Act of Valor

Blu-ray Review: Despite Real Navy SEALs, ‘Act of Valor’ Feels Painfully Phony

Act of Valor Blu-ray

CHICAGO – “Act of Valor” is a woeful miscalculation on every conceivable level. To call it a movie would be inaccurate. You know those slickly photographed, stupendously smug army recruitment videos that often appear in pre-show movie theater ads? Imagine one of those videos stretched to two hours and passed off as entertainment. It’s like a Michael Bay knockoff without the aliens.

Film News: ‘21 Jump Street’ Dominates Weekend Box Office

21 Jump Street

CHICAGO – Not too many surprises in the box office this weekend, as pretty much every film placed where it was predicted to finish. Lead by “21 Jump Street,” which came in at number one, the top five was rounded out by “The Lorax,” “John Carter,” “Project X,” and “A Thousand Words.”

Film Review: ‘Act of Valor’ a Puzzling Example of a War Film

CHICAGO – The military soldier is one of the most fascinating character studies in art. He or she works at the highest level their training allows, and routinely go into battles based on decisions made far away from their own reality. “Act of Valor” attempts to define that loyalty - to themselves, their fellow soldiers and their country.

Film News: ‘Safe House’ Wins Box Office as ‘Ghost Rider,’ ‘This Means War’ Disappoint

Safe House with Denzel Washington

CHICAGO – While the winner of last weekend’s box office, “The Vow,” was not able to win back-back weekends, it was not beaten out by a new release either. “Safe House,” which finished behind “The Vow” as number two last weekend, took the top prize on its second weekend with a $24 million gross.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘Act of Valor’ With U.S. Navy SEALs

CHICAGO – In our latest action/adventure edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of the new film “Act of Valor” starring active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs!

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