for Sept 11 DVDs
  • 9

    Director Tim Burton’s view of the world without people.
  • SORORITY ROW

    Horror thriller about a college prank gone wrong.
  • WHITEOUT

    Murder in Antarctica.
  • 1. CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE:

    Jason Statham as Chev Chelios is back in a sequel to what has to be the silliest premise ever fabricated for an action-adventure film.  In Crank, he had to keep his heart rate high or it would stop … sort of like the bus in Speed.  This movie picks up seconds after the previous one ends, and we learn that Chev has his special heart ripped from his body and it is replaced by a mechanical one that needs regular high-voltage jolts. Just silly! Rated 18A.

  • 2. THE INFORMERS:

    Described by Roger Ebert as “a soap opera from hell,” and as a story of ‘dread, despair, and doom,” I would say that the good Mr. Ebert is soft-pedalling this one.  An ugly, hopeless story set in LA circa 1980, it’s a story that weaves together several movie and TV types who feel that cocaine is the answer, even though they don’t know the question.  This was Brad Renfro’s last movie before dying of a heroine overdose at age 25.  Very bleak. Rated R.   

  • 3. GIFTED HANDS:

    A made-for-TV movie, but that doesn’t diminish the value of its story, the true tale of Dr. Benjamin Carson in an uplifting story of the life challenges that he overcame to become one of the world’s foremost neurosurgeons.  Stars Cuba Gooding, Jr. Rated 14A.

  • 4. GIFTED HANDS:

    Ben Carson was born into inner-city poverty to a one-parent African American family.  He was learning-disabled, had poor eyesight but his mother couldn’t afford glasses, and he had a terrible temper as a child that threatened to have him end up in the juvenile system.  How did he turn all of this around?  Excellent film.

THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS (1957): 
James Stewart plays Charles Lindberg in the true story of overcoming all odds to become the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo.  A box office flop, this one has never gotten past the “miscasting” of Stewart … but I don’t agree!  I like it a lot.
  • ALL ABOUT STEVE

    Sandra Bullock produced and stars in this okay-for-now romantic comedy with Brad Cooper.
  • GAMER

    Abysmal near-future story of people who live in video games starring Gerard Butler.
  • EXTRACT

    Mean-spirited comedy with Jason Bateman and infidelity.
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