January 2006

Academy Award Nominations

by Alan Rapp on January 31, 2006

in Uncategorized

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced their list of nominees for the 78th annual Oscars.  No surprise (though a little dread) that with the results of recent award shows Brokeback Mountain (which won the Golden Globe for Drama and the Director’s Guild Best Picture) leads all films with eight nominations.  We’ll see if anyone can upset the front runner.  Walk the Line (which won the Golden Globe for Musical or Comedy) pulled in five Oscar nominations but not one for best picture.  The two best films of the year, Steven Spielberg’s amazing drama about the life after the terrorist attacks at the 1972 Olympic Games Munich and George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck have been unable to cash in on their nominations and been largely ignored by awards commitees this year.  And I won’t even get started on the scarcity of nominations for the tremendous A History of Violence.  The two films with some momentum going into the Oscars that could give Brokeback some challenge are Capote with Philip Seymour Hoffman winning at almost every award ceremony for his portrayal of the title character, and Crash which just Saturday took home the top award at the Screen Actor’s Guild.  For a list of the nominees read on…

78th Academy Awards

Enough talk, we’ll be debate this list in the weeks to come (plus the films and performances we feel got snubbed by Oscar).  For now though just take a looksee at what was honored just to be nominated.

Best Picture

Brokeback Mountain
Good Night, and Good Luck

Best Director

Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
Bennet Miller, Capote
Paul Haggis, Crash
George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck
Steven Spielberg, Munich

Best Actor

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Terrance Howard, Huslte & Flow
Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line
David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck

Best Actress

Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
Keira Knightly, Pride & Prejudice
Charlize Theron, North Country
Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

Supporting Actor

George Clooney, Syriana
Matt Dillon, Crash
Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
William Hurt, A History of Violence

Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, Junebug
Catherine Keener, Capote
Frances McDormand, North Country
Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain

Original Screenplay

Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco, Crash
George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Good Night, and Good Luck
Woody Allen, Match Point
Noah Baumbach, The Squid and the Whale
Stephen Gaghan, Syriana

Adapted Screenplay

Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain
Dan Futterman, Capote
Jeffrey Caine, The Constant Gardener
Josh Olson, A History of Violence
Tony Kushner and Eric Roth, Munich

Foreign Film

Don’t Tell, Italy
Joyeux Noel, France
Paradise Now, Palestine
Sophie Scholl – The Final Days, Germany
Tsotsi, South Africa

Animated Feature Film

Howl’s Moving Castle
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Original Song

“In the Deep”, Crash
“It’s Hard Here for a Pimp”, Huslte & Flow
“Travelin’ Thru’ Transamerica,” Transamerica

Original Score

Brokeback Mountain
The Constant Gardener
Memoirs of a Geisha
Pride & Prejudice

For the more technical awards (editing, sound mixing, etc., view the whole list here).

This Week

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2006

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It’s Super Bowl week but before Sunday’s big game there’s quite a bit for your entertainment dollar.  Tueday’s DVD releases include yet another version of David Lynch’s monumental trainwreck, the retun of Anthony Banderas as Zorro, and lots of fun 80’s TV with Mr. T, a talking Trans-Am, and a detective in a Ferrari.  Planning to hit the theaters this Friday?  Well check out what’s scheduled to hit theaters this week including A Good Woman with Helen Hunt and Scarlett Johansson (check back Friday for the review).  Read on…


RazorFine gets you set up for the week with a look at what’s coming to your local theater, video store, and beamed directly into your television this week.  Here’s what’s happenin’…


Conviction 9:00/8:00 Monday BBC America (Premiere)
State of the Union Address 9:00/8:00 Tuesday
Survivor: Panama 8:00/7:00 Thursday CBS (Premiere)
Super Bowl XL Sunday 6:00/5:00 Sunday

New releases for Tuesday, January 31:

Dune (Extended Edition)
In Her Shoes
The Legend of Zorro
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
Essential Atom Egoyan Box Set
A-Team – Season Three
Diff’rent Strokes – The Complete Second Season
Hill Street Blues – Season One
Knight Rider – Season Three
Magnum, P.I. – Season Three
MI-5 – Volume 3
The Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection
The Rat Patrol – The Complete First Season

Movies opening Friday, February 3:

When a Stranger Calls
Babysitter (Camilla Belle) gets harassed by strange phone calls while watching the children of a young yuppie couple.  Scared she calls the police only to discover the calls are coming from inside the house.  Almost certainly as stupid as it sounds and it’s a remake of a horror movie which never turns out good (here’s the 1979 original).

