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The Seeker: The Dark is Rising

The Dark is Rising

Even the smallest of light… shines in the darkness.

The day before Will Stanton’s 14th birthday, he learns that there is a battle raging between the light and darkness. And that Will, seventh son of a seventh son, is the Seeker of six signs that when gathered, can combat the darkness that is rising. But he only has a few days. And during those few days, the Rider on the side of the darkness is quickly gaining strength. And the Rider’s strength will peak at the end of those days. If Will hasn’t found all the signs by then, darkness will take over the earth.

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The Invasion

The Invasion

When a shuttle falls to earth, mysterious spores are found in the wreckage. And those exposed to the alien substance begin displaying strange, emotionless behavior. Soon Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman) becomes sucked into a nightmare where no one is who they seem to be. Her friend and colleague Ben Driscoll (Daniel Craig) helps Carol discover that the alien organism infects people and changes them when they fall asleep. While trying to stay awake, Carol must avoid the growing number of changed zombie-like people and find her missing son who may hold the key to stopping the invasion.

The Invasion is literally a non-stop, heart-pounding thriller. As I left the theater, I felt like I had just had 10 cups of coffee. Emotions and suspense run rampant from beginning to end. Kidman and Craig have wonderful chemistry. And the acting was incredible, especially from Kidman and the young boy who played her son.

Coming down from such an intense adrenalin rush, I must admit it was a fun ride.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Magic Is Back!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is top notch suspense, action, drama, heartache, laughter, and teenage angst. With each sequel darker than the next, the intensity grows as Voldemort gathers his forces. In this installment, Harry is still trying to recover from watching his friend Cedric murdered by Voldemort. But the wizard community at large does not want to believe that you-know-who is back. When Harry and his cousin are attacked by Dementors, Harry has no choice but to use magic (illegally) in front of his muggle cousin to rid of the wraith-like creatures. As if Harry’s life couldn’t get any worse, Dumbledore seems to be avoiding him, a new professor has made it her ambition to reform the school making Harry her enemy, and Hagrid is missing.

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Transformers… More than Meets the Eye

I went to see Transformers with little-to-no expectations, other than to be entertained by fantastic CGI and watching things get blown up. I was extremely surprised to get so caught up in the 2 and a half hour, non-stop action, and fun-fest this really was.

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Spider-Man 3

Marvel movies continue to surprise. Usually, sequels aren’t quite as good as the originals. But X-Men and Spider-Man have proved this rule wrong. Spider-Man 3 is easily the best of the Spidey film yet. With more bad guys, more turmoil, more love interests, and more action; Spidey grows by leaps and bounds.

Every single actor played their part to perfection. Of the supporting cast, Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy stole every scene that she was in. Thomas Haden Church played a wonderfully complex Sandman/Flint Marko. Topher Grace as Venom/Eddie Brock added much needed humor to an otherwise vicious role. And we get to see multiple sides to Goblin Junior/Harry Osborn, James Franco.

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The Last Mimzy

I did go to the theater by myself yesterday to see The Last Mimzy. I’m glad I only paid matinee price. It’s definitely for children. I probably would have loved it as a child. I could compare it to a wild adventure like Disney’s Flight of the Navigator. But without the cool space ship and Jim Henson’s muppet aliens.

The premise is that our future is in trouble. So, an old scientist sends back through time a box of high tech toys for gifted children to find. They’re our future’s last chance. Why? That’s never really explained. But hence, it’s called the Last Mimzy. Mimzy being the artificially intelligent stuffed bunny that only little Emma can understand.

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