Alien vs. Ninja

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Alien vs. Ninja
Once upon a time in Japan, there was a band of great Iga Ninja warriors. One day, they witnessed a strange flash in the sky, followed by a roaring giant fireball crashing into the distant forest.

Alien vs. Ninja

Adventures of Johnny Tao

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Adventures of Johnny Tao
Johnny Dow struggles to make a living at his small town gas station by charging motorists to see the electric guitar used by his late father a one-hit, rock and roll wonder. Legend has it the guitar was carved in the shape of a dragons head and made in part from an ancient spear his father found in the crater of a shooting star. When Johnnys friend Eddie stumbles upon the other half of the spear he releases an ancient demon hungry for power and destruction. Mika a beautiful Chinese warrior who holds the secret to fighting Eddie and his army of kung fu, sugar-craving warriors reveals to Johnny that the only way to stop the evil spirit is to use the first half of the spear - the dragon on Johnnys guitar! Together Johnny and Mika set out to fight Eddie and his army, reunite the two halves of the spear, restore peace to the town and - of course - save the world!

Adventures of Johnny Tao

Live Nude Girls

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Live Nude Girls
It would be impossible to write a review of this film without discussing the title. How many viewers will see Julianna Lavin's feature debut because it's called Live Nude Girls? And how many will avoid it for the same reason? There's little doubt that the title was chosen for its provocative value, because, although the movie deals with live girls, they're mostly clothed. While there are bared breasts and discreetly-photographed limbs and torsos, most of the nakedness in this picture is of the emotional, not the physical, variety.

Live Nude Girls

Red Is the Color

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Red Is the Color
The tense marriage between two painters is shaken and stirred when the husbands provocative free-spirited nude model ignites his wifes sexual and spiritual awakening. In a three way game of subtle seduction, each of the three confront desires and frustrations that threaten to destroy the illusions of their lives.

Red Is the Color

Hearts in Atlantis

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Hearts in Atlantis
Hearts in Atlantis tells the story of Robert "Bobby" Garfield (David Morse), a middle-aged man recollecting his past, in particular the summer when he was eleven years old (Anton Yelchin). During that summer, he and his two friends, Carol Gerber (Mika Boorem) and John "Sully" Sullivan (Will Rothhaar), experienced many things together, the most mysterious of which was meeting an elderly drifter named Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins).

Hearts in Atlantis

Good Day for It

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Good Day for It
A man forced to abandon his wife and daughter years earlier must risk his life to settle an old score and reunite his family.

Good Day for It

Ninja Assassin

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Ninja Assassin
If nothing else, Ninja Assassin is true to its title. There are ninjas, and yes, they assassinate the hell out of people. And if that's all that you're looking for in this stylized action flick, then certainly the film will deliver on the promise of its title. But if you're looking for anything resembling an actual movie -- with a story, a plot, performances, nuance, etc. -- you'll likely find yourself at least mildly disappointed once the blood begins to dry.

The film opens with a bang, kicking off in a Yakuza nightclub where an envelope containing only black sand is delivered to the gangster in charge. After a long monologue by an old tattoo artist about the violence that erupted the last time he saw such an envelope, the ninja strikes, emerging from the shadows to slice and dice his way through an army of gun-shooting henchmen. There is, of course, much beheading and vivisecting and fake CGI blood, and at least in this opening sequence -- as over-acted as it all may be -- there's a fair amount of martial arts awesomeness, as well. It's only in the next sequence, when this over-long action set piece attempts to be an actual movie, that things go so horribly awry.

Ninja Assassin

Dirty Dancing: Havana Night

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Dirty Dancing: Havana Night
Katey Miller (Romola Garai), her parents (Sela Ward and John Slattery), and her younger sister Susie (Mika Boorem) arrive in Cuba during the Cuban revolution. A self-described bookworm, Katey is not very happy about having to move to a different country during her senior year of school as she had been planning to attend Radcliffe College; although, the rest of her family seem extremely pleased to be in Cuba. Meeting several other rich American teenagers down by the pool including James Phelps (Jonathan Jackson), the son of her father's boss; Katey becomes disgusted when one of the teenagers insults a waiter when he accidentally knocks over some of their drinks. Katey attempts to talk to the waiter - Javier (Diego Luna), who works at the hotel to support his family - because she feels awful about what had occurred but he is not interested.

