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Why would I watch an *extended…

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Why would I watch an *extended* version of “Waterworld”? “Hey, remember that movie that wasn’t very good? Want to see MORE of it?”

Friday movie roundup – March 27

Friday, March 27th, 2009

All aboard the roundup train!

“Monsters vs Aliens” — great fun, cool 3D, fast pace, shallow story. I saw it at a promo screening last Saturday morning when I was in Houston, technically on vacation. And you think I don’t care about your needs!

“The Haunting in Connecticut” — I hoped the fact that it played at South By Southwest might mean it was better than the average haunted-house PG-13-rated fright flick, but no. It’s the same as the average. And I’m tired of lame things saying they’re “based on a true story” in an attempt to seem scarier. I’m not buyin’ it.

“12 Rounds,” in which a professional wrestler named John Cena has to save his girlfriend from bad guys, was not screened for critics and is thus one of Hollywood’s Shameful Secrets®. I’m reviewing it for Film.com sometime this weekend.

In the catching-up department, “The Last House on the Left” is a fairly well-made revenge thriller and is probably better than Wes Craven’s landmark 1972 original. And “Knowing,” despite its many bad reviews, engrossed and entertained me for most of its running time. I still need to catch “Duplicity,” but hopefully that will happen today or tomorrow. If I continue speaking of it in the passive voice, perhaps it will happen without my having to make any effort.

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