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Friday July 29, 2005 10:33 am

The Final Cut:  A Closer Look At Stealth, Must Love Dogs

Posted by Devin Categories: Features, Movies

Stealth This week, The Final Cut takes a closer look at a romantic comedy about finding a date online, and an action film with “high flying” graphics.  Also out this weekend is Sky High, a Disney movie starring Michael Angarano, Kurt Russell, and Kelly Preston; and The Aristocrats, a limited release movie that has one hundred comedians telling the same joke in their own way.  As always, if you’ve seen any of this weeks releases, feel free to post your feelings of love or hate in the comments section.


Starring: Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Sam Shepard

“In this fast-paced thriller from extreme action director Rob Cohen (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, XXX) a group of top-trained fighter pilots (Josh Lucas, JessicaBiel, Jamie Foxx) find themselves saddled with a terrifying mission. When a drone bomber with artificial intelligence is being tested, it turns rogue, and could start a war if the pilot team can’t stop it.”

Seeing the previews for Stealth, the movie looks good. It seems to have video game-like graphics, and a lot of action, so it would seem as if it would have what it takes to keep the audience interested. Unfortunately, nearly every review I’ve read about this movie has said otherwise. Many call the storyline laughable at best, they say thedialog is horrible, the ending is bad, and even though some seem to think the graphics are pretty good, they use words and phrases like horrible, dreadful, forgettable, a washout, and painful to watch, to describe this film. Jan Stuart of Newsday even says,  “After 110 minutes of this, atheists will storm monasteries and acrophobics will scale redwood trees, anything to find an oasis of calm.”. I honestly have never read so many bad reviews about a movie. I probably won’t check out this movie while it is in theaters, and it may not be a bad idea if you skip it as well.


Starring: Diane Lane, John Cusack, Elizabeth Perkins, Christopher Plummer

“Sarah Nolan is a kindergarten teacher in her mid-thirties who is still dealing with the emotional aftermath of her divorce eight months ago. While her sisters, Christine and Carol, both think Sarah needs to start dating again, Sarah herself isn’t so sure. Carol decides to force the issue by posting Sarah’s photo and profile on an Internet dating site, and soon a number of seemingly eligible bachelors are sending her e-mails in hopes of a date. However, nearly every man she meets turns out to be a loser, with the exception of Jake, who is smart, good looking, and even brings along a dog for their walk in the park. However, Sarah also makes the acquaintance of Bob, the divorced father of one of her students, and she finds herself having to choose between two potentially worthwhile men.”

If you’ve got a date this weekend and your looking for a good movie to check out, or you’re just the type of person who likes romantic comedies, Must Love Dogs is a must see film. It has a pretty classic “chick flick” (if you will) storyline, and though it may be predictable at times, Diane Lane as Sarah and JohnCusack as Jake should bring some great performances to the screen. Knowing their past histories in romantic comedies (Lane in Under The Tuscan Sun, andCusack in Serendipity) I’ll definitely be checking this film out soon. When this weekend hits, grab your girlfriend or boyfriend and head to the theater to see this movie.

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