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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

A Movie ReelBorat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan: 7.5 out of 10.

I'm pretty sure most of you have already seen "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan". Last night, I joined the club.

When you hear a movie is very funny there's always a risk you'll be let down. I'm pleased to report I too found it funny which means there's nothing wrong with me. Well, it means something.

By the way, Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is not only fun to say, it's fun to type, too.

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Superman Returns

A Movie ReelSuperman Returns: 5.5 out of 10.

In the battle between "Batman Begins" and "Superman Returns", Batman wins easily. "Superman Returns" is rather disappointing. How do you take a story like that and make it boring? Even Kevin Spacey's Lex Luthor is boring.

Although we'll never see it, you just know Tim Burton's "Superman Lives" would have been way better. Heck, Howard Stern's "Fartman" would have been better.

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Blood Diamond

A Movie ReelBlood Diamond: 8 out of 10.

I really liked "Blood Diamond" and I don't really like many films. Leonardo DiCaprio puts on a South African accent and it works. Jennifer Connelly played an American, but I'm sure I heard her slip into a faux British accent a couple of times a'la Madonna, although I forgive her because she's Jennifer Connelly. Djimon Hounsou was also good, but he's always good. In fact, one indication you're watching a decent movie is the presence of Djimon Hounsou.

The story is compelling, although more than a little depressing. The T.I.A. thread leaves little hope for a stable, safe and productive Africa. If everyone watched this movie, I suspect diamond sales would plummet. It is to diamonds what "Super Size Me" was to McDonald's.

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Bad News Bears

A Movie ReelBad News Bears: 5 out of 10.

Imagine if Billy Bob Thornton's character Willie from Bad Santa cleaned himself up a little and started coaching a little league team. That's Bad News Bears, only not nearly as funny.

It's not as terrible as I expected it to be, but it's not great. Stick with the original.

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The Karate Dog

A Movie ReelThe Karate Dog: 1.5 out of 10.

I gave this movie a bonus half point because James seemed to like it. I'm not surprised James enjoyed himself as this film was clearly targeting the five year old demographic. It was far too dumb for a six year old.

James and I were looking for something to watch when I saw this film starred Pat Morita. I was feeling nostalgic for the late great Mr. Kesuke Miyagi and kids always dig animals who talk, so we settled in for "The Karate Dog". Sadly, Miyagi's character is killed off very early on and we're left with Chevy Chase as the unfunny voice of a dog who, well, knows karate. Even more sadly, this isn't the most pathetic part of the movie.

Oscar winning actor Jon Voight has a big role in this film, and it just makes you cringe. How does one go from "Midnight Cowboy" to "The Karate Dog"?

If you're over the age of five, take a pass. If you're missing "The Karate Kid", check out "Sweep the Leg" instead.

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

A Movie ReelKiss Kiss Bang Bang: 6 out of 10.

Hmmmm, I'm not sure if I liked this movie or not. It started strong, Robert Downey Jr.'s narration had me laughing, the film noir spoofing seemed sharp and interesting, but then it sort of fizzled.

I stopped caring who murdered who and why, the humour dissipated and was replaced by boring action sequences and I started wondering where I had seen Michelle Monaghan before. She was in The Bourne Supremacy, a movie I caught last week.

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Happy Feet

A Movie ReelHappy Feet: 7.5 out of 10.

For the first time ever, all four of us went to the theatre together to watch a flick. James had already seen Happy Feet with his grandma, but he didn't mind seeing it twice. I just wanted to see the movie that won the Oscar for best animated feature.

Yes, it was better than Cars. Cars was pretty good, but Happy Feet was a little smarter. Good tunes, nice enviro-message and two well behaved kids meant a good time was truly had by all.

It was pretty cheap too. We had a coupon for James from a box of Cheerios and Michelle was free for being < 3. The only negative was having to endure Robin Williams for not one character but two.

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Babel

A Movie ReelBabel: 8 out of 10.

That was neat. Alejandro González Iñárritu has created a rather compelling little flick here, letting us into the lives of four families who are all connected in Magnolia / Traffic style. All four stories are interesting with tense pacing and strong writing.

It's all about communication, and how our different languages divide us. Babel refers to the Tower of Babel in Genesis, which was built to reach Heaven. God wasn't a happy camper and blew away the single language everyone shared. If you're looking to blame someone for all this miscommunication due to language barriers, blame the vengeful God who punished those tower builders back in the day.

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The Bourne Supremacy

A Movie ReelThe Bourne Supremacy: 6.5 out of 10.

I still love my story about watching The Bourne Identity. I borrowed the DVD from a friend and watched 90 minutes of it before the DVD conked out. With 30 minutes to go, Taryn shot off to Rogers to rent it. Later that night, guess what movie was playing on City-TV?

I preferred The Bourne Identity to The Bourne Supremacy, but this isn't a bad sequel. It was still entertaining enough to keep me awake on a Saturday night.

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C.R.A.Z.Y.

A Movie ReelC.R.A.Z.Y.: 8 out of 10.

Why do I rarely see films this good coming out of English Canada? C.R.A.Z.Y. is fantastic, almost as good as The Barbarian Invasions. No wonder it cleaned up at the Genie Awards.

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