One of the most enduring franchises in Halloween movie history, this time the gore times out right at you!
Hilary Swank in a based-on-fact tale of a sister who goes to law school to save her brother in prison
HEART OF THE DRAGON
Rick Hanson on the Great Wall
1. SEX AND THE CITY 2:
Some movies should never be sequels, and this is one of them. The usual suspects have returned – Carrie, Miranda, and Samantha in a story that goes ‘way over the top. The girls find themselves in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates where they manage to do just about everything wrong and end up in the desert, dressed to the nines, walking over sand dunes and riding on camels. Kim Cattrell’s Samantha over does the whole sex thing this time. Not half the movie that the original was. Rated 14A.
2. YOU DON’T KNOW JACK:
Al Pacino is exceptional as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in this made-for-HBO movie that was never released to theatres, but certainly could have been, given its quality. An outstanding depiction of the issues surrounding assisted suicide, it also stars Brenda Vaccaro and John Goodman, all excellent in this Emmy-nominated platform for great performances. Rated PG.
3. LAKE PLACID 3:
This is your final pre-Halloween horror cheese-o-rama for this season. A direct-to-DVD sequel-to-a-sequel which began with the original in 1999, was shot in and around Vancouver, and starred Betty White dealing with giant crocodiles who terrorized a tourist location. The filming has moved to Bulgaria (that can’t be good) and the CGI crocs are terrible here, but that just makes it all the better for what it is – a quick boo-boo-I-scared-you monster flick. Rated 14A.
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4. YOU DON’T KNOW JACK:
The death scenes with Kevorkian’s patients are so telling and so realistic, this almost seems like a documentary at times. Susan Sarandon is also exceptional.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968):
George Romero’s original zombie film that set the tone for all that was to come … trapped in a farmhouse with crazed zombies wanting to get in. It just doesn’t get better than this.
Interesting Clint Eastwood-directed film that looks at three different aspects of the death experience
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 SCORE
A surprisingly taught sequel-that’s-a-prequel that nicely ties the two movies together
A HOCKEY MUSICAL
Hockey and music? That’s why the short-lived TV series Cop Rock failed in just two episodes.