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Been to a Movie lately?

Kris and I haven’t been to a theater in months. Are there any good movies out right now? Have you been to a movie theater in the last two months? We haven’t. (Home movies don’t count.)

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Jamie Hollis

posted May 15, 2006 at 2:05 pm

Akeelah and the Bee is supposed to be great but I haven’t seen it yet. If you like foreign films then I highly recommend Mountain Patrol. Based on a true story about antelope poaching in Tibet it won many awards in China as well as at Sundance.

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Nathan Colquhoun

posted May 15, 2006 at 2:10 pm

I thought V is for Vendetta was a mind boggler, quite well done for a politcal philosophical thriller.

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posted May 15, 2006 at 2:40 pm

american dreamz for witty satire.

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Steven Harris

posted May 15, 2006 at 2:45 pm

It’s probably not out anymore but if you get a chance to see Syriana then it’s well worth seeing.

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Jamie Hollis

posted May 15, 2006 at 2:49 pm

Ooh…V for Vendetta was incredibly violent though. The myth of redemptive violence was a bit heavy for my tastes. Goodnight and Goodluck was my favorite last year and Memoirs of a Geisha was pretty good. Still waiting for Syriana to come out so I can rent it as I missed it in the theaters.

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Brett Jordan

posted May 15, 2006 at 2:55 pm

Have you heard of a film called the Da Vinci Code?

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posted May 15, 2006 at 3:08 pm

Do movies watched (or tried to ignore) on an airplane count? Nanny McPhee coming home via airplane, tried to ignore it. Only thing I remember about the one when flying to our destination, earphones on, is that Diane Keaton was in it. Glad I didn’t spend bucks to rent it.
I have to watch a movie 2 times before I can remember the title of it and what it was about. I have unintentionally re-rented movies, but then, when done watching it for the 2nd time, I know what it’s about.
One that wasn’t in theaters in our small part of the country – Franky Starlight. It’s been out for years now, but one of my best 3 movies. Just happened to pick it out at the video rental store one day.

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posted May 15, 2006 at 3:11 pm

you might laugh at this, but Mission Impossible 3 was good. I hated the 2nd one and Tom Cruise is in everyone’s doghouse. But, JJ Abrams (director of this one for the first time) redeems it into a great story and true suspense. The only reason I went to see it is because I heard a news guy on the radio I respect say that someone from Entertainment Weekly email him and say that he had to see it, it was worth it. Before then, he had refused to see a movie for several years because he was sick of the cheese.

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posted May 15, 2006 at 3:19 pm

MI3, from the TV ads, is a must-see-in-theater film for us. We rate those movies by how many helicopters blow up.

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posted May 15, 2006 at 3:24 pm

The only one I’ve seen is “Ice Age: The Meltdown”. If you’ve seen the first one, and liked it, this one is great too – hilarious.

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Todd Hessel

posted May 15, 2006 at 3:37 pm

No – and we really enjoy going to the movies.

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John Frye

posted May 15, 2006 at 3:43 pm

MI3 is a great action film. Julie and I enjoyed it.

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Alan Hartung

posted May 15, 2006 at 3:53 pm

I saw a screening of Super Ex-Girlfriend, and I must say, it was awful. Don’t waste your time when it’s released (June, I think)!
I forgot J.J. Abrams directed MI3… dangit, I might have to see it now.

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posted May 15, 2006 at 4:05 pm

I’ve seen MI:3 and thought it was the best of the three (mostly because Tom Cruise gets his tail kicked quite a bit, which was some payback for all the nonsense he’s caused over this past year). Also, V for Vendetta was an excellent film.
I have to admit, I’m somewhat undecided about seeing Da Vinci Code. Part of me wants to see it because it’ll be my way of “sticking it to the man” and proving that the movie is JUST FICTION. But, the other part doesn’t because I liked the book and I know that most movie adapations of books don’t do real justice to the book.

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Duane Young

posted May 15, 2006 at 4:09 pm

The DaVinci Code is coming! (Or should we boycott it?)

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posted May 15, 2006 at 4:34 pm

My husband and I saw “MI-III” (which is one long thrill ride, but I actually expected a bit more out of Abrams), plan to see “DVC” this weekend, and then “X-Men III” next weekend (if you haven’t already, read Frank Smith’s 2004 CT article, “Why we love comic book movies”). Good month for movies, thinks I. Blessings.

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Joel Richardson

posted May 15, 2006 at 4:57 pm

Must See: Ushpizin! An Israeli movie about an Orthodox couple in Jeruslaem celebrating Succoth. Yes I rented it. Which breaks the rules of this thread, but I with the kids, we don’t go to the movies much. Awesome flick.

