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Chronicle Review


Extraordinary
Taking the found-footage thriller to a new level, this film throws real-life teens into an extraordinary story while deepening the characters and providing exhilarating action. Even Cloverfield seems unimaginative by comparison.

Andrew (DeHaan) is a nerdy teen videotaping his life in an attempt to liven it up. His hip cousin Matt (Russell) thinks he's nuts, but goes along with it, inviting him to a student rave. There they team up with the coolest guy on campus, Steve (Jordan), to explore a strange hole in the ground. When they emerge, they have telekinetic powers that grow stronger the more they use them.

But they quickly discover the scope for danger, creating a few rules that Andrew privately bristles against.

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A Little Bit Of Heaven Review


Weak
Shot in the style of a bland Hollywood rom-com, this film is actually a weepie drama with a bit of magical realism thrown in. It's such an odd hybrid that we're never sure whether we should laugh or cry. So we do neither.

Marley (Hudson) is a high-flying New Orleans advertising exec who doesn't believe that romance is necessary. Although she does have loyal friends: ditsy colleague Sarah (Punch), happy family woman Renee (DeWitt) and cheerful neighbour Peter (Malco). On the other hand, she tries to avoid to her estranged, warring parents (Bates and Williams). Then during a medical test, she has a vision of God (Goldberg), who grants her three wishes before she dies of cancer. But she certainly isn't seeking the love that grows between her and Julian (Garcia Bernal), her doctor.

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The Truman Show Review


Excellent
Jim Carrey's finest hour? I don't know... I guess if you go for this sort of thing.

It's been four years since Tom Hanks played Everyman in Forrest Gump, so I suppose the world was ripe for a repeat. You really can't go wrong with these Man-against-the-world/triumph-in-the-face-of-overwhelming-odds films, and done right they can have incredible appeal.

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A Simple Plan Review


OK
I'll come right out and say it. Fargo was a better movie. The camera angles, landscaping, and feel you get from the story all represent 1996's Fargo. The two movies have many similarities. The heroine is naïve, yet capable and pregnant. The town they live in is small, covered with snow, and everybody knows your name. The initial murder in the film snowballs into more. Everyone wants the money for themselves (that happens to be a kidnapping ransom). I could go on but I don't want to bore you.

Bill Paxton stars as Hank Mitchell, a normal every day kind of guy. Hank, his moronic brother Jacob (Billy Bob Thornton) and Jacob's friend Lou (Brent Briscoe) find a crashed plane filled with 4.4 million dollars one day and decide to keep it. Well, kind of. Hank is the smartest of the three and he thinks it would be a good idea to keep the money until the plane is found, then disperse it among themselves. Here come the murders.

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The Tuxedo Review


OK
As a youngster, I never missed an episode of Inspector Gadget. The loveable, wannabe crime-fighting buffoon always had the necessary tools inside his trench coat to get out of a jam. Like Inspector Gadget, Jackie Chan's character in The Tuxedo has the essential secret weapons inside his formal wear. He has the one thing Gadget could never get however: a sexy super agent partner.

Chan is Jimmy Tong, an unlucky-in-love cabbie who drives his car like a madman through the streets of New York City. His wild driving skills pique the interest of a CSA (think CIA) agent named Steena (Debi Mazar) looking for a new driver for the millionaire secret agent Clark Devlin (Jason Issacs). Tong is hired, and after just a few days on the job, Devlin is maimed in a car bombing. Intrigued by Devlin's debonair lifestyle, Tong begins wearing Devlin's tuxedo and posing as the well-dressed playboy.

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Sleepy Hollow Review


OK
I'll be the first to admit I don't really remember the details of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. But what I do remember, well, it didn't go like this.

In typical Tim Burton fashion, a fairy tale gets an update (and the film's color gets drained out in the process). The guts of Legend are still there: In 1799, evil headless horseman marauds a tiny village in upstate New York. Ichabod Crane (Depp) is sent to investigate.

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