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Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme by (Lionsgate 05 December 2007 / $19.98) - Description: Peel back the layers of reality and behold a stunning realm hidden beneath. One of magic and wonder. Of sorcery and enchantment. Of ancient spells, secret doors and remarkable heroes who protect us from evil. Because this is also a world of dark mysticism, malevolent forces and unspeakable horrors. And within the shadows around us, a supernatural war is waged. But the balance is shifting. Darkness is winning. Yet there is hope... Join us as Dr. Stephen Strange embarks on a wondrous journey to the heights of a Tibetan mountain, where he seeks healing at the feet of the mysterious Ancient One. But before his wounds can mend, Strange must first let go of his painful past and awaken a gift granted to very few. The gift of magic. Empowered as the new Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Strange now tests his limits, rising up against monsters that push at the gates, facing the most terrifying entity humankind has ever known. (see review)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix DVD set by David Yates (Director) (Warner Home Video 11 December 2007 / ) - Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix -- Three-Disc Deluxe Edition with Special Lenticular Dual Cover and Bonus Third DVD (exclusive to Target in the US and Future Shop in Canada) (see review)

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass by Chris Weitz (Director) ( 08 December 2007 / ) - In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.

Actors: Nicole Kidman as Marisa Coulter, Daniel Craig as Lord Asriel, Dakota Blue Richards as Lyra Belacqua, Ben Walker as Roger, Freddie Highmore as Pantalaimon (voice), Ian McKellen as Iorek Byrnison (voice), Eva Green as Serafina Pekkala, Jim Carter as John Faa, Tom Courtenay as Farder Coram, Ian McShane as Ragnar Sturlusson (voice). Drew Bittner, one of SFRevu's contributor's has reviewed the movie on his blog.

Theatrical opening 12/07/2007

Read Rogan Marshall's review.

I Am Legend by Francis Lawrence (Director) (Warner Bros. Pictures 14 December 2007 / ) - Plot Synopsis: Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable, and man-made. Somehow immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and maybe the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone. Mutant victims of the plague -- The Infected -- lurk in the shadows... watching Neville's every move... waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind's last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered... and quickly running out of time. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

Actors: Will Smith (Neville), Salli Richardson, Paradox Pollack, Sterling Wolfe, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan.

Theatrical opening 12/14/2007

Read Rogan Marshall's review.

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium by Zach Helm (Director) (20th Century Fox 06 December 2007 / ) - Plot Outline: Molly Mahoney (Portman) is the awkward and insecure manager of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, the strangest, most fantastic, most wonderful toy store in the world. But when Mr. Magorium, the 243 year-old eccentric who owns the store (Hoffman), bequeaths the store to her, a dark and ominous change begins to take over the once remarkable Emporium.

Actors: Ted Ludzik, Natalie Portman, Zach Mills, Dustin Hoffman, Madalena Brancatella, Paula Boudreau, Mike Realba.

Theatrical Release: 11/16/07

Read the review.

Stargate Atlantis - The Complete Third Season by (MGM 27 December 2007 / $49.98) - Amazon.com: With Stargate SG-1 now permanently off the data screen (except for a TV movie or two) after ten productive seasons, it appears that the fate of the universe is now the responsibility of the Stargate Atlantis crew. Based on the latter's third season, whose 20 episodes (plus a wealth of bonus features) are made available here on five discs, we're in good hands.
Three years into it, Atlantis has retained numerous familiar elements while continuing to evolve steadily. The core cast is intact, with the cocky wiseacre-hero Lt. Col. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) and the egotistical, neurotic genius Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) still the most entertaining of the bunch; as the series explores the characters' personal lives and backstories, we even meet (in "McKay and Mrs. Miller") the latter's sister, who's every bit the wiz that he is. On the other hand, the roles of team leader Dr. Elizabeth Weir (Torri Higginson) and members Teyla (Rachel Luttrell) and Ronon Dex (Jason Momoa) are neither especially well-written nor well-played. The return of Richard Dean Anderson (and his sense of humor) as General Jack O'Neill, the SG-1 mainstay during most of its run, for a few cameos is most welcome, as is the presence of the Wraith, the series' principal villains (SG-1 fans will also recognize the "sentient machines" known as the Replicators from that series). With their flowing white locks, cat-like eyes, pale, almost translucent skin, ultra-fine black leather dusters, and, in one case, shades that would make a Hollywood hipster envious, the Wraith remain the coolest bad guys on the sci-fi scene. We already knew that they feed on humans, but this season brings some startling new revelations, particularly in "Common Ground," an excellent episode that finds Sheppard and a Wraith (Christopher Heyerdahl) forming an unlikely alliance against a mutual enemy; we also witness the return of the Wraith known as Michael (Connor Trinneer), who was the subject of the Atlantis team's ongoing "retro-virus" experiment (designed to make Wraiths human) in Season Two and plays a significant recurring role in Season Three. Other developments are apparent as well, but most dramatic of all is the death of one of the team's key members.
Stargate Atlantis isn't the most original TV show ever created; in fact, elements of The Running Man, Alien, The Abyss, Enemy Mine, and other sci-fi works are sometimes so obvious that the characters themselves mention them in dialogue. But as always, the action sequences, special effects, models, and other technical elements are first-rate, as are the bonus features, which include episode commentaries, featurettes, and photo galleries. --Sam Graham

Beyond Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Third Season

Stargate SG-1 Complete DVD Series

Stargate Atlantis Books

Stargate Toys and Games



Stills from Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Third Season







(see review)

The Mist by Frank Darabont (Director) (MGM/Dimension Films 06 December 2007 / ) - Plot Outline: A freak storm unleashes a species of blood-thirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole-up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

Actors: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, William Sadler, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Sternhagen, Alexa Davalos, Nathan Gamble, Chris Owen, Sam Witwer, Robert C. Treveiler, David Jensen

Theatrical Release: 11/21/07

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