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posted May 15, 2006 at 6:04 pm

My wife and I just saw RV (with Robin Williams) and we thought that it was hilarious. It is a very good story about the importance of family vs. career, with great comedy by Williams.

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posted May 15, 2006 at 7:49 pm

Akeelah and the Bee is definitely worth your $10. It’s the only movie I’ve seen in about 6 months, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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posted May 15, 2006 at 7:58 pm

I just saw MI3 and would heartily recommend it. It is a great action/suspense movie. I also just saw The Goal, which was excellent. It is the story of an illegal Mexican immigrant in Los Angeles who travels to Britain to make it in pro-soccer. Its one of those feel-good movies where the underdog triumphs. Left me with tears in my eyes and a sudden passion to go out and play soccer.

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Doug johnson

posted May 15, 2006 at 8:54 pm

Crash I found this to be a marvelous portrayal of the complexities of different cultures crashing together as well as how complex each of us is with our mixedd motives.
I plan on watching it once a year. Working in a cross cultural team further heightens this films relevance to my life.
Roi Et, Thailand

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Suzanne McCarthy

posted May 15, 2006 at 9:02 pm

My vote is for Akeelah and the Bee. Howsver, Ice Age two: the Meltdown is a spoof of the complemementarian/egalitarian debate. Very funny.

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posted May 15, 2006 at 9:27 pm

MI-3 gets one and a half thumbs up from me. My 84 year-old mother-in-law liked it, though it was a bit wild for her.
Ice Age: The Meltdown gets two thumbs up for its entertainment value.

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posted May 15, 2006 at 10:34 pm

My wife and I loved Akeelah and the Bee

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posted May 15, 2006 at 11:39 pm

I have to vote for V for Vendetta. Good movie some interesting twists, but it was not a mind blowing thing for me. Not nearly as thought provoking as The Matrix but a fun ride.

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Cam West

posted May 16, 2006 at 6:49 am

Scot, the previous two X-Men movies are full of theological reflection if that’s the kind of thing you like in a movie, otherwise why not try something ‘foreign’ or ‘indy’ (ie: non-Hollywood) – this is not to say they are theologically devoid (not even Hollywood can pull that off all off) but that you will also get great cinematography as well. May I suggest Hidden, Water, Tsotsi, or even an Aussie movie Kokoda?

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Ben Finger

posted May 16, 2006 at 7:53 am

The X-Men and X-franchise in general has always been known for rewriting current issues with a twist. They put a spin on things during the civil rights movement, gay rights, war, and so many other things. Though at times some of the writing may seem a little cheesy, by in part it is easy to look past (which in most part the writing is good) for the amazing underlining storyline.
The X-Men movies have not failed to deliver on this either. I cann’t wait to see what they do with the Phoenix saga. Should be interesting. Go Jean Grey!

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posted May 16, 2006 at 8:30 am

If you want to be inspired: Akeelah and the Bee.
If you want to laugh: Ice Age 2

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Mike Swalm

posted May 16, 2006 at 8:33 am

Though we haven’t been to the movies in a while, we rented “Millions” the other evening and enjoyed it immensely. Highly recommended.

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Ron Fay

posted May 16, 2006 at 8:48 am

My wife and I saw RV, which will be one of our last movies out for a while (expecting twins in early August), and it was wonderful if you have had siblings or else had kids.

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Kerry Doyal

posted May 16, 2006 at 8:52 pm

Hoodwinked was a nice surpise. It won me over.

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Patrick Coleman

posted May 17, 2006 at 1:25 am

Scot, It may only have played in a few cities, but “L’Enfant” (The Child), a Belgian movie (see description on IMDB) is one of the most powerful things I’ve seen in a while.
Patrick Coleman

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Timothy Wright

posted May 17, 2006 at 5:43 pm

I would encourage anyone to seethe movie”Brothers” it is Danish and amazing. I can’t say much but I was truly awe struck with the acting and the story. Go to IMDB and check it out.

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Phil L

posted May 17, 2006 at 10:31 pm

“Millions” was a winner with our family. The lead child actor is unforgettable, and some of the saints he encounters are too. Humour and pathos combined. Highly recommended.

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Rick L in TX

posted May 18, 2006 at 10:53 am

Akeelah and the Bee. Went to see it Sunday with wife, 17 year old and 9 year old. THoroughly engaging, inspiring and delightful.

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Maurice Broaddus

posted May 19, 2006 at 5:38 pm

inside man
i reviewed it and v for vendetta over on both highly recommended.

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