving then sees a chance to be part of history by helping to bring down the President.

 

This is a film which rattles along and it’s a terrific, entertaining ride.

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Disturbia (2007)

 

 

My Rate:***+

 

 

 

 

 

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A pretty lame title by the way--begins with a fatal car crash in which LaBeouf Kale loses his father and gains a trauma.Morse, a fine actor with a simmering presence, is generally wasted. So, by the way, is Rear Window plot.

 

The only good thing about the title "Disturbia" is that now nobody can ever use it again. Of course, there might be a "Disturbia 2," but why look on the bad side?

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Return to House on Haunted Hill (2007)

 

 

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The 1999 film wasn't great, but it had a creepy atmosphere that the sequel lacks. This film is much more visceral and in your face and far more gory. Some of the gore hound scenes include on of the thieves getting torn apart limb from limb and another having her face literally removed with a scalpel. Not subtle, but fairly effective.

 

The ghosts in the first film killed the guests because they were all descendants of the staff that worked at the asylum. What their motivation here is anybody's guess although there is at least one who tries to help Ariel.

 

The remaining survivors eventually figure they can escape through the asylum's sewer system and conveniently find the blueprints to the mammoth facility and evidently Ariel is an engineer as she is able to map out their entire route down to the basement and into the sewer grates...ok....

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Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

 

 

My Rate:**-

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After twelve years haunting the shelves of video stores, John McClane (Bruce Willis) has been exhumed.

 

The indefatigable hero of three Die Hard films during the 1980s and 1990s appeared to have reached his "sell by" expiration date with the lackluster Die Hard with a Vengeance, but Fox decided there was still room for the old school cop in the digital age.

 

Strangely enough, Live Free or Die Hard may work better for an audience that doesn't know much about the series is than it will for Die Hard die hards, who will be wondering who that impersonator is and what he did with the real John McClane.

 

The fourth installment arrives with a weight of expectations that Atlas would have trouble shouldering and, when the dust settles in September, it's unlikely that Live Free or Die Hard will be one of this year's big success stories.

 

 

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Flawless (2007)

 

 

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Michael Radford comments that the film shows the ridiculous situation that is the machismo.He gives a very good interpretation and always he fits perfectly the demands of the director. He uses that English form to be so classic to summarize something of very fast way and ahorrar very many time.

 

In effect, to the assumption perspicaz investigator of Lambert Wilson escapes enough things to him, and "the accidental" way in which the cameras of closed circuit of television do not spoil the blow has something of laughable, that distributes between looked for effect and effect nonwished to the fifty percent.

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Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

 

 

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The title gives one hope: Could this be curtains for the stubbornly undead franchise? Unfortunately, Resident Evil: Extinction plays like a flabby middle chapter, full of nerdy details .

 

We practically get an org chart of the Umbrella Corporation, author of a globe-spanning zombie plague, but fraudulently short on the ruined Vegas-scape that ads have been promising.

 

Our (Khoshgel !!!) hero Alice (Milla Jovovich, bioengineered for joyless, over-choreographed carnage) spends all of 10 minutes there — and she doesn't even visit a zombie casino!

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The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

 

 

 

 

My Rate : ***+

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stiller once again agrees to pursue the girl of his dreams around an exotic locale . And with Stiller comes the actor's willingness to endure the emotional and physical wringer for the good of a grotesque Farrelly gag or two.

 

Remember, though, we are a long way off from the original 72 screenplay, which was credited to Neil Simon. I have yet to see that Heartbreak, though I would wager my mortgage it doesn't include a scene where the lead actor is urinated on after being stung by a jellyfish.

 

As expected, the Farrellys ribald humor pushes the envelope at times, though more often than not, theres compassion and hilarity to their vulgarity.

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Spider-Man 3 (2007)

 

 

 

My Rate: ***+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wow ...

 

Call him a square, or maybe a guy who has run out of new tricks, but no one could rightly label the hero of Spider-Man 3 a slacker.

 

For 2 hours and 19 minutes, Peter Parker , in the guise of his web-spurting alter ego, does fierce battle with a dissolving molecular-mutant shape-shifter called Sandman, who might have risen from the digital desert of a Mummy sequel.

 

Peter, by contrast, wears the dark side on his sleeve, if not his designer lapels. He's exorcising a more profound demon: the curse of nerdishness, which makes Maguire play every scene with the same dorky strangled whine and am I just nice or trying to get you to join a cult? good-guy stare. There's got to be an escape from that Tobey daze, and as the crawling audiotape from space takes over, Peter lets loose, and Maguire lets his hair down — or, at least, lets a shock of it fall onto his forehead. It does him good. As he saunters down the sidewalk in a black suit, doing snappy Rat Pack things with his fingers, Maguire seems to be enjoying himself, even if it isn't clear whether the girls are giggling at him because Peter is suddenly sexy or because he seems to have lost his mind. When he wanders into a jazz bar, where M.J., now estranged from him, is singing a set, he looks tough, talks tough, and finally takes over the floor of the club. At last, we see the secret that lies in Spider-Man's heart: It's Peter Parker's desire to dance as if he were in a revival of Cabaret.