Dirty Dancing: Havana Night

Ninja

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Ninja
I have to state that I’m a movie buff and an Asian martial artist so my review might be a bit critical as evidenced by the lively teenagers who were gleefully shaking the cinema (“Ninja” is shown in Malaysian theaters instead of direct-to-dvd like in the US) seats as blood was splashing and heads were rolling. “Ninja” (2009) isn’t as hyped up as “Ninja Assassin” (2009), which came up as my first Google search when I had tried to ascertain what the movie was about after seeing its enigmatic cinema poster ad depicting a stereotypical ninja with the backdrop of New York city. So, I went into the cinema without much expectation.

Ninja

T.N.T. Jackson

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T.N.T. Jackson
Her name is Diana Jackson, but you can call her T.N.T. When T.N.T.s brother is killed by ruthless drug dealers, the beautiful young karate expert goes to the most dangerous part of Chinatown to find the killer. In trouble with the law since she was 13, T.N.T. wants no help from the pigs but she does befriend a Chinaman named Joe, whose impressive martial arts skills prove useful more than once. In her quest for the killer, shell meet the white drug lord, Sid Elaine, his bitchy girlfriend his suspicious Chinese assistant, Ming and Charlie, his handsome black assistant with criminal ambitions of his own. Before her search is over, shell find herself making love to Charlie, trading insults with Elaine, and fighting criminals while nude and in the dark. Just call her T.N.T.

T.N.T. Jackson

Blue Crush

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Blue Crush
I suppose Blue Crush can be viewed as a "guilty pleasure", with an emphasis on the first word of that phrase over the second one. The movie, the latest directorial effort from John Stockwell (Crazy/Beautiful), is redeemed to one degree or another by some innovative camera work during the surfing sequences. However, Blue Crush's attempts at character building resort to clichés and formulas that occasionally lead the movie down annoying paths. The film would have been more enjoyable had the balance shifted in favor of water-bound action over the land-based "drama", but the emphasis on the latter leaves Blue Crush waterlogged.

Blue Crush

Who's Your Daddy?

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Who's Your Daddy?
Nice, nerdy Xenia, Ohio senior high school reporter Chris Hughes (18), paperboy and cool quarterback Hudson Reeds cool packs punching-ball, cant even get girls to attend a free booze-party. When Chriss biological parents, publisher Peter Mack and nude model Honey, die, he inherits a horny teenagers wet dream Heaven magazine porn empire, a huge Hollywood play heaven villa and 87,000,000 cash, which instantly makes him Mr. Popularity. However his uncle Duncan Duncay Mack plots with lawyer Michael Hunt, the trust administrator, to cover up their embezzlement and steal the firm while the naive heir parties and barely attends school.

Who's Your Daddy?

Notorious Bettie Page

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Notorious Bettie Page
The Notorious Bettie Page is one good looking movie about one good looking dame. It tells of the career of '50s pin-up queen Bettie Page (Gretchen Mol), who was the object of countless masturbatory fantasies in the pre-Playboy era. Despite being a straightforward bio-pic, The Notorious Bettie Page is more than just a tasty morsel of eye candy. The film takes a little time to explore the political landscape of the time, and features an Oscar-worthy lead performance.

Notorious Bettie Page

Monte Carlo

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Monte Carlo
The film begins with 18-year old Grace Ann Bennett (Selena Gomez) working at a diner with her best friend, Emma Danielle Perkins (Katie Cassidy), a high school dropout. Grace adds another pinch of change to her jar marked “Grace’s Fund for Paris.”

At graduation, the valedictorian is speaking when Meg Kelly-Bennett (Leighton Meester), Grace’s uptight older stepsister, comes in late. Everybody turns to look, embarrassing Meg. That night, at dinner, Grace’s stepdad (Brett Cullen) announces that he has paid for all the girls to go on a trip to France. Meg, who does not want to go with the girls, refuses. She states that she hasn't gotten along with Emma Perkins since high school, and now she’s stuck on going on a soon-to-be-disastrous trip.

Monte Carlo

Good Day for It

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Good Day for It
Forced to leave town when he betrayed Lyle Tyrus, the ruthless leader of a rural crime gang, in order to save his sick daughter's life, Luke has stayed away to protect Sarah and Emily from Tyrus' vengeance. Fifteen years later, Emily nurses a burning desire to see her father. Luke agrees to meet on the outskirts of town, but as father and daughter embrace in the local cafe, fate intervenes as Lyle's brother Norman, and his killing crew Wayne Jackson and Dale Acton just happen to stop in. At the cafe, Luke meets Hec Hawkins and Rose Carter, the cook and waitress, who know a man in need when they see one. Adding to the suspense is that cafe's regular customer, Deputy Doug Brady. As tension builds throughout the day, Luke is forced to make a decision before Lyle and his gang return to exact their revenge. Does he leave his daughter behind again, or wait for his worst nightmare to walk straight through the cafe's door?

Good Day for It