Optimal Grime

Movies like “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon” bolster the sequel stereotype: they only get worse and worse. Michael Bay is milking these Hasbro toys until the teet runs dry, as the latest installment in the Transformers series is the weakest and most forgettable of the robo-mayhem franchise. The plot
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Full Throttle

It’s already become redundant to say that Pixar exhibits the gold standard in terms of animation. Over the past 25 years, the Emeryville-based studio has earned 26 Academy Awards, seven Golden Globes and the universal admiration of children and adults alike. They’ve managed to maintain a winning formula that combines
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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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