Alright, so Transformers: Dark of the Moon was not as bad as Revenge of the Fallen. But man, it did not fall under any definition of “good” that I use, as I was led to believe it might. I enjoyed many aspects of Dark of the Moon: some of the action set pieces were spectacular, the special effects were awe-inspiring, and it has the best use of live action 3D that I’ve seen since Avatar. Also, there is a lot of base jumping in this film, and it is exhilarating.

All that being said, this is a situation where the negatives outweigh the positives. Assume SPOILERS for the film follow beyond this point.

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/Film editor David Chen pointed me towards an article in The Sun which talks about a new technology patented by Apple that will “sense when people are trying to video live events — and turn off their cameras.” According to the article:

If an iPhone were held up and used to film during a concert infra-red sensors would detect it. These sensors would then contact the iPhone and automatically disable its camera function. People would still be able to send text messages and make calls.

While this idea leaves a bad taste in my mouth, I immediately saw a better use for such technology — movie theaters.

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When Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace would be released in 3D on February 10, 2012, the /Film readers spoke their minds. Here are some gems from the almost 100 comment thread:

  • oh good so i can go and not see it again..
  • You know George, when everyone called the movie flat and completely lacking in any depth, this wasn’t what they meant.
  • Hey, this proves that the world will end in 2012!
  • This franchise is deader than shit, for the love of god, stop raping its corpse.
  • Nothing about this is appealing to me……..and Natalie Portman doesn’t get hot till the next one.
  • Public distaste for Lucasfilm is at an all time high. This is going to be an epic fail at the box office. Why would anyone subject himself to the one of the worlds dullest movies AGAIN?

Well fans, Lucasfilm might have heard you.

According to a recent interview, Star Wars producer Rick McCallum suggested if The Phantom Menace 3D doesn’t live up to box office expectations, they might not release anymore Star Wars films in 3D. We explore the pluses, and minus, of that after the jump. Read More »

This isn’t so much a review as it is a disclaimer. Bridesmaids, which opens Friday May 13, isn’t what you think it is. I know the ads and trailers make it out to seem like a bit of a chick flick. Something that’s strictly for a group of girlfriends to go see akin to Sex and the City 2. Well, as Peter’s review said so well, Bridesmaids transcends the chick flick. More than that, it’s not just “the female Hangover” either. Bridesmaids is better than that. And funnier. And grosser. And the kind of comedy that both guys, and girls, will love equally. In fact, the guys might like it more.

I’ll attempt to explain that opinion without spoilers after the jump but, if this is as far as you get, let’s just be straight. Guys, it’s not only safe to see Bridesmaids this weekend, you totally should. Read More »

[The following contains major spoilers for Sucker Punch]

Battle: Los Angeles. I Am Number Four. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Clash of the Titans. The Wolfman. Resident Evil: Afterlife. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

What is it that these tentpole action films have in common?

They all received better reviews than Sucker Punch.

Yes, once hailed as being among the more anticipated cinematic outings of the year, writer/director Zack Snyder‘s fantastical pop culture mash-up was unleashed in theaters this week only to be met with an overwhelming amount of sneering hostility and ridicule. And yet, amidst the critical excoriation of the film for its spastic overindulgence and numbing stupidity, as well as the outright repudiation of its girl power themes (even /Film’s own Angie Han has shared her thoughts on the failed feminism of the film), I stand alone to shamefully whisper: I kind of liked it. And I think it’s about time to give this film its due. Read More »

[The following contains major spoilers for Sucker Punch]

Is Zack Snyder‘s Sucker Punch exploitation or empowerment? That’s the question that’s been floating around since even before the film was released, and it’s a pretty obvious one given that the movie was marketed entirely on the appeal of scantily clad young women wielding big ass weapons. Most of the reviews I’ve read of the film at least touch on the issue, and Snyder has preemptively addressed it in interviews by saying he intends the film to be empowering to women.

It’s not.

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We thought global warming was heating up the planet, but really it’s Hollywood. They’re making it summer all year long. The first weekend of May is generally considered the beginning of the summer movie season but, as those three months got more and more crowded, that date slowly crept into late April. Now, 2011 changes that like never before.

So many potential blockbusters staked their claim on prime May, June and July 2011 release dates, in some cases, years in advance, Hollywood was forced to change its thinking more than usual. For the next two months, each and every weekend has at least one or two films that, in the past, would have easily been considered summer blockbusters and it all begins this Friday, March 4. So, is it crazy to say that the summer of 2011 begins in March? We don’t think so. Look at the list of films opening between this week and Thor on May 6 and tell us that, in almost any other year, these movies would not be considered summer blockbusters. Read More »

Who wants more Justin Bieber? How about 40 minutes more? Well, you are in luck. After some deliberating, Paramount has decided to release a 40-minute longer Director’s Fan Cut of the hit concert documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never this Friday, February 25 only in 3D. Tickets go on sale Tuesday February 22 at 8 p.m. EST. Set those Google Calendars.

In all seriousness, I saw this film over the weekend and…it’s actually pretty good. Way better than Unknown or I Am Number Four. Read the full press release for the re-release and a few reasons why you should care about this news after the break. Read More »

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