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Twin Peaks: The Complete Series Review


Excellent
X-Files, Heroes, Lost? They all owe their very souls to a short-lived TV series that ran for just two seasons from 1990-1992. You might have heard of it: Twin Peaks.

I'll admit now that I wore an "I killed Laura Palmer" t-shirt thoughout my freshman year of college. Am I embarrassed by that now? Yes, but not as much as you'd think. Twin Peaks was a bona-fide phenomenon, the most subversively popular thing of its day and still a brainy-slash-guilty pleasure with few equals.

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Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer Review


OK
The NBA hands out a Most Improved Player Award at the end of each season. Hollywood does not have an equivalent distinction, though Fantastic Four director Tim Story would be a worthy candidate for this year's prize if it did.

Story's name was attached to the original Four film in 2005, but that discombobulated blockbuster based on the classic Marvel Comic books felt like meddling producers suggested the film to pieces before the finished product reached theaters. Critics and comic fans responded in kind with opinions that were not so kind, but Four turned a large enough profit to secure a punched ticket to sequel land for Story and his cast.

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The Jolly Boys' Last Stand Review


OK
In general it's probably a terrible idea to put the words "jolly boys" in your movie title. But this is a Brit-flick, a Brit-com, as it were, kind of a cross between Four Weddings and a Funeral and Jackass.

And there's something too that. It's awfully British and strange, but The Jolly Boys' Last Stand has something engaging that defies its rather basic premise. And here it is: A group of "lads," (that is, "dudes") find they're getting older and still up to their same drunken antics. But one of their membership, Spider (Andy Serkis) -- aka "El Presidente" -- sees that this isn't really going anywhere, and when he decides to get married and hunker down at work, the rest of the group starts to wonder if their leader isn't going astray. The best man decides to make a congratulations video for Spider, but his real goal is to get him to realize how much fun the life he's leaving behind is.

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The Jolly Boys' Last Stand Review


OK
In general it's probably a terrible idea to put the words "jolly boys" in your movie title. But this is a Brit-flick, a Brit-com, as it were, kind of a cross between Four Weddings and a Funeral and Jackass.

And there's something too that. It's awfully British and strange, but The Jolly Boys' Last Stand has something engaging that defies its rather basic premise. And here it is: A group of "lads," (that is, "dudes") find they're getting older and still up to their same drunken antics. But one of their membership, Spider (Andy Serkis) -- aka "El Presidente" -- sees that this isn't really going anywhere, and when he decides to get married and hunker down at work, the rest of the group starts to wonder if their leader isn't going astray. The best man decides to make a congratulations video for Spider, but his real goal is to get him to realize how much fun the life he's leaving behind is.

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Fantastic Four Review


Grim
Fantastic? Not exactly, but Tim Story's take on Marvel Comic's first family of superheroes can be fun if your expectations are low enough.

This summer's second superhero saga, Fantastic Four explains how five members of a planned space expedition face exposure to a cosmic storm that alters each person's DNA, giving them unique powers. Brilliant scientist Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) initiates the mission, which is bankrolled by his longtime rival Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon). They are accompanied by Reed's buddy Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis), Victor's director of genetic research; Sue Storm (Jessica Alba); and her cocky pilot brother, Johnny (Chris Evans).

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The Greatest Game Ever Played Review


Grim
You learn several facts about golf in Bill Paxton's adaptation of The Greatest Game Ever Played, including that the sport was once so dominated by social standing that family background played as big a role as a player's skills.

That tidbit of information is not so appealing when it's shoved down your throat for two hours. Paxton and writer Mark Frost (adapting from his own non-fiction book), so intent on remaking Seabiscuit on a golf course, so zealous to show the triumph of the common man, don't create a feel-good, root-for-the-underdog movie, but a caricature of one. You've never seen so many scenes of fat, rich men in fancy suits, huddled around oak desks sipping brandy and talking in solemn tones. You've never seen so many scenes of working class strife. If the movie's working class hero (Shia LaBeouf, looking all grown up) was tied to a railroad track by the dastardly duo of J.P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie, it wouldn't come as a surprise.

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