National Treasure: Book of Secrets –
An attempt at an Indiana Jones update, the National Treasure movies are brisk, unassuming fluff. Of course it’s possible to steal the Declaration of Independence, of course there are secret passages in Mt. Rushmore, of course we don’t know what a history book is. But with the right mindset, this is relaxed (albeit forgettable) entertainment, and let’s face it, sometimes popping The Hours into your DVD player sounds as tempting as eating fish hooks.

Recommended if you liked the first National Treasure, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, or Romancing the Stone

Diary of the Dead –
I thought this movie was aggressively stupid and that Romero had come full circle, entering self-parody mode with a vengeance. Luke felt differently and lavished quite a bit of praise on it. I will say I enjoyed reading his review much more that I enjoyed the movie, although I’m not sure what that says. Using shaky-cam footage, a group of young nubile college students flee the shuffling dead. Brains will be eaten and YouTube will be condemned, although not necessarily in that order. Be sure to read Luke’s thoughts on it.

Recommended if you’d like to see a mix between Night of the Living Dead and Cloverfield…seriously, that is a perfect description of this film

Strange Wilderness
I know nothing about this film. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Steve Zahn (Matthew McConaughey’s sidekick in Sahara), Jonah Hill (from Superbad), and Justin Long (ala ‘Mac’ from the iconic Mac and PC ads) all star, and apparently (I’m just guessing here) they are in the wilderness…doing things…perhaps even strange things. Ok, looking it up at Rotten Tomatoes…oh, wow. It has an honest-to-goodness 0% at RT, as in there are no positive reviews. Then again, the critics also hated Saving Silverman, another Steve Zahn picture that I happen to love (I’m like that little girl in Poltergeist…every time Silverman comes on cable I go into a kind of trance and must watch the entire thing). So maybe it’s worth a shot. I use the word ‘maybe’ loosely there.

Recommended if you’re into the cinematic equivalent of Russian Roulette.

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