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Impolite

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Impolite
Jack Yeats (Robert Wisden) is uncovering the biggest case of his reporting career in this murder mystery. The newsman does his best to go under cover including posing as a woman in a seedy subculture that could land him in a coffin. Touches of dark comedy give this detective drama an added punch.

Impolite

Night Junkies

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Night Junkies
Against riverfront Londons sordid backdrop of seedy nightclubs, winding streets and dark alleyways, a modern-day Jack the Ripper stalks his preymeanwhile, troubled, newly turned exotic dancer Ruby and her brooding vampire lover Vincent struggle to resist their overpowering addiction to the drug that both sustains and shatters them. BLOOD.

Night Junkies

Rigged

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Rigged
Michael Dublin is a full-time con man working the underground boxing circuit. A lonely drifter on the run from a past best forgotten, he moves from one scam to another, leaving a trail of enemies in his wake. Dublin invents his best scam yet when he meets Katherine Paker, a female fighter with the skills to take down a man twice her size. In a scheme Dublin calls fight-rigging, in reverse, the two hit the road working fights in seedy basement bars, abandoned warehouses, and backwoods county fairs. But Dublins shady past catches up with them and suddenly the stakes are higher - and more dangerous - than theyd ever imagined.

Rigged

Little Voice

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Little Voice
The pathetically shy LV lives the life of a recluse listening to her late fathers old records in her room and in the process driving her abusive, loud-mouthed mother, Mari Hoff, to distraction. At night, however, when her fathers ghost visits, LV sings the songs of the great divas such as Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Bassey. One evening LV is overheard by one of her mothers loathsome boyfriends, the disastrous dead-end talent scout Ray Say, who recognizes her innate talent and realizes this is his last big chance for the glittering prizes. Gambling everything Ray Say forces LV to appear at a local run-down, seedy night club run by Mr. Boo. As preparations for the big event proceed apace LV meets the equally shy Billy, a pigeon-racing telephone engineer and they form a tentative, gentle friendship. The big night finally arrives and everything is in readiness the band, the club and even a big agent from London, but what about LV?

Little Voice

The Foot Fist Way

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The Foot Fist Way
Fred Simmons (Danny R. McBride) is a fourth-degree black belt in Taekwondo and runs his own dojo in a small North Carolina town. Fred styles himself a big shot, driving a Ferrari and extolling the virtues of Taekwondo to potential new students, but loses his confidence after he discovers that his wife, Suzie (Mary Jane Bostic) gave her boss a handjob after a drunken office party. In order to restore his confidence, he attends a martial arts expo to meet his idol, B movie action star Chuck "the Truck" Wallace (Ben Best) who in reality, turns out to be a dirty and drunken mess. After nearly brawling with Chuck's seedy friends, Fred persuades Chuck to make an appearance at his upcoming Taekwondo belt test and then parties with his friends and students in Chuck's hotel room. Fred returns home and sells his Ferrari to pay Chuck's $10,000 appearance fee. Shortly thereafter, Suzie returns to Fred after losing her job. On the night before the belt test, Fred catches Suzie having sex with Chuck on his own couch. Fred challenges Chuck to a fight, but is soundly beaten and driven off. The next morning, Suzie once again asks to be taken back, but Fred rejects her and urinates on his wedding ring. This occurs just after Fred warns Suzie that her attractive looks will eventually fade with age but not her abrasive personality. Fred arrives at the test late, battered and bruised, but with his confidence restored. When Chuck arrives for his appearance, Fred challenges him to a martial arts demonstration of board breaking, which he wins. At the following belt ceremony, Fred reads a new student pledge that he has written, which outlines the goals and responsibilities of Taekwondo. (The pledge is actually the oath of the International Taekwon-Do Federation.)

The Foot Fist Way

View from the Top

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View from the Top
Donna Jensen (Gwyneth Paltrow) is a girl from a small town from Nevada who wishes to see the world in order to get away from her unhappy life of living in a trailer with her alcoholic mother, a former Las Vegas showgirl, and her abusive, alcoholic boyfriend. After graduating from high school, Donna tries to make ends meet by working as a clerk in a local bargain basement store. One day, she reads a book by Sally Weston, My Life in the Sky and decides to follow her destiny by becoming a flight attendant. Her first position is at a small, seedy California commuter airline but this success builds her confidence up and encourages her to attend open interviews for Royalty Airlines. She convinces her two co-workers, Sherry and Christine (Kelly Preston and Christina Applegate), to join her. While Christine and Donna get in, Sherry does not. Donna puts her heart and soul into the training camp, and, after meeting her idol Sally Weston (Candice Bergen), she is determined to be assigned to the top route, "Paris, First Class, International". Alas, when the assignments are posted, Donna is shocked to discover that she has been assigned to a commuter route in Cleveland. Christine, who had initially struggled with the material and procedures, has inexplicably been assigned the high-priority New York route.

