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Super 8

Director: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Amanda Michalka, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths

10 June
Super 8

The last time we saw J. J. Abrams behind the lens, he was lifting the sagging Star Trek franchise to new and glorious heights while creating one of 2009’s best films. Now, he’s teamed up with spiritual mentor Steven Spielberg to make what looks like a combination of Close Encounters, Cloverfield, The Blair Witch Project and The Goonies. While much of the movie has been under wraps, early trailers suggest lots of adolescent bonding, some nifty nostalgia, and a significant scope that few films even attempt. While we still don’t know if Abrams is a great filmmaker or just someone who lucked into his position as a possible heir to Roddenberry, Super 8 should/could be his defining moment. 



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Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

Director: John Schultz
Cast: Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham, Janet Varney, Jaleel White, Cameron Boyce, Preston Bailey

10 June
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

Say “Hello!” to this year’s Kitt Kitteridge and/or Ramona and Beezus. American kid lit author Megan McDonald has made a mint out of her various underage tomes, and now Hollywood has come calling, hoping to tap into a bit of the hysterical tween girl market that’s made Justin Bieber and the Disney Channel into cash machine powerhouses. Of course, ask anyone under the age of 12 who Judy Moody is (or McDonald’s other ‘classic’ character, Stink) and you might get the same stunted look. Still, someone in Tinseltown thinks they’re money, which means as long as there are dollars to be had, there will be lackadaisical adaptations like this one. 



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The Troll Hunter

Director: André Øvredal
Cast: Otto Jespersen, Hans Morten Hansen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Johanna Mørck, Knut Nærum, Robert Stoltenberg, Glenn Erland Tosterud

10 June
The Trollhunter

The found footage film has had its fair share of flops and failures, but this knotty Norwegian entry into the cinematic subgenre is not one of them. Clever without being cloying and at least partially based on a believable POV premise (students looking to investigate a recent rash of “bear” attacks), we end up following the last known hunter of the region’s elusive - and often quite destructive - ogres. The movie does mishandle a few key scenes, but every time one of the title terrors steps onscreen, all worries wash away. One can easily see a US version coming to a Cineplex near you. Unfortunately, it will lack this version’s viable local color.


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