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Arts and Entertainment

  • 'What Happens in Vegas' should stay in Vegas

    There are some good laughs in “What Happens in Vegas.” There’s little wit involved, but it is funny nevertheless. Good old fashioned slapstick is good for a laugh anytime. The ensemble of actors keeps the action rolling, stocked with pratfalls, and not a single car crash. Oh wait, there was one, I think. Unfortunately, the lack of story line and logic ruin most of the fun.

  • Movie Memos

    Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.

  • 'Iron Man,' The summer superhero battle is on

    Summer is starting early in America’s movie theaters with the arrival of the newest comic book superhero film, and it’s a doozie. “Iron Man” is full of action, explosive violence, but filled with heart. This is a fully fleshed-out character whose backstory explains logically how he became what he is, and that makes us care for him more. In addition, it throws us directly into the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, but only for background. There is a better villain closer at hand.

  • 'Street Kings' - A cop confuses morality and the law

    anti-hero: a leading character who is notably lacking in heroic qualities.

    Vice Detective Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) is known in the Los Angeles Police Department as a loose cannon. He has a reputation for shooting first and asking questions later. The problem is, his actions are usually morally right, but legally wrong or suspect. We first meet Tom when he gets information about the location of twin girls who have been kidnapped. This is an example of how he works. Because he finds the girls, he is lauded as a hero. Then he must explain the dead bodies.

  • Movie Memos

    Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.

  • Movie Memos

    Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.

  • 'Drillbit Taylor' - Scamming kids out of their money

    Is it worth your while to trade two hours of your life, two hours which you will never get back, for a couple of chuckles? If you think so, then you will probably enjoy “Drillbit Taylor.” This movie is so predictable; there is not a single surprise. What is surprising is that it was not released straight to video. Leading actor Owen Wilson usually has a sweet charm that lets him get by with a not-so-subtle charisma. Here he is limp, unlikable, in a role which has no morally saving grace. I feared that he would go to sleep before I did.

  • Movie Memos

    Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.

  • Movie Memos

    Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.

  • 'Horton Hears a Who' and so will YOU!

    Hasn’t everyone heard the story of Dr. Seuss’s blundering elephant that saves the lives of countless citizens of Whoville? That civilization contained on a speck stuck to a clover? Even if you have, you’ll be charmed by this new animated film which fills in details which Dr. Seuss’s short, rhyming book omits.