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Super 8 [video]

Posted Jun 17th 2011, 09:56 PM

J. J. Abrams is a skilled storyteller, but has a bad habit of over-promising and under-delivering. Super 8: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Antisocial Aliens, Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Science Fiction, Thriller

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Review: Super 8 (2011)

C+ | **½ | -2| Teens & Up

Gone are the days when a movie like E.T. could open to a mere $11 million, build on word of mouth, and go on to earn more than $350 million in North America. Obviously, Abrams remembers those days. In a way, Super 8 is as derivative and familiar as anything in theaters today, only the movies it’s copying are all over a quarter of a century old: Spielbergian fare like The Goonies, E.T., Gremlins and Close Encounters, with echoes of earlier and later films.

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