As you’ve no doubt already heard, “Terminator Salvation,” which opened Thursday, is kind of meh, with a little bleh and eh thrown in for good measure. Without the time-travel element or Schwarzenegger in a leading role, and without the majority of the violence and murder being committed by the good guys, it hardly feels like a “Terminator” movie at all.
Somewhat better is the moderately enjoyable “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (review at Cinematical), which made me laugh enough to make it worthwhile. Hank Azaria is particularly useful as a resurrected Egyptian pharaoh wannabe. I’ve expected to dislike both “Night at the Museum” films, then have wound up liking them just fine. Apparently Ben Stiller wields magical powers.
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