Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Your Weekend Pic Jan 19-21

A weekly guide for your weekend viewing

1. BLOOD DIAMOND: (adventure thriller with Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly) Rated: * * * (out of 4): A gory but exciting actioner about the hunt for a pink diamond which would change the lives of those involved in it. Also, interesting insights into 'child soldiers' and 'conflict diamonds'.
James Franco in 'Flyboys'
2. FLYBOYS (WW1 drama with James Franco, Max Bollinger and Jake Canuso) Rated: * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): This story of a Texas boy who goes to France to join the Lafayette Escadrille volunteer fighter pilots has its ups and downs. However, the dogfight scenes are really terrific, especially if you are into that sort of stuff.

3. PATHFINDER (adventure thriller with Karl Urban, Moon Bloodgood, Russell Means & Clancy Brown) Rated * * * (3 stars): Based on the Nature vs Nurture theme, this one is about an adopted Viking warrior having to choose between fighting for his Nordic kinsmen and for his adoptive native tribe in pre-Columbus America. Gory at times.

4. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (fantasy adventure with Ben Stiller, Robin Williams and Carla Gugino) Rated: * * * (3 stars): It is all chaos and mayhem when the exhibits come alive at this museum and scare the hell out of security guard Stiller. However, it is all visual and little in the realm of an engaging storyline.

5. THE RETURN: (psychological thriller starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Adam Scott & Sam Shepard) Rated: * * (2 stars): Plot about a yuppie (Gellar) with recurring visions (what else?) takes a whole lot of footage in its build-up but the payback is disappointing. Very few scares too.


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