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Beverly Hills Chihuahua

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Puppy Love!

By ROBERT WALDMAN


Dog gone fun is the order of the day in Beverly Hills Chihuahua, a hilarious family treat from Disney now appealing to the masses at Tinseltown (on Pender, free parking), Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites around B.C.

Rare are G-rated films that are inventive and fun for both adults and children. Beverly Hills Chihuahua hits all the right notes. Featuring loveable mutts makes it all the more endearing as does its savvy send-up of all things rich. Where else but in Beverly Hills could this tale unfold. Pampering for the rich and famous is not just reserved for humans. Quite often animals are even better cared for than children. That feeling of excess is played for laughs big time as we follow the exploits of pampered pouch Chloe.

Under the watchful eye of her owner, a wealthy businesswoman played by Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) Chloe has the best of everything. Left under the charge of a niece played by effervescent Piper Perabo (Cheaper by the Dozen) the spoiled dog runs into a bit of quandary. You see this niece is not that much interested in the welfare of the dog and would rather party. On a quick trip to Mexico with dog in tow things go from bad to worse.

Bad things happen to the unprepared and when Chloe goes missing it sends her human handlers into a tizzy. Worse yet, Chloe may have fallen into the wrong hands. Have no fear, canine help is near as this dog from afar becomes friendly with a host of similar deprived dogs as they are on the run from evil money centered bottom feeders out to make the most of a potentially very profitable situation.

Crazy and funny Beverly Hills Chihuahua features a ton of laughs, bizarre situations, and the most loveable talking canines in years. Director Raja Gosnell (Yours, Mine and Ours) milks all those Mexican locations meticulously and does justice to the luxuries that only Beverly Hills can provide. Voices from Drew Barrymore, George Lopez and Cheech Marin bring these huggable animals to life.

Little ones will especially get a kick out of the wild situations Chloe finds herself in. Full of chases, laughs and inane one-liners makes Beverly Hills Chihuahua a fun time at the movies.

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Appaloosa

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Appaloosa (PG) * * *

Saddle Sores!

By ROBERT WALDMAN

Howdy partners. Saddle up your horses and head down to the Esplanade 6, Scotiabank Theatre, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites to discover Appaloosa, the latest ode to the old west from Alliance Films.
Back way back when westerns were the toast of Hollywood, especially during the 40s and 50s. Good guy Ed Harris (Absolute Power) tries to revive this fabled genre in triple role duty: director, actor and co-writer. Lucky for us he pulls off a pretty good tale, not just a tall tale.
Lawlessness has long been a plague of the old west. Once news leaks out that bad things are happening in the small town of Appaloosa the town elders seek help. Enter law enforcers Virigil Cole and faithful sidekick Everett Hitch. Neither of these men say much but they pack a pretty lethal rifle and six shooter.
Chief villain of the valley is the fine coiffed Randall Bragg who seems to have everyone in his pocket. Violence erupts almost immediately with a pretty evenly balanced showdown there for the taking. Complicating factors, however, plague both sides, not the least of which is attractive Allison French who seems to be on everyone’s mind.
You can almost taste the dust in the air as things in this wild wild west start to heat up. Ed Harris is particularly effective as the soft-spoken, plain talking Virgil Cole with Jeremy Irons (Die Hard With A Vengeance) terrific as the cultured thug out to make the town his own. Also quite good is the work of Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence) whose mere presence on screen speaks volumes as a co-defender of justice in this unruly frontier.
Despite being a tad slow Harris succeeds in creating a gritty atmosphere of that small town frontier flavour and sprinkles it liberally with nice set pieces and effective characters. Even Renee Zellweger (Jerry Maguire) comes of age here as your typical school marm caught between a series of hot-blooded men who may just have met their match.
Certain rather subtle surprises and interesting plot elements helps make Appaloosa thoroughly watchable with revenge and grudges playing active parts in the building tension.

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Quarantine

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Quarantine (14A) * * *

Trapped!

By ROBERT WALDMAN


Pity poor Los Angeles. Known once as the city of angels this hub proves to be downright nasty in Quarantine, a fairly effective thriller from Columbia Pictures now truly freaking folks out at Tinseltown (on Pender, free parking), Esplanade 6, Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites around B.C.

Indeed, one could say Halloween may just have arrived early thanks to the nifty and nimble efforts of director and co-writer John Erick. Prepare to be scared silly through much of this 89 minute movie that serves up enough gore and suspense to rival any found in recent macabre outings a la Saw and Hostel.

Taking a page right out of the handbook of guerilla in your face filmmaking popularized by the Blair Witch Project Erick smartly sets up this piece of horror nicely through the efforts of a local newscaster. Out to bag a nice story for the news the effervescent Angela Vidal is all sparks as she prepares to do an item on local fire hall 22. Alongside her trusty cameraman the pair get some good coverage at the fire hall and get “assigned” to two fireman. After some initial fun around the barracks the duo tag along on what was supposed to be a routine fire drill. Too bad for them things become just a bit testy - and totally out of hand.

Caught off guard the firemen respond to what was supposed to be a simple rescue operation at a dilapidated building in Los Angeles. Once inside the slum dwelling bad things begin to happen. What follows is truly horrific as something bad and wicked is engulfing the building. Heaven help those caught inside.

