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Super 8 & 13 Assassins

Super 8 & 13 Assassins

Super 8 ****1/2 Paramount Pictures PG 13, Running Time 112 minutes Director: J.J. Abrams Cast: Kyle Chandler (Jackson Lamb), Elle Fanning (Alice Dainard), Joel Courtney (Joe Lamb), Noah Emmerich (Nelec), Ron Eldard (Louis Dainard), Glynn Turman (Dr. Woodward), Riley Griffiths (Charles), Ryan Lee (Cary), Zach Mills (Preston), Gabriel Basso (Martin).  If there are any lovable movies for the 2011 Summer Movie season (and there are very few) it”'s the science-fiction/fantasy “Super 8.” Directed by J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek”, “Mission Impossible lll” ) and produced by Steven Spielberg, “Super 8”has the delicate touch of Spielberg-esque. And that touch also has the lovely audience pleasers of an “E.T”, “Close Encounters”, all Spielberg-esque. Not just a few have compared “Super 8”to Rob Reiner”'s 1986 film “Stand By Me”, with a similar twist at play: kids being kids. Joe (Joel Courtney), Alice (Elle Fanning), Cary (Ryan Lee), Charles (Riley Griffiths), Martin (Gabriel Basso), all adolescents living in a unspecified Ohio town of 12,000; in1979. Upcoming amateur filmmakers Joe and Charlie, along with Alice, Cary and Martin go to a train station to make a “scary” film for an upcoming arts film festival. They await an on coming train before they start filming, but just as the train is approaching the train station a pickup truck goes straight towards the train. But before the handful of eager youngsters can barely get the camera rolling a spectator train crash occurs sending all five kids scattering in all directions. (more…)

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