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MOVIE REVIEW: Pokemon: “Arceus and the Jewel of Life” (2009)

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON 11/22/09

I ended up blowing off Iron Man on Friday night so I could watch this film and review it for you. Unfortunately stuff came up, and I didn't get to post it until Sunday. Meanwhile I went ahead and watched the Saturday repeat of Iron Man, and reviewing that before I completed writing this one. Obviously planning is not my strong suit, and I've always had a delicate relationship with time.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Captain America: The First Avenger

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Captain America: The First Avenger tells the story of Steve Rogers, a young guy who wants nothing more than to serve his country by fighting in World War II. The only problem is he's been classified 4F (unfit for military service). Steve's best friend, James "Bucky" Barnes, is a sergeant in the US Army and although he feels for his friend, he knows he wouldn't last long in battle with his frail frame. Bucky tries to talk Steve into giving up on the Army, but can't help but support him every time he tries to enlist (using different aliases in different recruiting offices). It is during one of these conversations that Steve's determination is noticed by a German scientist who is looking for candidates for his super soldier program.

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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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