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Watchmen - Blu-ray Review

WatchmenMPAA Rating: R for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language
Runtime: 163 mins.
Director: Zack Snyder
Writer: David Hayter and Alex Tse
Cast: Malin Akerman; Billy Crudup; Jackie Earle Haley ... complete cast
Tagline: This city is afraid of me. I've seen its true face.
Genre: Action | Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Memorable Quote: "Maybe someone's picking off costumed heroes." ... more quotes
Release Date: March 6, 2009.
DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009.
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

5 Stars

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Echelon Conspiracy - Blu-ray Review

Echelon ConspiracyMPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, some sexuality and brief language.
Runtime: 106 mins.
Director: Greg Marcks
Writer: Kevin Elders and Michael Nitsberg
Cast: Shane West; Edward Burns; Ving Rhames ... complete cast
Tagline: Echelon Conspiracy
Genre: Action | Mystery | Thriller
Memorable Quote: "I think I need you to change my flight" ... more quotes
Release Date: February 27, 2009 (limited)
DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009.
Distributor: After Dark Films

1 Star

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Coraline - DVD Review

CoralineMPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor.
Runtime: 101 mins.
Director: Henry Selick
Writer: Henry Selick (screenplay); Neil Gaiman (book)
Cast: Dakota Fanning; Teri Hatcher; Jennifer Saunders
Tagline: Be careful what you wish for.
Genre: Animation | Family | Fantasy
Memorable Quote: "Coraline Jones always dreamed of finding a better world"
Release Date: February 6, 2009
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date: July 21, 2009
Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment

3 Stars

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Being There - DVD Review

Being ThereMPAA Rating: PG.
Runtime: 130 mins.
Director: Hal Ashby
Writer: Jerzy Kosinski
Cast: Peter Sellers; Shirley MacLaine; Jack Warden
Tagline: Getting there is half the fun; being there is all of it!
Genre: Drama | Comedy
Memorable Quote: "Mr. Gardner, do you agree with Ben, or do you think that we can stimulate growth through temporary incentives? "
Theatrical Release Date: December 19, 1979
Own it on DVD: February 3, 2009
Distributor: Warner Bros. Entertainment

3 Stars

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Taken - DVD Review

TakenMPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language.
Runtime: 93 mins.
Director: Pierre Morel
Writer: Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen
Cast: Liam Neeson; Katie Cassidy; Maggie Grace
Tagline: The time for revenge has come.
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
Memorable Quote: "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you." ... more quotes
Release Date: January 30, 2009
DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

4 stars

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The International - DVD Review

The InternationalMPAA Rating: R for some sequences of violence and language.
Runtime: 118 mins.
Director: Tom Tykwer
Writer: Eric Singer
Cast: Clive Owen; Naomi Watts; Ulrich Thomsen; Armin Mueller-Stahl
Tagline: They control your money. They control your government. They control your life. And everybody pays.
Genre: Drama | Thriller
Memorable Quote: "Anyone who's ever been in the position to move against this bank has either ended up dead or disappeared"
Release Date: February 13, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009
Distributor: Columbia Pictures.

2 stars

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The All New Super Friends Hour: Season One Volume Two - DVD Review

SuperfriendsMPAA Rating: This title not rated by the MPAA.
Runtime: 60 mins. (15 episodes)
Writer: Jeffrey Scott (8 episodes, 1977) Robert Kanigher (numerous episodes)
Cast: Norman Alden; Michael Bell; Danny Dark; Shannon Farnon
Tagline: The All-New Super Friends Hour
Genre: Animated | Family | Adventure
Memorable Quote: "Wonder Twin powers: ACTIVATE! "
Own it on DVD: January 27, 2009
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

3 Stars

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Amusement - DVD Review

AmusementMPAA Rating: R for horror violence, terror and disturbing images.
Runtime: 85 mins.
Director: John Simpson
Writer: Jake Wade Wall
Cast: Keir O'Donnell; Katheryn Winnick; Jessica Lucas
Tagline: It's Funny... Right?
Genre: Horror | Thriller
Memorable Quote: "I realize you're in a serious state of shock... what's amusing you?"
Own it on DVD/blu-ray: January 20, 2009
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

