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Flash Gordon (Saviour Of The Universe Edition) by Mike Hodges (Director) (Universal Studios 06 February 2008 / $26.98) - essential video: When the totalitarian planet of Mongo decides on a whim to obliterate Earth, it's up to the lunk-headed quarterback Flash Gordon and his oddball companions to make the universe safe for democracy. Based on the classic (and infinitely more reputable) comic strip and its '30s screen serialization, this cotton-candy-colored trash classic deserves immortality for Queen's unforgettably pulsating soundtrack alone. The legendary Max von Sydow appears to be having a blast as the evil Ming the Merciless, while Ornella Muti, as his daughter, is the living embodiment of what attracts adolescent boys to comics in the first place. (She makes Barbarella look mundane.) One of the most shamelessly entertaining movies ever made, this is a knowingly absurd sensory freak-out that'll have the viewer blissfully checking the sky afterward for signs of Hawkmen. --Andrew Wright

DVD release date 8/07/07

Read Rogan Marshall's review.

Gabriel by Shane Abbess (Director/Writer) Matt Hylton Todd (writer) (Sony Pictures Feb 2008 / $24.96) - Product Description: Gabriel is a dark action/drama that takes place in the realm of Purgatory. It reveals the struggle between Arc and Fallen angels for control over the city and its population of re-born souls. At present, darkness rules and Gabriel, the last of seven Arcs sent to return light, must assume a human form for the first time. In the darkest places of the human soul, this lone arc angel's battle with his human feelings and emotions will prove as perilous as facing the Fallen. Purgatory's dangerous and seedy underworld will reveal the human condition as frail and strong, as corruptible and honorable but always undeniably powerful and precious. (Source: Sony Pictures)

George Romero's Diary of the Dead by George Romero (dir/wr) ( 15 February 2008 / ) - From Yahoo! Movies: Jason Creed and a small crew of college filmmakers are in the Pennsylvania woods making a no-budget horror film when they hear the terrifying news that the dead have started returning to life. Led by Jason's girlfriend, Debra, the frightened young filmmakers set off in a friend's old Winnebago to try to get back to the only safety and security they know: their homes. But there is no escape...

Hancock by Peter Berg (dir) ( 02 July 2008 / ) - From Yahoo! Movies: There are heroes... there are superheroes... and then there's Hancock. With great power comes great responsibility -- everyone knows that -- everyone, that is, but Hancock. Edgy, conflicted, sarcastic, and misunderstood, Hancock's well-intentioned heroics might get the job done and save countless lives, but always seem to leave jaw-dropping damage in their wake. The public has finally had enough...

Hellboy II: The Golden Army by Guillermo del Toro (dir) ( 11 July 2008 / ) - From Yahoo! Movies: After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it's up to the planet's toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it's time to call in Hellboy.

In the Name of the King by Uwe Boll (Director) ( 06 February 2008 / ) - Jason Statham fights for family and country in this sword-and-sorcery adventure adapted from the popular Dungeon Siege video game by notorious B-movie jack-of-all-trades Uwe Boll. After Statham (a farmer named Farmer) loses his wife (Claire Forlani) and son to the monster troops of wicked sorcerer Ray Liotta (just one of the film's many eccentric casting choices), he trades in his plowshare for a sword to administer some medieval justice. Meanwhile, Liotta is hard at work at unseating aging king Burt Reynolds and replacing him with his foppish nephew (Matthew Lillard). Eventually, Statham is joined in his quest by veteran warrior Ron Perlman and the father-daughter wizard duo of John Rhys-Davies and Leelee Sobieski, but audiences may be lost by then; In the Name of the King is far too poorly paced and written to merit its 127-minute running time (and the American version is shortened by 30 minutes!), despite some energetic battle scenes choreographed by Tony Ching (House of Flying Daggers). Those amused by Boll's campy productions may find some humor in Kristanna Loken's vine-swinging jungle girl, or in the performance by Lillard, who seems determined to enjoy himself at all costs. --Paul Gaita

Theatrical opening 1/11/08

Read Rogan Marshall's review.