Something New
A romantic comedy by first time director Sanaa Hamri out just in time for Valentines Day about a single woman in L.A. looking for love in an interracial relationship her friends don’t understand.  The cast includes Sanaa Latham, Simon Barker, Alfre Woodard, Felicia Walker, Tanisha Harper, Tom Ratzenberger, David Monahan, and Blair Underwood.

The Three Burials of Melaquiades (Limited)
Directed and starring Tommy Lee Jones the winding tale focuses on a murder at the US / Mexico border and the body who keeps getting dug up and an investigation of the circumstances of his death.  The first time in the director’s chair for Jones, the film also stars Dwight Yokum and Barry Pepper.

A Good Woman (Limited)
Based on the Oscar Wilde play “Lady Windermere’s Fan” the movie tells the tale of a promiscuous and scandalous woman (Helen Hunt) known to take advantage of married men leaves New York and journeys overseas to where more prosperous opportunities loom just over the horizon.  A British production filmed in 2004 that is only now seeing the inside of American theaters.  With Scarlett Johannson, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Umbers, and Tom Standing.

Suits on the Loose (Limited)
Light comedy about two teenagers (Brandon Beemer and Ty Hodges) who flee desert survival camp and end up in being mistaken for Mormon missionaries by the town of New Harmony.  Written and directed by first timer Rodney Henson.

Nanny McPhee

by December Lambeth on January 27, 2006

in Movie Reviews 

Nanny McPhee is an ugly Mary Poppins indeed. A pack of rotten kids, a sad widowed father, an uneducated maid and nanny with instead a bag of tricks a cane that kicks. Adapted by Emma Thompson from the “Nurse Matilda” books, Nanny McPhee is a story with morals, lessons and love. A magical happy ending for both kids and parents alike.

Nanny McPhee
4 Stars

Nanny McPhee is an ugly Mary Poppins indeed. A pack of rotten kids, a sad widowed father, an uneducated maid and nanny with instead a bag of tricks a cane that kicks. Adapted by Emma Thompson from the “Nurse Matilda” books, Nanny McPhee is a story with morals, lessons and love. A magical happy ending for both kids and parents alike.

With the passing of their mother the Brown kids are lashing out for attention the only way they know how, by ill behavior and bad manors. Running the last nanny in town off in less than 2 days, Mr. Brown (Colin Firth), their father is desperate for help. Nanny McPhee is the person you need, he hears in the breeze. Knock! Knock! At the door on a dark stormy night and there she stood in all her moley glory, Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson). She goes to work right away; starting with lesson one, go to bed when you are told. She has a special way about her, less than a force more like a push with a knock of her cane. She has but 5 lessons to teach and as soon as the kids have accomplished all 5, she must be on her way. (Marry Poppins anybody?)

A little magic and stern compassion Nanny McPhee whips the kids into shape and helps, in her own way, Mr. Brown with his looming engagement. He must get married within a month or the evil Aunt Adelaide (Angela Lansbury) will cut off his allowance. If he looses his aunt’s financial support the kids must separate and the older children would go to sweat shops and the younger to foster care or an orphanage. This he could not allow, so he attempts to marry a very colorful character, whose husband he had buried the year before. The children do not like her and she them, so they become their evil little selves for one day and get rid of her and turn their father around. Nanny McPhee throws in one last cane thrashing of hope, the love lorne maid, Evangeline (Kelly Macdonald) appears as an angel to save the family and marry the father.


