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Archive for January, 2008

BE GLAD THE GROUNDHOG
DOESN’T HAVE A COUCH,
A DVD Player, And These…

Old Punxsutawney Phil would NEVER make it out of his hole.

And speaking of holes…if you haven’t heard of Hannah Montana, you must be living in one, friend. In HANNAH MONTANA: ONE IN A MILLION, Miley Cyrus stars as the teenage singing sensation who’s just trying to live a normal high school life. This collection of Hannah episodes from the Disney Channel co-stars Billy Ray Cyrus (Miley’s real life achey breaky dad).

Trying to match the craziness of “The Big Game” itself, THE COMEBACKS is one sports spoof for the ages. David Koechner plays Lambeau Fields, an unsuccessful college coach who has one last shot at a title…with a team of total misfits. Along the way, he has many hilarious victories both on and off the field. Carl “Apollo Creed” Weathers and Melora Hardin co-star.

Enough with the cheeriness already. Can redbox get a virus up in here? In THE INVASION, Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman star as science colleagues who have just one small task on their plates: save Earth. When Kidman discovers the origin of an ancient virus — and her son contracts it — she has to save him, not to mention everyone else, before it’s too late.

If the goofiness suits you better, grab a copy of DADDY DAY CARE sequel DADDY DAY CAMP. Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as the main man in charge of a summer camp. He learns an age-old lesson the hard way: if kid campers want to torture you, they can get pretty dang resourceful. Lochlyn Munro and Richard Gant are spending the summer there, too.

How about a sunny dose of indie goodness? In KING OF CALIFORNIA, Michael Douglas plays a man who, after being released from a mental institution, reconnects with his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) in the best way he can think of: by convincing her there’s gold buried beneath their California suburb. Crazy sounding, but as loveable as it gets.

And the week ends with a gripping, award-winning drama from an old favorite. Kevin Kline stars in TRADE as a Texas cop who sets out on a dangerous mission to recover a young girl (Paulina Gaitan). She’s lost in the illegal tunnels of sex trafficking between Mexico and the US. Suspense lies at every turn.

Don’t forget that it’s easy to select these great flicks online, then grab them at your nearest redbox. Won’t take but a minute. Until next week, keep an eye peeled for Old P. Phil.

TIRED OF YOUR
MID-WINTER COMPLEXION?
Your TV Sure Has A Healthy Glow

Hit the lights and hit the couch. Pop in a DVD. Even in the grey of winter, there’s nothing more vibrant than a new release.

This dreary old week kicks off with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a pro football quarterback in The Game Plan. The Rock is on top of his game, doing what quarterbacks do, leading the team. Right up until his eight-year-old daughter from a past relationship pops into his life. Will the dance recital interfere with the big game? Madison Pettis and Kyra Sedgwick co-star.

Been twiddling your thumbs waiting for the next Saw (it’s up to SAW IV now) to come out? Wait no longer, you graphic-gore-and-sharp-instrument fanatic you. In this latest installment, detectives (Scott Patterson and Athena Karkanis) have to survive one last deadly trap set by Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) and his apprentice Amanda.

Please, get redbox to something more innocent, fast! Shoot, Sydney White will do the trick. Amanda Bynes stars in this updated version of Snow White, set in a college Greek system with freshman playing the lovable main parts. Sara Paxton and Matt Long co-star in this far more wholesome tale of young love.

And speaking of thrilling, this week’s final new release reunites you with a couple of favorites. In Grayson Arms, Judd Nelson and Stacie Dash star as two tenants in rent controlled apartments who get more than just a little bit suspicious of each other when a murder takes place in their building. Hey, what tenant wouldn’t?

Next up, a little something for all those young viewers in the house — Dora the Explorer: Undercover Dora. In this latest addition to the popular animated series, everyone’s favorite precocious young adventurer does plenty of detective work with her best friend Boots. Kathleen Herles and Harrison Chad voice the characters.

Finally, in case you missed it last week. Ever wonder how Star Wars might have played out if had featured your favorite dysfunctional cartoon characters? Wonder no more. In Family Guy: Blue Harvest, the sci-fi classic is re-imagined using Peter, Brian, Stewie, Maggie and the rest. Seth MacFarlane voices an amazing number of the hilarious, irreverent Griffins.

Spend as little time out there as possible. Pick out your movies online, grab them at your nearest redbox, and head on back. It’s that easy.

NO TRAFFIC THIS
HOLIDAY WEEKEND
(At Least Between Here And Redbox)

Travel times? Delayed flights? Congested highways? Not if you just stay on the couch with some hot new DVD releases. So select some at redbox.com, then grab them at the nearest redbox.

Ah, a story that many a scrawny movie lover can relate to. In Mr. Woodcock, Billy Bob Thornton plays a stern gym teacher who’s set to marry a local woman (Susan Sarandon) — to the horror of her son (Seann William Scott) whom Woodcock teased throughout high school. Of course, redbox wouldn’t know anything about that, having been all-state in the pole vault and all.

The laughs just keep on coming with Good Luck Chuck. Dane Cook plays a young bachelor with a real knack for helping women find their husbands…by letting them sleep with him. But when he meets the woman of his dreams (the lovely Jessica Alba) he has to break the streak of match-making by actually winning the girl’s love for himself.

Next up, a little something for all those young viewers in the house — Dora the Explorer: Undercover Dora. In this latest addition to the popular animated series, everyone’s favorite precocious young adventurer does plenty of detective work with her best friend Monkey Boots. Kathleen Herles and Harrison Chad voice the characters.