Jumper by Doug Liman (dir) ( 14 February 2008 / ) - From Yahoo! Movies: A genetic anomaly allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between "Jumpers" and those who have sworn to kill them.

Justice League - The New Frontier (Two-Disc Special Edition) by Dave Bullock (Director) (Warner Home Video 02 February 2008 / $24.98) - Description: Inspired by the best-selling graphic novel by Darwyn Cooke and produced by the multiple Emmy award winning animation legend, Bruce Timm, The New Frontier is the epic tale of the founding of the Justice League. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are all here of course, and so are Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and Flash - whose incredible origins will be told for the very first time. Strangers at first, these very different heroes must overcome fear and suspicion to forge an alliance against a monster so formidable, even the mighty Superman can not stop it. If they fail, our entire planet will be cleansed of humanity.

David Boreanaz ... Hal Jordan / Green Lantern
Keith David ... The Centre
Miguel Ferrer ... John Jones / Martian Manhunter
Jeremy Sisto ... Batman
Kyle MacLachlan ... Superman
Lucy Lawless ... Wonder Woman
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barry Allen / The Flash
Brooke Shields ... Carol Ferris
Kyra Sedgwick ... Lois Lane
John Heard ... Ace Morgan
Lex Lang ... Rick Flagg
Vicki Lewis ... Iris West
Phil Morris ... King Faraday

Alan Ritchson ... Aquaman
Shane Haboucha ... Robin
Corey Burton ... Abin Sur
Joe Mantegna ... Crooner
Townsend Coleman ... Dr. Magnus
James Arnold Taylor ... Captain Cold
(see review)

Latitude Zero (Dub Sub) by Ishiro Honda (Director) (Tokyo Shock 06 February 2008 / $19.95) - Product Description: When a volcano erupts, a deep-sea vessel full of scientists suffers damage and begins to lose control. To their rescue comes Captain MacKenzie (Joseph Cotten, CITIZEN KANE), commander of Alpha, a high-tech atomic submarine. The captain takes the crew to a secret underwater utopia called "Latitude Zero" that is dedicated to the preservation and protection of mankind. With a completely opposite agenda, the evil Dr. Malic (Cesar Romero, The Joker from TV's BATMAN) wishes to kidnap and experiment on the scientists in order to add to his roster of super-intelligent freak minions. Now it's up to Captain MacKenzie and his crew to save the day. Another Toho classic from the legendary Ishiro Honda (GODZILLA, MATANGO), LATITUDE ZERO boasts an all-star cast that also includes Richard Jaeckel (GRIZZLY) and Linda Haynes (HUMAN EXPERIMENTS), and terrific model and
special effects work.

DVD release date 12/11/07

Read Rogan Marshall's review.

Media Column - February 2008 by Rogan Marshall ( 06 February 2008 / ) - The news this month for followers of fantastic film can be largely summed up in one word (with appropriate punctuation appended): Cloverfield(!). (see review)

Speed Racer by The Wachowski Brothers (dir) ( 09 May 2008 / ) - From Yahoo! Movies: In the world of violent, high-speed racing, brothers Rex and Speed Racer become rivals as powerful racer Mondragan manipulates their careers in order to kill them both during the world championships, but the brothers learn it's all just an act of vengeance against Pops Racer, who caused the death of Mondragan's father in a race long ago.

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Mark Waters (dir), Karey Kirkpatrick, David Berenbaum & John Sayles (wr) (Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon 01 February 2008 / ) - You know how you're nervous that a movie won't live up to the source material? That you'll see a lesser work, "inspired by" something really terrific? Well, it's about ten times worse when you know the writer and are really hoping against hope that Hollywood got it right.

Have no fear: The Spiderwick Chronicles is not that movie.

(see review)

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