Director of arguably some of the best superhero films ever made, Christopher Nolan, must be commended. He is a master of misdirection. Although a decent amount of information could be gleaned about his latest film in the Batman series, 'Dark Knight Rises,' even hours of speculation failed to perfectly predict what would unfold during the nearly three-hour conclusion....
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It?s been twenty years since "Predator" fans have been able to see the glowy-green-blooded aliens in their natural hunting environment and not taking on H.R. Giger-designed aliens. The wait, thankfully, has been worth it...
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The Ammo Dump is back. Oh, and so is Iron Man in the simply named "Iron Man 2." The red-and-gold Avenger hit the theaters over the weekend, bringing in an estimated $133 million. A more than decent box office take for a far better than decent sequel.
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A movie that many action film lovers and comic book devotees have been waiting for since the first teaser hit the inter-web several months ago, "Kick-Ass" does manage to live up to those expectations. From the opening scene to the roll of the credits, it keeps the viewer engrossed and thrilled without ever slowing to the normal snail's pace that usually accompanies scenes of exposition.
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Michael Cera playing a neurotic, misunderstood teenager? Who would have seen THAT coming? Well, everyone. But his alter-ego, Francois Dillinger, is a nice deviation from that, as well as a nice deviant.
Nick Twisp (Cera) wants nothing more than to find a girl who understands him. He manages to do just that as he, his mom, and his mother's loser boyfriend are holed up in a trailer park, hiding out from vengeful sailors (long story). The problem with the girl is that her parents are zealous Christians...and her brother is a drug fiend...and she has a boyfriend.
Enter Francois Dillinger, an alter-ego capable of doing and saying everything Nick cannot. After some old-fashioned rebelling, Francois burns down half of Berkeley (serves 'em right) and goes on the lam, all in an effort to get the girl.
An entertaining excursion and certainly filled with plenty of good laughs, "Youth in Revolt" does not, thankfully, stoop to jokes of a scatological nature in order to get laughs. Cera's goofy, wide-eyed, naivete is balanced by his other character's stoic, unimpressed-by-anyone attitude. The dialogue is witty and it's easy to get behind Cera's underdog as the alternative is a sweater-wearing Aryan that would look at home in something involving abstinent teenage vampires.
"Youth in Revolt" is worth a watch or two, if for no other reason than seeing a movie with a character named Francois Dillinger.