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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Jan 09 2007 Releases







Crank


Runtime: 87 min Country: UK / USA Language: English / Spanish
Plot Outline: Professional assassin Chev Chelios (Statham) learns his rival (Cantillo) has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops. (more) (view trailer)
CAST: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Dwight Yoakam
Leo Says: Super fast paced, very entertaining I have no complaints except that they don't make enough movies like this. Unfortunately for the action film lover, one usually has to watch lousy b-style flicks in order to see some old school action and while some of these satisfy its just not the same. Simply put CRANK rule.






The Illusionist



Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence. Runtime: 110 min
Country: Czech Republic / USA Language: English
Plot Outline: In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician (Norton) uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. (more) (view trailer)
CAST: Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, Rufus Sewell
Leos Says: While this was in theaters I had no interest and when it came out I was only mildly curious, but now having watched it, I am impressed. The magic was fancy, the acting superb all around and the directing left little to be desired.







Idiocracy


Directed by: Mike Judge (Office Space)
Plot Outline: Private Joe Bowers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes 500 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumped-down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive. (more) (view trailer)
Leo Says: This film was a fair bit funnier then I had anticipated, though not as intelligent. Lots of easy fun laughs with an interesting story idea. Solid acting, directing and writing.









The Night Listener


Cast: Robin Williams, Toni Collette, Joe Morton, Bobby Cannavale, Rory Culkin, Sandra Oh
Plot Outline: In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan, a young boy, via the telephone. But when questions about the boy's identity come up, the host's life is thrown into chaos. (view trailer)
Leo Says: This was the big surprise of the week for me I did not expect to even like this movie and I have to say I loved it. Toni Collette is an actress I expect a lot out of and her role here was amazingly well played. What really made this movie though were the amazing writers, how people put stories like this together I will never understand.







Bandidas


Luc Besson is one of two writers.
Plot Outline: In turn-of-the-century Mexico, two very different women become a bank-robbing duo in an effort to combat a ruthless enforcer terrorizing their town. (view trailer)
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Steve Zahn, Dwight Yoakam
Leo Says: Not gunna win anyacademyy awards, but it'lltitillatee, entertain and mostlikelyy make you laugh.







Quinceañera

Plot Outline: As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin. (more) (view trailer)
Language: English, Spanish.

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