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Charlie Wilson's War, Cloverfield, Orphanages, Savages

Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at 11:36 AM

Another big week of new releases hits the shelves at Movie Gallery!

Charlie Wilson's War

This was released in the awards season for films and managed to not get nominated for anything and was largely not seen in theaters. It did decent business, but nothing like what Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts can usually bring in for there movies. Either way, what you missed in theaters is a treat to bring home on DVD. Charlie Wilson's War is about a senator who takes it upon himself to help fight the Cold War, by giving money and weapons to Afghanistan to fight the Russians. Hanks plays the Senator and Roberts plays a wealthy socialite that makes it her agenda to help fight this war. Both Hanks and Roberts are mesmerizing but the real great acting performance in the movie comes from Phillip Seymour Hoffman who plays a disgruntled FBI agent. He winds up helping the Senator and is a marvel to watch. The story is touching and intriguing while the acting and directing are top-notch. There isn't a whole lot of action for a movie with War in its title, but there is a whole lot of smart talking. This is a gem of a movie to find on DVD as it is well worth watching. I highly enjoyed it and is my pick of the week for DVD.


Watched it in theatres TWICE and managed to watch it again. Opinion has not changed, so check out the original review at http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/13088....

The Orphanage

I absolutely wanted to watch this, but the fates did not align and I was unable to watch this flick presented by Guillermo del Toro. It is a new version of the classic ghost story in which children see things that the adults cannot at an orphanage. Soon an evil spirit is released and the new tenants must release it. Guillermo del Toro is known for his amazing visuals such as the modern fairytale Pan's Labyrinth and this looks no different. I will probably be looking to check this out in the coming days. I'll update when I do.

The Savages

What seemed like an amazing concept with acclaimed actors/actresses soon fell into boredom. I was unable to finish this movie. I sat through the first hour and had to turn it off. It was just so slow moving and boring. I will admit that there are a few great little moments, but overall is very uninteresting. The flick stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney as a brother/sister duo who are forced to deal with their Dad who is losing his mind. The trailers made this film out to be a quirky independant film with lots of laughs and plenty of heart. As I said before, I never finished it, but from the part that I saw, I only laughed a bit once and saw absolutely no heart in it. As you can tell, this is one of the worst films I've seen in a long time. Worst Movie of the Week/Month/Year. This is even worst than a In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale!

One Missed Call

Didn't get a chance to watch it, so here's a description:

"What will it sound like when you die?" In the supernatural thriller "One Missed Call," a chain of people receive terrifying cell phone messages of their own final fatal moments. Though the messages can be deleted, their number is up.

Beth Raymond (Shannyn Sossamon) is traumatized when she witnesses the gruesome deaths of two friends just days apart. Even more disturbing, she knows that both of them had received chilling cell phone messages--actual recordings of their own horrifying last moments. Impossibly, the calls were received days before they died, but each death occurred precisely when and how the messages foretold.

The police think Beth is delusional--except for Detective Jack Andrews (Ed Burns) whose own sister was killed in a freak accident that bears a strange similarity to the deaths of Beth's friends. Together, Jack and Beth work feverishly to unravel the mystery behind the ominous calls.

But even as they get closer to the truth, Beth's cell phone begins to ring with an eerie tune, and the readout says One Missed Call.

That's it for this week, check them out at Movie Gallery in McCook!

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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.