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Movie: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow and Andy Serkis.
Released Nationwide: August 5, 2011
Stars: 3 1/2

James Franco's character of Will is trying to create a cure for Alzheimer's disease by testing a genetically engineered retrovirus on chimpanzees so that he can help his father (who suffers from the disease). The retrovirus gives the chimps increased intelligence, and after the chimp that seems to show the most improvement in intellect goes on a rampage after believing that her baby was threatened, the project is scrapped. Will takes the baby chimp home and raises him in secret, discovering that the increased intellect was passed on to the baby (which is named Caesar). Caesar soon becomes part of the family, and years later (after the retrovirus proves to no longer be effective), Caesar attempts to protect Will's father from perceived danger. Because of this, Caesar is forced to live in a primate sanctuary, and while there he becomes a dominant force amongst the other primates. He soon figures out how to free himself from his cage, as well as from the facility, and he gets a hold of a newer, more powerful version of the antivirus. After exposing the other primates to an airborne form, he attempts to free them all from their prison.

Here there be spoilers )

This one is worth checking out in at least a matinee format.
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Movie: Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, and Matthew Lewis.
Released Nationwide: July 15, 2011
Stars: 3

This is the second half of the book of the same name. In this last film, Harry must face Lord Voldemort to make sure that Voldemort cannot take over the world, or harm anyone else.

Here there be spoilers )

Super 8

Jun. 12th, 2011 04:58 pm
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Movie: Super 8
Starring: Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Gabriel Basso, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, and Elle Fanning.
Released Nationwide: June 10, 2011
Stars:2

A group of friends are working on making an amateur zombie film that they are hoping will win at the festival that they are planning on entering it in. In the process of filming one of the scenes at a train station, they witness a massive derailment of a passing train, and the camera that they are using happens to catch something escaping from the wreckage. The military quickly takes over their town, looking for what escaped from the train, and bring it back into custody. All the while, the kids are trying to figure out what is going on while they are trying to evade capture by the military (and as they are trying to keep themselves from being killed).

Here there be spoilers )

This film does not live up to the hype that seems to surround Abrams these days, and it's probably better to either skip it, or wait until you can catch it in a matinee.
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Movie: X-Men: First Class
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones and Kevin Bacon.
Released Nationwide: June 3, 2011
Stars:3

This is a reboot of the X-Men movie series which takes place during the Cuban Missile Crisis of the late '60s. The first group of "X-Men" are enlisted to help Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Eric Lensherr (Magneto) stop a Russian ship from bringing missiles to Cuba and beginning World War III.

Here there be spoilers )

The film was fun to watch (as a film and as a game of "spot the star"), and is worth checking out.

Thor

May. 15th, 2011 03:16 pm
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Movie: Thor
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins and Stellan SkarsgÄrd.
Released Nationwide: May 6, 2011
Stars:3

This film is based on the Marvel comic "Thor" and tells the story of how Thor was banished from Asgard (the home of the Norse gods) when his father decides that he is not worthy of being the successor for the crown. As a result, he must go to earth and prove that he is worthy of being the next king.

Here there be spoilers )

This was a fun film, and certainly worth going to see as a matinee.

Salt

May. 14th, 2011 03:08 pm
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Movie: Salt
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Released Nationwide: July 23, 2010
Released on DVD: December 21, 2010
Stars: 3

Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent who is being chased by agents within the CIA after she is accused of being a sleeper agent from Russia. She claims that she is innocent, and tries to escape so that she can find her husband because she is afraid for his life.

Here there be spoilers )

Hanna

Apr. 9th, 2011 09:50 pm
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Movie: Hanna
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett
Released Nationwide: April 8, 2011
Stars: 2 3/4

This is the story of a girl, raised by her father in the artic circle to become the perfect assassin so that she could take revenge upon the woman responsible for the death of her mother.

Here there be spoilers )

This film was entertaining enough for a matinee, but probably not for full price.
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Movie: Sucker Punch
Starring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung.
Released Nationwide: March 25, 2011
Stars: 2

After the death of her mother, and the accidental killing of her sister, Baby Doll is committed into an insane asylum by her step-father. Once inside, she begins putting together a plan to help her escape.

Here there be spoilers )

Skip this one, unless you want to check out the fight scenes, and then, wait until it comes out on Red Box.

Limitless

Mar. 21st, 2011 08:56 pm
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Movie: Limitless
Starring: Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro
Opened Nationwide: March 18, 2011
Stars: 3

This is the story of Eddie, a man who seems to have no direction or ambition, and who suddenly find himself being giving unlimited possibilities and potential. But with all of the good things that he's found himself the recipient of come with a price.

Here there be spoilers )

If anything, it was worth checking out at least as a matinee.
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Movie: The Adjustment Bureau
Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Michael Kelly and Anthony Mackie
Opened Nationwide: March 4, 2011
Stars: 2 1/2

This is the story of David and Elise. David is running for office, but when he's involved in a scandal, he ends up losing the race. Practicing his in a men's room, he meets Elise. They are instantly attracted to each other, but the Adjustment Bureau tries to keep them apart from the beginning.

Here there be spoilers )

Go for the matinee on this one, but don't pay full price for it.
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Movie: Drive Angry
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner and Billy Burke.
Opened Nationwide: February 25, 2011
Stars: 1

Nicolas Cage plays John Milton, a man who breaks out of Hell so that he can save his granddaughter from being killed by a cult leader.

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All-in-all, I'd say skip it completely.

Unknown

Feb. 19th, 2011 04:15 pm
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Movie: Unknown
Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones and Aiden Quinn
Opened Nationwide: February 18, 2011
Stars: 3 1/2

In this psychological thriller, Neeson stars as Dr. Martin Harris, a biologist in Berlin for a conference. While his wife is checking into their hotel after they arrive, he realizes that he has left his briefcase at the airport and goes back to locate it. On the way there, he is in an accident, where he receives head trauma and is in a coma for four days. When he awakes, his wife doesn't seem to know who he is, and there is another man claiming to be him. And so begins his attempt to prove who he is.

Here there be spoilers )
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Movie: The Expendables
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, and Mickey Rourke (with cameos by Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Opened Nationwide: August 13, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010
Stars: 1

Sylvester Stallone is the leader of a group of mercenaries, who get an assignment to take out a South American dictator. Along the way, they find out that he is being controlled by a former CIA agent who is only interested in making money.

Here there be spoilers )

All-in-all, I'd say skip it entirely. But if you really feel like watching it, find it somewhere online, where you won't have to pay for it.

The Eagle

Feb. 13th, 2011 03:14 pm
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Movie: The Eagle
Starring: Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell
Opened Nationwide: February 11, 2011
Stars: 3

In 140 AD a young centurion travels through Hadrian's Wall into what is now Scotland to retrieve the standard of his father's legion, and regain his family's honor. Along with him, he takes his personal slave, a man whose father was the chief of their tribe in Briton, and whose whole family was killed during an attack by the Romans.

Here there be spoilers )

While it was ok, I'd say, don't bother paying full price for it. Watch it on a matinee, or wait for it to show up on DVD.
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Movie: The Mechanic
Starring: Jason Statham and Ben Foster
Opened Nationwide: January 28, 2011
Stars: 3

Jason Statham stars as Arthur Bishop, a hitman who is the best one around at his job (because he can make things look like they were accidents). After being ordered to kill his mentor, he takes on his mentor's son and tries to teach him the "art" of being a hitman.

Here there be spoilers )

It's not necessarily something that I would pay full price to go see, but worth a matinee viewing.