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Editor's rating: 
 4.3
 
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
District 9 (2009) I love science fiction films, but this film was just not up my alley.  As with “Inglourious Basterds,” “District 9” gets docked several points for the shear graphic violence.  How many times must I say it?  “Films don’t need this graphic violence.  It is completely gratuitous.”  And that’s another thing.  Where did that phrase come from?  If it is a bad thing then why would we call it gratuitous?  We don’t want it.  Anyway, I digress. “District 9” is an alien versus humans film structured like an episode of “Cops” meets “Starship Troopers.”  After the first dozen or so minutes of a film comprised of corporation employee interview snippets and shaky camera footage, I had to skip a few chapters to see whether there was actually any story to the film.  In fact, you can skip most everything in the film ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.4
 
Monday, 14 December 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) Let’s get right into this.  Is this a good movie?  Absolutely.  Is this a good movie for the book series?  Absolutely NOT.  While I respect screenwriters for having to take a 750-page book and convert it into a two and one half hour movie, this movie just doesn’t cut it.  Many overlook that the fact that the movie changes and leaves out storylines from the book because they simply fill it in with their imagination. With all the Harry Potter films I happen to have seen the films and then read the corresponding books.  The problem is that when you watch the film again, there is confusion abound.  I sat through this film for the second time and felt like two-thirds of the movie was missing.  I could have sworn I saw this scene and that scene.  But what it actually ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.4
 
Monday, 23 November 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Terminator Salvation (Director's Cut) (2009) There are few action film sagas that have garnered as much respect as the Terminator series.  Besides propelling Arnold Schwarzenegger to stardom, the film is the original, modern day, man versus machines story.  Its popularity has even resulted in a TV series, “Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles.” “Terminator Salvation” is the fourth installment in the saga.  In the first film the adult John Connor was sent from the future to stop a terminator from the future from killing Sarah Connor.  The man sent to protect Sarah Connor was Kyle Reese.  He develops a relationship with Sarah resulting in the birth of John Connor, who is the leader of the human resistance against the machines in the future. The sequel picks up with John Connor at the age of 14.  A terminator is sent back in time to kill John Connor this time.  The ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.1
 
Thursday, 19 November 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Shorts (2009) Robert Rodriguez, the creator of the hit saga, “Spy Kids,” returns to his roots with “Shorts.”  Unfortunately, the film is a bust.  The trailers indicate that it had promise, but in the end the film fails to teach anything or keep audiences interested from beginning to end.  The film topped out at $20 million at the box office, which is hardly anything compared to the amount spent on the production of the film. “Shorts” is structured somewhat like “Vantage Point.”  The movie begins with narration by the lead kid character.  When he reaches a certain point he rewinds to a different perspective and part of the story, hence “shorts.”  The film is comprised of a half dozen short films that are all supposed to fit together in the end.  Unfortunately, there really isn’t reason to do this.  It could have been ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.5
 
Friday, 09 October 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Dark Crystal, The (1982) Today we are used to the awesome power of CGI controlled animated films.  However, before there was Disney/Pixar and DreamWorks, there was Jim Henson.  As with his last film, "Labyrinth," "The Dark Crystal" is the product of an imaginative genius at work.  Fresh off the consulting work for Lucas in the production of Yoda, Henson created an all-puppet animated film. "The Dark Crystal" is a lot creepier than its successor, "Labyrinth."  This is mainly due to the creatures that stir in the shadows.  Kids will surely have a fear of monsters after watching this film.  Monsters are not as lovable as in, say, "Monsters Inc."  Nevertheless, this is another classic tale of good versus evil.  However, it is not merely about the fight of one against the other.  There are heavy underlying tones that deal with the partnership between good and ...
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