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Admit One 8/14

By Zach

There’s five movies coming out in wide release this weekend so there’s should be something for everyone.  Some fared better with the critics than others, however.

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District 9

Starring: Sharlito Copley, Jason Cope, David James, Mandia Gaduka

Directed by: Neill Blomkamp

Plot: A race of aliens become stranded in South Africa and are confined to the slum like District 9.

Rottent Tomatoes Freshness: 93%

Critic Consensus: “Technically brilliant and emotionally wrenching, District 9 has action, imagination, and all the elements of a thoroughly entertaining science-fiction classic.”

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The Time Traveler’s Wife

Starring: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Plot: A man has a condition that causes him to involuntarily time travel and he visits his wife during different periods in her life.

RT Freshness: 45%

Critic Consensus: “Though it may satisfy fans of the novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife‘s plot contrivances and illogical narrative hamper its big screen effectiveness.”

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The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

Starring: Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames, James Brolin, David Koechner

Directed by: Neal Brennan

Plot: Don Ready and his crew of insane salesmen come to the aid of a failing used car business in Temecula, CA.

RT Freshness: 13%

Critic Consensus: “Despite the talent in front of and behind the camera, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard largely misfires, proving a squandered opportunity for all involved.”

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Ponyo

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Noah Cyrus, Matt Damon, Tina Fey

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Plot: A young goldfish named Ponyo wishes to become human and becomes friends with a boy Sosuke.

RT Freshness: 96%

Critic Consensus: “While not Miyazaki’s best film, Ponyo is a visually stunning fairy tale that’s a sweetly poetic treat for children of all ages.”

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Bandslam

Starring: Gaelan Connell, Vanessa Hudgens, Alyson Michalka, Lisa Kudrow

Directed by: Todd Graff

Plot: A group of friends form a band to compete in the yearly Battle of the Bands contest.

RT Freshness: 77%

Critic Consensus: “Bandslam is an intelligent teen film that avoids teen film cliches, in an entertaining package of music and coming-of-age drama.”

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