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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

Evan Crean Evan Crean
July 6th, 2009 9:36am EDT
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BrunoLast week, I chose to see "Public Enemies," which is a decision I definitely do not regret. Johnny Depp is electric as John Dillinger, oozing the charm and finesse of the real life American bank robber and folk hero. Christian Bale also does a solid job as the FBI agent Melvin Purvis, a man singularly obsessed with catching Dillinger.

My main complaints are that the movie does not develop the roles of the other gangsters very well, and at points that the cinematography leaves something to be desired. There are some really shaky handheld shots, which are nauseating. Other than that, the 1930s atmosphere is well portrayed, and the gun fights are riveting.

In contrast to last week, this week there aren't really any movies I'm excited to see. On tap for the second week of July are "Bruno," "I Love You Beth Cooper," "Blood: The Last Vampire," "Humpday," and "Soul Power."



The follow up to 2006's "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," the comedy "Bruno," tells the story a flamboyant Austrian reporter and his world travels to find the latest fashion trends.

Director Larry Charles of "Borat" fame returns to the helm for "Bruno." Sacha Baron Cohen co-writes with "Borat" collaborators Anthony Hines and Dan Mazer, in addition to Jeff Schaffer, who directed "Eurotrip."

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? Fans of "Borat," should go see this movie, but if you're like me and didn't find it particularly hilarious, wait to rent "Brüno." I respect Sacha Baron Cohen as a satirist, and I admire the social awareness his films are designed to raise, I just find his style of humor to be a bit over the top.





On his last day of high school, nerdy valedictorian Denis Cooverman announces his love for the most popular girl at school: Beth Cooper. In a strange turn of events, Beth shows up at his door later that night to show him the greatest adventure of his life.

At the helm of "I Love You, Beth Cooper" is Chris Columbus, known for directing children's movies like the first two "Harry Potter" films. The writer of "I Love You, Beth Cooper," is Larry Doyle, the man who penned "Looney Tunes: Back in Action."

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? This film seems reminiscent of other teen comedies that take place over a single night of wild adventure, so I would wait to rent it. As cute as Hayden Panettiere is, I have yet to see her display great acting talent. The encouraging thing about this movie though is that director Chris Columbus is attached, because he directed some awesome children's films like "Home Alone" and "Mrs. Doubtfire."





Saya, a sword wielding 400 year old half-vampire/half-human, has been obsessed for centuries with ridding the world of vampires with her samurai skills. Employed by a covert agency in a Japan, she is placed in a military school to uncover which one of her classmates is a demon in disguise.

Chris Nahon, the man responsible for 2001's action epic "Kiss of the Dragon" directs "Blood: The Last Vampire." The film is based on the anime of the same name created by Kenji Kariyama and Katsuya Terada.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? See it. While I admit I'm not at all familiar with the anime that inspired this movie, visually this movie looks very cool. At the bare minimum it should be entertaining, considering it boasts large explosions and samurai sword duels.



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