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Green Zone

It's 2003. Do you know where your weapons of mass destruction are?

I suppose that was a common joke back then, but luckily or not, I can't really remember back that far. Truthfully, in spite of the awesomeness that is Matt Damon, I was a little unsure about this film because I'm so terrible at keeping track of politics and current events, which is basically the entirety of the movie. It's okay, though; as I suspected, they spell everything out quite clearly for the politically challenged like me, so you have a good plot and the awesomeness that is Matt Damon. What more could you want?

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Matt Damon as Roy Miller, trying to unravel the puzzle.

The Comic Book that Ate Hollywood

Well, took over Hollywood would be more accurate, but not as dramatic. The fact is, from Superman to Batman, Spider-Man to Iron Man, the movies have always had a place for heroes (at least as long as they have 'man' in their names somewhere, apparently). Okay, there's also the Fantastic Four, but face it -- they have probably the worst track record ever for comic book heroes making the transition to the silver screen. If you count characters like Zorro and ruthless anti-heroes like V of V for Vendetta, that makes for a lot of super-hero flicks.

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Kaboom! Pow! Kablooey! The art of the visual sound effect.

Alice in Wonderland

As soon as the movie starts, you know you're watching the work of Tim Burton and listening to the work of Danny Elfman. It almost looks ordinary to start with -- it's a proper Victorian setting, with only a little girl's dream to give any hint of the weirdness ahead. But you can forget about the little girl, because things quickly move ahead thirteen years, since this movie is about the 19-year-old Alice (Mia Wasikowska, who's apparently twenty but looks more like sixteen), who remembers her adventures down the rabbit hole only as a vague, recurring dream.

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A shockingly red-haired, crazed, badly-dressed Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.

Shiny new site. Same old reviewer.

My very first review, lo those many moons ago on http://incompetech.com/movie, was about Leo in Blood Diamond, so it seemed only right to start out with Leo again, this time in Shutter Island.

Shutter Island

Personally, I still find Leonardo diCaprio to be kind of an iffy actor. He's improved an awful lot since he first made me wince in the movie about the really big ship (he did fine in Blood Diamond, for instance), but he still seems to me to need a little help to manage a really good performance. Though I freely admit I might still be holding a subconscious grudge over The Aviator. And the movie about the really big ship.

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Deputy Warden, Federal Marshal Daniels, and Federal Marshal Aule take a walk.