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Camp Rock, Hannah Montana, Miss Pettigrew, Prom Night, Street Kings

Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2008, at 10:50 AM

This week was jam packed with new releases. Let's get to it.

Camp Rock

This is a Disney Channel Original Movie in the same vein as High School Musical, but instead of school, the kids are at camp and Disney added some starpower by bringing actual musicians, The Jonas Brothers, in to play some songs. The whole movie screams after school special but as most after school specials are, it tends to be addicting to watch. The acting is so-so, the songs are decent, the cheese factor is turned way up, and the story is by the books. Overall, your normal tween movie. I can't say I overly enjoyed this flick, however most of the younger generation that enjoyed High School Musical will love this new Camp version of the same formula.

Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus - Best of Both Worlds

This was a concert series filmed with 3D cameras and then released in theatres for all those rabid fans who couldn't go to the actual concert. The whole thing was highlighted by the fact that everything was in 3D and helped the audience feel like they were actually at the concert. It was a remarkable feat for Disney to open this unconventional film in American theatres AND do great business. I couldn't help but find out why this flick was so popular. I must say the songs are slightly addictive although definitely bubblegum pop, so to say they are catchy is repeating myself. This is a concert for the fans of Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus and the music. If you are a fan of any of these, you're gonna love it. If you aren't, then you might just stay away.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

I was highly excited about this flick. It had two great actresses in it (Frances McDormand and Amy Adams), a wonderful storyline, and a powerful arthouse release. This had the makings of a great comedic outing, but somehow fell short of my expectations. Don't get me wrong, this flick was well worth a watch even through its boring parts, as there are plenty of interesting tidbits and comedic parts to string you along. I was hoping for something else, but was happy with what it was and that tends to be a hard feat for a flick to pull off. Usually if the film is nothing like I expected, I end up not finishing it, but this film pulled me through to the end. The actresses were amazing and the storyline was not as wonderful as expected, but still managed to entertain, while the arthouse release really failed. This was a pretty run of the mill Hollywood flick and had no real 'art' to it. Overall, a good flick worth a watch, just don't expect too much after watching the trailer.

Prom Night

I actually skipped watching this one. Here's the description: Donna's senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life. After surviving a horrible tragedy, she has finally moved on and is enjoying her last year of high school. Surrounded by her best friends, she should be safe from the horrors of her past. But when the night turns deadly, there is only one person who could be responsible... a man she thought was gone forever. Now, Donna and her friends must find a way to escape the sadistic rampage of an obsessed killer, and survive a night "to die for."

Street Kings

This is a cop flick starring Keanu Reeves and lots of other famous faces scattered throughout. It's interesting to see who all pops up, as almost every role has a famous face, even if the role is only a few lines long. I wonder what the budget for actors/actresses was? Either way, this film is about a cop who after some hardships is forced to look at all the people around him and the cop culture he has been a part of to see what's really right and what's really wrong. It's a decent thriller with some nice gun fights spread throughout and well worth a watch for any action fan. The dialogue can be pretty dumb at times and often times hilarious. Keanu Reeves utters the words, 'I'm a cop,' way too much for the audience to ever believe him. It's little things like that which manage to hurt the overall score of this film. The story was decent and acting as spot on as it could be for a pretty run of the mill script with sub par theatrics.

That's it for this week - next week Movie Gallery has What Happens in Vegas, the romantic comedy that managed to kill tentpole Speed Racer at the boxoffice.

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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.