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Matt Soergel's Video Reviews

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MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS
An unhappy, or at least under-cooked, blend of East and West, an American road romance, of sorts, without real romance. Norah Jones, in her first feature role, is overmatched by Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman and David Straithairn (Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel). PG-13 for mature thematic material including violence, drinking and smoking.


REDBELT
A martial-arts movie by David Mamet. It sounds like a jarring combination until you learn that Mamet himself is a purple belt in Jiujitsu. It's a mix of sports-flick cliches and Mamet's patented rat-a-tat writing (Christy Lemire, Associated Press). R for profanity.


SPEED RACER
A candy-colored misfire from the brothers behind The Matrix. Its numerous race scenes suggest they spent their teen years playing Hot Wheels on acid. Fun for them, but the rest of us? Not so much (Matt Soergel, Times-Union). PG for crashes, some violence, mild profanity.


THE VISITOR
An immigrant couple and a college professor strike up an odd relationship in New York. Filled with rich and full-blooded characters while taking on - not altogether successfully - broad and current themes of immigration and xenophobia in post-9/11 America (David Germain, Associated Press). PG-13 for brief strong language


WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
What Happens in Vegas follows the standard romantic comedy design, giving us two funny, neurotic people (Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz) who are in love with each other but don't know it (Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune). PG-13 for some sexual and crude content.


WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN?
Supersize Me director Morgan Spurlock goes on the hunt for Osama. His movie has a good humor, but his message comes through thanks to his sincerity (Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel). PG-13 for some strong language.


[ T H I S   W E E K ]

10,000 B.C.
A prehistoric hunter pursues a group of warlords who raid his village and kidnap his true love. With Steven Strait, Camilla Belle and Cliff Curtis. Running time: 1 hour, 49 minutes.
Family guide: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence.


21
This slower-than-slow-handed riff on youthful idealism, a life with purpose corrupted by sudden wealth and addictive gambling, is about M.I.T. math whizzes beating the bank in Las Vegas. (Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel) Running time: 2 hours, 3 minutes.
Family guide: PG-13 for some violence, and sexual content including partial nudity.


88 MINUTES
Al Pacino is a forensic psychologist given 88 minutes to solve a murder - his own. Not screened for critics.
Family guide: (R, for violence and profanity)


BABY MAMA
Tina Fey is a single gal desperate to have a baby, but rather than put her career on hold to do it, she hires Amy Poehler to be a surrogate mother.


COLLEGE ROAD TRIP
(Not screened in advance for reviewers) An overprotective dad (Martin Lawrence) decides to go with his high school-age daughter (Raven-Symone) on her tour of campuses as she searches for the right college. Running time: 1 hour, 23 minutes.
Family guide: Rated G.


DECEPTION
Ewan McGregor gets inducted into a wild sex club by his best friend (Hugh Jackman) and promptly becomes the chief suspect in the case of a missing woman.


DIARY OF THE DEAD
Zombie master George Romero returns to his roots with a tale of film students who turn into zombies while making a zombie movie.
Family guide: R.


DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO
It merely reconfirms what true Dr. Seuss fans already knew: the perfectly wrought, deliciously whimsical books of Theodor Geisel were never meant to be blown up into big movies. Kids will probably enjoy it. Nevertheless, it feels largely empty and overinflated. (Robert W. Butler, McClatchy Newspapers) Running time: 1 hours, 30 minutes.
Family guide: Rated G.


FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL
Judd Apatow is back with a story of a lovable schlub (Jason Segel) who heads to Hawaii to forget the love who dumped him, only to run into her and her new boyfriend. (R for sexual content and nudity)


IN BRUGES
A pair of British hitmen hide out in Belgium, playing tourist and waiting for their next assignment. Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes star. Not screened for critics.
Family guide: (R, for violence, profanity, drug use)


IRON MAN
A billionaire dons an armored suit to fight crime. With Robert Downey Jr. and Terrence Howard.


LEATHERHEADS
Actor George Clooney is lovable, but filmmaker Clooney can't quite give the story the spark it needs, and he falls back repetitively on gimmicky black-and-white photos and newspaper headlines to make transitions from scene to scene. The film leaves you longing for a few Hail Mary end-zone passes.
Family guide: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.


MADE OF HONOR
A man schemes to prevent his best friend's wedding. With Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan.


MEET THE BROWNS
Not screened in advance for reviewers. Angela Bassett plays a Chicago mother who takes her family to Georgia for the funeral of the father she never knew. There, she meets his family.
Family guide: Rated PG-13 for drug content, language, sexual references and brief violence.


MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY
That frothy force of nature, Amy Adams, just sweeps us off our feet - again - in a daft little comedy that she and the cast rescue from its director. Adams is in full perky motor-mouthed-ditz mode for this period piece about finding that perfect job in pre-war London. (Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel) Running time: 1 hour, 32 minutes.
Family guide: PG-13 for some partial nudity and innuendo.


NIM'S ISLAND
This colorful, winning comedy allows the plucky little Nim to fend off rapacious tourists who invade her island as she waits for her shipwrecked dad to return, or her literary hero to come to her rescue. (Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel) Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes.
Family guide: Rated PG for mild adventure action and brief language.


PROM NIGHT
A sadistic killer stalks a senior prom.
Family guide: PG-13.


SUPERHERO MOVIE
The people behind the Scary Movie franchise of parody films return to take on the superhero genre. Running time: 1 hour, 25 minutes.
Family guide: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, comic violence, drug references and language.


THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM
Who cares about plot (something about a magic staff) when you've got Jackie Chan and Jet Li in gravity-defying fights choreographed to be a ballet of battles
Family guide: (PG-13 for violence)


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