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-Flags of Our Fathers (R)

Warner Bros., oct. 2006, directed by Clint Eastwood.  Starring: Ryan Phillipe, Jesse Bradford, Adam Beach. The film is far different than the trailers would seem to indicate.  It is really two separate stories. First there is the story of the battle for Iwo Jima, one of the greatest sieges in American military history.  Over 7,000 […]

-World Trade Center (PG-13)

Paramount Pictures, 2006, Directed by Oliver Stone.  Starring: Nicolas Cage, Michael Pena This is an excellent movie.  Not at all the usual Oliver Stone movie.  No conspiracy theories, no politics, just the story of regular folks caught in the midst of a huge event and their heroic responses to the situation.  The acting is quite […]

-Pirates of The Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest (PG-13)

Disney Studios, 2006, 140 min., Starring:  Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira knightley. Those who liked the first ‘Pirates’ will enjoy the continuing story in #2.  Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann are getting married, Lord Beckett of the East India Trading Co., invades with a myriad of Red Coats and breaks up the wedding, arresting the […]

-Superman Returns (PG-13)

Warner Bros., 2006.  Directed by: Bryan Singer  Starring: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth. The story begins 5 years after “Superman II” (1980).  Superman returns from space after a 5 year failed attempt to discover any remaining remnants of his home planet, Krypton.  Brandon Routh does a very good job of playing Clark Kent/Superman, and […]

-Nacho Libre (PG)

Paramount Pictures, 2006, Directed by Jared Hess, Comedy Starring:  Jack Black, Ana de la Requera The setting is in a rural part of modern Mexico.  Jack Black plays a friar serving in an orphanage that he grew up in.  He had a childhood dream of becoming a famous wrestler, but he grows up to become […]

-A Praire Home Companion (PG 13)

PictureHouse Films 2006, Directed by Robert Altman, comedy & Music Starring:  Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Kline, Lindsey Lohan, Tommy Lee Jones, Garrison Keillor, and Virginia Madsen (& many more). An incredible study of characters.  The film lets us in the back door of a show which is closing after 30 years. It is based […]

-The Omen (R)

20th Century Fox, 2006, Starring:  Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, & Mia Farrow. The film was well made and the acting was good.  There was a dark and oppressive atmosphere throughout.  Lots of graphic violence: a beheading, a hanging, and an impaling. Evil reigns in this story and there is very few redeeming moments.  The priest […]

-The Da Vinci Code -Movie (PG13)

**Home Page Sony/Columbia Pictures, 2006, Directed by: Ron Howard; Starring: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen The long awaited ‘block-buster’ movie is finally here, but is it really deserving of the title, or is it a ‘bust’, or maybe something in between?  Maybe it is just ‘good’ or ‘very good’.  The 40 million best-seller book […]

-Poseidon (PG 13)

Warner Bros.,2006, Directed by Wolfgang Petersen,                        Starring: Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas, Richard Dreyfus The film was a first-rate non-stop romp, and the special effects were incredible.  Nothing like the previous “Poseidon Adventure” of 1972.  That movie was a darling of the critics, because of the subtext of religious symbols and philosophical underpinnings.  This movie was […]

-Mission: Impossible III (PG13)

Paramount Pictures, 2006, Starring- Tom Cruise Non-stop action without taking a breath.  This is a good film for total escape–no thinking or pesky philosophical underpinnings allowed.  In the old TV series, the IMF team was always on the same side. But in the movies, ‘betrayal’ is always the major subtext.  This was a lot more […]