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Milk

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Reviewed by Neals_reviews

Gus Vant Sant has become the film making crusader for gay rights over the years with his films. He returns with Milk the story of Harvey Milk, a gay man who moves to San Francisco & experiences bigotry due to his sexual preferences. Driven by a passion to provoke societal change & acceptance, Milk becomes the first openly gay man ever appointed to public office in 1978. In the span of his career, he fights a group of conservatives who try to enact a California referendum which would rob homosexuals of civil rights. Van Sant does a great job of capturing the times of the seventies the cinematography is done quite well. But he does lack on centering on the main theme there seems to be many subplots going on as each character is introduced. The acting is amazing every one put on a stellar performance. Emile Hirsch is almost unrecongnizable as Cleve Jones an activist & Milk’s colleague. James Franco does an excellent heart felt performance as Milk’s early on boyfriend. Penn is phenominal as Harvy Milk definitely should be up with an oscar for this one. Great story about the underdog never giving up for what he believes.

Neal Damiano
Film Journalist

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Reviewed by mutuel

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The Curios Case of Benjamin Button (G) * * * *

Backwards Boy!


By ROBERT WALDMAN



Solid screenwriting can bring the best out of people. Creative craftsman Eric Roth pulls off a monumental
tale of “advancing” age in The Curios Case of Benjamin Button, one of the most original films in years. Paramount Pictures seems headed for Oscar gold thanks to this triumph of the spirit now uplifting souls at Scotiabank Theatre, Fifth Avenue Cinemas, Esplanade 6, Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites across B.C.

Told in a brilliant flashback style, director David Fincher (Se7en) sets course to explore the coming of age of a fellow named Benjamin. New Orleans sure has seen its share of setbacks over the years. Pile on to this dismal record the birth of a young boy with a face like an old geezer. Thus Benjamin enters the world. Unloved and unaccepted due to this facial abnormally it’s not surprising that many would look away from this “freak” of nature. Love, however, comes this tot’s way when he’s adopted by Queenie, a black woman who runs some kind of home.

Where The Curios Case of Benjamin Button triumphs is how it shows this person go from an old man to a young boy. Brilliant acting recounts Benjamin’s rather tumultuous life. Along the way uncanny dialogue explores the whole aging process in reverse with Brad Pitt (Meet Joe Black) sensational as the boy wonder having to grapple with an unknown past, secret loves and missing parents.

Equally captivating are the performances given off by Taraji P. Henson (Hustle & Flow) who blows everyone else off the screen as Benjamin’s new mom Queenie and Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth) who dances up a storm as Daisy, one of Benjamin’s lady friends.

Just a touch long at 2 ½ hours The Curios Case of Benjamin Button is nevertheless a bold look into a man’s life and the way world events along with small family matters collide. Fincher here gives us a breathtaking tale full of romance, mystery and a life odyssey second to none.

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Bedtime Stories

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Reviewed by mutuel

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Bedtime Stories

Funny Tales!

By ROBERT WALDMAN




Laughs come forth loud and clear in Bedtime Stories, the latest Adam Sandler triumph. Rapid fire jokes aimed at kids are the order of the day in this Disney treat now lighting up eyes at Tinseltown (on Pender, free parking), Oakridge Cinemas, Esplanade 6, Colossus, Empire Studio 12 and Famous Players Silver City cites around B.C.

Being in a family business can be trying. Born to the son of a hotelier all Skeeter Bronson wanted was to follow in good old dad’s footsteps. When the hotel in the Bronson family gets bought up by a rich tycoon our poor Skeeter is relegated to handyman status. Somewhat of a loser, Skeeter has only himself to blame. When he comes reluctantly to the aid of sister Wendy by taking her two kids on as a babysitter something rather unusual occurs.

Not used to caring for small children Skeeter takes up the challenge with the aid of Jill, one of Wendy’s closest confidants. During one evening at sleep time Skeeter tells your standard story but some rather odd things occur afterwards. Much to his surprise the very next day those tall tales come to life. Imagine the chaos and possible ramifications that could ensue.

Sandler is in complete control with the shenanigans here egged on by two delightful child actors. Being able to poke fun at themselves is a class act with leading man Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential) perfectly suited as a snobby hotel executive and Richard Griffiths (The History Boys) well cast as a rich buffoon.

Wild imagination takes off as we are left laughing at the ridiculous dreams that become reality. Director Adam Shankman (The Wedding Planner) pulls off a tight joy ride that the little ones should particularly enjoy. Add on a nice moral towards story’s end and Bedtime Stories makes for fun family time at the movies.

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Camp Rock

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Reviewed by jilljonas1997

This is a good Jonas movie. The Jonas brothers act a little stupid though. It is a good movie for anyone looking for a good romantic child movie!!

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Little Miss Sunshine

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Reviewed by jilljonas1997

Good Movie. Lots of bad language. Kind of sad in a way. Over all not a kids movie!

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Bedtime Stories

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Reviewed by jilljonas1997

Very good movie. Adam Sandler made it come alive. Well worth your money. Some adult situations. No bad language in the whole movie. Some romantic parts. Good family movie!

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High School Musical 3: Senior Year

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Reviewed by jilljonas1997

This one is a little to grown up for the HSM series. A lot of stuff that shouldn't have been put in the movie. Over all it was okay for teens.

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Bedtime Stories

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Reviewed by darianrox

Very good movie i positively loved it!!!! That was one of the best movies I've seen Adam Sandler was in a great movie!!!!! I really liked how they took the things the kids made up in the bedtime story and how they made it blend with life today i thought it was a great movie for all ages it had no bad language or anything "bad" it was a great film for everybody of all ages!!! There were parts when the whole theater started bursting out in laughter and there were parts when you were just wonderinng what would happen next. This movie was absouleutly the perfect family show!!!!!



I gave it an A+

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Gran Torino

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Reviewed by jimaz

To say Clint Eastwood is a legend would be an insult. He is beyond that and more. In a time when our generation are losing movie heros at a rapid pace,(Paul Newman,Charlton Heston) we can be thankful we still have Clint. The fact that the seventy-something icon can still bring it in "Gran Torino" makes this film a slam dunk. It's been four years since we've seen Clint the actor. His "director only" films have been great but it's not the same as seeing him do his thing in front of the camera as well. And here he delivers one of his best performances. Perhaps because the rumors are true this will be his last screen appearance,Clint brings back elements of Dirty Harry,A Fistful of Dollars,Every Which Way But Loose,and a dozen other characters he made his own. Only Clint can get away with the many racist remarks made in the film and not have every group spoken about protest. And it's amazing how he captures the present day culture clashing with a past generation. Notice the retired,hard working,pro American,middle class homeowner character he plays. Then notice his sons and nieces and nephews,all spoiled rotten with large homes,big SUV'S,and big egos,all compliments of his generations sacrifices in order to make our life better. And all they do is call him "old fashioned". I wasn't really thrilled with the ending,but after thinking about it,there was no other way it could have. If this is the end of Clint the actor,I can't think of a better way either.

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A Cinderella Story

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Reviewed by darianrox

Starring Hilary Duff this disney movie is a great kid/teen/adult movie I loved it and im 11 my cousin who is 15 loved it and my other cousin 21 also thought it was pretty good. It contains a little bit of rudeness between the stepmother and the stepdaughter. Its like the regualar Cinderella exept so much more up to date.

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