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May 16, 2011

Stilly Magazine presents The Summer Movie Breakdown


STILLWATER, Okla. — The Steven Spielberg “Bump”

It is scientifically proven — make Steven Spielberg executive producer of your film, and you will break $100 million at the box office.

• Super 8 (June 10): This mysterious film feels like “E.T.” meets “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” In fact, the movie is even set near the era in which those films occurred. Whether or not that translates well in today’s summer blockbuster season is yet to be seen, but rest assured many will tune in to find out. 3.5 of 5 stars

• Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon (July 1): What’s worse — a “Transformers” sequel with or without Megan Fox? In this case, Michael Bay elected to go without, opting instead for a Victoria’s Secret supermodel — and, of course, Spielberg’s name attached to this film. While “Dark of the Moon” should be better than the second “Transformers” movie, it by no means will compare to the entertaining original. 2.5 of 5 stars

• Cowboys and Aliens (July 29): The ever-increasing trend of cross-genre movies hits the mainstream this summer when spaghetti Western meets science fiction. Everything about this movie suggests it will be a fun watch, but it should be interesting to see if Harrison Ford can carry a film like this. Daniel Craig sure won’t. 3 of 5 stars

Fake Animals

That’s right — movies in which the actors talk to computerized animals. It makes one wonder how many of the actors in movies these days are actually real …

• Mr. Popper’s Penguins (June 17): Where Danny DeVito failed, Jim Carrey should actually make living with penguins entertaining. Carrey’s antics no longer inspire imitation like in years’ past, but there is a new generation out there who might still appreciate his humor. And, still others never lost faith in the “Ace Ventura” star. 3 of 5 stars

• Zookeeper (July 8): Kevin James should be ashamed of himself. He apparently has no problem playing these sorry-ass roles. But, if you get a kick out of stars lending their voices to create talking animals, have at it. 1 of 5 stars

• Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Aug. 5): Ever wonder how apes take over the earth? Well, just blame James Franco — naturally. Computer-generated apes make this apocalyptic reboot unique. 3 of 5 stars

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