On Screen

Body of Lies

by RICK GRANT ARated R 128 min This is another masterful collaboration between top-tier director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, American Gangster, Kingdom of Heaven) and Russell Crowe, with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the key role. Based on David Ignatius’ novel and adapted to screen by William Monahan, Body Of Lies is a tense spy thriller. The plot pits field agent Roger Ferris against his boss, master manipulator, Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe). The two CIA agents are polar opposites yet have a grudging respect for one another. Ferris is an elite agent who speaks fluid Arabic and was trained as a Delta Force …

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Beverly Hill Chihuahua

by PepeB+ Rated PG91 min When my human dad, Rick Grant told me about Beverly Hills Chihuahua, a film starring Chihuahuas, I jumped up and down and threw a fit. Yes, I wanted to go. Rick, who kept saying no, finally relented and smuggled me into the theatre inside his wife Elaine’s large pocketbook. I was so excited when I saw so many of my breathren on the big screen-all shapes and sizes-but I couldn’t make a sound. We Chihuahuas love to bark, so it was hard not to express myself. Chloe (voiced by Drew Barrymore) is a pampered white …

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Choke

by Rick GrantA-Rated R89 min Based on Chuck Palhniuk’s novel, and written and directed by Clark Gregg, this offbeat indie did well on the festival circuit. Sam Rockwell stars as Victor Mancini, a historical reenactor and self proclaimed sex addict. Confined to a nursing home, his crazy stepmother Ida (Angelica Huston) is dying of the last stages of Alzheimer’s. Despite being kidnapped and raised by her on the run, he still loves her. Victor’s sex problem involves his insatiable appetite for casual sex, but his addiction to pornography has cut off his ability to become emotionally involved with any of …

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october movies

CURRENTLY SHOWING EAGLE EYE This is a race-against-time thriller where two strangers, Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) and Rachel Holloman (Monaghan), are thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations – using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move. As the situation escalates, these two ordinary people become the country’s most wanted fugitives, who must work together to discover what is really happening – and more importantly, why. Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario …

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Miracle at St. Anna

by Rick GrantB Rated R 160 min Recently Spike Lee criticized Clint Eastwood for not hiring black actors for his WWII epic Flags of Our Fathers. Lee’s criticism was unwarranted because Eastwood’s film was about the struggles of the six soldiers who fought their way up a volcano under heavy fire to raise the flag on Iwo Jima and there were no black soldiers in that group. After Lee’s released his war epic, Miracle At St. Anna, he was humbled by how difficult it was to shoot. In Lee’s WWII epic, he was way outside his field of expertise and …

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Ghost Town

by Rick GrantBRated PG-13102 min Ricky Gervais is a funny man who produced the British and American version of The Office. Now he’s trying to break into American films with this comedy. Gervais portrays a obsessive and uptight dentist, Bertram Pincus D.D.S., who comes off as a jerk. He hates his patients especially the ones that talk a lot. So, he stuffs their mouth with cotton. When a routine operation goes bad, Bartram dies for seven minutes and when he wakes up, he has access to the other side where he can see ghosts who are trapped on earth with …

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Eagle Eye

by Rick GrantB+Rated PG-13in IMax This wild fast moving action film is the perfect genre to show off IMax to its highest potential.. Wow, the action on the gigantic screen was spectacular when I viewed the movie on AMC Regency’s new digital IMax theater. The crystal clear images combined with the gut wrenching soundtrack was an adrenalin high. Director D.J. Caruso and writer John Glenn created a cautionary tale of a massive cyber attack on America. The attacker, a computer voice, was into everything run by computers-traffic lights, military communications, television, streaming video, car computers, the electrical grid, and construction …

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Righteous Kill

by Rick GrantBRated R101 min Someone is killing bad guys and leaving poems at the scene. Two veteran detectives, Turk (Robert De Niro) and Rooster (Al Pacino) of the NYPD are on the case. Yes, in this umpteenth cop scenario written by Russell Gewirtz and directed by Jon Avnet. What a cast! Starring two of the greatest film actors of our time that are finally in the same movie and appear in all the scenes together. It could be construed as anticlimactic because of Gewirtz’s convoluted script which sets-up the viewer with a clever subterfuge that is revealed near the …

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Burn After Reading

by Rick GrantB+Rated R96 min The Coen Brothers’ prime directive to the cast of Burn After Reading was, “Act like knuckleheads!” The cast was more than happy to oblige in this offbeat satire of everything doltish, which leads to hilarious misunderstandings and a spy caper so twisted, the CIA didn’t understand it. Of course, the Coen Brothers’ fans know these mischievous brothers can turn actors into morons for laughs as in Oh Brother Where Art Thou. In this scenario, a CIA analyst, Osborne Cox has been demoted for being an alcoholic. But he’s outraged and quits. His wife, Katie (Tilda …

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Bangkok Dangerous

by Rick GrantB Rated R 99 min This remake of the Pang Brothers’ Oxide and Danny a 1999 Thai film, which is also helmed by the Pang Brothers using the same script. And it works. It is the story of a prolific hitman, Joe (Nicolas Cage) who gets an incredible four jobs in Bangkok. He sees this as an opportunity to make his nest-egg and leave the business. Joe’s cold unemotional personality allows him to kill strangers without suffering pangs of conscience. This detachment keeps him alive. He’s a ghost. No one has seen him or knows who he is. …

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