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BREAKING NEWS

What’s new on DVD

By Staff | Dec 18, 2007

An entire slew of movies will be released today (Tuesday, Dec. 18) just in time for the Christmas break.

Among them are three movies I simply couldn’t get in to this weekend.

I was excited about “Stardust” because of its fantasy-type storyline, but even that movie disappointed me this week.

Oh well, they can’t all be blockbusters. By the way, the DVD reviews will return Wednesday, Dec. 26, due to the Christmas holiday and there will be no newspaper on the holiday. Reviews also will appear in the Wednesday, Jan. 2, edition of the Daily News because of New Year’s Day.



“Once”



Starring: Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova, Hugh Walsh, Gerry Hendrick, Alastair Foley.

Story: This is another “Boy meets Girl” story, but with a musical twist. “Boy” works part-time for his father at the family’s vacuum cleaner repair business but longs to record his music and land a record deal. Just out of a relationship, he meets “Girl” who has immigrated from eastern Europe to Dublin, Ireland, to begin a new life for herself. They develop a relationship through their shared love of music and with a new found confidence they both take a chance on each other and a new beginning.

Pros: The story is good and the actors portray their characters well, developing the plot.

Cons: I suppose it’s a good movie if you can get into it, but for me it seemed like it was too long–even though it was only one hour and 28 minutes. I got a little bored.

Rating: One star.



“Illegal Tender”



Starring: Tego Calderon, Rick Gonzalez, Wanda De Jesus, Zoe Saldana, Delilah Cotto.

Story: This film centers around one Latino family’s involvement with organized crime and a son who must return to Puerto Rico to discover the dark secrets in his family’s past that led to his father’s death.

Pros: This film has enough intrigue and mystique it could be good.

Cons: Like “Once,” it just didn’t do anything for me. I’ve seen enough movies that try to tie in organized crime and the effect it has on family dynamic–this one simply made it a Latino family who must go on the run after the main character’s father is killed by thugs. I’m waiting for a better “mob” or “mafia” type movie.

Rating: One star.



“Stardust”



Starring: Ben Barnes, Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sienna Miller.

Story: How many people does it take to find a fallen star? Apparently, according to “Stardust,” at least three living and a few dead. This film follows the quest of Tristan who is trying to win the heart of a woman. He goes on a hunt for a fallen star, which turns out to have transformed into a beautiful woman, to win his lady’s hand. What he doesn’t realize is there are several others, including a pirate, princes–dead and alive–and a witch. In the end, Tristan is not fighting to get the prize to win his sweetie’s heart, he’s in it to win the fallen star’s heart and find the meaning of true love.

Pros: This movie was better than the other two. Its fantasy aspect and the star-studded cast make it what it is–a descent film. The story is sound and the characters are well developed.

Cons: As I stated in the beginning, I had high hopes for this film but, while it delivered on some levels, it didn’t in others. I was expecting an epic adventure like “Lord of the Rings” or “The Chronicles of Narnia.” There were aspects of that type of film in “Stardust” just not as many as I would have liked to see. However, I do have to admit it was an OK flick.

Rating: Two and three-quarters stars.