Torque (*)

Starring Ice Cube, Martin Henderson, Monet Mazur, Matt Schulze, Jaime Pressly, Jay Hernandez, Will Yun Lee, and Justina Machado. I am not sure what this movie is supposed to portray because I am still scratching my head about it. I mean, the Reapers (Ice Cube’s) gang was a simple motorcycle club (because he would not deal drugs) yet they were armed to their teeth. The main character disappeared for 6 months, but you quite don’t understand why that period of time… he just needed a vacation in Asia I guess. The other supporting characters are just fluff.

Beyond that, the movie has motorcycles doing things that they are not meant to do. Most people do not know that there are several different types of motorcycles that have very specific purposes, and well, sportbikes or more commonly know crotch rockets well, cannot handle dessert riding… but this movie makes it seem easy. This movie as a biker really makes me long for biker boyz which is pretty scary. Stay away from this movie at all cost.
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* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD
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Van Helsing (*)

Starring Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Shuler Hensley, Elena Anaya, Will Kemp, and Kevin J. O’Connor

Gabriel Van Helsing (Jackman) is a man cursed with a past he cannot recall and driven by a mission he cannot deny. Charged by a secret organization to seek out and defeat evil the world over, his efforts to rid the world of its nightmarish creatures have been rewarded with the title that now follows him: murderer.

I have not been this disappointed by a movie in a long time. From watching Jackman on X-man I had expected Helsing to have a serious edge. Was looking forward to some formidable fights and not just repetitive action and way to much CGI. The movie starts slow and right away too much of a comedy. Excuse me if I like anything with a vampire on it to be really dark and just serious. I would not bother to go see this movie at all, not even rent it. I now kind of wish I would have gone to see Troy instead, but hey there will be other opportunities.

What bothered me more than the fact that the comic relief was the only good thing in the movie, was the fact that there was nothing new on the story… I mean sure Helsing was a new thing, but he had nothing that could make it real as a character. I am sad to say that Jackman picked a bad script and that maybe they were just capitalizing in his star power. It really sucks because I wanted to like this movie.

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* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
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Cheaper by the Dozen – (***)

Starring Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Piper Perabo, Tom Welling, Hilary Duff, Kevin Schmidt, Alyson Stoner, and Ashton Kutcher…A comedy about family, loyalty and priorities. (20th Century Fox)

Great cast, the best family movie I have seen this year so far. At first I thought this movie would suck just because of the fact that Ashton Kutcher was on it, I really did not want to see him as the centerpiece of the movie… but he was not. Nothing against Ashton, I actually respect him as an actor a little more after The Butterfly Effect the first movie I reviewed in my blog. I had seen way too much of the Ashton gags in the trailer which for a lot of comedies seems to be where they waste the best gags. Now Steve Martin is someone that I am not too fond off, but he was actually really funny in this movie.

The movie centers on a family that has to relocate from the country to Evanston, IL a suburb north of Chicago. The film really illustrates the struggle that families go trying to balance careers and child upbringing, but on this one raised to the 12th degree by having 12 kids. It is an excellent family film that I would recommend. I think it is a definite rent it.

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* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
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Hellboy – (****)

Starring Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, Karel Roden, Rupert Evans, John Hurt, Corey Johnson, and Doug Jones
A supernatural action-adventure based on Mike Mignola’s acclaimed Dark Horse Comic series of the same name.

Hellboy is a close one as far is rating. It almost did not make the watch it in theathers four stars but it did. The story is pretty good and does make you want to read the comic, also the characters have the depth they need for the movie. My only complain about the movie is that they could have edited it to be a little shorter. It was getting long, never really boring but somewhat dragging in a couple of places.

The movie made my go watch it at theaters rating, because the special effects are solid. It is really visually impressive by keeping a comic book style of shooting as well as making everything realistic looking. Go check it out.

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* Don’t bother
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***Rent it for sure
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The Prince and Me (****)

Starring Julia Stiles, Luke Mably, Ben Miller, James Fox, Miranda Richardson, Eliza Bennett, Alberta Watson, and John Bourgeois
Paige, a pre-med student from Wisconsin, is on the fast track toward her lifelong goals. Edward, the Crown Prince of Denmark, is trying to escape a life he never chose. Needing an escape from his royal life, Edward treks to Wisconsin and poses as “Eddie,” a college student. Now they’ve fallen in love and Edward is in line to become King. Paige has to choose between two dreams — becoming a princess or the doctor she’s always wanted to be.

I admit that I do like romantic comedies, not a total sucker for it, but if the story is good I will gladly watch it. The story moves along fairly quickly for all the information they try to fit into the story. The movie did not seem too long and it is a perfect date movie, hence my high rating. Now when this eventually comes out on video I would not rate it as a must buy but rather a rental for a cozy movie watching night.

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My beef with this movie came at the end. It is not that I was foolish enough not to expect a happy ending, but that the character of paige who was portrayed during the movie as a person that wanted to be ultimate humanitarian, I expected the movie to end with him going to look for her at some remote location on a rustic town where she would be providing free healthcare to children in need. But that does not totally ruin the movie or anythign, it just dissapointed me.

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* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
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