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Resident Evil: Afterlife

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller, Spencer Locke, Shawn Roberts, Boris Kodjoe

10 September
Resident Evil: Afterlife


By now, this still somewhat formidable video game franchise is simply spinning its horror wheels. As long as Ms. Jovavich gets a hefty payday and some zombies bite the CG dust, all is right in the Resident Evil universe. So, how does a wary studio infuse some interesting into the water treading series. First, they retrofit the latest installment with the latest cinematic stunt, 3D. Then, to add intrigue to possible injury, you invite the original director responsible for the success, Paul W. S. Anderson, to return. The results will either remind fans of past glories, or have them checking when AMC’s Walking Dead series starts to air.


 

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I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix

Director: Casey Affleck
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix

10 September
I’m Still Here


Hey, Mr. Phoenix, we knew Andy Kaufman. We admired his talent and his galling go-for-broke desire to do anything for a laugh. Indeed, sir, we knew Mr. Latka Gravas and you, with your supposedly real desire to be a rapper, is no celebration of same. With buddy and collaborator Casey Affleck behind the lens, this expose of celebrity eccentricity promises to be a fabulous disaster or a substandard Borat in the making. Either way, the early buzz argues for something funny, uncomfortable, confrontation, and completely in line with the anemic ambush comedy that came and went a few years back.


 

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Legendary

Director: Mel Damski
Cast: John Cena, Patricia Clarkson, Danny Glover, Devon Graye, Madeleine Martin, Tyler Posey

10 September
Legendary


Now this is truly odd… a non-genre offering from the WWE’s own production company. When last we saw the Vince McMahon movie brainchild, it was spewing out average action efforts like The Marine, The Condemned, and 12 Rounds and hackneyed horror like See No Evil. Now, they are going legit (so to speak), giving grappling superstar John Cena a chance to show his acting chops. He plays a former interscholastic wrestling champ trying to reconnect with his distant, disaffected son. Naturally, the lessons learned in the square circle will act like a salve for their overly sentimental reconciliation. Either that, or Cena will just body slam him.


 

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The Virginity Hit

Director: Huck Botko, Andrew Gurland
Cast: Matt Bennett, Zack Pearlman, Jacob Davich, Justin Kline, Krysta Rodriguez, Nicole Weaver

10 September
The Virginity Hit


The backstory here is far more interesting than the silly storyline—four buddies with video cameras chronicle their attempts at losing their sexual virtue—concocted by the team responsible for the equally uneven The Last Exorcism. In fact, writers Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland were supposed to helm the Eli Roth produced horror effort when a deal came through for this one. Contracts mandated they step behind the lens here, and so far, the trailers indicate a problematic first person POV style reminiscent of other, more viable titles. The approach seems perfect for fright. For a dopey sex comedy—not hardly.


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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