Nanny McPhee is a happy little story with charming children, dashingly handsome father and one ugly nanny that will entertain kids of all ages. Nanny McPhee is a fitting family fairy tale ending film

The Matador

by December Lambeth on January 27, 2006

in Movie Reviews 

A crazy on the edge hit man and an average blue-collar worker meet up in a bar in Mexico and strike an odd friendship. The Matador is a dark comedy crowd pleaser with colorful and unexpected moments. Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear play off one another delivering stellar performances in a completely unethical story. Say goodbye to the slick tuxedo wearing 007 and say hello to Chelsea boots, black Speedo and a cheap beer; Pierce Brosnan plays up a character that audiences will love to hate and will be surprised to see. Greg Kinnear plays his typical nice guy role without flaw, but adds a bit of spice to his reaction towards his new buddy’s murdering profession. The Matador is both shocking and creative; it’s bullfighting at its prime!

The Matador
3 Stars

A crazy on the edge hit man and an average blue-collar worker meet up in a bar in Mexico and strike an odd friendship. The Matador is a dark comedy crowd pleaser with colorful and unexpected moments. Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear play off one another delivering stellar performances in a completely unethical story. Say goodbye to the slick tuxedo wearing 007 and say hello to Chelsea boots, black Speedo and a cheap beer; Pierce Brosnan plays up a character that audiences will love to hate and will be surprised to see. Greg Kinnear plays his typical nice guy role without flaw, but adds a bit of spice to his reaction towards his new buddy’s murdering profession. The Matador is both shocking and creative; it’s bullfighting at its prime!

Julian Noble (Pierce Brosnan) a past his prime hit man chasing girls and getting drunk on Margaritas in Mexico becomes friends with a down on his luck everyday Joe, Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear). Danny is the good guy who married his high school sweetheart and took an average job to make ends meet. While trying to close a deal in Mexico he meets Julian in the hotel bar. After a few bad jokes on Julian’s part, Danny runs off a little scared and extremely uncomfortable, content with never seeing that crazy guy again.

As luck would have it, the 2 bump into each other in the lobby and Julian, in attempt to make a friend, invites Danny to an historical and local pastime, bullfighting. The 2 men strike up an odd friendship of sorts after Julian confesses his profession and gives Danny a mock hit demonstration. After the deal goes south Danny asks Julian for a favor that will save his marriage and his job.

As time goes by the 2 separate and go their own way. Julian completely looses touch with reality and his edge for killing, he wants out. Finding himself on the other end of a hit, he shows up at Danny’s door to ask a return favor, help him do one last hit. Danny agrees to his request and ultimately walks him through the complete job step by step. After all is done and over and Julian’s life is no longer at risk, he leaves a small token of his appreciation for Danny and goes on his twisted merry way.


Odd reactions, colorful moments and brilliant performances make The Matador a film worth watching. To see Pierce Brosnan walk across a hotel lobby with a beer in hand, Speedos crawling up is ass and zipped up ankle boots is absolutely priceless. Adding to the films entertainment value would be the reaction Danny and his wife had towards Julian’s murderous profession, like it was an everyday 9 to 5. She asked to see his gun and he helped him murder someone as if they were barbecuing in the backyard, great elements of the unexpected keeps the audience on their toes and not all too sure what will be coming next. Brosnan and Kinnear’s seamless ability to work off each other keeps you laughing at even the most lude moments. The Matador is a less than glamourous “hit” you won’t see coming.


by Alan Rapp on January 27, 2006

in Movie Reviews 

Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear give us the odd pairing of the hitman and the salesman in Mexico where margaritas aren’t the only thing that tastes better.  Brosnan kicks some serious ass as the hitman who has lost his edge but not his inappropriate sense of humor.

The Matador
3 & 1/2 Stars

Pierce Brosnan is funny.  It’s been so many years since Remington Steele that I had forgotten how funny he could be.  If The Tailor of Panama was a realistic take on his Bond character The Matador is the comedic take.  Brosnan owns the screen in this nice little gem.

Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear) is a struggling businessman who has traveled to Mexico with his business partner to try and put together a deal to save his livelihood.  In the hotel bar one night he meets Julian Noble (Pierce Brosnan) an interesting but rather uncouth gentleman who buys him a drink.  Aganist his better judgement Danny spends some time with Julian and learns what he does for a living.  Julian is a hitman, though one who is beginning to lose his edge. 

Time passes and Julian has botched another job so badly that his bosses have put a hit out on the hitman.  With nowhere else to go he goes to stay with Danny and his wife Bean (Hope Davis) hoping to guilt Danny into helping to get him out of this mess and remind Danny of the favor he owes.

