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OMG! It’s Die Hard in The White House! Looks like big summer fun, too! (If by summer, you mean March 22…)

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Had Coriolanus been in wider release before New Year’s, it would likely have made my list of favorites for the year.

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Grade: A+

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Earlier this week, I attended a 2D screening of How to Train Your Dragon and enjoyed it immensely – so much so that I decided I gad to see it in 3D. In 2D, I’d have given the film a solid B+, but after seeing it the way it was filmed, I definitely had to bump that up.

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After Clyde Shelton’s [Gerard Butler] wife and daughter are murdered, Assistant D.A. Nick Rice [Jamie Foxx] makes a deal with one of the killers to put the other on death row. The deal maker pleads to third-degree murder and gets a remarkably short sentence. What Rice doesn’t know is that his deal has been made with the more vicious of the two men.

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Ten years later, Shelton engineers the painful death of the one on death row and then leads the other to a truly excruciating death. When the police arrest him, a game of chess begins between him and Rice – a chess match that results in more, and more ingenious [and bloody] deaths.

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It’s ironic that a movie that isn’t based on an actual videogame should come closer to feeling like a videogame. Gamer is the latest film from the Mark Neveldine/Brian Taylor team responsible for the cinematic equivalent of a shot of adrenaline to the heart that is the Crank series. If you didn’t care for the brash, crass, vulgarly smart and demented rush that was Crank [or Crank: High Voltage, for that matter], you probably won’t like the in-your-face assault of Gamer, either. But if you want to see a movie that really gets videogames – and aren’t afraid of a little scathing satire and a touch of romance – Gamer could be just what you’ve been looking for.

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The battle of the sexes heats up in Columbia Pictures comedy The Ugly Truth. Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) is a romantically challenged morning show producer whose search for Mr. Perfect has left her hopelessly single. She’s in for a rude awakening when her bosses team her with Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler), a hardcore TV personality who promises to spill the ugly truth on what makes men and women tick.

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This past Tuesday, July 21st, I got to see an advanced screening of this romantic comedy. I will be right up front and honest with you, dear EM readers, I am not the kinda girl who regularly goes to chick flicks. They just aren’t my kind of movie. I like car chases, explosions and monsters in my movies. But guess what, I liked The Ugly Truth! Read on to find out why!

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