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04.29.2011

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In an effort to try and make all our lives a little easier, I decided to put our annual Summer Movie Preview together as a mini-schedule. I've highlighted one movie from each weekend starting today and ending on August 26. That's one movie a week from now until the end of summer. Think of it like summer school and this is your assignment.

What was interesting about this is that there aren't really any bum weeks. At no point did I have to stop and think, wondering, "What the hell would I want to see this weekend?" That's not to say all these movies will be good. History has told us that most of these movies will just be OK, a few will be great and a few will be complete stinkers. Our job is to try and find out which is which.

There are obviously some weekends where a few movies come out against each other so a little Honorable Mention section would include KUNG FU PANDA 2, THE TREE OF LIFE, PRIEST, CARS 2, THE CHANGE-UP, FINAL DESTINATION 5 and CONAN THE BARBARIAN.

What about you? What would your picks be? After you read through my picks, I encourage you to post your own lists below. In a summer this jam-packed with entertainment, where do you draw the line? What 10 movies do you HAVE to see this summer?

FAST FIVE
(April 29)

Is this the year that summer officially begins in April? It would certainly seem so as FAST FIVE is due for a big opening weekend, possibly even bigger than what THOR is bringing the next week. All because of a simple formula: fast cars x tough guys + hot babes.

THOR
(May 6)

THOR is probably flying under the radar compared to the summer's other superhero films (GREEN LANTERN and CAPTAIN AMERICA) but early reviews have been surprisingly positive. It may not break the bank but it seems ready to satisfy the hardcore fans. Just do yourself a favor and skip the 3D.

BRIDESMAIDS
(May 13)

This may be cheating because I've already seen BRIDESMAIDS but if you're looking for that one chick flick to offset dragging your girlfriend to the nerdfests that are GREEN LANTERN and THOR, you couldn't do better than BRIDESMAIDS. It's the chick flick that doesn't suck and you'll find yourself laughing just as hard as your lady. Depending on how THE HANGOVER, PART II turns out, this could be the funniest film of the summer.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES
(May 20)

You know what's strange? I don't know anyone who's really excited about this movie. I hear a lot of buzz surrounding many of this summer's other franchise films but rarely a peep about PIRATES 4. Did the last two installments leave a bad taste in audiences' mouths and will ON STRANGER TIDES effectively be able to reboot the franchise with a new cast of supporting characters? And more importantly, will anyone care?

THE HANGOVER, PART II
(May 26)

Comedy sequels don't exactly have the best track record. I mean, has there ever been a sequel to a comedy that was even as funny as the first? And with the trailers, nothing seems to be entirely different about THE HANGOVER, PART II - it really is the first movie, all over again. But is that a bad thing? If it's funny, then no, not really. But if it's not...

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
(June 3)

Matthew Vaughn was riding a lot of goodwill following the fanboy success of his last film KICK-ASS. He was brought in to breathe new life into the X-MEN franchise with FIRST CLASS, a film designed to tell the origin story of Charles Xavier and Magneto (along with some other familiar mutants). But the schedule has been rushed and fan reaction to some of the sketchy publicity materials hasn't given the film the buzz it deserves. Few superhero franchises have run the gamut from awesome (X2) to terrible (THE LAST STAND) like X-MEN. Where will FIRST CLASS fall?

SUPER 8
(June 10)

It's a movie that's not a sequel, it's not based on a comic book and it's biggest star is "That Guy From 'Friday Night Lights'." But when you have JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg collaborating for an original and mysterious sci-fi film, that's about all you need to get excited. Will SUPER 8 be the movie that proves to studios there's a healthy appetite for original films?

GREEN LANTERN
(June 17)

I don't know what to think about GREEN LANTERN. I want to be excited for this movie for the sheer geeky, sci-fi-ness of it all. But some of the FX I've seen in the footage so far has been sketchy at best. But then there's word that they're spending an additional $10 million to fix those problems. I don't know what to expect from this film but I expect to be sitting in the theater eager to find out.

BAD TEACHER
(June 24)

It's rare you get one female-led, R-rated comedy in a year but two in one summer? Following Kristen Wiig in BRIDESMAIDS, Cameron Diaz tries her hand at R-rated comedy with BAD TEACHER, where she plays a filthy, sexed up, druggie of a teacher looking to snag the new teacher in school (Justin Timberlake) for his money. I'm assuming she learns a lesson along the way but maybe that's a bad assumption? Come for Cameron Diaz at a bikini car wash and stay for Cameron Diaz getting pelted in the face with a dodge ball.

