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Proud Mary About Kick Some A$$ On Home Video!

Taraji P. Henson is ‘a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses during a professional hit.

Proud Mary is available now on Digital, and Blu-ray and DVD arrive on April 10th.

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Some Things Never Change Trailer: Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2!

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I was one of the few critics who enjoyed Paul Blart: Mall Cop. There’s just something about his schlubby everyman that works for me.

Now, six years later,  there’s Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (which should tell you how busy Kevin James has been since 2009). Nothing seems to have changed. Follow the jump to see what I mean. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opens on April 17th.

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DVD REVIEW: Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li – So Close…

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is one of the better attempts to adapt videogames for film. It doesn’t quite make it, but it is entertaining and the ton of features shows that they were trying really hard to get it right…

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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-li is a movie that features some of the wittier martial arts choreography to be filmed in the last few years, and there’s a clever – even wistful – parallel father/daughter arc that shows Chun-Li [Kristin Kreuk] to be treasured by her father [Edmund Chen], and Bison’s [Neal McDonough] daughter used solely as a repository for the last of the goodness in his soul.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li – Not The Worst Videogame Movie By Far

You think I’d learn. Every time I check out a movie based on a videogame, I’m let down – sometimes to an extreme [like with Max Payne, DOOM and the original Street Fighter movie]; sometimes by the tiniest of margins. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is one of the latter.

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Here’s a movie that features some of the wittier martial arts choreography to be filmed in the last few years, and there’s a clever – even wistful – parallel father/daughter arc that shows Chun-Li [Kristin Kreuk] to be treasured by her father [Edmund Chen], and Bison’s [Neal McDonough] daughter used solely as a repository for the last of the goodness in his soul.

Unfortunately, the film falls into the usual origin story knee-deep exposition and too little actual martial arts sequences. Performance-wise, the cast is pretty good. Kristin Kreuk is at least adequate as Chun-Li; Robin Shou gives Gen [her mentor] a combination of gravity and humor that works really well; Neal McDonough is suitably psycho as Bison, and the sly chemistry between Interpol agent Nash [Chris Klein] and Bangkok cop Maya [Moon Bloodgood]definitely adds to the mix. Only Michael Clarke Duncan [Balrog, Bison’s number one enforcer] doesn’t fit – more because of the script than Duncan.

Andrzej Bartkowiak’s direction is crisp enough but he simply has too much material to cram into the film’s ninety-six minutes. The result is a movie that does entertain on a basic level, but is missing the kind of pure excitement that it needs to reach the next level.

Final Grade: C+

Tin Man: That’s How We Roll In The O.Z.!

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Tin Man is the Sci Fi Channel’s re-imagining of a classic work of fiction and its film adaptation. It’s darker, livelier and definitely entertaining, but it’s not your great-great grandparents’ Wizard of Oz.

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