for August 24
  • Mr. Bean's Holiday

    Rowan Atkinson travels the Continent
  • War

    Jason Statham and Jet Li in a martial arts thriller
  • The Nanny Diaries

    Scarlett Johansson in a romantic comedy
  • Resurrecting the Champ

    Samuel L. Jackson as a homeless man who might be a former world champ.
  • 1. Perfect Stranger

    Halle Berry heads a strong cast that includes Bruce Willis and Giovanni Ribisi.  It’s too bad that the script isn’t as strong as the actors.  The story here involves an investigative reporter (Berry) who sources out the political scandal of the century, but has the story killed by her editor because unseen power brokers threaten – something awful.  She quits, and begins investigating a friend’s disappearance and possible murder. The red herrings make the entire story smell like so much old fish.  Worthwhile as a rental, but frustrating. Rated 14A.

  • 2. The Ex

    Amanda Peet and Zach Braff from Scrubs star in what is supposed to be a romantic comedy, or maybe a romantic dramatic comedy, or maybe … well, maybe no one could figure out quite what this was to be, but felt that the cast could carry it.  Both Peet and Braff are watchable, the story about a new baby and its changing of the family dynamic, is dodgy at best. Rated PG.

  • 3. The Ultimate Gift

    James Garner says that this is his last movie.  It’s a sleeper that slipped under the radar, but it well worth the rental.  The story is that of young man (Jason Stevens) who learns of his grandfather’s death, and assumes that his inheritance will be one of substantial cash.  Instead it’s a series of life lessons that money can’t buy that are the result of the will of the deceased.  Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) is particularly good in her performance here.   Rated PG.

  • Rick's Pick: The Ultimate Gift

    This one didn’t make it into most theatres, but it should have … problem is, it offers too good a message to appeal to the pencil-necked geeks that so often frequent theatres.  It’s a rental that’s worth the time and the money!

Skin Game (1971)
Hard to find, but worth it if you can ferret it out … The Ultimate Gift is James Garner’s last movie … this was one of his first with Lou Gossett Jr., a terrific tale of con men in the old West.
  • Invasion

    Nicole Kidman stars in this remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” which first saw daylight in 1956.  Sorry, but the original, it’s remake in 1978, and even the 2006 TV series “Invasion” were better. Kidman is fine, but the whole thing is so … last year!
  • Superbad

    Seth Rogan (Knocked Up) is the writer here, and if you like stoner or slacker movies about teens, sex, booze, and drugs, well, be my guest.  Not my bag!
  • The Last Legion

    Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley in a great knights-in-armor film about the days of Excalibur.