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Movies – June 2009

April, 2009
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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Obligatory blockbuster time again, as Michael Bay launches one of the most expensive and publicity-backed films in history. Costing over USD200 million to make, the sequel promises an onslaught of CGI that looks like it came from the future, an even more sizzling Megan Fox and a whole new batch of clever pop culture references. This is an example of how to revive a dormant franchise, and the first movie in the series remains surprisingly addictive two years on. Consider our hopes officially up. Autobots, go!

Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Hugo Weaving, Tyrese Gibson
Rating: PG-13

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My Sister’s Keeper

An emotional tour de force, this motion picture puts family and human ties above all else. We behold as Anna Fitzgerald, a young girl whose older sister suffers from leukemia. Anna must balance her natural ability to help her sibling through bone marrow transplants with an equally natural desire to live her own life. Love, destiny and responsibility all figure prominently in what could be the smartest tear-jerker of the year. 

Director: Nick Cassavetes
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Jason Patric, Alec Baldwin
Rating: PG-13

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

This animated powerhouse continues to chill, with the old crew coming back for more shenanigans and a touch of romance courtesy of Scrat and his new flame, Scratte. The catch this time are dinosaurs, who enter the fray as more than mere backdrop, forcing the characters to work together and adapt to all-new conditions. Sort of like kids on summer break, don’t you think? 

Director: Carlos Saldanha
Starring: Sean William Scott, Chris Wedge, Queen Latifah, Simon Pegg
Rating: PG

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Forget everything you know about old Harry, it’s graduation time. No longer a boy, the magician prepares to journey into the world after six years at Hogwarts, aided and abetted personally by Dumbledore himself. As did the book, the movie brings to life Lord Voldemort’s more despotic plans, pitting Harry and company against a growing threat. This was the most mature of the Potter novels, and we expect the movie version to do the same. However, we’re not done yet, expect more from Harry in a couple of years.

Director: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon
Rating: PG

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G-Force 

We expect G-Force to do well in the box office not just because of cute visuals, but because it brings to the table among the funniest characters we’ve seen in a while. Humor is imperative here, and nothing sets the mood for bonding better than a healthy chuckle. The story? A task force of guinea pigs gets sent on a mission to save the world from a deranged megalomaniac and an army of diabolical machines. Not just any machines, but household appliances. The guinea pigs work for the government, and come equipped with the latest weapons and gizmos. If this didn’t just make you laugh out loud, you have your work cut out for you this summer. 

NOTE: this movie not related to the Japanese animation show known as G-Force.

Director: Hoyt Yeatman
Starring: Penelope Cruz, Sam Rockwell, Nicolas Cage, Tracy Morgan
Rating: PG
 

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Adam

We could have picked another fun and breezy animated movie for the next slot, but chose to go with Adam, a smart, touching and profound tale of a pop-culture minded writer who befriends her downstairs neighbor, the titular Adam. He’s a great kid, but autistic, which creates a genuinely human challenge for both characters, as well as the audience. The premise and conduct of this film truly shed light on human contact and the rewards it brings. Highly recommended. 

Director: Max Meyer
Starring: Rose Byrne, Hugh Dancy, Amy Irving
Rating: PG-13

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