New Releases: August 1

1. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Rated PG-13): I don’t know about this one. There’s a new director, a new setting, and Rachel Weisz is replaced by Maria Bello. And It’s a third installment. Usually, these facts add upĀ for bad things for a franchise.

But, darn, that trailer looks kind of good.

I like the first two movies. They had an hypercaffinated Indiana Jones feel to them, but in an over-the-top CGI sort of way.

Brendan Frasier is back and out to save his son from a cursed ancient Chinese Mummy. Lucky he has experience doing just that.

I was going to crack wise on the fact that the kid in these movies grew up fast before I realized it was seven years since the last Mummy film. The kid in the Mummy returns was 10, which make him age appropriate in this film.

2. Swing Vote (Rated PG-13): Kevin Costner get ragged on a lot. It’s like Waterworld not only tainted everything he done since but also everything he did prior.

But he was excellent in Field of Dreams, great in Bull Durham, and awesome in No Way Out.

I don’t think he’ll ever get out of the hole Waterworld put him in. This film might not be enough. But it does seem pretty good.

The concept is far fetched. The national election comes down to one vote. Kevin Costner plays the one person in the entire United States whose vote didn’t register. Therefore, the Presidental race comes down to his, and only his, vote.

I want to see this just to see what party Dennis Hopper’s candidate is associated with. If they have a good sense of humor, they’d make him a Republican.

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William is cursed with the shared love of comic books and of films. Luckily, this is a great time for him to be alive. His writing has been featured on Broken Frontier.com, PopMatters.com and in Comics Foundry magazine.

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