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RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES 20th


Century Fox DVD/Blu-ray


A revolution; an action-packed epic featuring stunning visual effects and creatures unlike anything ever seen before. At the story’s heart is Caesar, a chimpanzee who gains human-like intelligence and emotions from an experimental drug. Raised like a child, Caesar ultimately finds himself taken from the humans he loves and imprisoned. Seeking justice, Caesar assembles a simian army and escapes -- putting man and primate on a collision course that could change the planet forever.


TRANSFORMERS TRILOGY Dreamworks Video DVD


T ransform ers Fans of the earlier film and TV series will thrilled


be at this cutting-


edge incarnation, but this version should please all fans of high-adrenaline action. The actors, though clearly all supporting those kickass robots,


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are uniformly on-target, including the dashing Josh Duhamel as a U.S. Army sergeant fighting an enemy he never anticipated; Jon Voight, as a tough yet sympathetic Secretary of Defense in over his head; and John Turturro, whose special agent manages to be confidently unctuous, even stripped to his undies. But the film belongs to Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, and the dastardly Megatron--and the wicked stunts they collide in all over the globe. Long live Transformers!


T ransformers: Revenge of the Fallen Pure. Popcorn. Entertainment. That’s an exact classification of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The action


THE GRAVEYARD EXAMINER • DEC 13 - DEC 19, 2011


is nonstop, with battles and explosions from start to finish. The camera exploits Megan Fox’s hotness to the max. Shia LaBeouf is as charismatic as ever, and fills the starring role with ease. The movie kicks off two years later where the Autobots have formed an alliance with the U.S. government, creating an elite team led by Major Lennox, in an effort to snuff out any remaining Decepticons that show up. The bad guys keep coming, and it turns out that a much more menacing force than Megatron is out there- -and it is looking for something on Earth that is tied to the very origin of the Transformers race. T ransformers: Dark of the


Moon


From the long opening sequence (a zany alternate- history reading of the NASA moon program) through the action climax, Bay is on his best behavior. The story line is streamlined and the action is coherent: the constant chop-chop of the fighting sequences in Revenge is gone, replaced by a long- take approach that actually shows us who’s fighting who. Shia LaBeouf returns, armed with a new and improbably bodacious girlfriend; although initially unemployed, he’s drawn back into protecting the planet


from giant


outer-space robots, as the Decepticons menace the Earth once again. John Turturro and Josh Duhamel return to help, and Frances McDormand


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