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Christopher Troilo

District 9

By now you may have heard a rumbling about a rather small film called District 9. If you haven’t seen the movie as of yet, you probably don’t know much about its plot, or even who is in it, but you’ve probably heard something good about it from other critics. But here’s the real secret- the reason why everyone keeps raving about District 9 is because they knew nothing about it going in and it was the fun of being surprised that won them over. And if you’re even remotely interested in seeing this film after this review, you’ll do yourself the favor of reading or hearing as little as possible about it before the lights go down.
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Year One

The story of two Neanderthal-like men, who stumble and bumble away from their village and through a series of famous early Biblical stories, makes up the so-called plot of Year One. On paper I could see how a studio executive greenlit this project especially since Harold Ramis, writer of Caddyshack and Animal House, was at the helm.  However if any movie yet to be released in 2009 is worse than Year One, I’ll be shocked.

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the-hangover

Two friends and one soon to be brother-in-law decide to take their pal out for his bachelor party in illustrious Las Vegas two days before the wedding. Upon waking up the morning after, the hotel suite they stayed in is trashed, a few unexpected houseguests appear, the groom is missing, and no one can remember a thing.

I’m very happy to see the return of the R-rated, smart comedies. I’ve enjoyed movies like Wedding Crashers, Role Models, Old School, etc., and for fans of those films, The Hangover will most likely one day find a spot in your collection right next to them.
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It’s been thirteen years since the Pulitzer Prize winning rock musical Rent took Broadway by storm. Jonathan Larson’s masterpiece exploring then-taboo themes interlaced with Puccini’s La Boheme was an instant success for its well-crafted songs, diverse and complex characters and powerful messages about a bunch of artists in New York dealing with life, death and relationships. In 2009, Rent is seeing resurgence as original Broadway (and film) performers, Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, Roger and Mark respectively, take the show on the road.

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up

Up, Pixar’s 10th animated outing to date, stars Carl, an elderly gentleman voiced perfectly by Ed Asner. Now that Carl has gotten up in years, he decides that he should undergo one last great adventure- the one he’s always dreamed of but never ventured on. So he rigs up his house with balloons and sails away unaware that Russell, a local boy-scout-esque character, has joined him for the ride.

Within the first four minutes of Up, there’s no question you will be emotionally invested. Pixar always does such a good job of enabling its audiences to feel and empathize with its characters, and this is no exception. By the time Carl’s montage showcasing his life has concluded and you are brought up to speed, you will understand his every action and be rooting for him for the remainder of the movie.
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night-at-the-museum-ii

A few years following Larry Daley’s (Ben Stiller) first adventure as night watchman in New York City’s Museum of Natural History, Daley discovers that his friends, the exhibits which come to life, are now being shipped to the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C.  Upon arrival however, Daley’s old compatriots now find themselves battling against a whole slew of new, evil exhibits bent on conquering the world.

When the first Night at the Museum was released, I thought it looked a little silly to even be fun. Eventually when I rented it, I was pleasantly surprised by its charm. Battle of the Smithsonian definitely continues in this tradition and if anything, takes the creativity to new enjoyable places.
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terminator-salvation

By the year 2018, the war between man and machines will be full throttle (no McG pun intended). As the humans band together and form the resistance, one of their foremost leaders is John Connor, a man who has been fighting in this war since before he was born. This is where Terminator Salvation, the fourth installment of the franchise, launches from.

The reviews for this movie are going to be incredibly polarized. Some are going to enjoy it immensely while others will decry it for ruining James Cameron’s science fiction classics. I’ve already an amazing amount of articles saying it’s the worst movie ever, and others that talk about how well crafted it is.
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