Thursday, February 26, 2009

NEW IN THEATERS: Street Fighter, Jonas Bros, Crossing Over, & Echelon Conspiracy

If you have a secret passion for video game action movies, and/or the 1994 Jean Claude Van Damme Street Fighter didn't satisfy you, and/or you have a major crush on Lana from "Smallville," then you should go watch Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. There's an ass-kicking Kristin Kreuk ("Smallville") playing an interpol agent named Chun-Li, who enters an underground fighting tournament to avenge her father's death. Her enemy is played by Neal McDonough (Edie's husband on "Desperate Housewives"), and the cast is rounded out by Robin Shou (Mortal Kombat: Annihilation), Chris Klein (Just Friends and American Dreamz), Moon Bloodgood ("Journeyman"), Michael Clarke Duncan (Green Mile), and Black Eyed Peas' rapper Taboo. You know an action movie is legitimate once they have their token rapper.

If you want to have your ear drums blown out by hoards of teenage girls, go watch the Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. Prepare to dance, sing, mock, and, of course, be amazed. Just in case, the idea of watching a concert on a huge screen isn't enticing to you, you might be interested in learning that there's also a behind-the-scenes documentary sprinkled in between songs, not to mention cameos from pop sensations Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift. Perhaps you'll even catch the subtle beginnings of Taylor and Joe's now defunct relationship.

If you liked the illegal immigration plot of Crash, then you'll love Crossing Over. It covers the lengths to which people will go to stay in America, the strict laws that are implemented, the age ranges of immigrants who are deported unfairly, and the trouble that they get in to fit into American society. The best part isn't even that Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Jim Sturgess (21), and Alice Braga (I Am Legend) are starring. It's that it doesn't just cover the Mexican border. There are immigrants who are Asian, Indian, South African, British, Australian, etc. It's the melting pot boiling over.

If you liked Eagle Eye, then you might want to see Echelon Conspiracy. It's a suspense thriller about a cellphone (*cough* commercial *cough*) controlled by an NSA computer that--instead of throwing you into sudden panic by threatening your life and everyone you love at first--gives you orders that leads to survival (not dying in an airplane crash) and wealth (Vegas baby!). Unfortunately, whoever mysteriously gets this in the mail is eventually the computer. Of course, there's a reason the recipient was chosen, which the government has to figure out. Edward Burns (27 Dresses) and Ving Rhames play the agents tracking Shane West ("ER"), and for some reason a badass version of Tamara Feldman (Natalie on "Dirty Sexy Money") is inserted between sex scenes.

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