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Super Bowl Commercial Review: TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON trailer (and watch it too!)

TRANSFORMERS DARK OF THE MOON teaser poster | ©2011 Paramount Pictures

With Super Bowl Sunday here, ASSIGNMENT X has decided to review the movie trailer commercials in between the game to see how well the studios are using their mega-dollars they’re spending to draw people into theaters. TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON Release Date: July 1, 2011 Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley What Is it? The third film in the TRANSFORMERS series about, well, more rampaging robots terrorizing major cities. Want To See Factor: Ummm, did anyone really like REVENGE OF THE FALLEN? The teaser trailer was more exciting, because this 30-second spot looked like highlights from the first movie, instead […]Read On »

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Super Bowl Commercial Review: COWBOYS & ALIENS trailer (and watch the trailer!)

COWBOYS & ALIENS poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures/DreamWorks

With Super Bowl Sunday here, ASSIGNMENT X has decided to review the movie trailer commercials in between the game to see how well the studios are using their mega-dollars they’re spending to draw people into theaters. COWBOYS & ALIENS trailer Release Date: Summer Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford What Is it? An adaptation of a little known comic book directed by IRON MAN’s Jon Favreau about cowboys battling aliens. Want To See Factor: Okay, now this is more like it. Are we excited yet? Yes. There’s Craig and Ford looking bad ass and the great juxtaposition of cowboys on horses […]Read On »

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Super Bowl Commercial Review: FAST FIVE trailer (and watch it too!)

FAST FIVE poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures

With Super Bowl Sunday here, ASSIGNMENT X has decided to review the movie trailer commercials in between the game to see how well the studios are using the mega-dollars they’re spending to draw people into theaters. FAST FIVE Release Date:  April 29 Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker What Is It: The fifth sequel in THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise Want To See Factor: The action looks good, but it’s the fifth movie, so it’s more of the same. Super Bowl Points:  Some nice explosions, great car action and a couple impressive stunts. A little sex appeal in the beginning […]Read On »

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Super Bowl Commercial Review: KUNG FU PANDA 2 trailer (and watch it too!)

KUNG FU PANDA 2 poster | ©2011 DreamWorks

With Super Bowl Sunday here, ASSIGNMENT X has decided to review the movie trailer commercials in between the game to see how well the studios are using their mega-dollars they’re spending to draw people into theaters. KUNG FU PANDA 2 Release Date:  May 26, 2011 Stars: The voice of Jack Black What Is It: The DreamWorks animated film sequel about a Kung Fu Panda. Want To See Factor: Did the first one really do that well to warrant this one? Sorry, just a bunch of imagery we saw from the last film? What makes this different? Super Bowl Points:  Queen’s […]Read On »

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Super Bowl Commercial Review: BATTLE: LOS ANGELES trailer

BATTLE LOS ANGELES poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

BATTLE: LOS ANGELES Release Date:  March 11, 2011 Stars:  According to the trailer, there’s no stars, just a bunch of angry robots and threatening spaceships attacking humans in Los Angeles.What Is It: Los Angeles is under attack by alien ships and some robots. Want To See Factor: Didn’t we just see this in SKYLINE? WAR OF THE WORLDS? DISTRICT 9. B-o-r-i-n-g! This does nothing to make me want to go to the theater. Super Bowl Points:  It’s not in 3D – which, frankly, is a major plus. Grade: C- CLICK HERE for more reviews of this year’s SUPER BOWL movie […]Read On »

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Super Bowl Commercial Review: JUST GO WITH IT trailer

JUST GO WITH IT poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

With Super Bowl Sunday here, ASSIGNMENT X has decided to review the movie trailer commercials in between the game to see how well the studios are using the mega-dollars they’re spending to draw people into theaters. JUST GO WITH IT Release Date:  February 11, 2011 Stars: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston,  sexy busty blonde What Is It: The Super Bowl commercials kick off into high gear with a jiggle show to promote the new Adam Sandler comedy. It begins a hot blonde in a yellow bikini coming out of the water and walking toward the camera. The commercial is so aware […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SANCTUM

SANCTUM movie poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures

James Cameron, who executive-produced SANCTUM, is famous for his love of diving, and although he did not direct this film, that passion and its cause are evident throughout. We see one breathtaking underwater vista after another, brought to us in uncommonly effective 3D. Most films waste the format – not so SANCTUM. Under Alister Grierson’s direction, we get a wonderful sense of how rock shelves in caves stretch out at a particular distance and we practically get vertigo watching water thunder down deep drops. Indeed, as the film opens and we have one of our few encounters with civilization, a few roof shacks appear to extend out into the theatre, roughly two rows in front of the viewer. It’s great.

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Movie Review: THE MECHANIC

THE MECHANIC movie poster | ©2011 CBS Films

Rating: R Stars: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland, Tony Goldwyn Writers: Richard Wenk and Lewis John Carlino, story by Lewis John Carlino Director: Simon West Distributor: CBS Films Release Date: Jan. 28, 2011 The 1972 original film THE MECHANIC starred Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent and Keenan Wynn. The 2011 remake has Jason Statham, Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland, respectively, in the roles. Writer Richard Wenk updated the screenplay, which is also credited to original writer Lewis John Carlino, who gets story credit. The structure is sharp and under Simon West’s direction, the plentiful action is punchy, including one vehicular sequence […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE RITE

THE RITE movie poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

THE RITE is actually based on the book “The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist” which follows real-life Catholic exorcist priest Father Gary Thomas and illustrates various points in his journey. The movie is ‘inspired by true-events’ so there is no really conclusive way to figure out where the original story ends and the Hollywood version starts. Still, the movie is an entertaining ride of white-knuckled tension that leaves the audience waiting for something diabolical to surface in scenes where there is actually nothing to indicate a scare.

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The Dork Side: Movie Quotables for Everyday Life

STAR WARS - original movie poster |©LucasFilm

“It’s a trap!” “I have a strange feeling about this.” “Never tell me the odds.” “Search your feelings, you know it to be true!” “All too easy.” “But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!” I think half of the things I say on a daily basis are from a STAR WARS movie. Recently, some cool bloggers in my town wrote about movie quotes that have worked themselves into their everyday lives. I repeat a lot of movie quotes throughout the day. For example, “I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise” from THE FIGHT CLUB. […]Read On »

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