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By Staff | Dec 11, 2007

Undead or Alive

Starring: Navi Rawat, Chris Kattan, James Denton, Chris Coppola, Billy Zane.

Story: This isn’t your average Western. A cowboy and his newfound partner, a deserter from the U.S. Army, find themselves smack dab in the middle of a fight for their lives when they hook up with Geronimo’s niece and realize the Native American legend had developed a curse that turns white men into zombies. They’re pursued by a zombified sheriff and his posse who end up turning everyone they meet into their fellow undead and in the end, our cowboy friend and his partner end up riding off into the sunset–but not without a surprise.

Pros: OK, so it’s a zombie movie. I’ll give you that one. But, it’s a zombie movie I really didn’t mind. I’m normally not a big zombie fan; however, this movie had humor and just enough ghoulishly good fun it put it over the top for me. If you like a good Western with a little flesh-eating fun, this is the movie for you.

Cons: Do I even have to say? There’s zombies in this movie–it’s probably not the best for children. But for adults who enjoy a comedy/horror, you’ll love it.

Rating: Three stars.

Born Killers

Starring: Kelli Garner, Lauren German, Gabriel Mann, Joel Michaely, Jake Muxworthy, Lin Shaye, Tom Sizemore, Dylan Sprouse, Toni Wynne.

Story: This is a twisted tale of John, his brother Michael and their half-sister Gertie and how all of them, spawned from a man who killed for a living, inherited their father’s obsession with causing people harm. John winds up killing his brother and then shacking up with his half-sister, who in a completely unforeseen moment, ends up being his downfall.

Pros: The plot of this film is deep. So deep, in fact, that it consumes the viewer. I couldn’t take my eyes away from the TV screen while watching this film. It’s not because of the movie’s premise, but because of how utterly wrong the lives of the main characters have become. It’s mesmerizing in a disturbing kind of way.

Cons: Definitely not a movie for the weak at heart. This film could be disturbing to the right person.

Rating: Three stars.

A Perfect Day

Starring: Rob Lowe , Paget Brewster , Frances Conroy , Christopher Lloyd.

Story: Writing a book is never an easy task, but when you become a hit author after putting your dream on hold for several years and the fame takes over your life you have a lot to think about. That’s the case with Robert in this film. He writes a bestselling book based on his wife’s ordeal of going through her father’s death due to cancer. Then, when it becomes a hit just before the holidays, he must part with his family and home life to shamelessly promote his product. In the meantime, he lets all of that go to the wayside before an “
angel” reminds him of what’s more important–family or his book.

Pros: This is an inspirational and moving drama that talks to anyone who has ever become too wrapped up in their work or other adventures to take time out for the things that really matter in life–the people you love and your faith. It’s a perfect film for the family right before the holidays.

Cons: This is one of those movies I really can’t find anything wrong with.

Rating: Four stars.