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WALL·E (2008)
15 out of 33 people found the following review useful:
* * * * out of 4, 12 June 2008

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What if mankind had to leave Earth, and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off? After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL*E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize that WALL*E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet's future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile, WALL*E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets an adventure into motion.

Masterful acting and animation. The best background there is yet. This movie is going to ram Kung Fu Panda into the ground. The ending has to seen to be believed.

1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
* out of 4, 11 June 2008

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In this movie Rocky, Colt and TumTum must battle an evil wealthy toxic waste dumper in order to save a local Indian tribe and their friend Joe. The 3 Ninjas must help find Joe's father and find a secret disk that contains evidence that could stop the toxic landfill that is destroying the Indian community. However the town is owned by the rich man and he controls the police and even the mayor. They must fight a motorcycle gang and renegade cowboys in this non-stop ninja adventure.

Yet, another dumb sequel in the saga. Poorly made acting and fights, bad scripting, the ending is awful and rotten. Clichéd actors sink the film to rock bottom. Not to mention a boring beginning. Avoid this and the other movies that follow it.

Rated PG-13 for Violence.

Awesomely Bad Scale: * * *1/2 out of 4.

1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
* * out of 4, 11 June 2008

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After 70 years, the Silver City mine is reopening. Two miners, Mark Kiner, (Fred McCarren) and Roger Laurie, (Jeff Harlan) descend inside to see if the mine can be used. Once it's deemed unusable, they blow the mine. Traveling down another shaft, the crew discovers a giant cavern inside the mine, including a graveyard of human bones. Roger's friends Trish Michaels (Rebecca Baulding) and Jessica Ford (Anne-Marie Martin) travel up to a nearby cabin for a fun weekend. The four go about having a fun weekend while back at the mine, people are disappearing. Soon enough, even Roger disappears while the others are at a local bar. Knowing that something is wrong in the mine, they travel back to find the disappearances. Once there, they have to ward off the tentacles of a rampaging monster let loose by the opening of the mine.

An okay creature flick, but it's not that special. However, the blood and gore effects are better than expected.

Rated R for Violence, Sexual Situations, Brief Nudity and Profanity.

Bad Dreams (1988)
* * * out of 4, 11 June 2008

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Years after being the soul survivor of cult leader Harris, (Richard Lynch) mass suicide, Cynthia, (Jennifer Rubin) wakes up from a coma and is placed into a group therapy session by her psychiatrist, Dr. Berrisford, (Harris Yulin) under the care of Dr. Alex Karmen, (Bruce Abbott) to adjust her to the new era. After being in a few sessions, she is able to recover her memories of what happened at the commune, which brings about a series of weird visions about Harris and her past. These convince her that he's back, which the staff doesn't believe her stories until a series of deaths strike the residents. Finally believing her story, they race to save her before Harris finds her.

Good premise with good acting, but I was really confused why the movie ended randomly. Great movie though.

Rated R.

0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
* * out of 4, 11 June 2008

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After a series of unexplained disappearances, Health Inspector Mike Brady, (Michael Garfield) and his wife Kim, (Kim Terry) are called in to try to figure out the cause of them. After finding a slaughtered person with Sheriff Reese, (John Battaglia) on a call for an eviction notice, they find that the sewers are also backed up. Meeting up with Don Palmer, (Philip MacHale), the County Sanitation Supervisor, to clean out the pipes, they find that it's the breeding ground for a species of mutated slugs, and are using the water pipes to enter the homes and feed on the population in the town. Working together with John Foley, (Santiago Álvarez), a scientist friend of Kim, and Don from the sanitation department, they race to find a way to kill the thousands of killer slugs infesting the town's sewers before they kill the entire population.

Even though it seems to be fairly well made (considering how low the budget must have been) and decently paced, this flick just does not cut it. The problem is there is not enough humor and at times the film comes off as cold and mechanical. Plus as good as the premise is, they could have taken this further and exploited it for its full value, but they don't for the most part, until the final frame.

Unrated for Graphic Violence, Nudity, Profanity and Sexual Situations.