Brosnan is terrific as the friendless lone gunman who doesn’t really know how to act with people (his comments to Danny in the bar are hysterical!)  Kinnear works well as a straight man to Brosnan’s antics and Davis, who I normally don’t like, is well cast as Danny’s wife.  There are many small characters but the film rests on the odd couple relationship between Danny and Julian who aren’t quite friends but something more than strangers.

The movie skips around a little too much and could use one last edit as the film is slightly uneven in its tone.  I also wasn’t a fan of the large full screen fonts in presenting a new location or story transition.

The Matador is a good comedy that allows Brosnan to go full out and give one hell of a performance.  Though not great, I’d put this at the top of pretty good comedies of the year such as Waiting…, Cassanova, and The Weather Man, it’s definately worth checking out for a very different type of comedy than the usual Hollywood fare.

Desperate to be a Transamerican

by Marion M. Merritt on January 27, 2006

in Uncategorized

It has been 53 years since the former Marine, George Jorgensen Jr. underwent his very public sex reassignment surgery, becoming the infamous Christine Jorgensen, one of the first MTF transsexuals to openly discuss her life. Although sexual reassignment surgery has been performed since the 30s, it had always been an underground topic. The whole idea of the psycho-sexual aspects of the person involved and the psychological need to physically change one’s gender in order to feel whole is still as much of an enigma today as then, even in the Gay and Lesbian community.

In Transamerica we are introduced to a MTF pre-op transsexual, Bree. Will she, within the framework of a road trip, family drama,  help shed some light on a transgender person’s struggles and triumphs and entertain us?

4 Stars

In the bustling world of Los Angeles, the extremely uptight, Bree Osbourne (played with perfection by Felicity Huffman) has a lot on her plate. Between her elocution lessons, to perfect the female speech tone, she is working two jobs as a dishwasher/waitress in a family-run Mexican restaurant and the humiliating job of a telephone solicitor.

But, Bree knows all of the angry hang-ups and having her hands in suds and hot water have been worth it. In an office visit with her New Age therapist, Margaret (Elizabeth Pena), who is all at once warm, yet tough with her demands of total honesty from Bree, we learn that in a week Bree will have her final operation to complete her male to female transformation. She has been through all the required therapy, has lived 24/7 as a woman, takes her hormones and is more than ready. All she needs is for Margaret to sign the final consent forms and she is set.

A phone call from a New York City jail asking for Stanley Osbourne, the former Bree, notifying her that his son is in need of bail, throws a curve into her plans. She knows it is possible that her one time sexual encounter with a college friend could have produced this son. When Bree informs Margaret of her dilemma and her solution to forget about this call for help, Margaret refuses to sign her final papers until Bree faces, explores and hopefully solve this question of who this boy is in New York.
Bree’s plans are to fly to New York, bail the kid out, escape and go on with her life. When the street hustler, Toby (Kevin Zeger) is released to her custody, he just assumes, from her mannerism and her matronly dress that she is from one of the many Christian rescue organizations that has helps street kids and the frightened Bree never corrects him.

She needs to dump him but he says he has no family (a shocked Bree finds out what happened his mother and her former friend) and will make his way to Hollywood with or without her help. She reluctantly buys an old station wagon from one of Toby’s hustler friends and the they start an adventure that seems to be the one of the time tested ways that two people can really get to know one another: The Road Trip.

Bree has extracted enough information from Toby to know about a possible family member in Kentucky and makes plans to detour to his hometown and dump him. As in all road trip movies and in real life, we find out all about our traveling companions in so many ways that we would rather not. In Kentucky, we find out why Toby has become a male prostitute and a hustler and Bree and Toby, by talking, by being as open as two people with so much to hide can, come to care about each other.

There are many ups and downs on this trip to Los Angeles and an interruption of plans and circumstances lands the pair at a transsexual support group meeting, where Bree is even more uptight than normal. She is not one of these flamboyant types that are represented, she is a lady.

In the most important, unexpected stop the pair are forced to make is in Phoenix, where Bree’s family lives. This is where all masks are removed and Bree has to be honest with Toby and face her former life as Stanley and her new responsibilities as mother. But, there is so much healing that needs to be done, that this wonderful story does not necessary have a happy ending, but a realistic one.