Smart and sassy, Quarantine should appeal to those who like their horror served up bloody with lots of gore. Fans of the genre of zombies, flesh eating humans and people going berserk may well enjoy this descent into hell. Chaos lights up the screen as tensions between those trapped inside this chamber of horrors get pushed to the max in this free for all.

On screen the acting is quite good and engaging, and a cut above for a thriller. Often films like this just serve up vicarious would-be thrills with the blood flowing and little in the area of real emotion. Here all the characters look like they’re really freaked out and at their wits end. Special mention should go to Jennifer Carpenter (Battle in Seattle) who does scared real good. Reliable Jay Hernandez (World Trade Center) shows up as a fireman out to control the situation. Viewers will feel the heat as their situation gets bleaker by the minute.

Folks able to stomach a pretty effective blood bath will find the horror looking pretty real in Quarantine, a damned good gruesome gory scare. Save for a few too many in the dark hard to see scenes Quarantine rates high as a guilty wicked pleasure.

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Max Payne

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Max Payne (14A) * * *


Payback Time!

By ROBERT WALDMAN




Actors need lots of good common sense to pick effective roles. Fresh off a lackluster turn in The Happening Mark Wahlberg (Shooter) bounces back admirably in Max Payne, a wildly flambouyant and fun journey into the dark side from 20th Century Folks now firing people up at Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites around B.C.

Followers of the movies will know that in recent years a number of popular video games have been immortalized by Hollywood. Many of these efforts have been flops. Not so here. Action fans should adore this descent into a dark world populated by some pretty unsavory characters.

At the heart of this 100 minute revenge tale is Max Payne. Mad at having his wife and daughter murdered the New York policeman now bides his time largely segregated in the cold case section. No one can get over the loss of a loved one and in Max’s case he pushes on. Against this brooding backdrop we are led into the underbelly of New York where Max meets up with some pretty ghastly people with even worse motivations.

Up against the wall Max locks horns with some mysterious force and is thrust head first into a mystery of tangled webs. Bad guys that are truly evil are out to get Max who also becomes embroiled with plenty of dangerous women whose secrets figure prominently in this tale of revenge, strange cult activities and the odd sadist out for blood.

Graphic and at times blood curdling, Max Payne is a wondrous adventure into the dark side. Wahlberg is terrific as the conflicted cop who just can’t let go. Half of the Bridges brothers, Beau (Jerry Maguire) turns up as a police friend alongside Chris O’Donnell (Kinsey) whose there as one of many Payne acquaintances.

Atmosphere means a lot in these sort of dark-tinged movies and director John Moore does a good job creating a really dark, menacing world. Where Payne walks you don’t want to tread lightly and the characters he comes up with are worthy of any comic book franchise. Though we’ve seen this sort of revenge tale time and time again, with the recent Death Race a prime example of it’s lasting popularity, here the fresh approach of a strange new world really pulls you in. Sexy offerings by Mila Kunis (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) as a woman on the make and Ludacris as another crime lord bring further gravitas to this story.

Look for Max Payne to be anything but painful for the adventure seeking crowd who may want more as in a follow-up to the relentless efforts displayed by this crime fighter/avenge seeker extraordinaire.

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Sex Drive

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Sex Drive

Virgin Territory!


By ROBERT WALDMAN


Tough times call for tough measures. Take a step back from the economic doldrums we are all currently facing. What better way to leave the droll October blues behind and dreary fall weather than a riotous romp at the movies. Brace yourself for a heaping helping of unadulterated laughter with Sex Drive, a gross-out comedy from Seville and VKPR now drawing huge laughs at Tinseltown (on Pender, free parking), Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites around B.C.

No doubt Sex Drive looks headed to be the funniest sex comedy since American Pie. Fresh faces light up this hilarious farce that strives to answer that age old question: how to lose one’s virginity. Poster boy for the uninitiated is nerd boy Ian. Besides being the brunt of constant jokes from school chums Ian must also contend with his wild and crazy brother Rex who manages to make his little brother the constant butt of countless tacky jokes and put downs.

Hold on, it gets worse, far worse. Thanks to high tech Ian has become enamoured with computer hottie Ms. Tasty. So when he’s not toiling away at the donut shop he calls his second home Ian has made up his mind to lose his manhood to this comely babe. Unfortunately that girl is hundreds of miles away in a different state than Illinois. Have no fear, pride is here. Unable to content with not having sex Ian decides to make the journey to find love. Unfortunately for him and his two travel mates they encounter problems galore on route.

Going along for the ride is Lance, Ian’s crazy oversexed playboy buddy and pal Felicia. Among the funny moments in this gag-filled journey is a trip to Amish land where an almost unrecognizable Seth Green (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) almost steals the movie away.

Put simply, director Sean Anders (Surviving Christmas) has put together a first class cast and milks the story line to perfection. Cast as the boy who puts his reputation on the line to score is Josh Zuckerman in an inspiring, yes inspiring performance. Wholesome virtue comes courtesy of local Langley born actress Amanda Crew (She’s The Man) with Katrina Bowden full value as the sex babe to die for.

Real funny moments come through the uproarious work of James Marsden (27 Dresses) in an over the top performance as Ian’s out of control brother with Clark Duke equally hilarious as Lance, the smooth operator who also gets in way over his head with the ladies.

Crazy situations, insane sex gags guaranteed to make you chuckle and warm performances from a winning cast makes Sex Drive one of the funniest movies in years and a very good companion for those into the American Pie genre of films.

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