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New Rental Releases This Week (29/03/10)

New DVD rental releases at DVBee this week:

The Rebound, Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Alvin & The Chipmunks!


The Rebound Movie PosterTHE REBOUND (2009)
Director: Bart Freundlich
Starring: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Justin Bartha
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Age Restriction: 13LS

Following in the tradition of Prime, The Proposal and I Could Never Be Your Woman comes The Rebound, an offbeat story about an older woman-younger man relationship. This unconventional romantic comedy is sweet, entertaining and funny as a 25 year old guy falls for a woman, while playing nanny to her kids during a post-divorce mid-life crisis. While it features infrequent bad language and sex, the film manages to keep upbeat, while touching on some deeper heart issues with rock solid performances from Bartha and Zeta-Jones.

Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Movie PosterALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL (2009)
Director: Betty Thomas
Starring: Zachary Levi, David Cross, Jason Lee, Justin Long
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Romance
Age Restriction: PG

If high-pitched singing chipmunks, a live-action/animated format and sell-out cameos didn't ruin it for you the first time round, then welcome to Round 2. The Squeakquel is more of the same slapstick comedy, shrill pop numbers and superficial cheer that "allegedly" made the original Alvin & The Chipmunks famous. Even kiddies will start to tire of the rinse-and-repeat formula as this low-key sequel hits the ground crawling. Kids... give it a go, adults... it's a no-no. 

Alvin & The Chipmunks Movie PosterALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS (2007)
Director: Tim Hill
Starring: Jason Lee, David Cross
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Music
Age Restriction: PG

This zippy, sugar-frenzied Pop Idol musical ecstasy features those lovable '80s cartoon chipmunks, a high-pitched Dolly Parton on fast-forward chipmunk soundtrack in a crazy animated adventure for the kids. Immature comedy, out-of-place actors in Lee and Cross and a silly lightweight story make this one kids will love and adults will survive.

The Race-ist Movie Review: Up on Bricks

The Race-ist... a title joke and car mod subculture is extended into a "feel good" feature film trailing in the dust of The Fast & The Furious, Days of Thunder and yes, even Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - complete with action, comedy and drama. After watching The Race-ist it's easy to see the connection: movies are just like vehicle modifications, if they're cheap and not fitted properly - they tend to fail miserably. As Proudly South African as I am, I wouldn't be able to recommend The Race-ist with a straight face. I really wanted to like The Race-ist... but it just took too long to get better.

The Race-ist follows the zero-to-hero saga of Lukas (Palm), who's always dreamed of becoming a "Race-ist". When his day finally arrives... he starts on the road to victory, banding with Oom Nel (Roberts) and a bunch of okes, who've come up with a fuel to revolutionise the sport forever, but will his estanged father (Pienaar) stuff things up for him again?    

It's great to see a South African film, which doesn't centre on "Apart-hate" and violent crime for a change. The Race-ist has plenty of misplaced passion behind it and in a weird way, it kind of epitomizes street and track racing. I mean it's all image... the flashy cars, gorgeous girls and determined racing. If your car's the fastest, you get the girls and the chequered flag. Although, that's a hollow victory and if a film fails to engage you from a humanistic standpoint, then it's as good as paging through the latest issue of Speed & Sound, who are ...continued.

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Celeb ID #17: Guess Who?


John Cusack


The first person to identify this warped celebrity at SPL!NG on Facebook wins a DVD!
Trivia: Die-hard Irish-American Chicago Cubs fan, The Clash fan and unlikely hero.

Unmodified original image will be posted on right once this Celeb ID game is over.

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The Last Station Movie Review: Ripe with Drama

The Last Station Movie Poster

The Last Station is a period piece drama aligning itself with the last days of Leo Tolstoy. Writer-director, Michael Hoffman, repeats history with another biographical history drama after Restoration, which also managed to catch the attention of the Academy. However, The Last Station was acknowledged for its performances rather than its art direction and costumes, which are simply beautiful, rather than lavish. The Last Station initially primed Oscar veterans Anthony Hopkins and Meryl Streep to take the roles of Leo and Sofya, however it was Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren, who eventually settled into the roles, doing enough to warrant Oscar nominations.

The Last Station is told from the perspective of Valentin, played by James McAvoy. He joins the Tolstoyan commune as something of a student, eager to meet Tolstoy and glean as much as he can from the grand master of Russian ideology and literature. Valentin is the audience's inside man, who becomes something of an in-betweener... caught between the wishes of Leo, Sofya and Chertkov. Tolstoy is a ripe old age and the ownership of his works are in question. Will he bequeath his life works to his family or the state? Sofya's take on Ophelia and Leo's distant Hamlet create a frenzy of emotions as Tolstoy is whisked away to wait on his final...continued.

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