This week at the movies, giant trolls are being hunted down, Judy Moody is bummin' out and Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams team up for the new sci-fi thriller "Super 8."
A group of young friends filming a movie witness a horrific train crash. Soon after, very strange things start to happen. As a deputy tries to uncover the mystery, it becomes clear that the crash unleashed a force more terrifying than anyone could imagine.
The Reel Deal: Kind of an "E.T." meets "Cloverfield" meets "The Goonies." Director J.J. Abrams certainly pays homage to that Spielbergian, now classic style of filmmaking, but frankly seems more focused on giving Spielberg a big ol' wet kiss than making a coherent movie. The buddy part of the movie definitely works better than the "big reveal" part, so even though "Super 8" ain't super great, it's still pretty good. I'm in.
The kids play while the parents are away in "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer."
Based on the popular children's books, Judy's parents take off for California, leaving her and her brother with a sassy, imaginative aunt (played by Heather Graham). So what Judy thought was going to be a boring summer at home turns into an adventure with plenty of surprises.
The Reel Deal: Super-mega-totally-thrilladelic I don't think so. A long series of slapsticky episodes does not a good, or even fun, movie make, especially for anyone over 8. So frankly, "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" is kind of a bummer. I'm out.
In limited release, there's the comedy "Troll Hunter," which tells of three student filmmakers who go to Norway to find a notorious hunter who's tracking down giant trolls that are part of a secret government program.
And there's "The Trip," where Steve Coogan's girlfriend backs out of the perfect getaway, so he finds himself traveling the English countryside as he tours restaurants with his very competitive best friend.
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