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Okay, not a film that is likely to appeal to anyone here, but I'll toss this out: It's 80% absolutely spectacular fx, 1% story and 19% the most appealing appeal to visit the National Air & Space Museum I've ever seen.

I am glad to see special effects come of age. Here, they are overused by gobs and front-and-center far too much, but you know what? They aren't there to show off or stand by themselves, as trick fx often are in their early days. It's more a case of "ooh, ooh, let's do this!"... and it's something so wonderfully bizarre and un-doable in earlier eras that it's fascinating to see it work out on screen.

As a MILD SPOILER, the action actually chases into the famous Eisenstadt photo of the sailor kissing the nurse... and it's seamlessly believable on all fronts. (It also sets up a fairly funny end-credits easter egg...)

It's a very lightweight movie, almost completely forgettable, but a good cruncher while you're there because, say, there are no other new kid movies out and the wife is out of town. :)

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I liked it much better than the other three movies I saw this weekend (Angels and Demons, Terminator Salvation, and Dance Flick). But then, I'm always a sucker for Amy Adams. Every time. And she's radiant in this one.

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I liked it much better than the other three movies I saw this weekend

You saw four movies in a weekend? Borj, I thought I was overdoing it to see four blockbusters on four successive weekends last year.
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But then, I'm always a sucker for Amy Adams. Every time. And she's radiant in this one.

Yes, she is. Just so damned cute and vibrant all the way through.


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You saw four movies in a weekend?

Five, if you count Razor from Disc 1 of the boxed set of Battlestar Galactica Season 4.0 DVDs. And it was a 3-day weekend. My record is five movies in a single day, at three different theaters. That was New Year's Day, 1981, in Houston. I was catching up on Oscar contenders. So we'll have no more questions about why I'm unmarried. :D

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Dave Strauss is a History teacher in St. Louis. He used to host a call-in trivia show on KMOX radio on Sunday nights with Art Fleming. You could hear it over most of the eastern US.

One year he was working on seeing 1000 movies in a calendar year. I think he did it.


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I don't have too much trouble believing that, not if the supposed national average of television watching exceeds 8 hours a day. Six hours of watching movies would be trivial.

Like speed-reading, though, I'd question his grasp of most of the movies. Letting them play vacantly in front of you is one thing; really watching them is another. I'm a fairly serious movieholic and I need chewing time after most films.

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