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
(July 1)

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. It's that old maxim that keeps running through my head when I think about DARK OF THE MOON. I couldn't have been more excited for REVENGE OF THE FALLEN but that movie was awful in ways I couldn't possibly have imagined. I see the trailers for DARK OF THE MOON and I feel that same surge of excitement but I can't help but remember how let down I was by the second installment. Will Michael Bay make it up to us as he's been promising or is this another expensive disaster?

HORRIBLE BOSSES
(July 8)

I think HORRIBLE BOSSES is the only movie on this list for which we've yet to see a trailer for (or poster even). I'd normally never want to suggest a Jennifer Aniston comedy to you but one in which she plays a foul-mouthed sex addict might actually have something going for it. Aniston stars with Kevin Spacey and Colin Farrell as three really, ahem, horrible bosses and Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day are their three workers who conspire to bump them off. Oh and Jamie Foxx plays a character called Motherfucker Jones so...

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2
(July 15)

As a non-POTTER fan, I'm much more excited about DEATHLY HALLOWS than you'd think. I saw, and enjoyed, PART 1 and the new trailer for PART 2 is so good, I'm looking forward to seeing the final HARRY POTTER movie more than I ever thought I would. It's rare to see a franchise make it eight movies in and have the movies continue to get better (though FAST FIVE seems to be on that same track). Getting to see Voldemort and Harry finally face off will be an exciting thing to realize on the big screen.

CAPTAIN AMERICA
(July 22)

I'm still not entirely sure why they didn't open this on the Fourth of July weekend in the US but that's another story entirely. It's our second period superhero film of the summer (following X-MEN: FIRST CLASS) and the last standalone movie we'll get before THE AVENGERS next summer.

COWBOYS & ALIENS
(July 29)

This movie has too many cool elements to ignore: Jon Favreau, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Steven Spielberg, "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof and, most importantly, cowboys and f*cking aliens. It looks like a hell of a lot of fun and, guess what? It's not in 3D!

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
(August 5)

There were parts of the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES teaser that looked like an insane amount of fun (Gorilla jump-attacking a helicopter? Yes, please.) and there were parts that looks cheesy and rote. The balance of those moments have been the linchpin of the PLANET OF THE APES franchise but will they be able to find it?

30 MINUTES OR LESS
(August 12)

30 MINUTES OR LESS boasts an impressive pedigree. It stars recent Oscar-nominee Jesse Eisenberg, it was directed by Ruben Fleischer (ZOMBIELAND) and co-stars legit hilarious dude Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride. Action-adventure-comedies aren't always easy to pull off but Fleischer made it work big time with his last film and, with the cast he's assembled here, it looks like he could be back for another win.

FRIGHT NIGHT
(August 19)

FRIGHT NIGHT is a cult classic horror film from the 80s being remade at Disney, something you can imagine has some fans up in arms. But at least the vampires in this movie don't mope around and actually have giant rows of fans and attack and kill things. Early test reviews have varied from bad to mixed to actually pretty good and I'm curious to see how audiences respond (and what Colin Farrell looks like as a bloodthirsty vamp).

DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK
(August 26)

We've had to wait quite a while for the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror flick, which has been sitting on the shelves of Miramax while the complicated deal was worked out between Disney, the Weinsteins and whoever was taking control of the Miramax slate. But all that will be resolved at the end of this summer when this creepy little thriller comes crawling out of the dark.

Source: JoBlo.com

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9:51PM on 05/02/2011
Great coverage as usual but I'd just like to point out that Fright Night is at Dreamworks NOT Disney. Either way this year looks leaps and bounds beter than 2010. I cannot wait for summer 2012 when shit gets mad crackin'.
Great coverage as usual but I'd just like to point out that Fright Night is at Dreamworks NOT Disney. Either way this year looks leaps and bounds beter than 2010. I cannot wait for summer 2012 when shit gets mad crackin'.
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5:02AM on 05/02/2011
Damn double posts so ill put my take on Fast Five, summer offcially starts in April this year.
Damn double posts so ill put my take on Fast Five, summer offcially starts in April this year.
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5:00AM on 05/02/2011
The movies that interest me the most are:

Thor
Hangover 2
Cowboys & Aliens
Pirates 4
Transformers 3
Harry Potter
Captain America
Green Lantern
Super 8

The rest are pretty meh for me, especially Planet of the Apes & Cars 2 looks atrocious saw a preview with Fast Five (wow wrong sequel Pixar)
The movies that interest me the most are:

Thor
Hangover 2
Cowboys & Aliens
Pirates 4
Transformers 3
Harry Potter
Captain America
Green Lantern
Super 8

The rest are pretty meh for me, especially Planet of the Apes & Cars 2 looks atrocious saw a preview with Fast Five (wow wrong sequel Pixar)
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6:15AM on 05/01/2011

THOR

Just watched THOR and it was Insane. Loved it. The 3D wasn't needed but I didn't go to see 3D. I went to see THOR kick ass and thats what I got. GO SEE IT AND STAY TILL THE END OF THE CREDITS.

