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    Harrison Ford is a standout as Branch Ricky, Brooklyn Dodger president in this great true story.

  • SCARY MOVIE 5

    A raunchy spoof on recent horror movies with Charlie Sheen in the cast!

 
  • 1. HYDE PARK ON HUDSON:

    Bill Murray plays FDR in an uneven, a off-balance portrayal of both the person and the times. It’s 1939 and FDR is receiving the King and Queen of England in Upstate New York in the days just prior to the breakout of WWII. Perhaps what I struggled with was the fact that Colin Firth did such a fine job as King George VI in “The King’s Speech,” that I just couldn’t make the connection in that role with actor Samuel West. The main focus is on FDR’s infidelity, an affair (one of many, reportedly) with his distant cousin Daisy (Laura Linney). Rated 14A.

  • 2. THE SORCEROR AND THE WHITE SNAKE:

    From Mainland China, Jet Li stars in a beautifully-told tale, a legend in China, of a man who falls in love with a beautiful woman who is in reality, the 1,000 year-old White Snake Demon. Jet Li’s character is that of the master monk who knows the truth, and who knows that things will not end well for the smitten suitor if allowed to remain in the clutches of the shape-shifting demon, and he sets out to enlighten him. This one has everything – vampires, sorcery, magic, fairies, and all manner of creatures as yet unnamed. You have to be a fan of this style of Asian film to fully appreciate its scope – there’s even a nice series of scenes for martial arts fans. Rated 14A.

  • 3. BAD KIDS GO TO HELL:

    Based on the graphic novel, this horror-thriller focuses on five teens of breeding going to a ritzy private school confined to detention on a dark and stormy night. Soon, they start dying off one by one until there is just a single, spoiled, stereotype left to face the music. A supernatural tone prevails, there is gore and nudity aplenty, as well as many drug references and some very rough language. There are some laughs too, and Judd Nelson from “The Breakfast Club” has a role here to, as a bit of a wink-wink-nudge-nudge to the origins of that film. Target market is late teens, early 20s, and it’s not for kids!! Rated 18A.

  • HYDE PARK ON HUDSON:

    If you can get past Samuel Colman as George VI (“Bertie”) and Olivia Coleman as Queen Elizabeth (as opposed to Helena Bonham Carter), Bill Murray’s FDR is very good, as is the period setting in Upstate New York … but shot in England!

GROUNDHOG DAY (1993):

Appropriate for baseball’s opening day, this flashback to the ‘40s and the development of women’s baseball, is a great showcase for Madonna, Geena Davis, and Rosie O’Donnell. Directed by Penny Marshall.

  • EVIL DEAD

    A grisly, horrific remake of a “B” movie horror classic

  • JURASSIC PARK 3D

    20 years later, it still works … especially the Raptors!

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