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New Movies On DVD, July 29

7/29/2008 8:00am EDT
Three decades after a country is quarantined in hopes of containing a lethal and highly contagious virus, signs that the super-bug has resurfaced in a major city prompt desperate specialists to race back into the infected zone to find a cure in Doomsday. Also on DVD: Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, Never Back Down.

2008 Tribeca Film Festival Spotlight: Redbelt

5/1/2008 4:12pm EDT
A few months ago, a rock 'em, sock 'em film called "Never Back Down" was released and broke the mold of fighter movies by becoming the first in a probable long line of box office productions featuring the fighting style of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Now comes "Redbelt",

a film that prides itself more on the characters internal conflicts more so than the external ones.

How the heck to do you make a fighting movie in which the fighting itself is secondary? By using a complicated plot, of course. We have Mike Terry (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a MMA instructor who teaches his stude...

Movie Review: Paranoid Park

3/17/2008 3:54pm EDT
Paranoid Park
As a former Portland resident, I'd gone into this film thinking that I was going to see the infamous downtown park crawling with bums and meth-addicts, and was a bit surprised to see instead Paranoid Park brought to us by way of Burnside (those of you familiar with the Tony Hawk video games will understand). With that out of the way, let me just say that director Gus Van Sant is owed a monumental debt of thanks by the state of Oregon. By himself, he quite literally is their movie industry.

If there's a person in the world who understands how to capture the tense awkward lives of young...

Opening March 14: Never Back Down

3/11/2008 11:35am EDT
Never Back Down
An outsider teen acclimating to a new school finds a home in a reclusive teenaged fight club in this drama from Summit Entertainment. Djimon Hounsou and Cam Gigandet co-star in the film, with Sean Faris starring as the troubled young man. Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf) directs from a script by Chris Hauty and Robert Munic.

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'Never Back Down' Shows Good Action But Falls Short

3/7/2008 11:03am EST
Never Back Down
Five years ago, the FOX network titillated us with a story of a young boy from the wrong side of the tracks who got transplanted into the lap of luxury. The challenges of shedding his old school ways revolved around gorgeous girls and finding acceptance. The show was called The O.C., and it was a resurrection of the Beverly Hills 90210, but better. The O.C. ditched 90210's early wholesome direction and went straight for the scandal, the fights, and the sex. Think of Never Back Down as the first season of The O.C. on steroids.

Jake is a temperamental high school football star who has a ...

March Movie Preview

2/29/2008 1:25pm EST
Horton Hears a Who
With the month of love at our heels and St. Patrick's day right around the corner, the weather is promising to thaw and the movies are starting to get hot. Oscar season is over, which can mean only one thing: the push to summer block busters is right around the corner.

Fans of academy-driven mellow drama, art pictures, or just some more meaningful films must go into hiding for a few months or simply stay glued to George Clooney's IMDb in production page. Meanwhile, mindless summer gags are toning their movie-watching physique at muscle beach getting ready for their time. All that stan...