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PICK OF THE WEEK:
Daybreakers. For a while, this futuristic vampire tale is remniscent of Children of Men and paints a vivid, bleak depiction of a society of bloodsuckers. The first half hour is fascinating, and the story seems bountiful and franchise-bound. About midway through, Daybreakers ditches the art, and goes straight for B-movie glory. While I didn't enjoy the second half as much, writer-directors The Spierig Brothers show great potential. Worth a look, especially since the two have been tapped to direct a sequel to the '80s classic, The Dark Crystal. (***)
Legion. Paul Bettany stars as a gun-toting angel who faces the apocalypse with a ragtag group of human survivors stuck in the desert. The preview was notable for its ceiling-climbing granny - I've heard that's the best part, and the rest of the movie is a giant bore.
Edge of Darkness. Though it's nice to see Mel Gibson back on the big screen, one wishes it were in service of a star vehicle more entertaining than this derivative revenge flick. Light on action, and a bit too talky - will leave you hankering for the Liam Neeson bad-assery of Taken. (**)
NEW TO BLU:
The Karate Kid 1 and 2. Enjoy some high def Daniel-san before Jaden Smith comes out with his ill-conceived remake.
The Man in the Iron Mask. Leo's first post-Titanic project surrounds him with a bunch of respected older actors in this update of the classic tale.
The Magnificent Seven. Enjoyable retelling of The Seven Samurai - it may be sacrilege to say, but I almost prefer this version instead.
M. Fritz Lang's creepy serial killer tale is a stylish, influential film study.
The Edge. David Mamet scripts this forgettable action drama that pits Baldwin against Hopkins against Bear.
Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Typical hit-and-miss spoof from writer-director Mel Brooks.
Rock & Roll High School. Roger Corman struck B-movie gold with this cult favorite.
History of the World Part I. More Mel Brooks spoofery.
High Anxiety. Even more Mel Brooks - this is his spoof of Hitchchock movies like Vertigo.
Marked for Death. Early '90s Steven Seagal - back when he was slim. Don't worry, he still had the pony tail.