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Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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V for Vendetta  

The story is set in London in the near future. The United States is referred to as the former United States and is apparently torn apart by disease, war and civil strife. Britain has evolved into a totalitarian state that deals harshly with anyone who speaks out against the government or behaves in any way outside of the norm.

V for Vendetta

Starring: Natalie Portman & Hugo Weaving

Director: James McTeigue

Company: Warner Bros.

Now Showing: In area Theatres

MPAA Rating - R

Grade: B-


DVD Picks

THE FLYING NUN - Sony

Enjoy this fun look at Sally Field early in her career. After the cancellation of Gidget Fields was wisely re-cast in the role of Sister Bertrille. Remastered in high definition, The Flying Nun is a classic sitcom from the ‘60s that your whole family will enjoy. All 30 episodes from season one (1967) are included. Sister Bertrille has a really cool hat that has more wing area than a Boeing 727. She flies in and out of trouble on a routine basis and will keep you laughing the whole time. This is not Fields best work, but it is fun to see this phenomenal Oscar winning Actress in her early form. There is not much in the way of extras on this set. There is one interview with Sally Field. The remastered picture looks fantastic and brings out all those fabulous colors for the ‘60s.

IN HER SHOES - Fox

Guys, go out bowling or golfing when your spouse wants to watch In Her Shoes. A check flick deluxe, In Her Shoes is the tale of fine party girl Maggie (Cameron Diaz) and her sister, prim and proper lawyer, Rose (Toni Collette). Rose is always getting deadbeat (but Hot!) Maggie out of trouble and finally gets fed up with her and throws her out. Oh, and Rose has more shoes than Imelda Marcos. And God forbid, Maggie has a fetish for her sister’s shoes.

Maggie discovers that she has a long lost grandmother Ella (Shirley MacLaine) in Florida who lives at one of those “retirement home for active seniors”. Wild Maggie moves in with Ella and brings life and exuberance to all the retirees in the retirement home. Maggie also finds her purpose in life and makes up with her sister and every one cries in the end. All kidding aside, this is a wonderfully done film. The acting is done artfully and emotionally. The trio of Diaz, MacLaine, and Collette are perfect for this story. In Her Shoes will have you laughing hysterically and crying in the end. Ladies, gather your girlfriends and fire up the DVD player.

TRAFFIC - Criterion/Image

Traffic, like 1999’s Magnolia, is a collection of stories about individuals that are linked together only through circumstance. There are 3 primary stories and many more smaller stories told within them. A Mexican police officer Javier Rodriguez (Benicio Del Toro) and his partner Manolo find themselves in the middle of the war against drugs and corruption within the complicated Mexican police system. An Ohio judge Robert Wakefield (Micheal Douglas) who has recently been appointed to be the nations new drug czar and finally a Californian house wife Helen Ayala (Catherine Zeta Jones) who finds out her husband isn’t in the business she thought he was. Traffic is an important film to watch, it may not be of interest to everyone as it’s not action packed by any means. But for those who love a good story this film delivers. It gives us the message that the war on drugs can never be fully won but a victory at home in our own families is a victory we can achieve. Both the picture and sound quality are tremendous. This special edition two disc set is packed with numerous extras that aren’t to be missed. Get your copy today!

GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK - Warner

Good Night and Good Luck is a respectful and sharply-played retelling of the Edward R. Murrow story. Liberals consider the famous journalist a great American man of letters, a shining St. George figure credited with helping to bring down Joe McCarthy, the Bad Man of the 1950s anti-Commie witch hunts. The film is a political statement because “McCarthyism” is still a hotly debated topic. A sizeable section of our country still believes that the Commie hunts and the blacklist didn’t happen, or were completely justified. Realizing that the issue is still far from closed, director and co-writer George Clooney sticks closely to the facts of Murrow’s TV battles with McCarthy, avoiding the mistake of over dramatizing events or inventing too many characters and conversations. A fifth of the film plays out on TV screens, using archival broadcasts of Senate investigations to show the real McCarthy in action. With this picture having been nominated for six different Academy Award categories, it is not to be missed.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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