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Hercules

The old saying is true: being a legend isn't all it's cracked up to be. At least not when you're Hercules, in this case the older, sadder sort of Hercules played by Dwayne Johnson (The Other Guys), who finished his famous Twelve Labors long ago and now wanders around the Mediterranean as a mercenary for hire.

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The legend takes time out to play with his cat. I mean, the Nemean Lion.

Lucy

First of all, it's wrong to say we only use 10% of our brain, or "cognitive capacity", as it's called here. The fact is, just sitting around listening to music lights up a good portion of the brain with activity, and concentrating on solving a problem involves even more, much more than a mere 10%. But it sounds good, doesn't it? Admittedly it makes us seem like underachievers, but it also lets us imagine a time when the world will be a utopia simply because we've all figured out how to unlock our full potential.

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Lucy plays with electrical impulses, Matrix-style.

The Purge: Anarchy

The characters have finally figured out what I said about the first movie -- the only reason the "New Founding Fathers" came up with this Purge idea was to get rid of what they considered the riff-raff. All right, to be fair, all the characters in the first movie were rich enough not to care so much about that, and apparently they were also self-centered enough not to think much about that sort of thing, except for the annoying little boy.

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The cast watches as the sergeant tells Cali to shut up for the 367th time.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

It's been ten years and one really nasty genetically-engineered plague since the first movie in this new series, and the world just isn't what it used to be. Caesar (Andy Serkis of the Hobbit / Lord of the Rings franchises) and his followers, settled comfortably in the redwood forests near what's left of San Francisco, haven't seen a single sign of a human for two years now and are reasonably sure they're all gone.

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An ape on a flagpole observing the destruction. I couldn't resist this image.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

For some reason I was sure that this movie had already opened last weekend and I missed it. Well, not "missed", exactly, more like "successfully avoided". But then here it was, and I decided to risk it... then came within a centimeter of changing my mind when I realized that the run time was 165 minutes. Yes, that's two hours and 45 minutes. That's three minutes longer than Avatar, and I barely survived that.

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Optimus Prime as a shiny semi. When on the run, stay inconspicuous.

Edge of Tomorrow

I'm usually a little nervous going into any Tom Cruise movie (such as Oblivion), but as soon as I realized how smarmy the character he was playing was to start with, I decided it would be all right. He's always totally believable as a self-centered jerk, which is certainly what Major William Cage is to start with. The only reason he's in the Army is because he was in ROTC in college and after the advertising firm he worked for went under, he decided the patriotic thing to do was to sell the military.

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The concept art for the Mimics. I thought it looked pretty cool.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

There must not be a limit to the number of blog tags I can put in, because if there was I think I would've found it just now. First of all, lots of people from X-Men: First Class are back, plus a lot of people from the first three X-Men movies (at least in cameos), plus a few new people, which makes a lot of people.

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Dr. Trask looking obsessive. Did I mention the alarming 1973 fashions?

Godzilla

Poor Godzilla. Being an alpha predator is such a thankless job. He's only trying to keep the world safe from giant mutant praying mantises, and all he gets is the military shooting at him, when they aren't just stalking him, waiting for another excuse to shoot. It's mostly the U.S. Navy shooting and stalking, since he's an amphibious ape-lizard alpha predator, so he swims when he isn't stomping around on two legs like a T-Rex. I realize that's a pretty odd-sounding description, but, well, Godzilla's always been odd-looking.

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Godzilla challenges the Kraken from the Clash of the Titans to a roaring contest

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

I went into this movie not really expecting much, which usually means that I have a good chance of being pleasantly surprised at some point. It worked all right for the first movie in this new franchise, but not so much this time. Somehow, this one managed to be both horribly rushed and terribly plodding at the same time, and I'm still not quite sure how that happened.

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Electro pleading silently for respect. But this movie respects no one.

Coherence

This is listed as science fiction on imdb, but that isn't quite right. I mean, it is sci-fi, considering that it deals with things like mysterious astronomical phenomena and the sort of physics that can make your head hurt if you look at it too closely, but it isn't just sci-fi. The only special effect is the comet in the night sky, which is very pretty but also the thing that's causing all the trouble.

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Em peeks around the corner, seeking to find herself.
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