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Nick's Pics
Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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DAYBREAKERS

The year is 2019. A mysterious plague has swept over the earth, transforming the majority of the world’s population into vampires. Humans are now an endangered, second-class species—forced into hiding as they are hunted and farmed for vampire consumption to the brink of extinction. It’s all up to Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke), a vampire researcher who refuses to feed on human blood, to perfect a blood substitute that might sustain vampires and spare the few remaining humans. But time and hope are running out until Ed meets Audrey (Claudia Karvan), a human survivor who leads him to a startling medical breakthrough. Armed with knowledge that both humans and vampires will kill for, Ed must battle his own kind in a deadly struggle that will decide the fate of the human race.

Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe are remarkable in their roles. The bantering of the two back and forth is quite good and they keep the momentum of the picture moving forward appropriately. Yes, I know - another vampire story. You know it’s the same old philosophy - watch out for the sunlight, keep the wooden stakes away and all will be okay, right? Not entirely. With the vampires and the humans living side by side, something has to go wrong, and it does. The story itself has gaffes and the shooting locations give the impression the picture was filmed in a large phone booth. This picture is extremely graphic and definitely not for young kids, so the horror fan crowd will cheer with glee as throats, heads and other appendages are ripped free from ones loins. Approach with caution and please stay out of the dark.


Starring: Ethan Hawke,Willem
Dafoe & Claudia Karvan
Director: Michael &
Peter Spierig
Company: Lionsgate
Now Showing: In area Theatres
MPAA Rating: R
Grade: C

DVD REVIEWS

Doug holloway a family man on the verge of financial & marital ruin embarks on a journey to find his birth father dr eugene holland. Dr holland is on a mission of his own - to prove the theory of everything - that may prove the existence of god before a degenerative brain disease claims his ability to reason. Victor Lundin is excellent as Gene, the eccentric father, whose house looks a little like the shack in “A Beautiful Mind.” Also good is Frances Black as Abby, Doug’s wife, and they have a good script to work with, that is often thought provoking. “The Theory of Everything” is a 2006 very low budget production that holds its own and is always entertaining. It has Christian themes but no one will ever be able to say it is “preachy,” and shows that Mr. de Vos has a lot of talent in many areas. Shown on Trinity Broadcasting Network, it is well worth your time to watch if you see it listed to be aired on television.

Many movies explore the difficulties of growing up, but few are as powerful and as moving as According to Greta. Hilary Duff is impressively strong as the title character, a 17-year-old who’s trying to figure out who she wants to be, or if she wants to be, while grappling with an overwhelming sense of inadequacy and a rocky family life. Her mother (Melissa Leo) has had multiple husbands, and her father, whom she doesn’t remember, committed suicide when she was very young. Greta’s mother doesn’t know what to do with her and wants to work on saving her third marriage, so she ships Greta off to stay with her Gram (Ellen Burstyn) and Gramps (Michael Murphy) in the sleepy retirement town of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, for the summer. Greta is angry, resentful, and spiteful, and she makes no secret of exactly how she’s feeling. She views her imprisonment in the town as a death sentence, and it may literally be.

The notion of human-alien miscegenation, and the prospect of what kind of offspring would come from such an unholy union, is nothing new in movieland, but InAlienable gives it a new spin by handling it as a legal drama, pitting government vs. individual in a fight to determine just who said offspring would belong to. Director Robert Dyke’s film is loaded with actors who’ve put in time on sci-fi shows, from Star Trek (several incarnations, including the original), Stargate, Alien Nation, Babylon 5, and Battlestar Galactica. The latter’s Richard Hatch stars as Dr. Eric Norris, a scientist who’s continuing with his research despite being guilt-ridden over the death of his wife and son in a car crash. When a friend brings him a meteorlike object that he found in the desert and asks Norris to check it out, the doc doesn’t give it much thought--until he wakes up pregnant, having been invaded by the alien life form that had been on board the meteor.

G.I. Joe is the code name for Americas highly-trained special missions force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world! In 1983 Hasbro made a bold statement when it relaunched its classic toy line of military action heroes as an adventure-based team of unique characters, each with his, and her, own specialties. And because it captured the imaginations and hearts of boys and girls aspiring to make a difference in the world, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero was an immediate success lasting over 25 incredible years. Now you can relive the original animated adventures of Duke, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Flint, Lady Jaye and rest of the Joe team with this 4-disc DVD sets of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

Cable shows rarely produce family fare that doesn’t push the envelope too far and remakes in general don’t tend to hold up. 10 Things I Hate About You is one of those rare exceptions. The actor who plays the father in the film reappears here in the series and is wonderful. The slight changes to the original premise (the best friend of the younger sister has been tweaked)work. The central lead, the older sister, is wonderfully portrayed and the backstory that is being added makes the entire show wonderful to watch. Add to all this, a male lead that teen girls like to look at, and it is a good tween/teen show that parents can sit through too.

Experience one woman’s ultimate fight through heartbreak, forgiveness and discovering what really matters in 3 Ways To Get A Husband. Chastity Moore believes that there are three ways a woman can get a husband....love him, live with him, or leave him. She tried loving her man but he chose to serve his country instead. She tried living with her next boyfriend and that didn’t work. So Chastity’s mother, Patricia, wants her to use her three ways to get a husband – love him past his pain, let him be a man and if all else fails wait on God.

Meet the hosts of TV’s “The Sunny Side Up Show” on the 24-hour preschool channel, Sprout. Join them as they host this special collection of delightful adventures featuring your favorite friends, Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam and Angelina Ballerina, and discover how quickly things can go from squeaky clean to terribly messy. Throughout all the stories and with Kelly and Chica’s help, your children will learn that when friends work together, any job can be fun! So follow along with these five episodes and learn about the importance of “lending a helping hand!”

Yo - all you kids out there! We have Bob the Builder at his best with all his buddies and the entire Can Do Crew! Bob hammers his way into your hearts with ten fantastically entertaining episodes that feature nuts, bolts and everything your little aspiring builders can dream of! Bob and his team tackle every job with determination and positive thinking and the importance of getting the job done right!

The depths of the ocean remain one of the last great mysteries on Earth. Far below the waves is an incredible place teeming with life, but few people have seen it... until now. For the first time you can be there, 12,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, inside an unparalleled undersea volcanic world filled with strange creatures and dramatic landscapes. You’ve never seen anything like this as brand-new lighting technology far superior to anything that’s ever been used before illuminates this secret realm. Exhibited to great acclaim in IMAX and other giant-screen theaters around the world.

Join explosive experts Dr. Braden Lusk and Dr. Paul Worsey for a backstage pass to the worlds biggest and toughest demolition jobs. From urban skyscrapers and massive steel bridges to giant stadiums and towering cranes, you’ll meet the highly skilled blasters who can bring down any structure with pinpoint accuracy. Using special cameras and high-speed camera technology, our experts will give you a unique, behind-the-scenes look at how demolition specialists take down engineering giants with the push of a button. The Detonators takes you inside the explosive-packed world of professional demolition engineers as they use all their skills to fire off the perfect blast.

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