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Nick Nicholson
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Based on the true story of Oklahoma basketball coach Jim Keith and his Lady Cyclones, Believe In Me follows a losing and disrespected girls’ basketball team and the inspirational coach who transforms them into state champions. Starring Bruce Dern, Jeffrey Donovan, and Samantha Mathis, Believe In Me was written and directed by Robert Collector. The story is set in early 1960’s Oklahoma, during a time of economic distress and small town politics. High school sports are an integral part of the town’s fabric and pride, but girls sports are an afterthought and warrant little or no attention.

Clay Driscoll (Jeffrey Donovan), a young coach with big dreams, is hired by the local superintendent to coach boy’s basketball. Clay immediately finds himself head to head with Ellis Brawley (Bruce Dern), the town’s ultimate boss, great-grandson of the town’s founder, owner of the bank and head of the school board. Clay is crushed by the news from Brawley that the job of boys’ coach has gone to “someone more qualified” and that he will be coaching the girls’ team. with his dream dashed and his future uncertain, Clay begins a journey from despair to acceptance, challenge and finally, destiny.

Supported and inspired at every hurdle by his wife Jean’s (Samantha Mathis) wisdom and strength, Clay decides to stay and take on the seemingly impossible task of coaching the hapless Lady Cyclone. Lacking confidence, the rag-tag girls are ridiculed by the boys for wearing their oversized hand me downs, as well as for evey trying to play basketball. Throughout the course of the movie, Clay learns as much from his team as they learn from him. The Lady Cyclones develop pride to rally their spirit through the difficult season. They are challenged at every step by a dismissive school board and the ever present attitude that girls can’t play sports.

The community eventually rallies behind Clay and the girls as they strive to achive the unbelievable - the State Championship - just as the the real Lady Cyclones did. This is an incredible story of triumph, friendship, and perserverence. This is a film that proves that the impossible can be achieved if you believe, and is as relevant today as it was forty years ago when the story actually took place. This is such a wonderful family film; you will really enjoy it.

Believe in Me

Starring: Jeffrey Donovan & Bruce Dern

Director: Robert Collector

Company: IFC

Now Showing: In area Theatres

MPAA Rating - PG

Grade: A

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WILD, WILD WEST: Season Two - Fox

James West and Artemus Gordon are two agents of President Grant who take their splendidly appointed private train through the west to fight evil. Half science fiction and half western, the Artemus designs a series of interesting gadgets for James that would make Inspector Gadget proud. Continue the adventures of Jim West and Artemus Gordon in season two of Wild, Wild West. The stories get more and more amazing to the point of overwhelming as Robert Conrad and Ross Martin go from one crazy adventure to another. The chemistry continues to grow with each episode providing you with endless entertainment. This is one of the most unique series ever created combining “James Bond” mannerisms with sci-fi gadgets all set in a Western background. One never knew what would come around the corner next. Season two contains all 28 episodes in airdate order uncut with restored color in Full Screen Format with Dolby Digital Sound on seven discs. Each volume is loaded with colorful pics from the show and an episode synopsis on the back of each volume.


An international team of scientists and military personnel discover a Stargate network in the Pegasus Galaxy and come face-to-face with a new, powerful enemy, The Wraith. Season two opens with the third part entitled “The Siege” involving the team racing against time to save the city from the Wraith assault and Lt. Ford overcoming a deadly Wraith encounter. This show is clearly one of the best sci-fi shows on television. The cast is superb and exhibits further character development with each episode. For those of us that watch Stargate:SG1, we would have to agree that this spin-off is worthy of our attention and support as it grows. The cast is led by Joe Flannigan, who has some of Richard Dean Anderson’s character traits, but still retains his own persona. David Hewlett plays the “Brain” of the operation and supplies endless humor and sarcasm at every turn. Rachel Luttrel and Jason Momoa portray our aliens on the team sharing their talents and providing endless character development. The leader of the expedition is portrayed by Tori Higginson, who shows courage as well as beauty in the series. Last but not least is our doctor played by Paul McGillion. Paul can be regarded as our resident “Scotty” from the original Star Trek who is always there to help and keep things afloat. The stories are fresh and new without being too dependant on the previous series. Every episode is a winner here!! The DVD presents the second season’s 20 episodes on five discs presented in Widescreen format and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. The artwork is colorful and an episode synopsis is on the back of each volume. Extras include commentary on all episodes, Photo Galleries, Mission Directive features and insights on various characters. Don’t miss this incredible series.


Director Martin Scorsese returns to his trademark style with the violent, bruised, and bloody feature THE DEPARTED. Scorsese filched the basic storyline from Wai Keung Lau and Siu Fai Mak’s masterful 2002 Hong Kong action film, INFERNAL AFFAIRS, which saw a policeman going undercover as a mob member and a mob member infiltrating the police force. Scorsese transfers the action to Boston, positioning Leonardo Di Caprio as undercover cop William Costigan and Matt Damon as undercover mobster Colin Sullivan. While Costigan and Sullivan get into plenty of nail-biting situations that almost reveal their true identities, Scorsese gradually unravels his strong supporting cast, including Jack Nicholson as Sullivan’s mob boss, Frank Costello; Ray Winstone as Costello’s meat-headed muscle; Mark Wahlberg as a hot-headed police sergeant; and Vera Farmiga as a love interest for both Damon and DiCaprio’s characters. Winner for the 2006 Oscar for Best Picture, this film surely won’t dissapoint.


Trading in the Cold War era for a new, post-9-11 landscape, the tale unfolds in locations that span the globe, including the Bahamas, Venice, and the Czech Republic. It opens in Madagascar, where Bond pursues a guerilla bomb-maker in one of the most breathtaking chase scenes ever--and it all takes place on foot. Botching that assignment, Bond goes to Montenegro to square off against terrorist baddie Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelson), an international loan shark who gambles with the money of his equally dangerous clients. Beautiful British Treasury representative Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) supplies Bond’s own funds, appearing on his arm in Montenegro, while M (Dame Judi Dench) keeps a close watch on the action from headquarters. The extravagant poker game forms the center of the action, with Jeffrey Wright putting in an intense appearance at the table; interrupting the game are assassination attempts, poisoning, and other dramatic events that keep the adrenaline pumping. The flirtation that unfolds between Bond and Vesper Lynd is only in keeping with the spy’s M.O. as a ladies’ man. What differs here, however, is what sets this Bond apart from the rest: the romance is taken seriously, and it exposes a vulnerability in Bond that he’s never shown before. This, however, only makes him the tougher, as Craig’s Bond is darker, less campy, more brooding and mysterious, than his past incarnations ever were.

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