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RocknRolla Review


Excellent
Here's some good news for Guy Ritchie fans. RocknRolla gives off the impression that the once-heralded filmmaker isn't trying so hard any more to jolt, confuse, stimulate, and entertain his demanding followers. As a result, he delivers his most jolting, confusing, stimulating, and flat-out entertaining picture since Snatch in 2000.

RocknRolla is sexy, fast, loose, smart, and extremely funny. It's crammed with colorful criminals, which Ritchie and cinematographer David Higgs backlight to great effect. It chokes on delightfully screwy schemes, which the director and his editor James Herbert slice, tape, and test drive at breakneck speeds. And that's the key. It keeps moving, hardly caring if you are keeping up.

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The Reaping Review


Unbearable
Trouble sleeping? Try The Reaping. As Stephen Hopkins' sinfully boring devil dance continues creeping, at your watch you'll be peeping. By the time you reach the preposterous conclusion, where a sequel-establishing twist looms like a Biblical plague, for humanity you'll be weeping.

You'll need more than faith to accept the film's ridiculous premise, cooked up by sibling screenwriters Carey and Chad Hayes. These two can't distinguish between horrifying and horrible. They last collaborated on the dreadful House of Wax remake starring Paris Hilton. Enough said.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath Of The Dragon God Review


Grim
It almost defies belief and logic that they would make a sequel to the disastrous flop Dungeons & Dragons, best known for putting Thora Birch in golden chain mail. It may actually be an improvement, though it's still a low-budget affair with bad dialogue and ridiculous special effects. (God forgive me for complaining about the sets and CGI in Lord of the Rings.) Speaking of Rings, see if this sounds familiar: A band of heroes has to retrieve a magic item from an evil sorcerer who's ravaging the land. (OK, it's not exactly the same, but still...) Yes, there are both dungeons and dragons, but it's during the requisite underground adventure that the story actually really meantains your attention. Not horrible, but it's hardly going to revive this abortive series. (Whoa, and that title...)
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