The day comes when Bree realizes her lifelong dream of becoming a woman and this is a day that should be one of the happiest in her life, but has turned out to be one of the saddest. Now, she won’t be whole until she is can connect, on a maternal level with Toby. Stanley may be dead but, Bree has yet to emerge as a whole woman she has yearned to be, but she is determined to keep moving forward, proud, now filled with post-op confidence and maybe that is as happy of an ending any of us can expect.

Forget the Felicity Huffman that you have seen on Desperate Housewives the past two seasons. Her portrayal of Bree, as a transsexual, is dead on. Bree’s struggles to feminize her once male body is very realistic. Director, Duncan Tucker, lights and frames Bree’s face so we are always aware of the heavy makeup that she uses to cover up what was once a very male face. As in real life, to me at least, there always seems to be something a little off or askew about most of the trans I have met, whether it is the heavy makeup, the unnatural female gait, their body shape (even extremely thin women have the curve of hips) and bone structure. There is a great scene, among many in this movie, where Bree is in a roadside restaurant and a little girl is staring at her and like most honest children, she asks if Bree is a boy or a girl. This shocks Bree because she is convinced that all she has done, up to this point, has made her almost indistinguishable from a woman.

But that is just it, Bree has to try too hard at her femininity, which does not come natural and for Felicity Huffman to do this Victor/Victoria-like switch throughout this movie is a true test of her greatness as an actress. I truly believed Huffman as a pre-op trans. The choices that Bree made are some that no woman would, for example, driving across the country in skirts, frilly blouses and jackets, with scarves always draped around her neck and four-inch wedges. Only someone out to prove their femininity would. At first I thought the constant wearing of scarves and turtlenecks by Bree, was to cover up an Adam’s apple that had not been shaved down yet, but, there were times when Bree’s scarf was gone and there was no sign of an Adam’s apple, so I couldn‘t tell if that was an editing mistake or not.

In a touching segment of the road trip, involving Calvin (Graham Greene) who the duo meet in a truck stop when they are down on their luck, gives us hope that despite her reserve, Bree has a sexual charm that can come through and maybe she won’t have to spend her life without love. Calvin, as the wise soul, who has made his share of mistakes, seems just like the kind of man that would be able to get through Bree’s past and see her for the woman she has become.

Although how Bree and Toby end up in Phoenix, broke and having to rely on her estranged family for help, seemed to me contrived and unbelievable and a lazy way to move the plot to this point, we need to understand more of Stanley/Bree’s past and there is no better way to bring out all of our psychological messes than an unexpected family reunion. British actress, Finonnula Flanagan as Bree’s sun-soaked, sometimes hysterical, sometimes rational mother, Elizabeth, performance is nothing short of brilliant, where it could have been the most irritating. As much as I was in Bree’s corner and understood her need for acceptance, I could have nothing but empathy for a mother who felt as if she lost her beloved son.

Burt Young, as Bree’s mostly silent father, Murray, facial expressions and body language helps us realize what it has been like to live and to love the high strung Elizabeth. The fact that Bree’s younger sister, Sidney (Carrie Dreston) is just out of rehab, completes this family’s dysfunctional portrait. And even though Stanley is dead, at least Bree has given her mother something to live for and possibly another life to ruin, a grandson.

This is a movie that could have been dripping in mush and sentimentality, but writer and director Tucker, keeps us grounded in reality. Bree’s life is not the happy one she expected after her surgery because of the hole in her heart that needs to be healed. Toby’s Hollywood dreams of being a Gay porn star is not all that he dreamed of either. They need each other to really start to be whole humans, but, as we see in the last scene with Toby making an hesitant but necessary connection with Bree, his mother, I had the uneasy feeling that the life-long hustler in Toby, may not know how to stop pulling the hustle.