For an animated feature that dials up the intensity (and, yes, the sorcery too), there’s Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight. Kiefer Sutherland, Lucy Lawless and Michael Rosenbaum lend their voices in this sci-fi adventure about a barbarian woman with a magical healing staff — and the only hope against some pretty tough invading dragons.

Now back to the humans! In Suburban Girl, Sarah Michelle Gellar plays a big city book editor who thinks she has the world (and romance) pretty figured out. That is, until she starts being pursued by a suave and influential older man (played by the charming Alec Baldwin, taking a break from his reliably hilarious and smarmy 30 Rock character). A sleeper romantic comedy with some big name talent.

And finally this week, ever wonder how Star Wars might have played out if had featured your favorite dysfunctional cartoon characters? Wonder no more. In Family Guy: Blue Harvest, the sci-fi classic is re-imagined using Peter, Brian, Stewie, Maggie and the rest. Seth MacFarlane voices an amazing number of the hilarious, irreverent Griffins.

A happy and lazy three-day weekend, friends! See you next week for more. So pick out a few DVDs online (redbox.com) today, then pick them up at your nearest redbox location.

IF YOU RESOLVED TO WATCH
MORE DVDs IN 2008,
These New Releases Will Help

Let redbox help you with your New Years resolution to watch more DVDs. Start the new year off right with one or all of this week’s new releases.

This week starts off with some tough talk and a hail of bullets. Join Russell Crowe and Christian Bale on one wild ride in their popular remake of 3:10 to Yuma. Bale plays a hardworking rancher who agrees to watch an arrested outlaw (Crowe) who’s awaiting a Yuma-bound train to take him to trial. That gives him one shot to overtake the rancher and escape. Two tough guys. One battle of wills.

And the action doesn’t stop there. In Death Sentence, Kevin Bacon returns in a very new kind of role — a business exec and father who turns hell bent on revenge (this ain’t Footloose). When Bacon and his wife (played by Kelly Preston) are victimized by a street gang, he takes matters into his own hands. But how far is too far?

Next, you better grab something a little more innocent. Hip Hop Harry is a live action children’s show, in which Harry (David Joyner in a costume, and voiced by Ali Amini) entertains his young friends with songs and dances, and teaches them a few valuable lessons. This is perfect stuff for kids between 3 and 7, but don’t pretend you’re ever too old to learn from a good song.

Think your New Year’s resolutions are ambitious? In Sunshine, a group of astronauts is tasked with saving the Earth by preventing the sun from burning out and ending mankind as we know it. Hey, no biggie, right? Cliff Curtis and Cillian Murphy lead the rescue mission, which represent earth’s last hope, seven years after a previous mission failed. (Redbox is just shooting for buns of steel.)

Or how about something dark? Something offbeat? What’s that noise? In White Noise 2 Abe Dale (Nathan Fillion) discovers that he has been granted the mysterious ability of being able to tell if someone was about to die. But using this dark gift means interfering with the natural order of life and death, a choice that comes with a heavy price.

Finally this week, rent the sci-fi thriller Dragon War. As Korean legend holds it, mysterious dragon-like
creatures will come to earth and destroy it. When this begins, one reporter (Jason Behr) and one girl with a mysterious illness (Amanda Brooks) have to race the creatures to Los Angeles and save the city.

There you have it….six great movies to start the new year off right. So pick out a few DVDs online (redbox.com) today, then pick them up at your nearest redbox location.

2008: CHINESE YEAR
OF THE HOT NEW DVD
(No Seriously. Look It Up.)

Welcome to 2008, movie lovers. Everything starts over today. That means it’s your chance to watch every movie your heart desires, old and new.

Forget ambiguous titles. Redbox loves a movie that spells it out for you. This week’s first movie stars action dudes Jason Statham and Jet Li, and it’s simply called WAR. Statham stars as an FBI agent who sets out for bloody revenge against the secret assassin (Li) who murdered his partner. With a cast, plot and title like that, any questions about what you’re getting into? Pure action.

Is your long resolution list filling you with a bit too much motivation and optimism? Hey, then hop right into the dystopian wasteland of Resident Evil: Extinction. The lovely Milla Jovovich returns as a freedom fighter who marches across the desert with other survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe while the evil Umbrella Corp closes in. Oded Fehr and Ali Larter co-star.

And the bullets just keep on flying! In Shoot’em Up, some serious Hollywood stars (Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti and Monica Bellucci) — well, and about 50 million rounds of ammo — bring this story to life. Owen stars as a professional hitman (with a heart of gold…and Kevlar) who in the middle of a gunfight delivers a baby, then feels obligated to protect the kid from an army of gunmen.

Next up, it’s Shattered. This is the emotionally gripping story of a woman’s recovery as the only living survivor of a serial murderer. When her boyfriend is in put in charge of hunting down the killer, things get personal, the pace gets fast, and lines get crossed. Sophie Winkleman and Emmet Kerwan star.

Don’t you forget about these not-so oldies but goodies from way back in 2007: In Rush Hour 3, the one-two comedy punch of Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan is back in action. This time, the two head to Paris to protect a woman who knows the secrets of the Triad’s leaders.

And finally in The Kingdom, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman star as members of an elite government team. They’re sent to the Middle East to investigate after an American family is bombed. The action is fierce.

Okay, friends, redbox wants you to start 2008 the right way: by doing nothing but watching the DVDs you know you’ve been dying to see. Happy New Year. You know where to find all these hot titles (redbox.com) and where to pick them up and drop them off (your nearest redbox).