The week many of us have been waiting for is finally here: a little movie called THE DARK KNIGHT finally hits theaters... and blows them away! On the DVD side of things, it's not quite as exciting... Joshua Jackson in the poorly remade SHUTTER, SNAKES ON A PLANE director David R. Ellis's latest straight to DVD horror, and of course... VOICE, simply because the cover is awesome. Stay cool in the heat and check out THE DARK KNIGHT a few times this weekend!
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace.
Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Run Time: ???
With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.
SLAUGHTERING STORES THIS WEEK
Starring Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor
Directed by Masayuki Ochiai
Run Time: 90 Min.
Based on a 2004 Thai horror flick, this surprisingly effective Hollywood remake is actually set in Tokyo. That's where newlywed hubby Joshua Jackson has taken bride Rachael Taylor (Transformers) for an ill-advised honeymoon. They hit a woman standing in the middle of a spooky road, after which all sorts of ghosts seem to emerge from Jackson's camera (he's come to Japan for a fashion-photography gig). Can our plucky heroine, a fish out of water in a confusing city, find the answer to this haunted puzzle? Well, yes, but she won't like what she finds. Shutter is distinguished by director Mayasuki Ochiai's compositional eye, which favors the empty, creeped-out spaces in which ghosts might dwell. The movie also gets into the phenomenon of "spirit photography," which suggests that the dear departed make their presence known as white flashes in snapshots. That stuff's kind of fun; unfortunately, Ochiai's ear for dialogue is as clunky as his eye is sharp, and Jackson and Taylor are saddled with some truly unfortunate exposition. The actors don't leave much of an impression either, although Megumi Okina (leading lady of Ju-on: The Grudge) is sufficiently spooky as a woman who will not be ignored.
Starring Mark Rolston, Cody Kasch, Jake Muxworthy
Directed by David R. Ellis
Run Time: 93 minutes
Six unsuspecting college co-eds discover their dorm was once the site of a notorious insane asylum infamous for conducting gruesome lobotomy's on its teenage inmates during the 1930's. When the dorm begins to echo scenes from its torture chamber past the beautiful heroine (Roemer) questions her sanity and if she will make it out alive.
Directed by Choi Ik-Hwan
Starring Kim Seo-hyeong, Kim Ok-bin, Seo Ji-hye
Run Time: 104 Minutes
While training after hours in her high-school the aspirant singer Park Young-Eon is mysteriously killed and her body vanishes. Her ghost is invisible and trapped in the school but her best friend Kang Sun-min who broadcast in the lunchtime in school is able to hear her voice. After the suicide of their music teacher Sun-min aided by her mate Cho-Ah finds that another student Hyo-Jung died in the same elevator trunk some time ago. Meanwhile Young-Eon recalls details of her life disclosing why she died. i>