 

Okay, I kid, but it's only because Raimi sets up the whole dark-side-of-a-hero business and then treats it like a Jim Carrey joke. Meanwhile, the movie lurches along on quasi-contrivances. You never see why M.J., after being fired from her play, neglects to tell Peter, or why, on a day honoring Spider-Man, he's willing to jab at her jealousy by restaging their famous upside-down kiss with the blond tart Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard). Topher Grace, as Peter's rival photographer, a smarm in frosted Brad Pitt hair, brings the movie a welcome dose of seething energy. And let's not take the effects scenes for granted. A few of them are indelible, like a vertiginous sky-high office disaster that evokes 9/11, or Sandman's tornado-to-giant-fist morphings, or the climax, with its scary plunging taxicabs. Spider-Man 3 is product, but it's a machine that tickles your eyes.

 

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Fracture (2007)

 

 

 

My Rate: ***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A movie about shamelessness should be shameless itself. And for five minutes here and there, ‘‘Fracture’’ does a passable job. In fact, Anthony Hopkins, who plays a genius structural engineer who shoots his wife and then represents himself at the trial, has rarely demonstrated less shame than he does in this preposterous courtroom thriller. Nor has Ryan Gosling.

 

Although at about a third of Hopkins’s age, he has decades to top his oily performance as opposing counsel.

 

Then there’s Gosling and Sir Anthony slinging ham at each other. They spend their scenes crossing accents. Gosling’s has a backwoods lilt that evokes possums, beer cozies, and spritzes of cheap cologne. Hopkins might be using his native Welsh brogue.

 

Who can say, since to me he doesn’t ever sound the same way twice?

 

In any case, you needn’t actually see ‘‘Fracture’’ to know that if the charge is acting that winks, these two are guilty.

 

 

 

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The Invasion (2007)

 

 

My Rate :**-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"The Invasion" is the fourth, and the least, of the movies made from Jack Finney's classic science fiction novel The Body Snatchers. Here is a great story born to be creepy, and the movie churns through it like a road company production.

 

If the first three movies served as parables for their times, this one keeps shooting off parable rockets that fizzle out.

 

Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam, little Jackson Bond, Jeffrey Wright and other cast members do what they can with dialogue that can hardly be spoken, and a plot that we concede must be implausible but does not necessarily have to upstage the Mad magazine version.

 

And the aliens themselves are a flop. Just like zombies, they're pushovers: easy to spot, slow-moving, not too bright, can be shot dead or otherwise disposed of. OK.

 

Now we've had "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" twice, "Body Snatchers" once and "The Invasion" once. Somebody should register the title "Of The."

 

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Hairspray (2007)

 

 

My Rate:**+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hairspray follows in the footsteps of Little Shop of Horrors and The Producers as campy movies that became even more campy stage musicals before returning to the screen in lavish song-and-dance productions.

 

While no one would accuse Hairspray of occupying the upper echelon of movie musicals, it's an entertaining diversion, which is about the most anyone could hope for from something ultimately spawned in the mind of John Waters.

 

Hairspray is the kind of movie that could become a sleeper success if it wasn't being publicized so relentlessly. Its agenda is deceptively simple: an opportunity to spend a pleasant two hours in an air-conditioned auditorium.

 

There are no special effects (unless you count Travolta's fat suit), no explosions, no chase scenes, and no shoot-outs. The film isn't deep or thematically rich or filled with amazing characters. Instead, it's an excursion into song and dance, and works admirably on that level.

 

Hairspray exceeded my expectations and, while it isn't my favorite movie of the pool-and-beach season, it's enjoyable enough to earn a recommendation.

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Mr. Brooks (2007)

 

 

 

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Ever secretly hope that your neighbor, the one with the perfect job, the ideal wife, the clean home and the cute daughter, was really a sociopathic killer?

 

If you have had that feeling, you probably felt ashamed right after.

 

But then you grinned—hey, it’s a satisfying fantasy.

 

Kevin Costner hasn’t had this much fun since Bull Durham. But a crooked, absurd, overstuffed plot makes it hard for the audience to have any fun.

 

It doesn’t help that the imaginary friend is more compelling and grounded than all the real characters combined.

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kheili ba in haal kardam, khosham oomad costner yekbar ham ke shode ye naghshe motefavet bazi kard!

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kheili ba in haal kardam, khosham oomad costner yekbar ham ke shode ye naghshe motefavet bazi kard!

 

P jan dar rabeteh ba ''K.Costner'' bahat moafegham,yani bad nist artist faghat ye naghsh bazi nakoneh (Mesl-e Tobey Maguire keh digeh Spider Man ro bazi nakhahad kard ya hamin aghay-e Clint Eastwood keh kheili fast az naghsh bazi kardan tou-e filmayeh kelishei polisi dast vardasht va pa gozasht jelo!) Vali nah hameh artist ha un 'power' ro daran keh avaz beshan va beran naghsh-e digeh bazi konan,neshunash ham,hamin aghay-e Deniro khodemun hast keh az 'Casino' beh ba'ad ,ma digeh hich chiz-e barjesteh azash nadidim !

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Stardust (2007)

 

 

 

 

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A fresh and welcome entertainment and nothing else ... !

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