August 20, 2010

New Releases: August 20th, 2010

Piranha 3-D (2010)
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Every spring break hordes of college students run out to Lake Victoria for sun, swim, and lots and lots of alcohol. This year something is different though. Yes, piranhas have found their way to Lake Victoria and not just any piranhas; prehistoric man-eating CGI piranhas with glowing eyes. Who can stop this underwater threat? BP? Nope. Ving Rhames and Elisabeth Shue are man's only hope to reclaim Spring Break from the invading monsters of the deep. And they are intent on kicking some piranha ass (that is if they have one).

Lottery Ticket (2010)
MRQE Metric: 51
Kevin Carson has good news and bad news. The good news is he's finally getting out of the projects with the help of a $370 million dollar lottery ticket. The bad news is that the lottery claim office is closed for the Fourth of July weekend. Pretty soon word gets around about the ticket and everyone wants a piece of him. Bow Wow stars in this comedy with Ice Cube and Expendable funny man Terry Crews.

Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)
MRQE Metric: 64
Our favorite nanny (Sorry Ms. Poppins) for a second go around in Nanny McPhee Returns. This time she arrives at the door of Mrs. Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who's husband is away fighting World War II. And in the same style that we expect from nannies she has a huge amount of magic and good amount of lessons to impose. Critics have clamored to this children's tale as Emma Thompson, who also wrote the script, shines in this sequel.

The Switch (2010)
MRQE Metric: 52
Loosely based on the short story "The Baster" by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Switch is an offbeat romantic comedy about a smart fun-loving single woman who decides to have a baby. Her best friend Wally has objections to this and one drunken night, Wally, looking in her bathroom, may have made a switch. And that's when the fun begins....

MRQE Metric: 52
An extraordinary true story of Li Cunxin who rose from poor beginnings to to international stardom as a world-class ballet dancer. Based on her autobiography, the film tells her story of freedom and bravery as she finds love and fame. A great story for anyone who wants to feel inspired.

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Pat Tillman let go of his professional football career to be a part of the Army Rangers in 2002 and became an icon for patriotism. Walking away from his dream and the money that came with professional, Pat Tillman showed a heroism of character that people still admire. Yet how much of that admiration is due to government propaganda. This documentary exposes the true heroism of not only Tillman but the Tillman family as they peel away the mythology surrounding their son's death and the idea of heroism itself.


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