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Doomsday: Unrated (NR)

Rogue Pictures/Universal Home Entertainment

I can pretty much say that Doomsday is my favorite film so far this year. A mlange of the best post-apocalyptic sci-fi flicks of the past 30 years everything from Escape from New York to The Road Warrior Doomsday is a hell of a ride. Tough girl Rhona Mitra is a cop who has been sent into the now-walled country of Scotland, which is quarantined due to a deadly virus. Beyond the walls are sadistic punks and medieval lords, all battling for control of the diseased realm. Director Neil Marshall, who has never really impressed me with his work in the past, has created a modern classic that, while never a hit at the box office, is certainly destined for cult status on DVD. I can't possibly recommend this movie enough. Louis Fowler

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Alice Upside Down: The Movie (NR)

Anchor Bay Entertainment

I don't have kids. And, to tell the truth, I'm kinda scared to, given the current state of children's television. I'm terrified that my child might like High School Musical or Hannah Montana and their tween tart stars flashing it up on the Internet. On the other hand, I'd have no problem letting my kid watch the charming Alice Upside Down, directed by Sandy Tung. Young Alice (Alyson Stoner) is going through a tough time: Mom is dead and Dad (Luke Perry) has uprooted the family to a new town. Alice is pretty much an outsider who dreams of being popular, and, in a plot twist, learns that being popular really isn't all that great. Instead, she finds confidence in herself. That's such a refreshing message, especially for young girls. I'm actually being serious here. Louis Fowler

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Lost Boys: The Tribe (R)

Warner Premiere

Twenty years after the fact, we're just now being blessed with a sequel to The Lost Boys, which was pretty lame to begin with. This straight-to-video flick, directed by P.J. Pesce, is just another retread, with new kids moving to a town overrun with, wait for it ... extreme surfing vampires. The only saving grace (and I can't believe I'm saying this) is Corey Feldman, reprising his role of wee vampire slayer Edgar Frog, who is awesomely armed with a gun that shoots holy water-filled balloons at the bloodsuckers' heads. He brings much humor to an otherwise boring affair, actually making the film worth renting. When it ends, sit through the credits for a minute to see a nice little cliffhanger that actually would have made for a better movie. Louis Fowler


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