Nacho Libre [PG]

June 26, 2006 by  
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Nacho Libre [PG][PG]
Paramount Pictures/Nickelodeon
Release Date: June 16, 2006

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Director: Jarred Hess
Starring: Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Héctor Jiménez, Darius Rose, Cesar Gonzalez

Nacho Libre is the second major film by director Jarred Hess, of Napolean Dynamite fame. Like his first film, much of the comedy here comes from both social- and self-mockery.

Other than Jack Black (School of Rock, King Kong), the film’s unequivocal star, the cast is made up of relatively unknown actors as well as actual mexican luchadors. Perhaps this is only to add to the greatness that Hess offers in his films as there seems to be a deliberate determinedness to succeed with less than what is expected. However, this takes nothing away from Black in what is arguably his best work to date, perhaps surpassing even his critically acclaimed 2003 hit School of Rock. While Black has shown little consistency in past films, with School of Rock he solidified himself as a legitimate comedic actor who could carry his own film. Nacho Libre not only further proves that point, but allows Black to show that he can be a successful character-actor as well. [READ MORE]

Just Friends [PG-13]

March 19, 2006 by  
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Just Friends [PG-13][PG-13]
New Line Home Video | buy now
DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006

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Director: Roger Kumble
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein, Chris Marquette

Just Friends opens to a scene, circa 1995, of a rather overweight Chris Brander (Ryan Reynolds – National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, Waiting) offering an enjoyable "rendition" of All-4-One’s "I Swear" while writing in the high school yearbook of his B.F.F., Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart – The Butterfly Effect). After his feelings are revealed to his friend, and it turning out the complete opposite of what he had hoped, Chris runs away from small town New Jersey, vowing to "be somebody." Ten years later, and Chris Brander is a big time music executive residing in Hollywood, where he sets off to sign the popular, yet insane, Samantha James (Ana Farris – Scary Movie) to a record deal. Following a series of mishaps, Chris unexpectedly finds himself back in Jersey for the Christmas holiday, where he is greeted at home by his kooky mother (Julie Hagerty – She’s The Man) and hormone-obsessed younger brother (Chris Marquette – The Girl Next Door). His first night back, he heads to a local restaurant where he finds Jamie and shortly after, his feelings for her once again find him. Unfortunately for Chris, despite being away for ten years, his struggles with getting out of "the friend zone" are far from over. [READ MORE]

Waiting [R/Unrated]

February 16, 2006 by  
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Waiting [R][R/Unrated]
Live/Artisan | buy now
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006

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Director: Rob McKittrick
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, Justin Long, David Koechner, Luis Guzman, Dane Cook

Depending on who you consult, being considered among movies such as National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, and The American Pie Franchise can either be a compliment or an insult. This genre, which has become widely accepted amongst older high school-ers and college students alike in recent years, tends to aim to please this particular demographic as anyone younger shouldn’t be allowed to watch and most who are older would probably consider any and all of the movies that make up said genre to be nothing more than gross-out and immature humor, and rightfully so, as for every Van Wilder and American Pie, there are several Sorority Boys and 40 Days and 40 Nights, and for every Harold & Kumar there is a Dude, Where’s My Car. With that being said, even the greatest and most loved of these movies would be hard pressed to win anything other than a moonman at the MTV Movie Awards, which should actually be considered a positive more than anything, as this MTV generation is exactly that which such movies market to. [READ MORE]

The Legend of Zorro [PG]

February 10, 2006 by  
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The Legend of Zorro [PG][PG]
Sony Pictures | buy now
DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006

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Director: Martin Campbell
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Rufus Sewell, Adrian Alonso

The Legend of Zorro, which takes place ten years after the conclusion of 1998′s hit The Mask of Zorro, once again features Antonio Banderas (Once Upon A Time In Mexico) as Don Alejandro de la Vega, otherwise known as Zorro, and Catherine Zeta Jones (Chicago) as Elena de la Vega, the masked man’s beautiful wife.

Much like it’s predecessor, this movie mixes history with legend as Zorro continues to fight for California’s freedom, assisting in its finding statehood. With the official announcement of California being voted to join America as a free state, there is much to dispute by a variety of third-party characters, among them being religious fanatics who attempt to take over the land as well as political leaders from the south who fear what the addition of another free state would mean to the Union, as this would result in a greater number of free states as opposed to slave states. [READ MORE]

Wedding Crashers [R/Unrated]

January 17, 2006 by  
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Wedding Crashers [R][R/Unrated]
New Line Home Ent. | buy now
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2006

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Director: David Dobkin
Starring: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams

"True love is your soul’s recognition of its counterpoint in another"

Vince Vaughn (Dodgeball) and Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums) create a tandem for the ages in Wedding Crashers as John Beckwith (Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vaughn). The two best friends and coworkers pride themselves on attending weddings which they were not invited to, with the sole purpose of meeting and hooking up with women. Following "The Rules of Wedding Crashing," John and Jeremy have long practiced such promiscuity, and as the year’s "wedding season" culminates with perhaps the most important ceremony of the year, the wedding of one of the daughters of US Secretary of Treasury William Cleary (Christopher Walken – Man on Fire, Catch Me If You Can), the crashers develop plans to infiltrate such a prestigious event. However, it doesn’t take long before John and Jeremy each find themselves in over their heads, as one finds out that the heart wants what it wants and there’s no denying true love, even if that love happens suddenly and unexpectedly, and the other finds himself caught in between a rock and a hard place of sorts. [READ MORE]

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