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New this Week: 'Super 8,' 'Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer' and 'Sanctum (DVD)'

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer - Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham, Parris Mosteller Super 8 - Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler 

Movie of the Week

Super 8

The Stars: Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler The Plot: After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon. The Buzz: The trailer for Super 8 sent shivers down my spine -- good shivers. This film looks to be a beautifully crafted Spielbergian throwback. I'm pleased with the lack of A-list actors too. There's been an air of mystery around this whole production, as J.J.Abrams and company did their best at keeping everything about this film on the hush-hush. I'll be checking it out as soon as humanly possible --definitely super hyped to see this one!

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New Blu-ray and DVDs released this week:

61* (BD) - Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane, Anthony Michael Hall Another Year (BD/DVD) - Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville Blue Crush (BD) - Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis Cirque du Soleil: Journey of a Man (BD) - Ian McKellen, Nicky Dewhurst, Brian Dewhurst The Company Men (BD/DVD) - Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (BD/DVD) - Nathan Fillion, Jason Isaacs, Elisabeth Moss Hair (BD) - Keith Carradine, James Rado, Michael Butler In Her Skin (DVD) - Guy Pearce, Sam Neill, Miranda Otto Just Go With It (BD/DVD) - Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker Love's Kitchen (DVD) - Dougray Scott, Claire Forlani The Man Who Would be King (BD) - Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer A Matador's Mistress (BD/DVD) - Adrien Brody, Penélope Cruz, Nacho Aldeguer Night Flight (DVD) - John Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Clark Gable The Outlaw Josey Wales (BD) - Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Chief Dan George Pros and Ex-cons (DVD) - Sam Worthington, Steve Bastoni, John Boxer Sanctum (BD/DVD) - Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Allison Cratchley Shadows and Lies (BD/DVD) - James Franco, Julianne Nicholson, Josh Lucas The Stuntman (BD/DVD) - Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (BD) - Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman True Grit (BD/DVD) - Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld Vera Cruz (BD) - Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel

Blu-ray/DVD of the Week


The Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Allison Cratchley The Plot: An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world. The Buzz: This film is visually stunning. It was spectacular in IMAX 3D, and I'm stoked to see it again on ye olde blu-ray player. With a cast of relative unknowns (save Richard Roxburgh of Moulin Rouge) the star of this film is cinematographer Jules O’Loughlin.

As a tangent, and this is Standard Operating Procedure as far as Hollywood marketing is concerned, but I’ve always been annoyed when production credits are used to dupe the cinematically challenged populace. This film is produced by James Cameron, not directed. Direction credits go to Alister Grierson, a relatively untested director; Sanctum being only his second feature, and you’ve probably not heard of his first (Kokoda). With the massive success of Avatar, I suppose this makes sense, but I can’t help but express my annoyance when I hear people say, “are you gonna check out the new James Cameron pic?”

But that’s certainly beside the point here -- this film was visually awesome, and apparently that's all Grierson was going for. Sanctum was fairly threadbare on story/script/dialog, but as I genuinely love both SCUBA and spelunking, I found this film to be the perfect adventure hybrid.

“As long as you are for SCUBA, I am happy.”

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