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"2012" storms in as another apocalyptic hit

Although several apocalyptic stories have hit the big screen within the past couple years, "2012" stands out with higher quality and an advanced plot. Director Roland Emmerich captures audiences' imagination with a multi-layered plot and visually stunning special effects. This epic adventure critiques the humanity of the governments of the world's most powerful nations by assessing how the world would respond to an apocalypse.

"The Fourth Kind" is all kinds of scary

Horror films like "The Fourth Kind” have solidified the horror industry's move from gore and sadism to the kind of psychological thriller that made Alfred Hitchcock a household brand. With a recurring style of imposing suspense and cinematography over gruesome and gaudy storylines, the meaning of hardcore thriller is being redefined and "The Fourth Kind" is more than enough proof that change is good.

"The Box" is just plain weird

Director and screenwriter Richard Kelly has been known for thought-provoking thrillers such as "Donnie Darko" and "Southland Tales." With "The Box" he deviates from his original story telling and creates an adaptation of the Richard Matheson short story, "Button, Button." The result is bland and slow and epitomizes what a thriller should not be.

A powerful "Education"

Outside, the leaves are turning golden and floating to the ground, which means only one thing for films: it's Oscar time. That's right, the crop of films released at the end of the year – just in time for Academy Award consideration – has commenced and among the most buzzed-about is Lone Scherfig's "An Education," which hit nationwide release last Friday.

You'll want to escape from "Couples Retreat"

With a cast of comedy veterans, characters quirky enough to be in a Ben Stiller flick, and a setting that invites disaster to strike, "Couples Retreat" is poised to be a hilarious comedy. But the film, directed by Peter Billinglsey, and produced by Vince Vaughn, flip-flops between serious dialogue and absurd situations, leaving the audience confused, unattached and ready to leave the theater.

"Zombieland" lulls you in a witty manner

In an era where all that seems to thrive in cinematic features are teenage-vampire heartthrobs, alien-robotic cars, and spandex-wearing superheroes, a new genre that makes audience squeal and laugh must surface. The only fresh genre that can successfully do this is the zombie-comedy genre, originally sparked by the "Dawn of the Dead" parody and "Shaun of the Dead" but has since been left undone. "Zombieland" has staked territory and turned the spark from those frontrunner films into a raging fire.

You can lose yourself in "Surrogates"

In Director Jonathon Mostow's "Surrogates," 98 percent of humans live an immortal existence as remote controlled robots transmit the thrills and absorb the pain of physical life. Every aspect of Mostow's film is a dramatic portrayal of a world where people merge with robotic net-imbedded society. The result is a compelling yet entertaining science fiction plot with an aftertaste of unusual moral complexity.

"Love Happens" like so many Hollywood clichés

Perhaps there have been too many films that merge a romantic comedy into a drama without substance. Yet beneath mediocre layers of love story in director Brandon Camp's "Love Happens" lies heart; the actors openly and truthfully address the reality of grief. A-list actors Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston star in this cheeky, bordering unoriginal film. Despite the familiar formulaic plot, the tender Eckhart engenders the grace to carry this uplifting narrative.

An "Informant" too odd to be good

Charged with telling the curious story of Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon), an executive of chemical company ADM turned FBI informant, director Steven Soderbergh has crafted an exceptionally odd film. �The Informant!� feels more like an ill-humored but ironic 70s sitcom that manages to be a more effective look into Whitacre�s mind than a serious drama would have been.

A fulfilling journey with showers of laughter

Any day now, an animated motion picture filled with a talking monkey, spray on shoes, a vicious herd of rat-birds, and some seriously strange weather, will be falling out of the sky into a theater near you. In an attempt to remake a children's book for the big screen, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller successfully turn Judi Barrett's "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" into a delicious 3D animation film. "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" leaves audiences of all ages with full stomachs and opened imaginations.
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