for January 4
  • One Missed Call

    What will it sound like when you die? A horror film that answers that question.
  • 1. Resident Evil: Extinction

    For a three-quel video game spin-off, this is a surprisingly entertaining film. Lots of stuff gets blown up and there’s a lot of shooting of creatures, which is what the game was all about, but over all, Mila Jovavich who starred in the previous two Resident Evil movies is on the case, gun in hand, with lots of good special effects. It will never get an Oscar nomination, but it’s pretty entertaining. Rated 18A.

  • 2. Shoot 'Em Up

    Never before has a film had a title so completely descriptive of what you get here. Clive Owen is the mysterious Mr. Smith who saves a pregnant woman from death at the hands of a pair of hired thugs, and then reluctantly chooses to protect her and the baby from... well, from the bad guys that are inexplicably after them. Not much dialogue, lots of shooting... and through all of that, gritty, but very entertaining if you want some mindless action. Rated 18A.

  • 3. War

    Great action cast that includes Jason Statham and Jet Li in a martial arts-action film that has a surprisingly complex story as well... and hang on for the twist at the end. The heart of the story is about an FBI agent seeking revenge for the murder of his partner... but it becomes difficult to determine who the good guys are, and which ones are the bad guys. They’re all here – the Yakuza, Asian Triads, and various other gangs. Rated 18A.

  • Rick´s Pick: Shoot 'Em Up

    The body count is 100 dead... 15 gallons of fake blood were used in the making of this film, and Mr. Smith uses a total of 18 different guns. So violent, it becomes comical at times.

The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Steve McQueen, the best musical score ever for a western, body count 55, and tame by today’s violence standards, but still a great film. McQueen so desperately wanted to be in the movie that he crashed his car intentionally to get out of working on his TV series, and while “out sick” he did this film.
  • PS I Love You

    Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler as a married couple who are separated by his death from a brain tumor... and it’s a comedy – a romantic one. I liked it a lot – most reviewers didn’t.
  • Juno

    A pregnant teen finds her way and her life. Shot in Vancouver. Lots of Oscar buzz around this one.
  • The Great Debaters

    Oprah produced it, Denzil stars... based-on-fact story of an African-American university debating team that takes on a giant.