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Film, "Super 8": Big Explosions, Big Fun in J.J. Abrams' Newest

"Super 8": Big Explosions, Big Fun in J.J. Abrams' Newest

A big-bang demolition derby, J.J. Abrams's much-anticipated, greatly enjoyable Super 8 seems bound for box-office glory. Opening three weeks before July 4, this Steven Spielberg-produced, kidcentric 21st-century disaster flick could well hang in at theaters till the 10th anniversary of…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Star Trek</i>

Star Trek

Trekkies and civilians alike can rejoice: Retooling Gene Roddenberry’s hoary, winded pop-cultural warhorse, J.J. Abrams has scrubbed, polished, and turned the volume up to 11 with admiration and affection for the original series, but little of the die-hard’s encased-in-amber reverence.…
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Film, J.J. Abrams' <i>Star Trek</i> is proof that a franchise can live long and prosper

J.J. Abrams' Star Trek is proof that a franchise can live long and prosper

It's difficult for this longtime Trekkie to review J.J. Abrams' relaunching of the U.S.S. Enterprise. It's difficult to dispassionately dole out compliments and complaints per the job description. Because, yes, the professional critic understands: This is Paramount Pictures' latest effort…
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Film, Disaster Ahead

Disaster Ahead

It took nine years for Godzilla to rise up out of the ashes of Hiroshima and wreak his destruction on the good people of Tokyo in 1954. Here in America, it's taken just over six years for the idea of…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Impossibly Passable

Impossibly Passable

Mission: Impossible III: Special Edition (Paramount) On the commentary track, director J.J. Abrams and star Tom Cruise sound like they've fallen in love; you might say they complete each other's sentences, except that's just Cruise interrupting the Alias creator, who…
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Armageddon Directed by Michael Bay. Written by Jonathan Hensleigh and J.J. Abrams. Starring Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, Steve Buscemi, and Billy Bob Thornton. Opens Wednesday, July 1, at area theaters. Michael Bay is the director of Bad Boys…
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