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Juno, AVP Requiem, The Final Season, In the Name of the King, and more

Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at 9:38 AM

A great week for new releases as there is a little something for everyone.

Juno

Reviewed it in theatres and my opinion stays the same. It's a great movie and well worth renting or even buying. Check out the original review here, http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/13057....

AVP Requiem

I actually didn't get a chance to watch this flick which is fine by me. I didn't watch the original and I personally had little desire to see this one. Here's the description - In the follow-up to the worldwide hit Alien vs. Predator, the iconic monsters from two of the scariest film franchises ever, wage war in an American Midwestern town -- with the residents caught in the middle.

The Final Season

Saw this in theatres and not many other people did. It kind of sank at the Box Office but it is a decent sports flick about baseball that will satisfy most sports movie fans. Check out the original review at http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/12844....

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

This is the latest movie from director Uwe Boll. Uwe is known for being a terrible director that churns out horrible flicks that hardly ever make a splash at the box office. That seems one-sided, but if you search the internet, you'll see that the great majority will agree with that statement. Anyways, I watched this flick to see what type of new crap he had come up with. I managed to watch the whole thing while most of the people who had started to watch it with me got up and left. There isn't much to say other than it is long, boring, and an awful story. There is a scene towards the end where two magician's fight with swords by controlling them with their minds. This could be a pretty interesting scene in the hands of a capable director, but Uwe just lets the swords spin around and clash in the center of the room without much danger/action/adventure or anything. It's just bland. I had some hope going into this film as it has some pretty good stars in it like Jason Statham, Ron Perlman, Burt Reynolds, and more. This doesn't help as the movie fails to impress. The entire movie is about a man who suffers a tragedy vows to find his wife who has been taken captive. Along the way, he aligns with armies that have the same goal of killing the evil magician. He leads them to battle and is victorious. I do not recommend In the Name of the King, except to make fun of it.

Lars and the Real Girl

I would really like to say I liked this movie. It seemed like such a great concept with a great actor in the title role, but ultimately didn't impress. Ryan Gosling plays Lars who finds it very hard to interact with people after many years of being alone. He purchases a life-sized doll named Bianca and feels like he has found the love of his life. Concerned, his relatives/family trick him into seeing a doctor/psychiatrist and he reluctantly starts going. Soon the whole town is supporting Lars and he starts to have feelings for real girl, Margo. This creates a weird love triangle that propels the rest of the movie and the transformation of character in Lars. I found myself quite bored with this movie. It was a very interesting study in a mental disorder that a person may develop but it failed to entertain. There are some funny/touching moments, but they come too few and too late to redeem the movie. It's well made and well acted, but just very slow and plodding. I would recommend it for a watch, but with caution. At least it's not as bad as In the Name of the King!

That's it for this week, check them out at Movie Gallery and let me know what you thought! Next week, we've got Charlie Wilson's War and more!



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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.