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'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer' Is Best Viewed as a Kids' Movie

There are many instances in Rise of the Silver Surfer when superhero powers are played as gags and paired with a zippy cartoon score to really sell it. It's perfect for a kids movie.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: June 2008

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The Eye

Once the line is clearly drawn between subjective and objective worlds, The Eye turns into just another ill-advised, exploitative remake.

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The Ten

A high-speed collision between Krzysztof Kieślowski's Dekalog and Woody Allen’s Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex.

Stuart Henderson
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Super Duper Bad: The Worst Films of 2007

From Good Luck Chuck to Julie Taymor's ill-advised Beatlesque '60s tribute Across the Universe, PopMatters presents the dreck of 2007.

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Awake

Though Awake makes a vague case against playing god in the operating room, it also argues for other sorts of manipulations, none convincing.

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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Not every comic book movie is geared toward the nearing middle aged geek - something naysayers of the Fantastic Four franchise fail to comprehend.

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Good Luck Chuck

Who are these people? It's hard to look at the cavorting and cruelty in Good Luck Chuck and not wonder whether you've dropped into an alternate universe.

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The Ten

Despite the sight gags, recurring characters, amusing references, and genuine chuckles it elicits, The Ten is more exercise than tour de force.

Jesse Hassenger
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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

At the start of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the now incorporated superheroes are negotiating endorsement contracts.

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Monkey Business (Part 2: June)

Apparently, as the sun's strongest rays finally settle over the movie going public, sequels are the remedy to cool down an overheated demographic. This month alone holds five examples of such redux refreshment. The rest of the choices are a variety pack of genres, ideas and possibilities.

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Fantastic Four (2005)

The superpowers bring trauma, anger, and confusion, and eventually a sense of responsibility, as the crew decides to do good with what they've got.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Into the Blue (2005)

Jessica Alba looks fabulous.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Sin City (2005)

Like the guys, the girls are undone by their reliance on conventional male power signs.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Fantastic Four (2005)

As Marvel comics fans already know, being zapped by a radioactive cloud in outer space alters your DNA according to your sense of self.

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Sin City (2005)

Distraught, ornery, self-critical, these heroes are certainly more "anti" types than straight-ahead.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Honey (2003)

Honey's so good that local hoochie mama just has to challenge her.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Dark Angel: The Complete First Season

Max was like, queen of the one-liners; what you wish you could think of, she would say.

Cynthia Fuchs
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