Stardust

stardust posterFrom the imaginations of best-selling author Neil Gaiman and director Matthew Vaughn comes Stardust, this summer’s one totally original fantasy epic that is destined to enchant and excite audiences of all ages. Following the adventures of a young man who sets out on a quest to prove his love, and finds far more than he bargained for, Stardust takes on every fairy tale in which anyone ever wanted to believe. From wicked witches to dashing princes, flying pirates to dueling swordsmen, magical spells to mystical destinies, it all adds up to a funny, romantic tale of true love and high adventure unlike any other. Stardust begins in the sleepy English village of Wall, so named for the cobblestone wall that has, for hundreds of years, kept the villagers safely apart form the strange, supernatural realm that lies just on the other side. It is here that young Tristan Thorne (CHARLIE COX) makes a wild-eyed promise to the prettiest girl in the village (SIENNA MILLER), whose heart he hopes to win: that he will bring her back a fallen star. But in order to make good on his promise, Tristan will have to cross the forbidden wall, and enter a mysterious kingdom lit by unending magic and unfolding legends of which he will quickly become a part. In this fantastical realm known as Stormhold, Tristan discovers that the fallen star is not the meteorite he expected, but a beautiful, spirited young woman (CLAIRE DANES) injured by her cosmic tumble. Now, she is in terrible danger – sought after by the King’s (PETER O’TOOLE) scheming sons for whom only her secret powers can secure the throne; and hunted by a chillingly powerful witch (MICHELLE PFEIFFER) desperate to use the star to achieve eternal youth and beauty. As Tristan sets out to protect the star and bring her back to his beloved on the other side of the wall, his journey will bring unforeseen romance, high-flying adventure, and incredible encounters with a pirate captain (ROBERT DE NIRO), a shady trader (RICKY GERVAIS), and an enchanted unicorn among other surprises. But if he can survive on his wits and the strength of his newfound love, Tristan will also uncover the secret to his own identity and a fate beyond his wildest dreams.

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Harry Potter Gang(Photo: left) (L-r) RUPERT GRINT as Ron Weasley, DANIEL RADCLIFFE as Harry Potter and EMMA WATSON as Hermione Granger in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” Photo by Murray Close

In “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community is in denial about the teenager’s recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort, preferring to turn a blind eye to the news that Voldemort has returned.

Fearing that Hogwarts’ venerable Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, is lying about Voldemort’s return in order to undermine his power and take his job, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to keep watch over Dumbledore and the Hogwarts students.

But Professor Dolores Umbridge’s Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry takes matters into his own hands.

Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves “Dumbledore’s Army,” Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.

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DANIEL RADCLIFFE as Harry Potter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” Photo by Murray Close

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DANIEL RADCLIFFE as Harry Potter and KATIE LEUNG as Cho Chang in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Vemon Family(L-r) RICHARD GRIFFITHS as Uncle Vernon, HARRY MELLING as Dudley Dursley and FIONA SHAW as Aunt Petunia in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” Photo by Murray Close

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(L-r) IMELDA STAUNTON as Dolores Umbridge, EMMA THOMPSON as Sybill Trelawney, MAGGIE SMITH as Minerva McGonagall and DAVID BRADLEY as Argus Filch in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” Photo by Murray Close

 

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1408

1408Renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin (John Cusack) only believes what he can see with his own two eyes. After a string of bestsellers discrediting paranormal events in the most infamous haunted houses and graveyards around the world, he scoffs at the concept of an afterlife. Enslin’s phantom-free run of long and lonely nights is about to change forever when he checks into suite 1408 of the notorious Dolphin Hotel for his latest project, “Ten Nights in Haunted Hotel Rooms.” Defying the warnings of the hotel manager (Samuel L. Jackson), the author is the first person in years to stay in the reputedly haunted room. Another bestseller may be iminent, but like all Stephen King heroes, Enslin must go from skeptic to true believer – and ultimately survive the night.

 

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Release Date:
US (wide): June 22, 2007
  
Produced By:
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Written By:
Larry Karaszewski, Matt Greenberg, Scott Alexander
Directed By:
Mikael Hafstrom
 
Genre:
Horror
Other Genres:
Thriller
Studio:
Dimension Films
    
Language:

Underdog“There’s no need to fear. Underdog is here!” The superhero canine with a gift for rhyme returns in an all-new live-action re-imagination of the classic cartoon, Underdog. After an accident in the mysterious lab of maniacal scientist Dr. Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage), an ordinary beagle unexpectedly finds himself with unimaginable powers and the ability to speak. Armed with a fetching superhero costume, Underdog (voiced by comedian Jason Lee) vows to protect the beleaguered citizens of Capitol City and, in particular, one beautiful spaniel named Polly Purebread (voiced by Academy Award® nominee Amy Adams). When a sinister plot by Barsinister and his overgrown henchman Cad (Patrick Warburton) threatens to destroy Capitol City, only Underdog can save the day.

