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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on July 2009 “Put some dinosaurs in it,” some Fox studio exec undoubtedly decreed for the second Ice Age sequel. Until now, these mildly diverting movies had done one thing right: they’ve remained within their stated…

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on July 2009 Dear Metropolis (specifically Don Morton), I am an 11-year-old boy and I am absolutely disgusted by the fact that your film reviewer can give a film (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) a bad…

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Monsters vs. Aliens

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on July 2009 A woman is hit by a meteorite, quickly grows to 49 feet, 11 inches tall, and is immediately snatched by a secret federal agency and incarcerated among several other misfit creatures derived from…

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Knowing

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on July 2009 I haven’t seen a movie this grimly self-serious since M. Night Shyamalan’s last turkey. An astrophysicist (a one-and-a-half-expression Nicolas Cage) retrieves from a time capsule a random list of numbers that he decodes…

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on July 2009 As the nearly adult Harry and his pals Ron and Hermione begin their sixth year at Hogwarts, Harry obtains a helpfully annotated Potions textbook that once belonged to the mysterious title prince, and…

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Sunshine Cleaning

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on July 2009 Rose is a disillusioned, single-mother, 30-something ex-cheerleader now cleaning houses. Her laidback sister Norah is not really interested in looking for work. (The casting of Amy Adams and Emily Blunt in these roles…

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Race to Witch Mountain

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on July 2009 The fairly constant action in this Disney car-chase movie starts when two teenagers who happen to be from another planet (AnnaSophia Robb & Alexander Ludwig) materialize in the taxi driven by an ex-racecar…

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on June 2009 In Woody Allen’s latest of many, many films on sex and love, two young American women (an excellent Rebecca Hall and an adequate Scarlett Johansson) spending the summer in Barcelona each allow themselves…

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Feast II: Sloppy Seconds

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on June 2009 If you read my review of Feast, you’ll remember what a challenge it was for me to come up with 100 words on biker-bar patrons getting eaten by monsters. So how was I…

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The Visitor

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on June 2009 It’s always nice to see an accomplished character actor step up to a lead role, and Richard Jenkins does so with wit and pathos in this heartfelt, fresh perspective on the subject of…

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The Reader

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on June 2009 Michael, a callow 15-year-old (David Kross) in 1958 Germany, falls into a sexual affair with an older woman (Kate Winslet), a reclusive streetcar conductor. Their physical passion takes on more personal tones when,…

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