Passionate Clerks

by Alan Rapp on January 26, 2006

in Film News & Trailers

(This one’s for Aaron!)  The trailer for Kevin Smith’s latest flick is up and running and I thought we’d share it with you.  Click here for the trailer (Quicktime needed).  Love him or hate him you have to admit Smith has grown quite a cult following and his return to the View Askew Universe with a sequel to his first film, 1994’s Clerks, has been a hopeful sign of him returning to the stories and style of his earlier films (which includes one of my favorite films of all time – Chasing Amy).  While you’re checking out the trailer you also might want to take a peek at the reactions of filmmakers Quentin Tarrantino and Robert Rodriguez who were granted a special early look at the film (click here for their video responses).

The Passion of the Clerks

Ghost Rider Online

by Alan Rapp on January 25, 2006

in Film News & Trailers

The much maligned, delayed, and constantly pushed back Ghost Rider finally has a home site up and running (though the film’s release has once again been pushed back, this time to February 2007).  The film tells the story of Johnny Blaze (played by Nicholas Cage) who makes a deal with the devil in order to protect someone he loves and ends up becoming possessed with a spirit of vengeance now known as Ghost Rider.  Deals with the devil can be tricky buggers; I guess he didn’t read Faust, huh?  Also starring are Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley and Peter Fonda as Mephisto.  Just click on the pic to go to the official site.

Ghost Rider

West Wing Winds Down

by Alan Rapp on January 24, 2006

in Uncategorized

NBC has finally confirmed that this will indeed be the last season of The West Wing.  This is the seventh season of the show which has chronicled the presidency of Josiah Bartlett (Martin Sheen) and his staff.  Created by Aaron Sorkin who left (or was forced off the show depending on various accounts) after the show’s fourth season which just happened to coincide with the severe drop in quality and writing.  The West Wing had found a small revival over the last year with the election run for Bartlett’s successor including guest stars Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda as the nominees.  NBC sited declining ratings as the cause for the cancellation.  The last episode is scheduled to air on May 14.

The West Wing

This Week

by Alan Rapp on January 23, 2006

in Uncategorized

This week includes DVD releases of one of my Top 10 films of the year (The Aristocrats) and one from my worst list (Flightplan).  Friday will bring us movies about the Naval Academy, a crossdressing FBI Agent, and a magical English nanny (no, not Mary Poppins).  Plus on the tube this week a pair of shows hit the 100th episode milestone, a couple more premiere, and the award season continues with the SAG (Screen Actor Guild) Awards this Sunday.  Read on…


RazorFine gets you set up for the week with a look at what’s coming to your local theater, video store, and beamed directly into your television this week.  Here’s what’s happenin’…

This week on the tube:

Smallville #100

A Little Thing Called Murder 9:00/8:00 Monday Lifetime
Courting Alex 9:30/8:30 Monday CBS – Series Premiere
Style Me With Rachel Hunter 10:00/9:00 Monday WE – Series Premiere
Scrubs 9:00/8:00 Tuesday NBC – 100th episode includes a spoof of the Wizard of Oz and guest star Jason Bateman!
Smallville 8:00/7:00 Thursday WB – 100th episode which promises the death of at least on regular cast member and a date in the Fortress of Solitude (hey, if you bring a woman there is it still your fortress of “solitude”?)
The Emperor’s New School 7:30/6:30 Disney
Winter X Games 2:00/1:00 Saturday ESPN
SAG Awards 8:00/7:00 Sunday TNT

New releases for Tuesday January 24:


The Aristocrats
Educating Rita
Oliver Twist
The Fog
Dallas – The Complete Fourth Season
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – 2nd Gig, Vol, 3
The Time Tunnel – Volume One
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Alec Baldwin

Movies opening Friday January 27th:

Well we had Jarhead and now I guess the Navy wants its turn.  Think a theatrical advertisement for the Naval Academy meets soap opera.  The movie focuses on the recruits at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.  With James Franco, Tyrese Gibson, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordana Brewster and directed by Justin Lin.

Big Momma’s House 2
The sequel that again stars Martin Lawrence as an FBI agent dressed up as an old woman solving crime and getting into “humorous” situations.  Yeah, right.  This one’s got Nia Long and Emily Procter and is directed by John Whitesell.

Nanny McPhee
Based off a series of books, Emma Thompson plays a governess who uses magic to keep the children in line.  Yeah, I saw that movie when it was called Mary Poppins.  No word yet whether she gets the children to feed the birds.