Some diverse films make their way to store shelves this week in the form of a documentary about MMA, a couple of comedies – one involving everyone’s favorite gang rom “American Pie” and one a parody of dance movies and several dramas. The drams cover topics as diametrically different as the bonds of the father some relationship, friendship between teens in an Alaskan fishing village and the beauty of the human spirit s demonstrated during the Japanese invasion of China.
“American Reunion” – All the regulars from the American Pie trilogy which first came on the scene a decade ago are back for reunion of reminiscing and full out fun. Jim and Michelle wound up married though Kevin and Vicky broke up. Oz and Heather also drifted apart but Finch is still hot for Stifler’s mom. The best friends and their other pals find out that really doesn’t change the bonds of friendship. Starring Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Eugene Levy, Seann William Scott and Chris Klein. Rated R
“Freak Dance” – In a comedic send up of such dance hit movies as “Step Up”, “Dirty Dancing” and others, this movie finds the beautiful Cocolonia and Funky Bunch teaming up to street dance their way to saving the Fantaseez Community Center from both the Building Department and a gang of evil street dancers. Starring Michael Cassady, Megan Heyn, Amy Poehler, Matt Besser and Ian Roberts.
“Fightville” – A documentary following two lower level fighters from Louisiana as they try to fight their way up the rankings in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA). Not Rated
“Being Flynn” – The story if fathers and sons and the ties that bind start out with Jonathon (Robert DeNiro) reaching out to his son, Nick Flynn (Paul Dano). Nick is still reeling from the loss of his mom, (Julianne Moore seen in flashbacks) while at the same time trying to build a new relationship with Denise (Olivia Thirlby). Though Nick is reluctant to let his long-missing father into his life, he soon learns that this is a chance to make something of his future and help his dad at the same time. Also starring Lili Taylor. Rated R
“On the Ice” – A character study about the meaning of friendship and honor as explored by two teenage boys who have grown up in the insular world of a small Alaskan village dominates this film. During a seal hunt with a third boy, an escalated argument results in a tragic accident which forces the two friends to weave a web of deceit to disguise their role in the events. Starring Josiah Patkotak, Frank Qutuq Irelan, Teddy Kyle Smith, Adamina Kerr and Sierra Jade Sampson. Rated R.
“The Flowers of War” – A westerner (Christian Bale) finds himself in China during the Japanese invasion. He meets a beautiful courtesan and together the pair help get a group of schoolgirls to safety before they can be attacked by the Japanese. Also starring Paul Schneider, Ni Ni and Shigeo Kobayashi.
Southern Illinois residents can purchase any of these DVDs at Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and other fine retail shops. If you would prefer to rent them, Family Video has them available.
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