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www.uptownmag.com movies Some legacy... movie review ★½ Nicholas Friesen S movie, The Santa Legacy. The whole time, a bunch of people stand around in rooms talk- ing about how important it is to cover up secrets about Santa, howBernard the Elf has become a drunk, how anyone who knows about the North Pole must be assassinated. You don't see any of these characters, but they are talked about in great length. The bad guys proceed to wipe out all of the elves and reindeer except for one: Vito Elf. Vito is a character we've never heard of before, he didn't exist in the previous three films and therefore, the inclusion of him seems like an incredibly forced stab at a spinoff. "People will watch anything as long as ay that you're a really big fan of the Tim Allen series The Santa Clause. You go to see the fourth Santa Clause THE BOURNE LEGACY Now playing they recognize the title," spouts a fictional movie executive. "Now let's get the cameras rolling on Die Hard without John McClane, Rambo without Rambo and Garfield with- out Garfield." This is the reality in which the movie- going public currently lives. Though there is no such film as The Santa Legacy, we have an incredibly similar film about Jason Bourne — or rather, a film about Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), a character who Jeremy Renner and Edward Norton in The Bourne Legacy. exists within the Bourne universe. Cross was one of a handful of agents trained, just like Bourne, in the ways of killing for government purposes. Due to the events of the three films in the series starring Matt Damon, a bunch of nervous higher-ups in the CIA (who also weren't in the afore- mentioned trilogy) are covering shit up. UPTOWN August 16, 2012 13 The Bourne Legacy proves to be the weakest link in the once- intelligent thriller series camera work, melodramatic score) is an amped-up version of what Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass defined in the previous films,making it come off like a fan film that takes itself too seriously. Director Tony Gil- roy actually wrote the previous three films, which is why it's so mind-boggling that this one feels like it's tagged on as an aside. There are a few great chase sequences, playing an asshole, such as in The Town. Cross is a sweet, trusting guy who can go off like a rocket when provoked.What made Matt Damon's Bourne work was the fact that he was a spy with amnesia. Here, Cross is trying to make sense of another situation (every spy from the program is being offed) but it's nowhere near as clever. The look of the film (seizure-inducing The American History X reunion of Edward Norton and Stacey Keach involves nothing more than them spending nearly an hour spouting exposition, trying to sell you a cheap knock-off. "You like Rolex watches? Here's a Polex. Your friends won't know the difference and, for some reason, it costs just as much." Renner is always likable, even when he's though none that rival any seen in the first film, and while Rachel Weisz does her job as a scientistwho is helping Cross piece togeth- er his puzzle, she seems lost for most of the film—not unlike the audience, actually. In the end, The Bourne Legacy does not stand up on its own as a movie. Don't talk about shit happening, show us the shit that's happening—and if you can't do that, then don't make the movie. Formoreinfo see ourmovie listingsonpage 12. Some movies were made to be seen on Blu-ray—and Steven Spielberg's 1975 masterwork is one of them It is,without a doubt,the director's See Jaws like you've never seen it before Main Menu Amanda Stefaniuk ★★★★★ Jaws: Blu-ray Universal Available now To paraphrase some- most perfect work—a tightly com- posed thriller filled with unaffected characters and horrific scenes of shark attacks that still manages to terrify viewers nearly 40 years later. Roy Scheider stars as Brody, thing I heard recently: the moment you no longer enjoy the movie Jaws is the moment you no longer enjoy life. And when Steven Spiel- berg admits that the new hi-def transfer of his 1975 classic looks bet- ter than it did in the theatres, you knowit's time to commit to the Blu- ray format. atmosphere, with Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss rounding out the cast as a grizzled sailor and oceanog- rapher, respectively. If Spielberg's vote for hi-def isn't enough to convince you, how about the steadfast sheriff trying to keep the community of Amity together as a deadly shark invades their waters. Local Massachusetts actors add to the small-town the Blu-ray exclusive documentary that delves further into the movie's mythology? The two-hour feature bypasses the usual trivia — the shark had mechanical problems; the shoot went hellishly over schedule —and instead, bombards the view- er with information to the point at which you feel like you worked on the damn thing yourself. It's fun to learn that Spielberg wasn't even in the state when the end shot was filmed. He had enough of the shoot and boarded a plane for L.A., leav- ing the climatic finale to his trusted crew. ★★★½ Vega$: Season Three, Volume Two Paramount Available now There is no other reason to own this volume of Vega$ other than it features the Wayne Newton epi- sode — previously championed by film writer/curator Kier- la Janisse, who regularly screened it on the singer's birthday during her time in Winnipeg — called Dead Ringer. Wayne stars as himself in this 1981 episode with the late Richard Lynch as a deranged fan who believes that he's the real Newton and the entertainer merely an imposter. Lynch provides both chills as he takes a straight razor to a doll of the Danke Schoen singer, and pity with an effective montage of the song MyWay,which pits his struggling jazz singer against Wayne's swinging rendition. The rest of the season is decent, with the charismatic Robert Urich as Detective Dan Tanna, solving the lurid crimes of Las Vegas in his trusty Thunderbird. tor; Bernie;A Separation; NCIS: Sea- son 9. Aug. 18—The Hunger Games;Aug. 21—The Dicta- Upcoming Releases writer who literally grewup in a video store. Amanda Stefaniuk is a freelance Courtesy of Sony Pictures

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