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“Super 8” brims with hackneyed plot lines and cliches

After much viral hype and speculation, the J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg alien epic “Super 8” has now landed in theaters. With a similar setup that Abrams used in “Cloverfield,” the film depicts a mystery-shrouded, violent alien and its encounters with Earth’s inhabitants. The story centers around a group of
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Magnetic Pull

The latest film in the X-Men franchise brings an unexpected freshness to the series, given us an action-packed look into the origins of the beloved superheros.

Superhero origin stories can have a way of refreshingly rebooting a franchise, no matter how squandered the series was before. Similar to how “Batman Begins” brought a new light (or lack thereof) to a previous, laughable franchise, Matthew Vaughn’s prequel “X-Men: First Class” has revived the film franchise with a
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Twisted Branches

Winner of Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, ‘The Tree of Life’ is a visually stunning and philosophical film.

The Tree of Life,” philosopher and filmmaker Terrence Malick’s first film in over half a decade, opens with the news of a young boy’s death that is never mentioned again. Framed by this veil of mortality, the rest of the film contains an emotional intimacy that has not been on
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‘Hangover’ sequel, a hollow imitation of the original

Though a raunchy romp, the follow-up is all too familiar.

Bros, rejoice as the wolf pack is back and ready to wreak havoc in the hustling and bustling streets of…Bangkok? Sure, the slums of Thailand are a far cry from the glamour of Vegas but it’s a surprisingly fitting location for this zany sequel. The antics are crazier and the
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‘Paris’ delights and enchants

After a series of recent flops, Woody Allen returns with the whimsical ‘Midnight in Paris.’

Supine on a hotel bed, Inez asks Gil, “Do you really want to give it all up just to struggle?” Yes, he does. And if people like Gil didn’t give it all up, we wouldn’t have movies like Woody Allen’s 41st feature film “Midnight in Paris.” Skeptics like Inez are
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“Hesher” brings heavy metal to the indie film scene

The new film, by director Spencer Susser, features Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the titular rocker/vagrant

He is Hesher. He is tattooed, with hair down to his elbows and a dirty grin. He likes to fuck people’s shit up – and not just their stuff. According to the Urban Dictionary, hesher means some kind of metalhead-stoner-type. Here, Hesher is the reheated dregs of grunge and everything
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Women on the verge

Chick flick and dick flick have spawned an unlikely progeny: With Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids,” the trappings of the typical female-geared genre (you know, weddings and women) and dude-oriented entertainment (bodily fluids) merge to produce a movie that, in its execution, is much more than the sum of its parts. Paul
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