Thankyou....... My work here is done.
Just watched THOR and it was Insane. Loved it. The 3D wasn't needed but I didn't go to see 3D. I went to see THOR kick ass and thats what I got. GO SEE IT AND STAY TILL THE END OF THE CREDITS.

Thankyou....... My work here is done.
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7:24AM on 04/30/2011
Looks like another fun summer.
By the way, Joblo team, can you make the Fast Five trailer/banner a little smaller? I didn't even click on it but every time I reload a page or visit another page my cursor is always in that position to Play the trailer and it kinda froze up the browser. Thank you.
Looks like another fun summer.
By the way, Joblo team, can you make the Fast Five trailer/banner a little smaller? I didn't even click on it but every time I reload a page or visit another page my cursor is always in that position to Play the trailer and it kinda froze up the browser. Thank you.
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7:15AM on 04/30/2011

It looks like a bad bunch of Summer movies.

The only two I plan to see are Harry Potter and Pirates of the Carribean. The rest of the ones look sucky.
The only two I plan to see are Harry Potter and Pirates of the Carribean. The rest of the ones look sucky.
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11:55PM on 04/29/2011

Awesome summer!

Here are my top 5 most anticipated: [link]
Here are my top 5 most anticipated: [link]
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10:15PM on 04/29/2011

Crap

I'm (like some of you may be) am in a competition for summer box office. Like March Madness but for movies. I was almost finished with my list, but now I think I am going to change it. I completely agree about Pirates. The last one wasn't that great, but I think with a big name like Johnny Depp, it will make back it's money.
But for now, I think it may need to move down the list a bit.
Here's hoping I win!
I'm (like some of you may be) am in a competition for summer box office. Like March Madness but for movies. I was almost finished with my list, but now I think I am going to change it. I completely agree about Pirates. The last one wasn't that great, but I think with a big name like Johnny Depp, it will make back it's money.
But for now, I think it may need to move down the list a bit.
Here's hoping I win!
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7:14PM on 04/29/2011

Good lawwd!

Damn this is the best summer for movies ever! If I wasn't such a movie lover I would say it's too many movies! I'm going to see most of them! By the time September comes around the seats in my local theater are gonna have molds of my ass print in em!
Damn this is the best summer for movies ever! If I wasn't such a movie lover I would say it's too many movies! I'm going to see most of them! By the time September comes around the seats in my local theater are gonna have molds of my ass print in em!
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6:02PM on 04/29/2011
Fright Night! wow...Capton Americon looks sweet!
Fright Night! wow...Capton Americon looks sweet!
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11:52PM on 04/29/2011
Captain Americon does look sweet
Captain Americon does look sweet
4:37PM on 04/29/2011
Am I the only one that is looking forward to Priest?
I agree this is the best summer lineup in a while, 10 straight weeks of movies that I am interested in.
Am I the only one that is looking forward to Priest?
I agree this is the best summer lineup in a while, 10 straight weeks of movies that I am interested in.
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4:25PM on 04/29/2011
Super 8
Harry Potter
Planet of the Apes

that's my definite summer selection

Peripherals are: Thor, X-Men, Transformers, and Captain America
Super 8
Harry Potter
Planet of the Apes

that's my definite summer selection

Peripherals are: Thor, X-Men, Transformers, and Captain America
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4:17PM on 04/29/2011
Im going to see all of these except for fast five and Transformers. Everone of these movies besides those 2 look great.
Im going to see all of these except for fast five and Transformers. Everone of these movies besides those 2 look great.
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2:41PM on 04/29/2011
These movies have been reported on so much they actually don't feel new anymore.

still can't wait to see almost all of the above.
These movies have been reported on so much they actually don't feel new anymore.

still can't wait to see almost all of the above.
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2:40PM on 04/29/2011
While the comic book movies and sequels have my eyebrows raised, I'm waiting on word of mouth and reviews to make my decision.

