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Untamed love and a search for treasure., 22 July 2014
4/10

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Not exactly the best swashbuckler on the shelf. Lew Landers directs Anthony Dexter as Captain Kidd, who is saved from the hangman's noose by the greedy Earl of Bellomont(James Seay). The Earl wants to get his hands on Kidd's latest conquest of riches. The plan is to put a slave girl, Judith Duvall(Eva Gabor), on the fearless seafarer's ship with the orders to use her charms to find out the location of his most recent buried treasure. But after a few slaps and tussles, the slave girl can't help but fall in love with the swashbuckler. Thus comes a shift of loyalties and the two agree to work together in bringing down the devious, pompous Earl.

Alan Hale Jr. plays Jay Sampson, trusted friend and aide to Captain Kidd. Sonia Sorrell has the role of Anne Bonney, a scantily clad pirate with her own ship. Also appearing in this mediocre treasure hunt: Lyle Talbot, Robert Long, William Tannen, Richard Karlan and William Schallert.

A cowboy is tired of being on the run., 21 July 2014
6/10

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Not the greatest, but better than a lot of the mid '50s westerns; and you know there were tons and tons of cowboy shows. THREE HOURS TO KILL meets all qualifications of representing those Saturday afternoon flicks from the Old West we enjoyed. Jim Guthrie(Dana Andrews)is a cowboy tired of running and three years after escaping a lynch mob returns to prove he was framed for murder. Still with the rope burn around his neck, he convinces Sheriff Ben East(Stephen Elliott)to give him three hours to bring in the real killer. Of course, Jim still carries anger for being forced to leave the women he planned to marry, Laurie(Donna Reed). Just maybe she waited for him and he could begin his life over with a cleared name. Andrews manages to make this movie to stand out a bit better than the ordinary Westerns of the time period. A fine supporting cast that includes: Richard Coogan, Whit Bissell, Dianne Foster, Richard Webb and Carolyn Jones.

A pirate abducts a Spanish noblewoman., 21 July 2014
6/10

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Just one the many adventures of the legendary pirate Barbarossa. This fearless swashbuckler is played aptly by John Payne. Barbarossa stages a mutiny and commanders the ship for his own. He convinces the freed Spanish prisoners to stay on as his crew. He plans to kidnap a Spanish noblewoman, Alida(Donna Reed); to obtain a large ransom and destroy what he can of the Spanish war fleet. In the process, the pirate falls in love with the beautiful countess and has to contend with the officer she is supposed to marry. Very appealing scenery and plenty of action and adventure. Payne seems a bit throttled, but still shows Barbarossa to be pompous and fearless. Reed seems reserved, but so pretty and demure. Lon Chaney Jr. is notable as the pirate's aide, Peg-Leg. And young Skip Torgerson is a useful Datu. The supporting cast includes: Frank DeKova, Gerald Mohr, Anthony Caruso and Claire Du Brey.

Ghost Storm (2011) (TV)
A mysterious electrical storm releases revenge., 21 July 2014
7/10

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SyFy channel presents another low-budget time filler. Actually not so bad, but overall worth watching. A mysterious electrical storm seems to attack a small island off the Northwest coast. As a group of teens are trying to have a little fun in a graveyard at night, a lightning bolt strikes a monument that releases a tentacle-like cloud that begins taking bodies. The fast moving clouded mist seems to be the avenging dead souls of victims of a mass suicide. The cloud strikes its victims turning them into a pile of dust, of course that is after a body splatter. Sluggish action, bursts of energy and interesting CGI death scenes. There is really no character development, but Carlos Bernard and Crystal Allen play the strong lead roles. Others in the cast: Steve Bacic, Cindy Busby, Aaron Douglas, Kacey Rohl and Andrew Dunbar.

Lego blocks galore. Simple plot. Entertaining., 17 July 2014
8/10

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Talk about a Lego world. First of all, you begin thinking like a kid and you wonder...how many Lego sets did it take to make this movie?! Emmet Brickowski(Chris Pratt) lives and works in a world of extraordinary and talented individuals. But ask his co-workers, neighbors and friends...Emmett is just simple, plain and practically unnoticeable. Nothing special about Emmett. He is sometimes made fun of for always following directions at work, at home and in life. One day by accident, Emmett falls and finds a coveted "Piece of Resistance" and this now makes him "The Special". With this and a little know how, the big mean President Business(Will Ferrell)can be thwarted and the world of Master Builders can be saved from "Taco Tuesday" and his total domination.

A beautiful Wyldstyle(Elizabeth Banks), her boyfriend Batman(Will Arnett)and wise Vitruvis(Morgan Freeman) team up to unlock Emmett's mindset of always following directions and use some creative thinking to overpower President Business with "The Piece of Resistance". After all, Emmett is now "Special" and it is his destiny to save the Master Builders of a world made of Legos.

THE LEGO MOVIE is rated PG and is family fare. The kids can enjoy this without much supervision; but there is enough action to sustain even a grownup's attention. The notable Mark Mothersbaugh puts his thumb print on the music and Mark Ackland is credited as concept artist and designer. Many other recognizable actor's voices bring vitality: Will Forte, Cobie Smulders, Liam Neeson, Channing Tatum, Billy Dee Williams, Shaq O'Neal and Jonah Hill.

