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Two years ago, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes presented a version of the fabled detective that was more in line with anything else playing in movie theaters – that is, with more one-liners and in slow motion. But it wasn’t for everyone – seeing such a classy character get the Robert Downey Jr. treatment isn’t exactly a natural course to take.

Those who had problems with Ritchie’s take probably weren’t looking forward to the Warner Bros. sequel, A Game of Shadows, which was systematically cranked out for a release aiming to mimic the original’s successful 2009 launch on Christmas (against Avatar, no less). But it’s safe to say that if you had a problem with a smarmy Sherlock the first time around, you shouldn’t even bother showing up this time around.

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From what I hear, I am not the only one who has a hard time appreciating Michael Bay’s filmmaking. His past two Transformers movies have had the balls (wrecking or otherwise) to take on something as mind-punchingly stupid as a race of genocidal alien robots that turn into cars – something not even native to their own planet – without a drop of shame. But fearlessness alone can’t make a film work, and his films are also plagued with needlessly complicated plots and forceful character development that ends up not working at all. The results have been mixed to put it kindly.

None of these issues are addressed with this third, potential trilogy-capper Transformers film, subtitled Dark of the Moon; and yet it is unquestionably the best film in the series. In fact, I’ll even go so far as to say, without extenuating reservations, that I liked it.

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