Hardy Plumbing
February 16, 2011

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The Eagle (PG-13) Kevin MacDonald (The Last King Of Scotland, State of Maine) has crafted an ambitious Roman Empire-era film about a slave and his master. It is at its heart a story about honor and redemption, but it doesn't take itself too seriously – check out the dialect, for example. Starring Channing Tatum, who at least looks the part. Donald Sutherland is seriously over the top. If you like the genre, though, by all means go and enjoy.

Just Go With It (PG-13) An early favorite for the Worst Movie Razzie. It's about a plastic surgeon seducing a younger woman and his wife and kids get involved and they all go to Hawaii and, and, and by then you'll be over in Cineplex 2 watching coming attractions. Adam Sandler, it seems, gets less and less funny with each movie. Jennifer Aniston must have her pet monkey pick scripts for her. And when will Nicole Kidman realize she can't do comedy? It's a BOMB, folks.

New On DVD

Paranormal Activity 2 Box Art The first one at least had that Blair Witch kind of feel. This one, dubbed a "prequel," is strictly for those who were enamored with the original. It's more silly than scary.

Now Playing

Sanctum (R) Fresh off of Titanic and Avatar director James Cameron lays a major egg. Sanctum, about the world's largest cave, wallows along with a mindless plot and idiotic characters, and the whole spectacle is all the worse because of the 3-D. Richard Roxburg, Rhys Wakefield and Ioan Gruffudd go down (if you'll pardon the pun) with the ship.

Ip Man ( NR) Like Kung Fu movies? Donnie Yen reprises his iconic role as Man, a Kung Fu master who must prove himself worthy by kicking the crap out of all the other Kung Fu masters in Hong Kong. Sammo Hung is great as one of the bad guys. If you want action, you'll get it with this flick. Add a star if you really believe men can jump this far.

The Mechanic (R) Ouch. Even in the post-Oscar season abyss most movies that are released are fundamentally flawed but not embarrassingly bad. This Jesse Statham vehicle -- and no, he doesn't fix cars – is so stupid that even the urge to see many men die shouldn't be enough to put any fannies in the theaters. Yes, it's that bad.

The Way Back * (PG-13) Director Peter Weir, a six-time Academy Award winner, has helmed some of the most memorable films of this era, beginning with his debut Picnic At Hanging Rock in 1975 and including such gems as Witness, The Year Of Living Dangerously and Dead Poets Society. Weir never makes the same film twice. With The Way Back he tries his hand with a star-studded sweeping epic that pays homage to the genre while placing his own stamp on it.

Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, and Colin Farrell star as Gulag prisoners who escape, facing a journey of a thousand miles over treacherous Siberian terrain. It is inspired by "The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom."

Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan co-stars alongside Mark Strong.

The Dilemma (PG-13) The trouble with comedic actors is they keep taking roles written to utilize their comic gifts and eventually run into scripts that aren't funny. Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, say hello to The Dilemma.

Director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer should have known better. On paper it's a good one – the cast, for example, is brimming with big names: Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum and Queen Latifah to name a few. Even the plot sounds enticing: a man discovers his best friend's wife is cheating on him. It's the slapstick execution, and the lack of legitimately funny dialogue, that dooms this turkey. It'll be on DVD in a month.

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