Super 8 will get my money regardless.. I'm very, very interested in seeing what it's all about.
While the comic book movies and sequels have my eyebrows raised, I'm waiting on word of mouth and reviews to make my decision.

Super 8 will get my money regardless.. I'm very, very interested in seeing what it's all about.
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2:03PM on 04/29/2011

Beginners

Nice showcase, but you're forgetting more quality films. "Beginners" looks to be just that from Focus. No, no robots, cowboys or animated, talking animals, but there is conflicted old man discovering his homosexuality for the first time connecting with his son. And the girl from "Inglorious Basterds".
Nice showcase, but you're forgetting more quality films. "Beginners" looks to be just that from Focus. No, no robots, cowboys or animated, talking animals, but there is conflicted old man discovering his homosexuality for the first time connecting with his son. And the girl from "Inglorious Basterds".
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7:08PM on 04/29/2011
Fail
Fail
1:58PM on 04/29/2011

Damn!

This looks expensive. Thank god for DVD quality torrents!
This looks expensive. Thank god for DVD quality torrents!
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1:40PM on 04/29/2011
I have zero interest in any of the summer movies this year. I'm gonna save a lot of coins.
I have zero interest in any of the summer movies this year. I'm gonna save a lot of coins.
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7:04PM on 04/29/2011
Damn you suck! This has to be the best summer for movies since... like ever!
Damn you suck! This has to be the best summer for movies since... like ever!
7:15AM on 04/30/2011
Dude, I'm with you. This looks like a sucky summer for movies.
Dude, I'm with you. This looks like a sucky summer for movies.
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1:38PM on 04/29/2011
I'm actually more excited for the smaller films. Horrible Bosses andg a great premise and plus Charlie Day is just hilarious. and 30 minutes or less looks great, hopefully it's not a Pineapple Express. The only three I'm really stoke for big budget wise is Super 8, Cowboys vs Aliens and i dont why but Planet of the Apes.
I'm actually more excited for the smaller films. Horrible Bosses andg a great premise and plus Charlie Day is just hilarious. and 30 minutes or less looks great, hopefully it's not a Pineapple Express. The only three I'm really stoke for big budget wise is Super 8, Cowboys vs Aliens and i dont why but Planet of the Apes.
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1:04PM on 04/29/2011
Damn it... I need a job. Can honestly say im seeing all of these though!!
Damn it... I need a job. Can honestly say im seeing all of these though!!
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12:45PM on 04/29/2011

but anyway

WHAT A FANTASTIC SUMMER!!!!!!
WHAT A FANTASTIC SUMMER!!!!!!
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12:40PM on 04/29/2011

boooooooo

mike sampson, the pirates of the caribbean facebook group says otherwise.
mike sampson, the pirates of the caribbean facebook group says otherwise.
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4:43PM on 04/29/2011
I get out a lot and don't know any...
I get out a lot and don't know any...
6:33PM on 04/29/2011
do you live in a pirate ship? i have yet to hear one word around here about the new pirates film...
do you live in a pirate ship? i have yet to hear one word around here about the new pirates film...
10:53PM on 04/29/2011
ahh but you JUST heard about it.
ahh but you JUST heard about it.
12:09PM on 04/30/2011
I don't know bro...I actually enjoyed all three Pirates films, but for some reason I am not excited about this one. I will see it and will probably like it, but something seems off;(maybe it is the trailers or the marketing). The first stills released excited me, but now...can't put my finger on it.
I don't know bro...I actually enjoyed all three Pirates films, but for some reason I am not excited about this one. I will see it and will probably like it, but something seems off;(maybe it is the trailers or the marketing). The first stills released excited me, but now...can't put my finger on it.
11:33AM on 04/29/2011

What about.....

Now, Im not questioning your authority to write about movies you are stoked to see this summer..but what about Car 2 and Kung-fu Panda 2? Those will NO DOUBT make more money than Bad Teacher, Horrible Bosses, and Bridesmaids and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark combined! So why no talk about them?
Now, Im not questioning your authority to write about movies you are stoked to see this summer..but what about Car 2 and Kung-fu Panda 2? Those will NO DOUBT make more money than Bad Teacher, Horrible Bosses, and Bridesmaids and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark combined! So why no talk about them?
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4:22PM on 04/29/2011
dont really care
dont really care
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11:03AM on 04/29/2011
11 cap america
11 cap america
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10:58AM on 04/29/2011
To be honest, I didn't know Captain America WASN'T coming out on July 4th. Talk about a missed opportunity!