0 stars

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Notorious - DVD Review

NotoriousMPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, some strong sexuality including dialogue, nudity, and for drug content.
Runtime: 100 mins.
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Writer: Reggie Rock Bythewood and Cheo Hodari Coker
Cast: Jamal Woolard; Derek Luke; Angela Bassett
Tagline: No dream is too big .
Genre: Biography | Drama | Musical
Memorable Quote: "Are you a bad guy trying to be good, or a good guy trying to be bad? " ... more quotes
Release Date: January 19, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009.
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

2 stars

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Hotel for Dogs - DVD Review

Hotel for DogsMPAA Rating: PG for brief mild thematic elements, language and some crude humor.
Runtime: 100 mins.
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Writer: Jeff Lowell and Robert Schooley (
Cast: Emma Roberts; Jake T. Austin, Don Cheadle; Lisa Kudrow.
Tagline: No stray gets turned away
Genre: Comedy | Family
Memorable Quote: "There's a lot more to taking care of them then feeding them."
Release Date: January 16, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009.
Distributor: Dreamworks Pictures

3 Stars

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Fantastic Mr. Fox - Blu-ray Movie Review

Fantastic Mr. FoxMPAA Rating: PG for action, smoking and slang humor.
Runtime: 87 mins.
Director: Wes Anderson
Writer: Wes Anderson
Cast: George Clooney; Meryl Streep; Jason Schwartzmanl Bill Murray
Tagline: Dig the life fantastic.
Genre: Animation | Adventure
Memorable Quote: "His ears were cold. He's not with us. " ... more quotes
Release Date: November 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010.
Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

5 Stars

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The Final Destination - Blu-ray Review

The Final DestinationMPAA Rating: R for strong violent/gruesome accidents, language and a scene of sexuality.
Runtime: 82 mins.
Director: David R. Ellis
Writer: Eric Bress
Cast: Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Nick Zano, Haley Webb, Mykelti Williamson, Krista Allen, Andrew Fiscella
Tagline: Take the trip in Real D 3D.
Genre: Horror
Memorable Quote: "If I'm going to die, then I'm going to make the most out of every moment I have left, so I'm going to do what I do best, I'm gonna get laid. If I'm dying, I'm trying. "
Release Date: August 28, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
Distributor: New Line Cinema.

2 stars

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Fired Up! - DVD Review

Fired Up!MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, partial nudity, language and some teen partying.
Runtime: 94 mins.
Director: Will Gluck
Writer: Freedom Jones
Cast: Nicholas D'Agosto; Eric Christian Olsen; Sarah Roemer
Tagline: Fired Up!.
Genre: Comedy
Memorable Quote: "Screw football... let's go cheer."
Release Date: February 20, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009.
Distributor: Screen Gems

2 stars

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Forrest Gump - DVD Review

Forrest GumpMPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug content, some sensuality and war violence.
Runtime: 142 mins.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer: Eric Roth
Cast: Tom Hanks; Gary Sinise; Mykelti Williamson; Sally Field ... complete cast
Tagline: The story of a lifetime.
Genre: Drama
Memorable Quote: "Life is like a box of chocolates"
Release Date: July 6, 1994
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

5 Stars

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Friday the 13th - Blu-ray Review

Friday the 13thMPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, language and drug material.
Runtime: 97 mins.
Director: Marcus Nispel
Writer: Damian Shannon & Mark Swift
Cast: Jared Padalecki; Danielle Panabaker; Travis Van Winkle ... complete cast
Tagline: Welcome to Crystal Lake.
Genre: Horror
Memorable Quote: "His name was Jason and today is his birthday. "
Theatrical Release Date: February 13, 2009
Own it on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand: June 16, 2009
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
2 stars

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