JJ Abrams Super 8 Spawns Critic Love Fest

In Hollywood, it is rare surprise to see a majority of film critics get together to gush over anyfilm, much less a sci-fi monster thriller, even if it is written & directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. It seems that Super 8 just happens to be one of those special films that not only looks damn cool in the trailers, but actually lives up to those trailers in the theater.

Elle Fanning & Joel Courtney in Super 8, Source: Paramount Pictures

Super 8, starring Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Aj Michalka and Kyle Chandler, is set for release this Friday in both normal and IMAX versions. The movie focuses on a group of teenagers who witness a train crash while making a movie with a Super 8mm camera. Turns out the train was moving materials previously stored at Area 51 to a new location. After the crash, disappearances and all sorts of strange things start happening around town. The Scooby Doo kids, of course, become involved in the mystery of figuring out what is going on.

Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel has already called the film “one of those jaw-dropping out-of-body summer entertainments that kids old enough to swear and see PG-13 films will remember on into adulthood.” The luminary Robert Ebert from the Chicago Sun-Times calls Super 8 a “wonderful film” and describes it as “like seeing a lost early Spielberg classic.” That’s a serious kind of compliment for any film, but we’re talking about a monster movie set in 1979 — a time period and subject matter that doesn’t really scream “jaw-dropping” at first glance. Now, that’s impressive.

According to ratings compiler RottenTomatoes.com, Super 8 has so far garnered an average ratings score of 83% among critics. Time magazine critic Richard Corliss calls Super 8 a “scary, artful thriller” and that’s saying something, because Corliss isn’t afraid to bash with the best of them.

So, our conclusion? Get the hell out there and see this movie because it looks like it’s going to be a blast!

Hugh Jackman Signs On to Steven Spielberg Sci-Fi Film

Australian hottie Hugh Jackman has reportedly signed on to star in a new sci-fi movie helmed by the legendary Steven Spielberg. According to media reports, Jackman will star as a former boxer who becomes a trainer for the robot boxers who have replaced humans in the ring.

Hugh Jackman in 'Wolverine'
Hugh Jackman in 'Wolverine'

Let’s just say right now, that sounds super weird and just a little bit crazy as a movie set to feature a star like Jackman. The film, reportedly called Real Steel, will be the first project produced by Steven Spielberg since DreamWorks Studios split from Paramount Pictures last year.

Filmmaker Shawn Levy, who will be directing the film, told Variety the movie is about “a former boxer who can no longer do the only job he’s good at, and one particular robot that may be his return to grace.”

Filming for Real Steel is scheduled to being in June. Let’s hope the movie actually isn’t going to be as incredibly lame as the premise sounds.

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