 

MPAA Rating:
PG
  
Release Date:
US (wide): August 3, 2007
   
Directed By:
Frederik Du Chau
  
Genre:
Adventure
 
Other Genres:
Action Comedy, Family
 
Studio:
Walt Disney Pictures
 
Production Company:
Spyglass Entertainment
 
  
Tag Line:
Have no fear.
Language:
English
         
Dragon Wars

 

 

In a small Korean village, five hundred years ago, a girl named Narin was
born carrying the coveted Yeouijoo inside her. The Heavens sent the
protector Bochun and his protégé Haram, to ensure that when it came time,
Narin was peacefully sacrificed to the pre-determined Good Imoogi. Bochun
vigorously trained Haram as a knight, to be prepared for the eventual day
when Narin would be delivered to the Good Imoogi. The day the Dark Imoogi,
Buraki, and his army destroyed Narin's village looking for the Yeouijoo,
Bochun instructed Haram to take her to the Good Imoogi.

The young girl and her knight would then fulfill the giant's serpent's
destiny by giving it the power to save the world and become a heavenly
dragon. By this time, after spending several years together, Haram and Narin
had fallen in love. Unable to sacrifice their love to the benevolent Imoogi,
they jumped to their deaths together in each other's arms. The Good Imoogi's
destiny was unfulfilled and he would have to wait another five hundred years
until the next Yeouijoo appears.

It is now five hundred years later in present day Los Angeles and the quest
for the Imoogi is reborn. Haram and Narin have been reincarnated as Ethan
Kendrick (Behr) and Sarah Daniels (Brooks) whose bond of love remains
unsevered. Ethan is an investigative reporter for the local news. He is
closely following a series of unexplainable disasters occurring in the area.
When a young woman named Sarah is linked to those occurrences, Ethan
remembers that an ancient man he met many years before had predicted all of
these events . Ethan finds Sarah and helps her escape the wrath of Buraki
and his army. Aware that Sarah must sacrifice herself in order to save the
city from the Buraki and ensure that the Good Imoogi becomes the Dragon,
Ethan tries to convince Sarah that there is another way to battle the
Imoogies. Meanwhile, the FBI agent on the case, Frank Campbell (Forster),
has uncovered the Imoogies' intentions through his own investigations.
Campbell is ready to sacrifice Sarah to the demonic animals to save Los
Angeles. In the face of chaos and destruction, Ethan and Sarah must decide
their own fate - whether to defy the will of heaven once again and let the
city be destroyed or deliver Sarah to the Good Imoogi.

The film stars Jason Behr (TV¹s ROSWELL, SKINWALKERS, THE GRUDGE), Amanda
Brooks (CUT OFF, FLIGHTPLAN) and Robert Forster (JACKIE BROWN, DIAMOND MAN).
The movie was directed by Hyung-rae Shim (DRAGON TUKA, POWER KING) and
produced by James Kang.
 D-WAR from Showbox/Younggu Art Entertainment attacks the US on September 14, 2007:
(Well, if we’re going to be perfectly honest here, I guess I’ll have to admit that I really DID scream a time or two!) 

I think Michael Bay did a fantastic job with this film. The robots looked as real as Mack-trucks-turned-bi-pedal possibly could. The storyline explained not only their arrival on Earth, but their continued presence as well, AND why they were fighting both us and each other. The explosions were big, the girl was hot, the robots were awesome, and the previously fluffy little Shia LeBeouf has a future as a sex symbol. (Hey, I gotta call ’em as I see ’em.)

I could definitely see why the film nearly earned an R-rating, but I also think it has been suitably cleaned up so feel free to take the kiddies. Just don’t send them off to see it without you – because believe me you want to watch it too!! As a big-time fan of the 80’s cartoon, I have to admit that I am really impressed with the respect that was shown to the original series in this film. And even more impressed that it was realistically taken from cartoon to real-life. If you’re looking for a movie to nit-pick, the truth is there’s plenty of minor details that got overlooked (not the least of which was a man walking away from a high-speed motorcycle crash that would have eaten the butt-cheeks right off of any human. Maybe he’s a toaster??) But if you want exactly what we’ve all been promised in the commercials – action, drama, thrills, explosions, and massive robots that turn into hot cars – get in line and pay your money for the film that gets my vote as the best of the year. Can I stick up all my fingers instead of just my thumbs for this one??