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DVD MOVIE REVIEW: Sucker Punch (At Long Last!)

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First of all, I would like to apologize for the lateness of this review. I really tried to get to it in the theaters, but I had just gotten the job and it just didn't get got. In the future, if I miss a movie during its theatrical run I will get it on dvd, but I'm gonna try really hard not to do that.

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MOVIE REVIEW: "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (2011)

It got a 38% fresh rating Rotten Tomatoes, it probably cost more than the GDP of small countries, and it has been excoriated as epitomizing everything wrong with modern America.

So how was it? Considering where the bar was set, not awful.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Green Lantern

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Green Lantern is amazing. That's it, that's my entire review. Green Lantern is amazing, great and good even. It's probably the superhero movie closest to the comic book counterpart ever made. Go see it. Right now. Turn off your computer, go see the movie, then come back. I'll wait.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Super 8

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Super 8 is the highly anticipated, though not highly hyped, science fiction thriller from the acclaimed filmmaker (who I am personally dubbing the new Steven Spielberg) JJ Abrams and produced by the old Steven Spielberg (who also happens to be the actual Steven Spielberg). As the follow-up to Abrams' reboot of the Star Trek franchise, Super 8 had some fairly large shoes to fill (size 12 at least), and it fills them quite nicely. The best thing Abrams does to follow-up his Star Trek film is to go the exact opposite direction. Super 8 is the antithesis of what we've come to expect in a summer film. If you were to take the X-Files, the Stephen King coming-of-age story which was the basis for the film Stand by Me and throw in just a pinch of the Spielberg classic ET and mix it all together, well, you would pretty much have Super 8.

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DVD MOVIE REVIEW: Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

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Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is the DCU Animated Original Movie released on Tuesday to tie-in to the Green Lantern feature film coming out June 17th. It is very similar in format to the Batman: Gotham Knight animated movie (which was also a feature film tie-in for The Dark Knight) in that it is an anthology of several short subjects. It goes one better than Batman: Gotham Knight because it is actually a coherent story, which features several flashbacks. Batman: Gotham Knight was supposed to have some cohesion, but I didn't see it. This one really has cohesion, and I appreciate that.

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MOVIE REVIEW: X-Men: First Class

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Mutation. It is the key to our evolution. It has enabled us to evolve from a single celled organism into the dominant species on the planet. This process is slow, and normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward…

X-Men: First Class is the fifth installment of the X-Men film franchise, which started (and kicked off the current superhero trend in motion pictures to boot) with Bryan Singer’s X-Men way back in 2000. X-Men is unique among other superhero film franchises in that it has made it to five films without dying out or having to be rebooted. No other superhero film franchise has been able to accomplish this. Because of this, X-Men is worthy of some congratulations.

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SATURDAY B-MOVIE CRAP FEST: “The Phantom Planet” (1961)

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This is actually the first movie we’ve reviewed in the Crap Fest series that I’ve actually seen or heard of before. Granted, I have some vague, fleeting memories of “Cosmos: War of the Planets” - mostly the robot at the end - that may indicate I really saw it before, or it may simply be the result of that LSD someone put in my drink back in the 80s. Or both. Either way, I certainly never saw the whole film before reviewing it here, and I hope to never see it again.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Atlas Shrugged, Part One

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I was a bit delayed in watching this movie, so by the time I got around to the theater on Sunday, two days’ worth of reviews were already posted. I didn’t read any of them, but I did check out the rating on Rotten Tomatoes, just to get a rough idea of what I was getting into. The viewer rating was a very good 85%, but the critic rating was a basement level at a mere 10%. Suffice it to say, opinions are a bit mixed. I would place my own rating somewhere in between, but teetering more towards 10 than 85.

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SATURDAY MORNING B-MOVIE CRAP FEST: “War of the Robots” (1978)

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Science fiction movies are expensive, much more so than more conventional fare. Why? Well, it’s not like you can go rent yourself a space ship or run off to wallmart and buy an NERVA engine, or pick up some aliens from the zoo. If you want this kind of crap, you can rent some of it - there are prop houses in Hollywood that have ‘high tech’ props, but most of these are pretty cheezy, and turn up in so many movies that they’re instantly recognizable as props.

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