Archive for July 31st, 2008

31st July
written by Adam

Swing Vote
In the tiny town of Texico New Mexico, burnout Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner) is faced with making the deciding vote for the U.S. presidential election. Meanwhile, presidential candidates played by Kelsey Grammer and  Dennis Hopper try and woo Bud to their respective parties; but who’s true and honest in this political game? Comedy ensues in this satirical outlook on the US political system. Ultimately a fairly politically balanced film, and Costner’s acting as the common man continues to be a strong suit. Unfortunately, the milk toast approach to story telling with humor falls short and leaves the viewer a little empty and winded. Perhaps a matinee or rental. Swing Vote is rated PG-13.

The Mummy: Tomb of The Dragon Emperor
Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his wife Evelyn (Maria Bello) and son Alex (Luke Ford) are back to the same old bag of tricks slaying mummies and the undead in the third installment of The Mummy. This time the evil ancient Chinese Emperor Han (Jet Li) is awakened and plans to reclaim his rule of China, but can he be stopped? Heavily reliant on CGI, bad acting, and an unimaginative script, few thrills are in store for viewers. While the visual aspects of this film might be best enjoyed on the big screen, a rental at a later date if at all is probably more in order. The Mummy is rated PG-13.

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