View from the Top

Hollywoodland

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Hollywoodland
The question of whether actor George Reeves committed suicide or was murdered will go down in history as one of Hollywood's great unsolved mysteries. Allen Coulter's Hollywoodland, a fictionalized account (it uses both apocryphal stories and confirmed events) of an investigation of the death, presents the three most common scenarios but, taking a page from Rashomon, it never settles on one. The film is balanced in its presentation of the evidence for and against suicide. Ultimately, however, Hollywoodland is only peripherally about the life and death of George Reeves. The film's real main character is a seedy P.I. who attacks the mystery and, by chasing Reeves' ghost, finds his own path to redemption.

Hollywoodland

Cat in the Hat

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Cat in the Hat
There is an almost overpowering desire to write this review in the style of Dr. Seuss, but I will resist it - primarily because the end product is more Mike Myers and overblown production design than it is the clever text of one of the most beloved of all children's books. Because The Cat in the Hat is only 70-something pages long (with very LARGE print), it stands to reason that, to make it into a movie, a lot has to be added, and it's mostly in the padding that the movie fails to stand up. As a 30-minute short, this might have been a lot of fun. But as an 82-mintue feature, it seems painfully dragged out. Younger children probably won't mind, but parents will be keenly aware that longer isn't necessarily better.

Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

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The Cat in the Hat
There is an almost overpowering desire to write this review in the style of Dr. Seuss, but I will resist it - primarily because the end product is more Mike Myers and overblown production design than it is the clever text of one of the most beloved of all children's books. Because The Cat in the Hat is only 70-something pages long (with very LARGE print), it stands to reason that, to make it into a movie, a lot has to be added, and it's mostly in the padding that the movie fails to stand up. As a 30-minute short, this might have been a lot of fun. But as an 82-mintue feature, it seems painfully dragged out. Younger children probably won't mind, but parents will be keenly aware that longer isn't necessarily better.

The Cat in the Hat

Dark Country

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Dark Country
Confusion reigns in the new Sony Pictures release Dark Country, a tale of mystery, marriage and murder that unfolds against the backdrop of the foreboding Nevada desert. The film is long on style and short on information, eventually allowing the mystery to escape the boundaries of the frame and spill out into the audience. As Dark Country twists and turns, the confusion of the characters is ultimately matched, if not surpassed, by the confusion of the viewer.


Richard wakes up in a seedy motel room outside of Las Vegas with his new wife, Gina, beside him. Richard and Gina only met the day before, but they found in each other a shared desire to escape their former lives. Before setting out for their honeymoon in Sedona, Arizona, Richard is given an ominous warning by a man in a diner. He tells Richard not to stray from the main highway, lest his beautiful new wife suffer the same fate as the similar looking woman on the “Missing” poster hanging on the wall.

Dark Country

Mirageman

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Mirageman
The principal players behind the Chilean martial arts hit Kiltro reunite for this action-packed tale of a young orphan who grows up to be a vigilante crime fighter. Maco (Marko Zaror) was just a young boy when his family became the victims of a violent home invasion that resulted in the death of his parents and rendered his younger brother nearly catatonic.

Mirageman

Amores Perros

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Amores Perros
Without a doubt, the majority of the reviews of Amores Perros, the acclaimed debut feature from Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, will, at one time or another, invoke Pulp Fiction. There are undeniable similarities, although most of them are at the surface level. Amores Perros, like Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-nominated opus, deals with men and women who live on the seedy side of life. The plot unravels episodically and in a non-linear fashion, with characters from one segment occasionally appearing in, or passing through, another. However, one of Pulp Fiction's trademarks was to glamorize the gangster - to make the traditional "bad guy" seem hip and interesting. This was done through clever dialogue and stylish filmmaking techniques. In Amores Perros, criminals are not romanticized. They are exposed for what they are - human beings whose moral compasses have become twisted. So, although the territory may be familiar to viewers of Pulp Fiction, the vantage point is radically different.

Amores Perros

Chatroom

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Chatroom
Hideo Nakata directed the Japanese-language horror Ringu and Ringu 2 before being courted to direct The Ring 2, the American remake sequel to his own franchise, and a film that wasn't very good, but one I would watch five times over before enduring his 2010 Cannes Film Festival entry Chatroom ever again. Billed as a thriller, this film is anything but. In fact, it's a tedious bore that does nothing but lay there like a dead fish. To say nothing happened in this film is nearly an understatement.

Chatroom

Stone Cold

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Stone Cold
Some movies have “features” that make it obvious when they were made. Stone Cold, a movie from 1991, pretty much follows the mold of eighties and early nineties action movies. It has the sex appeal, a simple plot, and violence that made movies of that time seem interesting to the majority of males. While it offers violence and sex appeal, it does have something of a story.

Stone Cold

Bottle Rocket

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Bottle Rocket
Bottle Rocket starts and finishes strong, but, somewhere in the middle, it loses its focus and its way. Concentrating on a trio of incredibly inept criminals, there are times when this film seems like Reservoir Dogs as directed by Kevin Smith (Clerks). Unfortunately, while the two bookending capers are hip and funny, the rest of the film is a mixture of elements that clash as often as they mesh. The love story is cute, but the typical male bonding scenes come across as flat, unconvincing, and, worst of all, boring.

Bottle Rocket