Sibling rivalry and daring rescue missions., 16 July 2014
4/10

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Humanoid aliens living on the planet Baab are accustomed to turning on their news and seeing a pompous astronaut Scorch Supernova(Brendan Fraser)accepting his praise for his daring missions in space. One person not too over-excited with all the hoopla is Gary Supernova(Rob Corddry), Scorch's brother, who chose to be an engineer not an astronaut and is head of mission control. Gary is a bit jealous that his own son Kip(Jonathan Morgan Heit)may be showing most of his admiration to Uncle Scorch. Many explorers have been sent on missions to the "Dark Planet" Earth. When Chief Lena(Jessica Alba)receives an SOS message from earth, against Gary's advice, Scorch the arrogant superhero jumps the gun and heads to the "Dark Planet", from where no one returns.

Very solid animation with nice sharp color, but lacking any real intelligence. After all, this is meant for a very young audience that probably does understand the mild rude humor. Other talented stars lend voices in support like: Paul Scheer, Sofia Vergara, George Lopez, William Shatner, Steve Zahn and Ricky Gervais. The youngsters will get more out of this than the grandparents they duped into bringing them.

Cute animated feature., 16 July 2014
7/10

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Another romp with the tiny blue-skinned humanoids. The land of perky, gnome-like Smurfs is shocked, when the evil wizard Gargamel(Hank Azaria)kidnaps popular Smurfette(Katy Perry)for his own dastardly purposes. Gargamel thinks he can gain the secret Smurf-essence from the cute Smurfette to enable his attempt at changing his latest creation of little troublemakers called Naughties into real Smurfs. Gargamel has ideas that with obtaining the secret Smurf-essence, he can impress the greatest sorcerers of the world as he builds a majestic kingdom. Several crafty Smurfs led by Papa(Jonathan Winters)join up with their human friends Patrick(Neil Patrick Harris)and Grace(Jayma Mays)to rescue Smurfette.

THE SMURFS 2 is a family pleaser, rated PG for some rude humor. Animation and color is top notch. Rounding out the cast is voices from the likes of: George Lopez, Christina Ricci, Jeff Foxworthy, Shaq O'Neal and Jimmy Kimmel.

Excellent Film-Noir. A witness tries to hide on a train., 9 July 2014
9/10

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I really enjoy it when I see that opening...RKO Radio Pictures. NARROW MARGIN is directed by Richard Fleischer, very aptly. This piece of Film-Noir was filmed in 1950 and released in 1952, when Howard Hughes remembered where the film was put. Gruff Charles McGraw plays hard-boiled copper Walter Brown, who gets the job of escorting a mobster's widow to a grand jury hearing. Brown is to get Mrs. Frankie Neal(Marie Windsor)from Chicago to Los Angeles by train. The mob is wanting to keep her from testifying and want an important list they believe she has possession of. The goons from the syndicate have no idea what Mrs. Neal looks like, but will create danger on a fast moving passenger train in search for her. Suspense sustains this black & white gem. Some clever camera angles and a fair amount of banter between McGraw and Windsor is down right humorous. There will be an unexpected twist that proves interesting. McGraw of course is a staple of flicks like this and is flawless. Windsor is fantastic in this role; giving as good as she gets. A supporting cast includes: Jacquline White, David Clarke, Don Haggerty, Harry Harvey, Paul Maxey and Don Beddoe.

Arachnoquake (2012) (TV)
The Big Easy is attacked by giant spiders., 7 July 2014
2/10

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Awesome, but a bit strange title; definitely not an awesome movie. An earthquake strikes New Orleans and from the cracks in the earth jump giant white spiders that can spit fire and cause a world of hurt given the chance to bite or sting. They contain enough "gas", they explode when shot. So here we have tourists trying to run away from, when not fighting back, squashing the menacing spiders. These CGI spiders hop and jump about and rack up a body count at a good clip. You can say there is plenty of action. As far as acting...at a minimum and horrible. There is humor attempted and it is as painful as the spiders. A very small budget was applied to this project filmed mostly in Baton Rouge, not New Orleans. SyFy channel once again passes off schlock as horror. Some familiar faces show up for this one, including Tracy Gold, Grant James, Ethan Phillips and Edward Furlong, who absolutely gives the most hideous performance in an awkward role. Along for the ride are: Megan Annabel, Bug Hall, Tiara Ashleigh and Earl Maddox. To be fair, this movie is a time filler.

An exotic dancer is involved in a murder mystery., 7 July 2014
6/10

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The voluptuous Anita Ekberg plays Virginia Wilson, an exotic dancer that comes in from a swim in the ocean and witnesses a man get shot while trying to stab her with a knife as she showers. She is placed in a sanitarium, where her psychiatrist, Dr. Greenwood(Harry Townes),is mesmerized by her charms and falls in love with her. Greenwood wants to take over her life; they both leave the hospital and the doctor decides to change both of their names. Virginia becomes Yolanda and is very animate about going back to her job dancing at a nightclub owned by a character played by the legendary stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. The beautiful dancer becomes a person of interest in a series of murders that involves a small sculpture created by her step-brother. A police captain(Alan Gifford)and a newspaper columnist(Philip Carey)work steadfast to clear up the mystery. Some of the sets are rather nice, but pleasing on the eyes is the provocative dancing of Ekberg. Lee's routine seems pretty worn out. I really like the sequence of walking on an empty street in the night. The title SCREAMING MIMI is based on the name of the mysterious sculpture.


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