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Nick Nicholson
Film & Home Entertainment Critic
 

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DVD Reviews  

SPICE WORLD - Columbia

Big-screen shenanigans from the Spice Girls, who cavort harmlessly in backstage vignettes whilst changing costumes, mugging in the kitschy environs of their Union Jack tour bus (piloted by no less significant a personage than Meat Loaf), and evading a bothersome paparazzo. Trashy, guilty fun, littered with celebrity cameos.

SUPERBAD - Columbia

Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) are hoping to end high school on a high note, and when one of their crushes (Emma Hill) invites them to a graduation party, the boys are ecstatic. That is, until they become responsible for supplying the party with alcohol. They hurriedly concoct a scheme to use their friend Fogellís (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) horrendously fake ID, but trouble soon arises when Fogell becomes the victim of a liquor store robbery. The cops (Rogen and Bill Hader) show up, and the evening quickly disintegrates into a hilarious mess of misunderstandings, crackhead sing-alongs, and beer mixed with laundry detergent.

BACKDRAFT: HD - Universal

Two feuding brothers carry on a heroic family tradition in the Chicago Fire Department. Before the smoke clears, love affairs are rekindled and lives are shattered as the brothers fight to resolve their differences and solve a puzzling series of arson attacks, each ignited by explosive phenomena known as backdrafts.

ANGEL: Complete Series - FOX

This box set contains the entire series of Angel, the popular Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series spin-off starring David Boreanaz as a vampire attempting to atone for his past sins. Angel was a wildly popular show full of intrigue, action, and suspense.

CASTAWAY: Blu-Ray - FOX

Hanks stars as Chuck Noland, a FedEx systems engineer whose personal and professional life are ruled by the clock. His fast-paced career takes him, often at a momentís notice, to far-flung locales and away from his girlfriend Kelly, played by Helen Hunt. Chuckís manic existence abruptly ends when, after a plane crash, he becomes isolated on a remote island -- cast away into the most desolate environment imaginable. Stripped of the conveniences of everyday life, he first must meet the basic needs of survival, including water, food and shelter. Chuck, the consummate problem solver, eventually figures out how to sustain himself physically. But then what? Chuck begins his true personal journey.

MR. AND MRS. SMITH: Blu-Ray - FOX

Named after a 1941 Alfred Hitchcock film, MR. AND MRS. SMITH is really its own ball of flaming wax, with enough sizzling chemistry between stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to blow up a small building. He shows he is equally adept in comedy and action, and she manages to set new screen standards of bad-ass sexiness. Itís impossible to dislike this pair, or a movie that makes being married seem like such insane fun. Pitt and Jolie play extremely skilled professional assassins who have managed to stay married for five years without ever realizing each otherís profession because they work for rival agencies and the work is top secret. When their paths eventually cross on a high-level hit, one of the most lethal battles of the sexes in the history of cinema is officially on. Thanks to a genuinely witty script, the issue isnít who will win, but whether the couple will realize they are meant for each other before itís too late.

BROTHERS SOLOMON - Sony

Arnett and Forte seem at ease playing overgrown boys who never grew up. Both comedians sport toothy grins and exaggerated frowns as they navigate the tricky world of dating and the even more difficult dilemma of trying to find a woman to impregnate. Luckily, one woman, Janine, agrees to do it if they pay her. But the more she observes of the brothersí immaturity, the more she must be convinced they are capable of raising a child. This is the third feature film directed by multi-talented comedian Bob Odenkirk.

BLADERUNNER: Final Cut - Warner

Director Ridley Scottís hauntingly prescient vision of the not-too-distant future stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, a retired police assassin, or ďblade runner.Ē The Los Angeles of 2019 is a dark, polluted, overcrowded dystopia dominated by cloud-piercing buildings and looming neon billboards, the air dense with acid rain and flying traffic. World-weary Deckard has been called out of retirement to liquidate four escaped ďreplicantsĒ--genetically derived androids of great strength, intelligence, and nearly-human emotion who serve as slaves and prostitutes in the off-planet colonies. Led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer), theyíve come to Los Angeles to confront their designer, Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel), with their unhappiness about the brevity of their four-year life span. In the course of his search, Deckard becomes romantically entwined with Tyrellís lovely assistant, Rachael (Sean Young), and must eventually confront Batty in an unforgettable rain-soaked sequence.

RUSH HOUR THREE - New Line

In director Brett Ratnerís Rush Hour 3, African-American cop James Carter (Chris Tucker) once again reunites with Chinese inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) to both taunt and battle bad guys. Whereas the first movie was on Carterís turf, and the second was set in Leeís homeland, this outing finds both Carter and Lee out of their element in Paris, dealing not only with criminals, but also with the quirks of French culture. Along the way, Lee must confront his old friend Kenji (Hiroyuki Sanada) in order to save the day.

JIMMY AND JUDY - Anchor Bay

The ultimate teenage outcast road movie, Jimmy and Judy charts the path of a pair of outsiders who fall in love and out of control as they travel across an American landscape dotted with hypocrisy, materialism, drugs and violence. Written and directed by Randall K. Rubin and Jon Schroder, Jimmy and Judy offers a fresh take on classic adolescent themes such as rebellion, love, and anger. A modern day Bonnie & Clyde, the film traces the journey of Jimmy (Edward Furlong) and Judy (Rachael Bella), spirited young lovers who leave the comfortable numb of their suburban community in search of a better life in rural Kentucky.

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