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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Action/Adventure/ Hong Kong Fu
Intense, surreal, sad, beautiful

Description: The famed warrior, Li Mu Bai, and Yu Shu Lien, a security consultant, are in love. Honor separates them. You know, just go see the movie, there's a lot of plot.

If I could write Haiku, I would about this movie.

CT,HD is a gorgeous movie. The scenery is beautiful ranging from Northern China desert vast to misty mountains and close forests. 

The fight scenes are many and mystically surreal. Fighters run up walls and over trees. Their feet skim the tops of mountain streams. There is a wonderful feeling of weightlessness. And after the first fight scenes, the entire theater broke into applause. It was that good.

The cast was incredible. Chow Yun-Fat as warrior Li Mu Bai, Michelle Yeoh as Yu Shu Lien, the capable warrior maid that he has loved silently for years, and Ziyi Zhang as Jen Yu, an impetuous young girl. There is plot and acting, and several moments of tear jerking, poignant sadness. The director, Ang Lee (of previous Sense and Sensibility fame), does a great job of pulling all of it together.

Definitely a thumbs up, however, this is a sad movie. The end is ambiguous at best. I loved the movie, but only see it if you are in the right frame of mind.

Miss Congeniality Action/Adventure and Comedy 
Light and fun, Sandra Bulluck kicks ass.

Plot nutshell Gracie Hart is a tough as nails FBI agent who's under a cloud for her impulsiveness, but she's the only female agent who can go undercover at the Miss United States pageant when a terrorist threatens to bomb it. 

Girls kicking ass is always a plus, but when you factor in the Cinderella makeover and hunky Benjamin Bratt, you have a can't miss movie for a girls' night out.

Gracie may be a mess, but her heart is in the right place and her job is her life. So she's more than a bit depressed when she's put on probation after a stake-out gone wrong. Her friend and fellow agent, Eric (played by yummy Benjamin Bratt), helps her out by requesting her as the undercover agent in his investigation of the Miss United States pageant bomb threats. 

Watching Gracie kick Eric's ass for his "favor" and her kicking and screaming over the makeover were great. Truly hilarious though was Michael Caine as her pageant coach as he tries to get her to act like a lady. 

I'd recommend this movie as a light-hearted good time - no deep moral, just that a girl can (and I had to say it one more time) kick ass and look fabulous at the same time.

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