Writer-director J.J. Abrams ( has taken the modern creature-feature (a genre he earlier meddled with as the producer of Cloverfield) and cleverly blended it with familyfriendly adventure of a very specific vintage. If films such as Stand By Me, Gremlins and E.T. were part of your youth, you will be sure to appreciate what is going down in Super 8. The year is 1979. In a small steel town, a group of young friends filming a no-budget movie witness a train crash. A strange, indescribable cargo strewn among the wreckage threatens the survival of one and all. Abrams takes his time going for his “big reveal”, focusing instead on the warmth he finds amid his endearing teen protagonists. Stars Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney. the ring. The film tells the true story of the intersecting careers of half-brothers who embody very different brands of boxer. Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) is carefully guarding a store of potential that could take him all the way to the top. Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) blew all the potential he had on an addiction to crack cocaine. The Fighter may trace a familiar storytelling arc, but it steers clear of many cliches. is particularly impressive. If you are not punching the air at the sight of the A-Teamers operating an artillery tank while it plummets from a launch point just outside the planet’s atmosphere, you are just too hard to please. Stars Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper. project could easily have been A Few Good Nazis. This perfectly acceptable World War II thriller – telling the true story of an assassination attempt on Hitler in 1944 – features an effective performance from its leading man. Cruise plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, a maimed military officer who becomes both an enlightened architect and a reluctant linchpin of a plan to bomb Hitler’s compound.
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