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“Green Lantern” needs a second chance to make a first impression

“Green Lantern” needs a second chance to make a first impression

Posted on June 27th, 2011

An intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps chooses a brash test pilot named Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) to become its first human officer. Unfortunately for Hal, his Lantern predecessor was killed by a planet-devouring entity dubbed Parallax who sets its sights on devouring the Corps-protected planets starting with Earth. Hal must overcome his crippling fear in order to save the Earth and prove himself a worthy keeper of the peace. Green Lanterns have a very appealing and powerful weapon. A ring that harnesses the energy of pure willpower, then projects it into whatever form the wearer imagines. It’s like a portable hologram projector, except the holograms have a physical form. This weapon with unlimited possibilities is the reason we haven’t seen a “Green Lantern” movie until now. Portraying the power itself requires the most modern computer generated effects and a $100 million-plus budget. The power also provides the potential for unlimited silliness…

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“Super 8” almost resurrects that old Spielberg style

“Super 8” almost resurrects that old Spielberg style

Posted on June 15th, 2011

The most positive thing I can say about “Super 8” is how well it captures the style of those films from 30 years ago. Foul-mouthed kids? Check. Supernatural forces? Check. Sweeping music designed to fill the audience with wonder? Check. Grandiose action scenes? Check. Upbeat resolution? Check and mate. It takes elements from “E.T.,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Jaws” and so many others, you’ll feel waves of nostalgia during many of the key moments, especially in the first half. For this reason alone, I can almost recommend the film…






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“X-Men: First Class” is another worthy addition to the Marvel franchise

“X-Men: First Class” is another worthy addition to the Marvel franchise

Posted on June 15th, 2011

I had almost given up on the “X-Men” franchise after the misfire that was “X-Men 3: Last Stand” and the abysmal “Wolverine” spinoff. “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky recently teased comic book fans with a promise to make a higher-quality “Wolverine” film set in Japan (one of the most famous story lines in the character’s history) only to kill the project without adequate explanation. That news sunk my hopes even lower. At this point, a classic “X-Men” story taking place in the 1960’s didn’t make much sense to me. They had already modernized the original team members for the 2000’s and made them all youngsters. Thankfully with a bit of creative canon-bending, the gamble worked and audiences finally have another decent “X-Men” movie to enjoy…






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THE HANGOVER PART II fails to live up to the original

THE HANGOVER PART II fails to live up to the original

Posted on June 6th, 2011

Sequels rarely live up to the quality and success of the first film but “The Hangover Part II” should have been a slam-dunk. The original director and cast returned, including some of the popular minor characters. I knew it would be a box-office success, but I figured if it was even half as funny as first film, it would win me over. It didn’t and now it runs the risk of becoming the most disappointing sequel of the year…






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