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Although the new trailer for Despicable Me 2 does a good job at continuing to keep the plot of the upcoming sequel to Despicable Me under wraps it looks like someone is after the Minions. Steve CarellKristen WiigMiranda CosgroveRussell BrandElsie Kate Fisher, and Dana Gaier all return. The sequel also fatures the voices of Al Pacino and Steve Coogan. The sequel hits theaters on July 3rd.

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol begins with a jailbreak and ends with a chase through the streets of Mumbai. In between we get a chase through a sandstorm, an attempt to climb he largest building the world, the looming threat of nuclear war, gadgets and gizmos, a prison escape, and a hell of a lot of fun. The latest entry into the Mission: Impossible franchise is not only great summer popcorn movie fare (in December, no less!), it has the feel of the original television show as well.

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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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The Hangover Part II

by Cap'n Carrot on May 26, 2011 · 1 comment

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Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Doug (Justin Bartha) and Stu (Ed Helms) are reunited in Thailand for Stu’s wedding to his new bride (Jamie Chung) in this sequel to the surprise box office hit of 2009. Once again things get crazy and a forgotten night leads to a blurry-eyed morning in a hotel room and the search for a lost member of the Wolfpack, this time the bride’s 16 year-old brother (Mason Lee).

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Tron: Legacy

by Cap'n Carrot on December 17, 2010 · 4 comments

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I should have have loved Tron: Legacy. The original remains one of my favorite films of my childhood. It’s unique look and style (which has never even been attempted to be recaptured over years) was the type of eye candy and simple yet heartfelt and far-reaching message of a near future digital frontier blew my seven year-old mind.

Although Legacy has a distinctly different visual style, it still creates a beautiful world you want to get lost in for a couple of hours. The new version also throws in lightcylces, a modern take on the effects, and plenty of action. It also lifts story elements from several movies than I enjoy (which come off much better than its original ideas) some of which feel like courteous nods and homages and some of which feel like not-so-subtle rip-offs. So what went wrong?

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It must be Summer, because there’s shorts and sun dresses are making their appearance, and a superhero is in the theaters. As you’ve probably guessed by now, Iron Man 2 has been on dadsbigplan’s collection “oh hell yes” list for some time, so of course we’ve got an opinion on Marvel’s latest big screen endeavor (and the film guaranteed to be the hit of the summer, if only for lack of competition. So hit the jump for a dual Monkey/Cap’n take on the golden Avenger’s second round on the screen.

Six months after revealing himself as Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has become a national hero. The world has seen an unprecedented period of peace, Stark stock couldn’t be higher, and the girls (and drinks) are plentiful. Not everything is all sunny in the life of the world’s newest hero, however. As Iron Man 2 opens, Stark is facing health issues tied to his use of the arc reactor, the U.S. government wants the Iron Man technology for military use, and business competitor Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) is looking to knock Stark down a few pegs any way he can. Oh, and a disgraced Russian physicist (Mickey Rourke) is gunning to destroy not just Tony Stark, but his entire legacy.

That’s a lot of plot to squeeze into two-hours, and we haven’t even mentioned Pepper Potts’ (Gwyneth Paltrow) new role as CEO of Stark Industries, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and S.H.I.E.L.D., James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) and the creation of War Machine, or Stark’s new assistant (Scarlett Johansson) who has a few skills not listed on her resume.

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transformers revenge of the fallen movieThe “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Scavenger Hunt is on, and boy is this one challenging! We tried to mix it up with a good bit of overall movie trivia, a little Transformers toy trivia and some harder questions about the cartoon. The winners get put in he drawing for advance screening passes to see “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” in Kansas City, but even if you don’t live nearby, you can still test your Transformers knowledge and prowess with this fun and challenging quiz/hunt. Feel lucky, punk?

I also found the mp3 of the new theme song for “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” played by Cheap Trick, and immediately fell in love with it. (It doesn’t hurt that they are one of the most misunderstood and criminally underrated bands ever.) Did I mention that they are not afraid to sing about flying robots? Check it out.

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