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Movies – April 2008

April, 2008
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Special Mention – Cloverfield

This JJ Abrams production came out way back in deepest, darkest January, but it’s such a refreshing surprise that we have to recommend the new DVD edition. Cloverfield is ostensibly a monster movie, yet it’s a shocker not so much for things getting torn apart, but for a tightly-packed story, layers of hints, and of course sheer emotional impact. You get a lot more than you bargain for with this near-perfect film, so procure the DVD ASAP, it’s awesome with lots of special features like deleted scenes, cast interviews and even unveiling the monster.

Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Odette Yustman, Lilly Caplan, Michael Stahl-David, TJ Miller, Jessica Lucas
Rating: PG-13

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The Forbidden Kingdom

In these days, with the international scene somewhat stressed, global collaborations are a welcome effort. And here we have what seems to be a genuinely friendly, boundary smashing story that has an American kid go to olden day China in a twist straight out of every martial arts fan’s wettest dream. Of course there’s also Jet Li and Jackie Chan finally facing off against each other, but that’s gravy. Don’t miss it.

Director: Rob Minkoff
Starring: Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Collin Chou, Michael Angarano
Rating: PG-13

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Iron Man

At long last venerable Tony Stark gets treated to a big budget silver screen rendition, even with one of our favorite actors, Rob Downey Jr.! Both could use a break, and with this movie appear to be set for some good times as the effects, costumes and colorful settings should all be spot on. The Iron Man is one of the greatest champions for justice the world has ever seen, and we believe the movie will be just as much fun as crusading for a good cause! 

Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Hillary Swank, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges
Rating: PG-13

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Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Things get complicated for the Pevensie kids when they venture back into enchanted realm Narnia. They find themselves embroiled in the politics of the place, of all things, as Prince Caspian seeks to regain his rightful position on the throne. Naturally the forces of the wicked are aligned to stop that from happening, and the result is a heap of popcorn munching fun and plenty of excellent visuals. 

Director: Andrew Adamson
Starring: Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley
Rating: PG

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Son of Rambow

Talk about growing up – here’s one with two children that try their hand in imitating the world of adults, and not just the mundane stuff, but the antics of one John Rambo. Yes, Stallone’s beefcake warrior lives on in suburban England, the setting of this touching fable that sees a pair of youngsters put on their own version of First Blood amid the nostalgic mood of the early 1980’s. Kids will love it, parents will probably shed a joyous tear or two.

Director: Garth Jennings
Starring: Will Poulter, Bill Milner, Adam Godley
Rating: PG-13

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Speed Racer

There’s no time like spring to bring out the fancy cars and let rip – and Speed Racer has always been a fixture in high velocity motoring. The Japanese cartoon and comic character (plus occasional video game entrant) now has his own Hollywood extravaganza, with all mod cons and trimmings attached for a glossy result that, while maybe not to the liking of hardcore fans, is nonetheless a safe bet for exciting family entertainment. 

Director: Wachowski Brothers
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Matthew Fox
Rating: PG
 

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