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Arts and Entertainment

  • '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.

  • 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.

    NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. This year’s Oscar for Best Picture is an absorbing tale of greed and revenge with strong performances from Xavier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Tommy Lee Jones. The film is about Jones’ character and illustrates that there is a time in some persons’ lives when they should move on.

  • '10,000 B.C.' - Don't think of it as a history lesson

    First, you have to realize that this film by Roland Emmerich is as close to history as one of his earlier films, “Independence Day.” “10,000 B.C.” has some exciting scenes, some interesting speculations about how prehistoric humankind advanced society, but it is never going to get the blessing of creationists. Multiple languages are spoken to simulate interaction of tribes, with subtitles for the non-English speakers.

  • 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.

  • 'No Country for Old Men' - ...A second look

    Since I wrote my original review in early February, the Academy Awards have recognized “No Country for Old Men” as Best Picture of 2007. Also Ethan and Joel Coen have received additional Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and co-Best Director Oscars. Let’s not leave out the villain of the piece by recognizing Xavier Bardem, who continued to win awards, this one Best Supporting Actor, for his role as the gun for hire, Anton Chigurh, in this film.

  • 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.

  • 'Vantage Point' - Assassination from several angles

    Occasional coincidence is acceptable in films. “Vantage Point” is an exciting depiction of the assassination of an American President in a Spanish city. Unfortunately, the whole film is not greater than its overused plot devices.