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No Phone Sex Actress Can Top This

Movie Title: Easier With Practice (2009/2010, Limited Release)
Spoilers: No
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Easier with Practice stars Brian Geraghty in a sensational tale about loneliness, eroticism, and the search for companionship. Geraghty plays “Davy Mitchell,” a soon-to-be-published writer on a book tour with his brother, Sean (Kel O'Neill).
Davy and Sean are different people—the latter never wanting for confidence and the former always lacking it. Stopping at unfamiliar, out-of-the-way book clubs and eating at truck stop diners and run-down restaurants, the book tour seems to be living up to its unexciting expectations. Spending money staying at impersonal hotels, it seems to be just another semi-rewarding chapter in a word-artist's lonely life that never really changes for the better or the worse.
Then Davy receives a phone call. The mysterious woman on the other end of the line is named Nicole. All Davy knows is, she's a phone nympho. It's a private call. There is no callback number. What st…

Whatever Happened to Stories with Substance?

Movie Title: From Paris With Love (2010)
Spoilers: No

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In From Paris with Love, John Travolta eats up his role as Charlie Wax, a loose canon U.S. operative looking to thwart an insurgent terrorist attack in Paris. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is James Reece, a low-ranking CIA agent who loves what he does as a personal assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to France, Ambassador Bennington (Richard Durden).

Reece has a beautiful, what-dreams-are-made-of French fiancé, Caroline (Kasia Smutniak). To her goes the bulk of his passion. Second to his beloved is his job, which he does well. But things become trying when Reece finds himself in the middle of an assignment he is ill-prepared to handle—and with a new partner who is practically beyond handling.

Travolta's Charlie Wax, a bald-headed, bulky clothes-wearing, goatee-sporting, racially insensitive, trigger-happy troublemaker with a big mouth and sharp moves is the only attention-getting feature in this 92 minutes of a “let god sort 'em out” …

The Angels are Here. They Want to Exterminate Us.

Movie Title: Legion (2010)
Spoilers:Yes, and you'll be glad I did.

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If there is one thing the masses love, it is the careless tossing in of obscure bible references into movies about war and bloody conflicts. It makes them feel like they are taking part – or else learning about – some cryptic tidbit of truth from “God's Book.” Sure enough, the title of this film is found in the gospels.

There it is, in Mark 5:9: “And Jesus asked him (a possessed man), ‘What is thy name?’ And he answered, saying, ‘My name is Legion: for we are many.’” A man who gets possessed with “many devils” (Luke's account, Luke 8:30) is said to be possessed with a legion. But Jesus refers to angels the very same way in Matthew 26:53 when he refers to his being able to call “twelve legions of angels” to destroy the world.

There is little difference between the work of angels and the work of demons in scripture. An angel of God was said to have slain 185,000 Assyrian troops while they slept (2 Kings 19:3…

Corrupt Arms Dealers…Darkness Everywhere

Movie Title: Edge of Darkness (2010)
Spoilers: No

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Sheets of rain come down. A father longs to see his grown daughter. He meets her at the airport. It's been too long. She's smart, beautiful, and gainfully employed. Mel Gibson is veteran Boston PD detective Thomas Craven. His daughter is Emma Craven (Bojana Novakovic). She works as a research assistant, but she never talks about her work. She's been away a while. The two reunite in a film's hurried beginning.

Craven wants to know why Emma is acting so strangely. She appears to be sick. Time to make up for lost time, but then something happens. Daughter is suddenly killed. This marks the end of a hasty beginning that doesn't quite take off as gracefully as it could have.

Craven suspects that whoever killed Emma was trying to kill him and accidentally killed his daughter. But then we learn that Emma worked at a nuclear facility as a research assistant. Sick? Nuclear? Hmm. I'm no genius, but I think I see where thi…

The Slip Doesn’t Fit and Neither Does the Script

Movie Title: Tooth Fairy (2010)
Spoilers: No

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The sight of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wearing tights has, say, 3 seconds of comedic visual appeal. After those three seconds are up, seeing a 6’5 man dressed in a fairy outfit (as though to make third-graders laugh) is…well…not funny anymore.

Seeing Tooth Fairy, featuring that most intellectual of wrestlers named Johnson is all about taking in the sight of a tall, muscular man with the curiously charismatic ability to raise an eyebrow a bit more than your average fellow. The camera hits him from every angle. Ordinarily, he’s something to see, but…not like this. None of his actions or words are spectacular enough to take the focus off of the fact that what you are watching is, as stated, a man in a fairy outfit that was funny seeing for the first three seconds only.

Johnson plays Derek Thompson, a.k.a. “The Tooth Fairy,” a smug, unsympathetic, unhappy, and imaginatively bankrupt pro hockey player who has seen better days. He’s still drivin…