World War Z

A ravenous zombie leaps at a crowd of people -- aka the buffet line.

Seeing as how the entire United States was apparently utterly unprepared for the zombie apocalypse here, I’m guessing the CDC wasted a little too much time insisting that there was no zombie outbreak happening, and a few too many people believed them. It might not have been entirely their fault, though; zombification happens so quickly it is hard to see it coming.
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De Niro actually does something even more jarring than teaching Yvaine to waltz.

The movie industry keeps doing this to me. Some weekends I absolutely can’t decide between two films, and other weekends, there’s just nothing new out there that I’m getting paid enough to see. Actually, I’m not getting paid at all, but you know what I mean. And though I was interested to see Rush Hour 3, this is the one I was really after this weekend.

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Man of Steel

Superman prepares to smash a glacier into ice cubes with a power takeoff.

“Look! Up in the sky!” No one ever actually says, “Truth, justice, and the American way,” but the general idea of that still permeates the entire movie and I couldn’t help but think of it a lot. At least they do acknowledge now and then that there is a world outside of Metropolis and Smallville, which is more than a lot of action / disaster movies do. It kind of is a disaster movie, though that isn’t too surprising. When Superman fights people of roughly his own power level, the collateral damage is going to be huge.

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Mr. Brooks

Don't look behind you!  William Hurt just might be there.

Kevin Costner is Mr. Brooks, successful businessman, family man, and the Portland Chamber of Commerce’s Man of the Year. William Hurt is his sinister, deadly alter ego, Marshall. And Demi Moore is — in another movie altogether, playing homicide detective Tracy Atwood. We’ll get back to her later.

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The Purge

When dressing to kill, wear impractical clothing and masks so you can't see.

It’s 2022, and the Tea Party has completely taken over. I usually try not to be political, but it’s difficult to avoid it here. Supposedly, the fact that once a year, for just twelve hours, absolutely nothing is illegal has solved all the the problems of the United States, and it’s all thanks to the New Founding Fathers. The official story is that the Purge, as it’s called, makes the world better because it gets out all the violent impulses we have.
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The Hitcher

At least the poster's cool....

Apparently, there was only one movie opening in the infamous wide release this weekend, and I wasn’t lucky enough to get any of the limited release films around here this weekend. (That does sometimes happen, honest.) So that left me with The Hitcher.

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The Strangers

Liv Tyler competes in the 100-yard crawl under the watchful eye of a supermodel.

Finally, a movie has beaten Sunshine for the shortest cast list, with a mere eight people. You don’t even need to bother with three of the names. You never see what they look like, they don’t really act, and they might as well have been played by three random body doubles. I mean, they cast a supermodel, and never even show her face! But they’re the title characters, just the same, and they’re darned annoying.

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