Anyway, this is going to be a great year for film. I'm excited about 95% of the movies mentioned here.
To be honest, I didn't know Captain America WASN'T coming out on July 4th. Talk about a missed opportunity!

Anyway, this is going to be a great year for film. I'm excited about 95% of the movies mentioned here.
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10:54AM on 04/29/2011
10 movies i HAVE to SEE
1 GREEN LANTERN
2 THOR
3 COWBOYS AND ALIANS
4 PIRATES 4
5 BRIDEMAIDS
6 TRANSFORMORS 3
7 FAST FIVE
8 SUPER 8
9 HORRIBLE BOSSES
10 30 MINITES OR LESS
10 movies i HAVE to SEE
1 GREEN LANTERN
2 THOR
3 COWBOYS AND ALIANS
4 PIRATES 4
5 BRIDEMAIDS
6 TRANSFORMORS 3
7 FAST FIVE
8 SUPER 8
9 HORRIBLE BOSSES
10 30 MINITES OR LESS
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12:01PM on 04/29/2011
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10:39AM on 04/29/2011

Horrible Bosses.

Even if there were 50 Jenifer Anistons in this movie, I would still see it for Charlie Day. Charlie Day is a god.
Actionwise - Cowboys and Aliens, Super 8 and Green Lantern.
Even if there were 50 Jenifer Anistons in this movie, I would still see it for Charlie Day. Charlie Day is a god.
Actionwise - Cowboys and Aliens, Super 8 and Green Lantern.
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10:37AM on 04/29/2011
I think this is the first summer in years where literally every weekend features at least one movie I'm looking forward to. I don't even want to think about how much money I'll have spent by the end of August!
I think this is the first summer in years where literally every weekend features at least one movie I'm looking forward to. I don't even want to think about how much money I'll have spent by the end of August!
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10:01AM on 04/29/2011
its going to be a great summer
its going to be a great summer
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10:00AM on 04/29/2011
Gonna be a rockin' Summer if there ever was one! A little something for everybody in the mix.
Gonna be a rockin' Summer if there ever was one! A little something for everybody in the mix.
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9:59AM on 04/29/2011

Pretty solid

If all goes well and half of the movies on this list turn out to be good it's gonna be an awesome summer for movies. Super 8 and cap.America are what I am looking forward to the most. Spot on about 4 of July relase for cap though,who knows where they come up with the release dates
If all goes well and half of the movies on this list turn out to be good it's gonna be an awesome summer for movies. Super 8 and cap.America are what I am looking forward to the most. Spot on about 4 of July relase for cap though,who knows where they come up with the release dates
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9:53AM on 04/29/2011
I gotta go with Super 8..it's the one that really has my interest peaked right now.
I gotta go with Super 8..it's the one that really has my interest peaked right now.
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9:42AM on 04/29/2011

Looking good...

...despite me being a bit tired of superhero movies (origin stories...zzZZzZz) there's a lot of other decent looking stuff coming out.

Planet of the Apes looks stupid. The setup is the same one as Deep Blue Sea's. It might turn into a guilty pleasure movie, but right now it looks meh. Also, one of the sequels already explained why the apes took over (and it wasn't because of Alzheimer's research).
...despite me being a bit tired of superhero movies (origin stories...zzZZzZz) there's a lot of other decent looking stuff coming out.

Planet of the Apes looks stupid. The setup is the same one as Deep Blue Sea's. It might turn into a guilty pleasure movie, but right now it looks meh. Also, one of the sequels already explained why the apes took over (and it wasn't because of Alzheimer's research).
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9:35AM on 04/29/2011
This summer is gonna be fucking awesome. What's everyone looking forward to the most? Gotta say HP
This summer is gonna be fucking awesome. What's everyone looking forward to the most? Gotta say HP
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9:45AM on 04/29/2011
30 Minutes or Less shot up my list once I saw the trailer.
30 Minutes or Less shot up my list once I saw the trailer.
9:49AM on 04/29/2011
yeah after so many disappointments i've told myself i'll never watch a trailer for a comedy, they usually use the best jokes in them. definitely wanna see it though.
yeah after so many disappointments i've told myself i'll never watch a trailer for a comedy, they usually use the best jokes in them. definitely wanna see it though.
10:01AM on 04/29/2011
Green Lantern Fright Night Thor Cowboys & Aliens and Capt. America! + many more.
Green Lantern Fright Night Thor Cowboys & Aliens and Capt. America! + many more.
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