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Admit One 8/14

Posted on August 14, 2009 by

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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