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Posted Tuesday, August 7, 2007, at 1:16 PM


It's that time again. New Release Tuesday at Movie Gallery and I've reviewed two movies.


TMNT or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an excellent show. The entire story centers on a legend of 5 mighty warriors who opened a portal to another world. The turtles become involved in getting the monsters that were unleashed from the portal back in. This is not the old cartoon series nor is it the live action movies, this movie is based more on the comics and with that comes a little bit darker and more real tone. Fans of the turtles from before shouldn't bedisappointed with this new entry into the turtles world as it pays respect to the base origins of the turtles. It may be a bit scary for some of the younger ones as it does have a lot of monsters and such, but is also a lot of fun as the turtles trademark humor remains intact. I was a huge fan of the turtles growing up. I had the turtlesCd's, VHS tapes, action figures, lunchboxes, and even the underwear. Along with Transformers, the turtles kept me entertained and I was very excited to get to watch this new turtles movie. I was a bit let down in the overall graphics. The animation was superb but the stylized look and feel of the graphics left a bit to be desired. That is a minor distraction and overall the rest of the film points were all very well done. If you are a fan of the turtles, this movie will be a great watch for you. If you are new to the turtles, this is an excellent time to be introduced to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


Disturbia is about a boy who is under house arrest and can't leave his yard or the police show up. He then spends most of his days watching the neighbors including a new girl who moves next door. Soon, he witnesses events that seem like they correspond with a killer that has been on the news. As he investigates deeper and deeper, he ultimately confronts the man who seems to be this serial killer. This movie was a surprise box office hit and propelled the starShia Lebeouf into leading man status in Hollywood and its been confirmed with his next hit Transformers. I have been a fan of Shia since the Disney channel TV show Even Stevens. He popped up in random movies as sidekicks, but never a full blown leading role till this flick. So, I was excited to see him in this show, but was concerned it would be the standard old thriller. However, the show provided some twists and turns that weren't completely predictable which kept me watching and getting more and more involved in the story. It builds a little slow, but it accurately portrays whyShia's character would be in this position. That center keeps most of the film grounded in reality rather than some random slasher flick. The ending manages to throw everything together very quickly and effectively. It seems like the ending was a bit rushed as it threw out some of the psychological building in the first half of the film for a more entertaining thrill ride. It works well though and I was ready to watch this show again. This is a must-see as it has a great story, wonderful acting, and steady directing. I'll be buying this one for my collection.

That's it for this week. Check them out at Movie Gallery in McCook and while your there check out some other great new releases such as I Think I Love My Wife starring Chris Rock and the family film Are We Done Yet?. As always let me know what you thought in the comments.

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I have been an avid turtle's fan since the beginning of my young childhood. I was extremely disappointed with the animated TMNT. Even the old school TMNT cartoon that was on VHS and television was better than this. TMNT and TMNT II the secret of the ooze are the best and only good TMNT movies. Even the tmnt music tour vhs tape was better than this new movie! I despised the new voices, the worst was splinters! I am sorry, but i have to disagree with your review of TMNT....

-- Posted by shiva on Mon, Aug 20, 2007, at 11:50 AM

I have no problems with agreeing that both the live action movies and the old cartoon were better than the new movie, however, the new movie is not meant to compare to those. It's a reboot of sorts and goes deeper than the cartoon series and more to the comic books since those are so popular to turn into movies these days. If we were comparing TMNT movies, nothing can beat the first one. It was almost pitch perfect blend for all of the TMNT sides.

-- Posted by brokenblade on Mon, Aug 20, 2007, at 1:53 PM

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Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.