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Nick's Pics
Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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Movie Reviews  

BOSTON LEGAL: Season Three - Fox

Boston Legal is a wry courtroom television show that walks the line between drama and comedy, is the creation of perennial hit-maker David E. Kelly. This show revolves around the Boston litigation law firm of Crane, Poole, & Schmidt, in particular two eccentric and flawed attorneys, Alan Shore and Denny Crane. Shore, an unscrupulous and wily ambulance chaser and womanizer (played, with sly charm by James Spader) finds an uneasy alliance with Crane, a bombastic, self-aggrandizing, and occasionally batty elder lawyer (William Shatner in an Emmy-winning performance). Despite their ethical and emotional deficiencies, Shore and Crane usually find themselves fighting on the right side, as they take up cases that no one else is willing to touch. This collection gathers every episode from the showís third season.

THAT 70ís SHOW: Season Seven - Fox

Fondly commemorating and gently poking fun at the trends, fashions, and attitudes that made the decade of the 1970s so distinct, That 70ís Show chronicles the rites of passage of a group of teens growing up in the Wisconsin suburbs. Eric Forman (Topher Grace) lives with his parents, his no-nonsense dad, Red (Kurtwood Smith), and his somewhat loopy mother, Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp), and hangs out with his sometimes girlfriend, Donna (Laura Prepon), cheerleader Jackie (Mila Kunis), hunky Kelso (Ashton Kutcher), conspiracy theorist Hyde (Danny Masterson), and clueless exchange student Fez (Wilmer Valderrama). The show revolves around the ever-shifting social dynamics of the teens and their families, and despite the silliness of the sitcom situations, the show touches on serious issues (absent fathers, marital problems), and at times creates a surprising poignancy. In the seventh season, Donna goes blonde, Kelso becomes a dad, Red opens his own shop, and more.

KNOCKED UP - Universal

Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogan star in this hilarious and touching comedy as two mismatched people brought together by a one-night-stand that results in an accidental pregnancy. Using many of the same actors from his previous films, director Judd Apatow once again finds fresh humor in relationships and sex. Young, bright, and talented, Alison (Heigl) has everything going for her. After being promoted to an on-camera role at E! Television, Alison goes out to celebrate with her older sister, Debbie (Leslie Mann). Not long into the evening Debbie is called home to her kids, leaving Alison in the eager company of charming slacker Ben (Rogen). In the dark of the nightclub and in the ensuing drunk hours, Ben seems like a great guy. But in the sober light of day, Alison quickly discovers the man in her bed is nothing more than an overgrown child with no job, no money, and the social habits of a teenager. Brushing him off politely as a one-time affair, Alison goes on with her life, until two months later she realizes that the unthinkable has happened.

KAW - Sony

Sean Patrick Flanery and Rod Taylor star in this horror film inspired by the classic The Birds. When blood-thirsty ravens suddenly take over a small town, life suddenly becomes a daily battle for survival. This film is unusual from the start, but worth the watch.

CRAZY LOVE - Magnolia

Dan Kloresí Crazy Love tells the astonishing story of the obsessive roller-coaster relationship of Burt and Linda Pugach, which shocked the nation during the summer of 1959. Burt, a 32 year-old married attorney and Linda, a beautiful, single 20 year-old girl living in the Bronx had a whirlwind romance, which culminated in a violent and psychologically complex set of actions that landed the pairís saga on the cover of endless newspapers and magazines.

SMALLVILLE: Season Six (HD) - Warner

The adventures of the young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) continue in this complete sixth season of episodes from Smallville. The season begins with Earth in danger, as Zod (Michael Rosenbaum), who is inhabiting Lex Luthorís body, tries to transform the planet into a new version of Krypton. As the season progresses an intriguing love triangle between Clark, Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk), and Lex develops; a few new characters enter the fray; and Lexís evil streak builds until he starts to resemble the classic character from Superman mythology. This season also sees Clark assembling the Justice League, which propels the show even further towards the comic books of old, and the season ends with a dramatic cliffhanger that suggests further new and exciting possibilities for Smallville.

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