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Dahmer Review


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David Jacobson brings his fascination with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer to the big screen in this impressive but occasionally wandering biopic. Dahmer wisely avoids turning its antihero (played gamely by Jeremy Renner) into a monster, treating him like any other troubled twentysomething with problems at home and at work. Jacobson doesn't put the blame on Dahmer's mildly oppressive father (Bruce Davison) -- in fact, we're given almost no motivation for his crimes at all, except that the guy is basically insane.

And oh -- the crimes. Although Jacobson again keeps most of the gore off-camera, Dahmer's attempts at zombifying his random victims, severing their extremities, and practicing various forms of execution are eye-opening enough to make you want to avert your gaze. Is it because the story is true that it's so disturbing? The movie was shot largely in Milwuakee, on the very street where Dahmer lived and did his deeds. However, the movie goes a little light with some of the facts -- in an attempt to humanize the man, we don't see his attempts at cannibalism or the large vat in which he decomposed his victims. We also don't see him get caught; the movie ends with Jeffrey just wandering into the forest.

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The Debut Review


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Looking past the frequently rudimentary filmmaking and the rather stale plot of Americanized kids struggling against the old world values of their immigrant parents, "The Debut" has at its heart a strong cast of actors giving their all to earn a resounding ring of truth with the movie's target audience.

The story of a Filipino-American teenager determined to go to art school despite his father's insistence that he become a doctor, the movie touches on many of the conflicts such minorities face in sometimes hermetic ethnic social circles.

Ben Mercado (Danté Basco) clashes constantly with his hard-headed father (Tirso Cruz III), who demands, accusingly, "What the hell are you going to do with a degree in cartoons?" Dad has never stopped to consider his son's talent -- which the movie implies Ben has a lot of, although it's not until the last scene in the movie that we see any of his work.

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Biker Boyz Review


OK

A pair of robust performances from Laurence Fishburne and Derek Luke (the Antwone Fisher of "Antwone Fisher") raise the laughably-titled motorcycle action flick "Biker Boyz" slightly above its veneer as a two-wheel rip-off of "The Fast and the Furious."

Similarly set in the "sideshow" world of illegal street racing, this movie comes minus the ridiculous cops-vs.-smugglers subplot and plus some impressive Western-inspired trick riding. In one scene two bikers speed down the freeway, dismounted to one side of their muscle-cycles with both feet in metal-soled boots, making contact with the road and sending out 20-foot sparks.

But while the plot is utterly predictable -- Kid (Luke), a hot-headed but talented up-and-coming racer, wants to challenge long-time champion Smoke (Fishburne) for his title -- the love-hate relationship between the two (Kid's dad had been Smoke's mechanic) has more depth and dimension than this kind of over-polished B-movie usually musters (see Sylvester Stallone and Kip Pardue in the formulaic, Formula One-themed "Driven").

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