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By John Depko and Susanne Perez | August 11, 2011
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is really a jail-break movie. The inmates are not human criminals in jail. The prisoners here are innocent chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas held in cages for medical experimentation. A pharmaceutical company develops a drug to control Alzheimer's disease. Testing on captive primates reveals it profoundly advances their intelligence. But the apes are kept cowering by a malicious security guard. His harsh treatment generates sympathy for them and propels the movie's underdog story arc. As testing proceeds, a special ape named Caesar becomes the most intellectually advanced.
NEWS
June 4, 2004
You know the summer movie season has arrived when a gigantic disaster flick with stupendous special effects arrives in theaters on a holiday weekend. This year, there's no doubt that "The Day After Tomorrow" is the A-list candidate for that honor. It has mind-boggling computer graphics that will have you squirming in your seat as America's major cities are devastated by the forces of nature run amok. Director Ron Emmerich has lots of experience in the massive destruction genre with "Independence Day" and "Godzilla" already under his belt.
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By John Depko and Susanne Perez | November 19, 2009
Tales of monumental destruction are the specialty of director Roland Emmerich. He stomped us flat with “Godzilla.” He destroyed the White House with relish in “Independence Day.” And the whole city of New York took a mighty big hit in “The Day After Tomorrow.” In “2012” he takes two hours and 40 minutes to offer his vision of our planet’s total devastation. A shower storm of solar radiation overheats the Earth’s core. The complete cracking of the outer crust causes gigantic earthquakes.
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By JOHN DEPKO | June 21, 2007
Another high-powered comic book movie hits the big screen this week. Of course the special effects are fabulous. Of course it's a sequel. Of course it's all been done before and will be done again and again — as long as teenagers will pay good money to see these PG films full of hot action fantasy and mindless dialogue. "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" is a mixed bag of cinematic intentions. The Silver Surfer is a cosmic hired gun working for a mysterious master who destroys planets for a living.
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By JOHN DEPKO | August 23, 2007
SuperBad” is a teen coming-of-age flick that wants to follow in the footsteps of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Dazed and Confused.” It manages to include a good portion of “Animal House” in the process. Director Judd Apatow knows this territory as he also gave us “Knocked Up” and “40-Year-Old Virgin.” The opening hour captures a lot of the painful realities of high school life. Jonah Hill and Michael Cera play two lovable losers in their senior year.
NEWS
March 2, 2001
Orange Coast College will screen three hours of the best of the best from the 25th Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival at 7 p.m. March 22 at OCC's Robert B. Moore Theatre. The event will include films from Canada, the U.S., England, Scotland, Germany and Italy. Proceeds from the event will benefit the college's REACH program, which emphasizes community service. Tickets are $5, $8 or $9, and are on sale at OCC's Student Bookstore, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa.
ENTERTAINMENT
By JOHN DEPKO | September 13, 2007
You can’t get too serious about a movie called “Shoot ‘Em Up.” But for fans of mindless gunplay, it follows faithfully in the footsteps of films like “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” It has all the trappings of film noir with ironic humor added. It’s a violent ballet of special effects with endless streams of bullets expelled in slow motion from a variety of automatic weapons. Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti have lots of fun playing the gun-toting adversaries.
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By John Depko and Susanne Perez | December 22, 2011
The "Mission Impossible" films magnify their spectacular stunts and special effects with each new episode. The latest frenzied installment is no exception. If gut-wrenching exploits and maximum vertigo are your cup of tea, you're in for a real treat with "Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol. " Tom Cruise continues to advance the celebrated spy thriller franchise. He combines the James Bond secret agent skills and cool persona required for international intrigue. Lovely Paula Patton plays his super girl sidekick this time around.
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By John Depko and Susanne Perez | August 11, 2011
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is really a jail-break movie. The inmates are not human criminals in jail. The prisoners here are innocent chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas held in cages for medical experimentation. A pharmaceutical company develops a drug to control Alzheimer's disease. Testing on captive primates reveals it profoundly advances their intelligence. But the apes are kept cowering by a malicious security guard. His harsh treatment generates sympathy for them and propels the movie's underdog story arc. As testing proceeds, a special ape named Caesar becomes the most intellectually advanced.
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By John Depko and Susanne Perez | June 23, 2011
The latest superhero film is "Green Lantern. " Played by Ryan Reynolds, the hero draws his powers from a glowing green ring. Ancient guardians of the universe choose him to replace his dying predecessor. He becomes much more of a space cowboy on intergalactic adventures than an Earth-bound crime-fighter. Thirty years ago, a new superhero movie with state-of-the-art special effects generated excitement months in advance of its opening. Back then only a few studios had access to the highest tech quality.
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By Susanne Perez and John Depko | July 22, 2010
"Inception" is an amazing experience — a challenge for both brain and eye, as images fold upon each other like origami and defy gravity, time and space. Dom (Leonardo DiCaprio) developed a method to extract secrets from people's minds by entering their dreams. He and his team (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy) are highly sought-after for corporate espionage. A client (Ken Watanabe) hires them for a unique assignment: to plant an idea in a competitor's mind that will become reality, or an "inception."
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | November 19, 2009
Tales of monumental destruction are the specialty of director Roland Emmerich. He stomped us flat with “Godzilla.” He destroyed the White House with relish in “Independence Day.” And the whole city of New York took a mighty big hit in “The Day After Tomorrow.” In “2012” he takes two hours and 40 minutes to offer his vision of our planet’s total devastation. A shower storm of solar radiation overheats the Earth’s core. The complete cracking of the outer crust causes gigantic earthquakes.
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