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The Alzheimer's Association's 17th Annual A Night At Sardi's held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

Gina Philips and Beverly Hilton Hotel Wednesday 4th March 2009 The Alzheimer's Association's 17th Annual A Night At Sardi's held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Beverly Hills, California

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Ring Around the Rosie Review


Unbearable
Wow. Sometimes I wonder, I really really wonder, how movies like this get made. Writer/director Rubi Zack has been a first assistant director for a few years, working on films like Jewish Vendetta and various Red Shoe Diaries episodes. The he (she?) wrote a script, if that's what you can call this, and someone put up the money for the movie to be made. Then someone suggested Tom Sizemore in a leading role. And someone said to change the name from Fear Itself to, ahem, Ring Around the Rosie. It just does downhill from there.

If you rent this DVD -- and I'm betting you won't -- you'll be scratching your head from the start. The film begins with a wide-eyed Gina Philips (that siren standard of many a TV drama) as she and her hubby (Randall Batinkoff) inherit a spooky farmhouse from her dead grandmother. (Or maybe he's her boyfriend, I'm not sure, because he promptly vanishes from the farm and the movie after two quick sex scenes with Gina.) Unfortunately for Ms. Philips, she's also inherited the farm's caretaker, played by Sizemore. Then Gina's sister (Jenny Mollen) arrives. And, in the biggest impossibility I've seen in years, she's wooed into Sizemore's arms because he helps her a) learn how to chop wood and b) learn how not to fall off of a swing. Hey, maybe the little blonde girl deserves big Tom.

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Jeepers Creepers Review


Excellent
What's with Hollywood and road trips? Lately it seems like everything evolves from adventures while traveling across highways and small towns. To the credit of the filmmakers who think of these common ideas, most of the time, at least for the time being, these ideas work well.

This year alone, we have seen plenty of eventful stuff occur on the road. From the comedy Jay and Silent Bob to the thriller Joy Ride, it's been anything but your ordinary drive across the nation. This time out, fear takes the road trip in the surprisingly effective monster movie Jeepers Creepers.

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THE WOODSMAN Review


Weak

Comparisons to "Mystic River" are obvious as Kevin Bacon shifts from the role of a Boston cop entangled in a murder case involving child molesters to the much deeper role of an actual child molester in "The Woodsman."

Released from prison after 12 years, Walter (Bacon) lands a job in a Philadelphia lumberyard, moves into a shabby apartment across from a schoolyard, and waits through the long, aching hours for his healing to begin. His brother-in-law Carlos (Benjamin Bratt) makes a vague attempt to reach out, but he is reluctant to let Walter meet his 12 year-old niece. Co-worker Vicki (Bacon's wife Kyra Sedgwick) becomes friendly with him, and a cop (Mos Def) is personally invested in bringing Walter down.

Everyone spends every minute waiting for Walter to slip, none more so than Walter himself. When he gets off his bus and follows a young girl (Hannah Pilkes) into the park, we understand that he can't help himself.

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Jeepers Creepers Review


Unbearable

One of the hallmarks of typical horror movies is that the characters are invariably stupid. No matter how much you holler at the screen, they still open that closet door, they still run the wrong way down that dark hallway and they never get away when given a perfectly good opportunity to do so. Most of the time they're so stupid you find yourself actually hoping they'll get killed just to put them out of your misery.

"Jeepers Creepers" is just such a horror movie -- made all the worse by the fact that writer-director Victor Salva ("Powder") actually tries to justify the idiotic actions of his primary pinheads.

When 20-ish brother and sister (Justin Long and Gina Philips) see a dark figure dumping bloody bodies down a remote roadside culvert while on their way home from college, they spend an entire scene convincing themselves that the right thing to do would be to go back and crawl in the culvert to see if anyone is alive in there. One suggests they just call the police. The other replies, "There's no pay phone for miles!" then adds, "What if it was you?"

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