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April 2007
Outlandish Reaping an Unholy Mess

An outlandish thriller that uses the 10 plagues of “Exodus” as a modern-day gimmick to serve its own wacky ideas about God, the devil and the fate of humanity, he Reaping struggles to build any sense of suspense before delivering up a whopper of an ending that will generate more chuckles than chills.

 
Firehouse Dog a Mediocre Breed of Family Movie

While it could’ve been an entertaining, heart-warming movie about a family being brought closer together, Firehouse Dog settles for a lowbrow humor and an unconvincing plot that’ll likely leave the younger audience confused by this mixed breed of a movie.

 
Pro-Family Messages Are Found in Are We Done Yet?

Nick Persons is back. After his disastrous road trip with little Kevin and Lindsey in the 2005 film Are We There Yet?, Nick sold the store and married spunky single mom Suzanne. Now, he’s settling into family life. Well, sort of, anyway.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • April 04, 2007 |
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March 2007
Robinsons Inspires Creativity, Encourages Individuality

Meet the Robinsons not only inspires Walt Disney-type creativity and encourages individuality, but it also addresses the issue of rejection - head on - in a most sensitive and compelling way.

 
Indie Feel Makes Lookout a Different Kind of Thriller

The Lookout is simply a different kind of thriller—one that has an indie feel to it, with lots of time spent on character development. For those who prefer the standard Hollywood genre thriller, it’s sure to disappoint.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 30, 2007 |
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Laughs and Lewdness Make the Cut in Blades

With its over-the-top, absurd storyline, Blades of Glory offers plenty of one-liners that will likely become as memorable as the lines in Napoleon Dynamite. The downside? Perverted jokes, sexual allusions, references to or portrayals of drinking, drugs, smoking, and homosexuality, and a barrage of slapstick violence.

 
Final “Rocky” a Pleasant Surprise and Fitting Sequel

Rocky’s back – although sweet Adrian is gone. And, although you’re probably bracing yourself for another bad sequel, as I was, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at this final episode in this series.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 23, 2007 |
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Hungry Hearts Seek Solace in Reign Over Me

The characters in Reign Over Me do not look heavenward for help, but the movie’s joy is in its story of old friends reunited—in what that friendship means for one man’s ability to face reality, and for the other’s realization of the blessings he’s already been given.

 
Bullets, Bodies and Betrayal Mark a Violent Shooter

Although fast-paced and high action, Shooter comes with plenty of warnings and its title should clue us in on what to expect: countless bullets, bodies that are beaten, bloodied, tortured, and killed, and entire villages subjected to genocide. And that's just for starters.

 
Last Mimzy Stuffed With Conflicting Spiritual Messages

The masterminds behind The Last Mimzy showcase a Hollywood brand of spirituality that’s not particularly subtle, as everything from Buddhism to astrology to new age philosophies get major screen time.

March 2007
Be Warned: Premonition Goes Nowhere Slowly

In Premonition, the ambiguity and emotionless nature don't do actress Sandra Bullock any favors, as she seems to be walking through the film in the same perpetual daze as the audience is by watching it.

 
I Think I Love My Wife a Surprisingly Truthful Film

The film is extremely loose when it comes to language and sexual themes. If you can get past this, however, you’ll find that Chris Rock makes some insightful points, all within the context of excellent acting and direction.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 16, 2007 |
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Beauty, Heritage Span the Continents in Namesake

The Namesake, from Indian director Mira Nair, reminds us of a film axiom: Some of the best movies about the American experience have come from filmmakers born in other lands.

 
Dangerous Health Issues the Focus in "Fast Food Nation"

As with its cousin, “Super Size Me,” which focused on the dangerous health issues connected to fast food consumption, you don’t need to be a vegetarian to be horrified by “Fast Food Nation.” You may still become one, however, after seeing this.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 13, 2007 |
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Ultimate Gift Poses Important Life Questions

What matters most in life? And what happens when we don’t appreciate the many gifts that life offers? These are the questions posed by FoxFaith's newest theatrical release, The Ultimate Gift.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 09, 2007 |
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Violent 300 a Perverse Form of Eye Candy

Filled with violent battle scenes, gory killings and some surprisingly explicit sex, 300 is a perverse form of eye candy. A war epic that arrives in the midst of the United States' ongoing war against Islamic radicalism, it offers, at best, only faint echoes of the current conflict.

 
Offensive "Borat" Addresses Stereotypes, Reveals Prejudices

"Borat" intends to offend, in order to reveal our deepest prejudices. The film also has a strong message about stereotypes and the subtle racism that still exists in our country. But to get there, we have to wade through a lot of nudity, foul language, scatology and crude humor.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 08, 2007 |
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More Talk, Less Truth Found in "Conversations"

"Conversations With God" is one man's true account of how he found answers from God, became a "spiritual messenger" and authored a successful book series that has sold over 7 million copies. After watching this film, Annabelle Robertson creates a fictional "conversation" of her own with the film's main character.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 05, 2007 |
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Sleuthing Is All in the Family in Zodiac

An R-rated film about an infamous serial killer is the first great “family film” of 2007. No, it’s not appropriate for anyone other than adults, but at its heart, Zodiac is about family values.

 
Raunchy Wild Hogs Belongs in the Slop Bucket

Wild Hogs is the story of four guys trying to escape from suburbia. In what’s essentially a less sophisticated City Slickers meets Easy Rider, it doesn’t take long for the humor to make its way directly to the slop bucket.

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