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Robin B Hood, Jackass 2.5, The Attic

click to enlarge Robin B Hood (NR)  - Weinstein Company/Dragon Dynasty - You know what Three Men and a Baby - was missing? Kicks to the face. Luckily, the latest - Jackie Chan offering (released theatrically overseas, but - straight to DVD here), the horribly titled Robin B - Hood, rectifies that by placing Chan with a toddler - who's wanted by various underworld types. The - admittedly lame comedy relies on Chan's transformation - from sweet-natured small-time criminal to responsible - daddy figure who puts a diaper on the wrong way - pretty much every clich about men-n-babies since - Mr. Mom is exploited here. But the action is as - top-notch as ever, with the 50-plus-year-old Chan (as - always) performing some incredible stunts. It's - entertainingly fun  but, ultimately, disposable kung-fu - fun. Sadly, the special features are nonexistent, but then - again, isn't Chan himself the best special feature of all? -  Louis Fowler -
  • Robin B Hood (NR)
    Weinstein Company/Dragon Dynasty
    You know what Three Men and a Baby was missing? Kicks to the face. Luckily, the latest Jackie Chan offering (released theatrically overseas, but straight to DVD here), the horribly titled Robin B Hood, rectifies that by placing Chan with a toddler who's wanted by various underworld types. The admittedly lame comedy relies on Chan's transformation from sweet-natured small-time criminal to responsible daddy figure who puts a diaper on the wrong way pretty much every clich about men-n-babies since Mr. Mom is exploited here. But the action is as top-notch as ever, with the 50-plus-year-old Chan (as always) performing some incredible stunts. It's entertainingly fun but, ultimately, disposable kung-fu fun. Sadly, the special features are nonexistent, but then again, isn't Chan himself the best special feature of all? Louis Fowler
click to enlarge Jackass 2.5: Unrated (NR)  - Paramount Pictures - After making Jackass Number Two, - these scatological stunt-men found themselves with - hours of extra footage  enough to put out a quasi- - sequel. It's easy to see why most of this idiocy ended up - on the cutting-room floor. The stunts range from - unwatchably funny  a King Kong stunt using model - airplanes is doomed from the start  to the gut- - bustingly hilarious, such as pieces involving a bed of - nails and the making of the previous installment's - notorious terrorist-going-to-the-airport bit. It's an - interesting companion piece, but technically it's all stuff - that would have been better served as special features - on a special edition of Number Two. And while - this DVD is loaded with special features, like even more - bonus stunts and bits, it's all a bit of overkill by the time - the credits roll.  Louis Fowler
  • Jackass 2.5: Unrated (NR)
    Paramount Pictures
    After making Jackass Number Two, these scatological stunt-men found themselves with hours of extra footage enough to put out a quasi- sequel. It's easy to see why most of this idiocy ended up on the cutting-room floor. The stunts range from unwatchably funny a King Kong stunt using model airplanes is doomed from the start to the gut- bustingly hilarious, such as pieces involving a bed of nails and the making of the previous installment's notorious terrorist-going-to-the-airport bit. It's an interesting companion piece, but technically it's all stuff that would have been better served as special features on a special edition of Number Two. And while this DVD is loaded with special features, like even more bonus stunts and bits, it's all a bit of overkill by the time the credits roll. Louis Fowler
click to enlarge The Attic (R) Allumination - Filmworks / Release Date: Jan. 15 Oh, Mary - Lambert, what happened to you? After Pet - Sematary, there was great hope that you'd become a - horror-director wunderkind, but you've never really - delivered again. If Lambert's latest release, The - Attic, is any indication, maybe reason for such hope - was never there to begin with. An incredibly boring - Americanized take on a Japanese-style horror tale, it's - filled with grey apparitions, long-lost twin sisters and - evil witch magic, none of which makes any sense. A - possibly anorexic, agoraphobic teen starts seeing her - twin sister and slowly drives herself crazy ... or not? It - makes no difference. Not only does the non-story hurt - the film, but so do the production values, which - resemble those of a really bad episode of Tales from - the Darkside. Just a lame flick all the way around. -  Louis Fowler
  • The Attic (R)
    Allumination Filmworks / Release Date: Jan. 15
    Oh, Mary Lambert, what happened to you? After Pet Sematary, there was great hope that you'd become a horror-director wunderkind, but you've never really delivered again. If Lambert's latest release, The Attic, is any indication, maybe reason for such hope was never there to begin with. An incredibly boring Americanized take on a Japanese-style horror tale, it's filled with grey apparitions, long-lost twin sisters and evil witch magic, none of which makes any sense. A possibly anorexic, agoraphobic teen starts seeing her twin sister and slowly drives herself crazy ... or not? It makes no difference. Not only does the non-story hurt the film, but so do the production values, which resemble those of a really bad episode of Tales from the Darkside. Just a lame flick all the way around. Louis Fowler
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