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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Director: Mike Newell
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina
Review [28.May.2010]


28 May

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time


Some folks never learn. Quick, name the last successful video game to movie adaptation. We’ll wait. You see? Producer Jerry Bruckheimer should have known better than to back this multimillion dollar fiasco in the making, especially when you consider the action film subgenre’s relatively poor rate of accomplishment. Oh, and casting Jake “I’m Not Really a Steely Man of Action” Gyllenhaal as your hero? Did someone just hear an umpire shriek “strike two?”  The only potential saving grace? Director Mike Newell. While better known for his comedies (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and his dramas (Donnie Brasco), he did make Harry Potter’s Goblet of Fire soar. If he can redeem this sword and sandal silliness, there may be hope for a happy ending.


 

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Sex and the City 2

Director: Michael Patrick King
Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, John Corbett


28 May

Sex and the City 2


Groan. The first installment of this former HBO series turned cinematic soap opera was more ipecac than epic. This time around, they’ve trimmed the running time, amped up the cameo star power (Penelope Cruz and…Miley Cyrus???) while promising to be less self-indulgent and more story oriented. Frankly, they could retrofit the entire thing with nuclear warheads and an alien invasion and it would still be four wretched matrons complaining about carnality. How exciting. While the built-in market for this misery remains, the continuing kvetching of Carrie Bradshaw and her hen house brood is quickly growing dull. With the recent economic collapse and lukewarm recovery, such upwardly mobile self-indulgence seems almost criminal.


 

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Micmacs

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Cast: Dany Boon, Dominique Pinon, François Berléand, Albert Dupontel


28 May

Micmacs


After splashing onto the international scene with his wonderful Delicatessen (with former collaborator Marc Caro), French visionary Jean-Pierre Jeunet has gone on to craft one inventive and original film—yes, even Alien Resurrection - after another. With the fantastic City of Lost Children, 2001’s beloved flight of fancy Amelie, and 2004’s slightly more serious A Very Long Engagement, he was seen as a solid cinematic voice worth listening to. But it’s been over five years since his last film. So this latest offering, a self-described “satire on the world arms trade” really needs to deliver to renew the faithful’s belief in his abilities. All indications are that, as usual, his keen imagination and artistic flair serve him well once again.


 

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Survival of the Dead

Director: George A. Romero
Cast: Alan van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Munroe, Athena Karkanis


28 May

Survival of the Dead


The verdict is already in on this latest installment of George Romero’s continuing zombie stomp, and the results are not good. Few in the fright faithful believe this is one of the macabre master’s best, while others have panned it outright. The narrative picks up somewhere in the middle of the far superior Diary of the Dead, and then de-evolves into a hackneyed Hatfield and McCoy allegory with corpses cluttering up the sidelines. Yes, this is one of those sequels where the reason to revisit the franchise—the gore-spattered living dead—are more or less ancillary to everything that’s going on. Perhaps if he has spent more time on the fiends and less on the feud, we’d have a worthwhile bit of Summer scariness.


Since deciding to employ his underdeveloped muse muscles over five years ago, Bill has been a significant staff member and writer for three of the Web's most influential websites: DVD Talk, DVD Verdict and, of course, PopMatters. He also has expanded his own web presence with Bill Gibron.com a place where he further explores creative options. It is here where you can learn of his love of Swindon's own XTC, skim a few chapters of his terrifying tome in the making, The Big Book of Evil, and hear samples from the cassette albums he created in his college music studio, The Scream Room.


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