Mausoleum (1983)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
*1/2 out of 4, 27 May 2008

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Following a traumatic childhood, Susan Farrell, (Bobbie Bresee) is having a perfectly normal life, according to her aunt Cora Nomed, (Laura Hippe) psychologist, Dr. Simon Andrews, (Norman Burton) and should be left alone. Despite her growing concerns that she's falling into a trap that the family is cursed to become involved in, her husband Oliver, (Marjoe Gortner) isn't too worried. When they start to notice that those around them are becoming involved in strange accidents, he finds something wrong with her cavalier attitude towards the mysterious events. Eventually realizing that it's something to do with her and their unique family history, he discovers that the mausoleum where her mother is buried led to her being possessed by a strange demon as a child, and is now out to destroy all those who anger her. Getting a handle on the situation, they try to put an end to her rampage before more people disappear.

Good film with all your good gore and sex to keep you seated, however, you might hate yourself later for sitting all the way through it.

Rated R for Graphic Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations and Nudity.

6 out of 55 people found the following review useful:
Awful out of 4, 27 May 2008

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It's the story about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, named Po, who is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around...which doesn't exactly come in handy while working every day in his family's noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey -- under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it's up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master into reality? Po puts his heart - and his girth - into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths.

Very bad film with no brains of succeeding whatsoever, because WALL·E will own this movie.

* * * * out of 4, 27 May 2008

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While visiting the Earth at Night, a group of alien botanists is discovered and disturbed by an approaching human task force. Because of the more than hasty take-off, one of the visitors is left behind. The little alien finds himself all alone on a very strange planet. Fortunately, the extra-terrestrial soon finds a friend and emotional companion in 10-year-old Elliot, who discovered him looking for food in his family's garden shed. While E.T. slowly gets acquainted with Elliot's brother Michael, his sister Gertie as well as with Earth customs, members of the task force work day and night to track down the whereabouts of Earth's first visitor from Outer Space. The wish to go home again is strong in E.T., and after being able to communicate with Elliot and the others, E.T. starts building an improvised device to send a message home for his folks to come and pick him up. But before long, E.T. gets seriously sick, and because of his special connection to Elliot, the young boy suffers, too. The situation gets critical when the task force finally intervenes. By then, all help may already be too late, and there's no alien spaceship in sight.

The best Spielburg I have seen in years. The acting and script makes this a masterpiece.

Rated PG.

* * out of 4, 27 May 2008

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Eleanor Lance is called to meet at Hill House for Dr. Marrow's sleeping disorder studies, along with three other people. The owners of the house tell them that no one will be around and that they won't be able to hear them. The first night they all sit around and talk. Eleanor tells them that her sleeping disorder is different because she can sleep it is just that she wakes up because she thinks her dead mom is still living with her. Well that isn't the case now because she is woken one night in the Hill House bedroom by talking children's voices asking her for her help. At first scared by the voice, she learns to avoid them. Later, the group finds out that Dr. Marrow is not using them for sleeping disorders but a test in fear. The fear is first thought to be fake but eventually turns real when loud noises are heard and objects start to move. Now they must try and escape the house before they are all killed.

Remake of the 1960's film seems to have all the stuff for success; a creepy house, terrific special effects, some good actors, and a decent director at the helm. However, the laugh out loud dialogue and some miscasting sink it.

Rated PG-13 for Violence and Profanity.

Nightmare (1981)
4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
* out of 4, 27 May 2008

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Release prematurely from a North Eastern mental institution, George Tatum (Baird Stafford) journeys back down to his home in Florida. Along the way, he has recurring nightmares of a violent incident from his childhood, which forces him to kill again. George's ex-wife, Susan Temper (Sharon Smith), young son C.J. (C.J. Cooke), and the family babysitter begin to receive "hang-up" calls, which none of them realize is George making sure his family is home. The closer George gets to his destination, the more gruesome his murders become and the memories of his first childhood-murder intensify. Wearing an old-man mask to conceal his identity, George makes his way into his old house with an icepick, kills the babysitter, and goes after his son and two daughters, who have taken refuge in their mother's bedroom on the second floor. Young C.J. manages to shoot the masked-maniac through a hole hacked into the door, causing George to fall back down the staircase. As he lies dying, George has a full recall of his childhood, where upon catching his father cheating on his mother with a mistress, he brutally murders both of them with an axe. As George is carried off in a stretcher, his wife comes home, identifies her husband, and goes into a screaming fit. Young C.J. is taken for questioning by the police, and winks into the camera as the final image of the film.

Stafford is funny, but he is not enough to save this poorly-made turkey. A disappointment.

Rated R.

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