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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Into the Wild

Posted Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at 10:24 AM

Reviews of Flicks recently released on DVD

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

This movie is a wonderful little film starring Natalie Portman and Dustin Hoffman. Hoffman plays Magorium who has decided it is time for him to leave this world and let Portman's character run the shop. The rest of the movie deals with the amazing magical toyshop and its revolt over Magorium leaving. The movie is entertaining and magical and quite infectious as it makes you want to smile. A family movie in every way, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is a great experience for all. The directing is somewhat lackluster at times, but the infectious energy of Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman more than make up for it. Highly recommend checking this out and watching it with the whole family.

Into the Wild

Into the Wild is based on a true story of a young man who after graduating from college decides to get rid of his entire savings and hit the road. He travels aimlessly taking in the wonders of the world, while forming an ultimate goal of going to Alask and just being in the wild. He eventually adopts a fake name of Alexander Supertramp and meets many people who try to help him out. Throughout all, Alex continues on his quest to Alaska. After being in Alaska for several weeks, Alex decides to leave, but realizes he can no longer get back across the rivers that he crossed. This puts a new twist on his adventure as now he is trapped. Alex is played superbly by Emile Hircsh and directed by Sean Penn. Ultimately, the movie is an ultra personal journey for Alex and lets the viewer experience it for themselves. The music is amazing and moves the story along perfectly. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam did the music and sang all the great original songs. I really enjoyed the journey, but it does get a bit boring and long at times. Overall, the experience is worth it though.

Things we Lost in the Fire

Didn't have time to watch it. Here's a description!

Audrey Burke (Berry) is reeling from the shock of the news that has just been delivered to her door by the local police: her warm and loving husband Brian (David Duchovny), the father of their two young children, has been killed in a random act of violence. Once anchored by the love and comforts of their 11-year marriage, Audrey is now adrift.

Impulsively, she turns to Jerry Sunborne (Del Toro), a down-and-out addict who has been her husband's close friend since childhood. Desperate to fill the painful void caused by her husband's death, Audrey invites Jerry to move into the room adjacent to their garage in the hope that he can help her and her children cope with their sudden loss. Jerry is facing a daily battle to stay off drugs, but in his unexpected role as surrogate parent and friend to Audrey's son and daughter he finds a core of inner resilience.

As Jerry and Audrey navigate grief and denial, their fragile bonds are constantly tested. Working together, however, they discover the strength to move forward.

That's it for this week. Come back next week for Hitman and the academy award winning No Country for Old Men. All movies are available at the local Movie Gallery.



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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.