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Shoot Em Up, Resident Evil: Extinction, Dragon Wars: D-War

click to enlarge Shoot 'Em Up (R) New Line - Cinema If ever there was a need for the term - "high-octane action," it'd probably best go with the - ultra-stylized, ultra-violent gunplay ballet that is - Shoot 'Em Up.  The highly likable Clive Owen, armed - and dangerous, is reluctantly put in charge of a baby - wanted dead by a squad of hitmen led by the always - perfect (and in this case, incredibly hilarious) Paul - Giamatti. No slick setup fails to astound or entertain. - Sorry, gun haters, but this movie makes the Second - Amendment cool. For movie geeks deep into the "How'd - they do that?" business, step-by-step fight breakdowns - and animatics are supplied in the special features, as well - as a few deleted scenes.   Louis - Fowler
  • Shoot 'Em Up (R)
    New Line Cinema
    If ever there was a need for the term "high-octane action," it'd probably best go with the ultra-stylized, ultra-violent gunplay ballet that is Shoot 'Em Up. The highly likable Clive Owen, armed and dangerous, is reluctantly put in charge of a baby wanted dead by a squad of hitmen led by the always perfect (and in this case, incredibly hilarious) Paul Giamatti. No slick setup fails to astound or entertain. Sorry, gun haters, but this movie makes the Second Amendment cool. For movie geeks deep into the "How'd they do that?" business, step-by-step fight breakdowns and animatics are supplied in the special features, as well as a few deleted scenes. Louis Fowler
click to enlarge Resident Evil: Extinction (R) - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Taking more of a Mad Max approach - this go-round, the hugely successful Resident - Evil franchise, based on the popular video game, - goes into the post-apocalyptic near future, with a - wasteland America, roaming undead and a still- - underground Umbrella Corp. intent on finding action- - femme Alice and her band of weary survivors, now holed - up in a sand-covered Las Vegas. It's a highly- - entertaining, undeniably fun entry that refuses to tread - the same old ground. (If only other sequels would take - note.) In addition to the typical making-of features, the - real selling point of the DVD would seem to be a sneak - peek at Degeneration, the next RE film, - done in CGI. But it's short, and you really don't see - anything except for a few feet running. Why even - advertise that?  Louis Fowler
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (R)
    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
    Taking more of a Mad Max approach this go-round, the hugely successful Resident Evil franchise, based on the popular video game, goes into the post-apocalyptic near future, with a wasteland America, roaming undead and a still- underground Umbrella Corp. intent on finding action- femme Alice and her band of weary survivors, now holed up in a sand-covered Las Vegas. It's a highly- entertaining, undeniably fun entry that refuses to tread the same old ground. (If only other sequels would take note.) In addition to the typical making-of features, the real selling point of the DVD would seem to be a sneak peek at Degeneration, the next RE film, done in CGI. But it's short, and you really don't see anything except for a few feet running. Why even advertise that? Louis Fowler
click to enlarge Dragon Wars: D-War (PG-13) - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Giant, ancient Korean monsters destroying - downtown Los Angeles is something I'm sure everyone - would love to see, and while the foreign film Dragon - Wars does deliver said destruction in spades, its - wraparound, Americanized story is painfully - unentertaining. It's best viewed with a finger firmly over - the fast-forward button, getting past all the dialogue - and getting straight to the action. It's mindless escape, - with not much in the way of special features  a - disappointing trio of making-of docs that are best - viewed on fast-forward as well. Dragon Wars is - still better than Transformers, but if you want a - great drama with monsters, rent The Host. -  Louis Fowler
  • Dragon Wars: D-War (PG-13)
    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
    Giant, ancient Korean monsters destroying downtown Los Angeles is something I'm sure everyone would love to see, and while the foreign film Dragon Wars does deliver said destruction in spades, its wraparound, Americanized story is painfully unentertaining. It's best viewed with a finger firmly over the fast-forward button, getting past all the dialogue and getting straight to the action. It's mindless escape, with not much in the way of special features a disappointing trio of making-of docs that are best viewed on fast-forward as well. Dragon Wars is still better than Transformers, but if you want a great drama with monsters, rent The Host. Louis Fowler
  • Shoot Em Up, Resident Evil: Extinction, Dragon Wars: D-War

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