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6 'n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.



Thor: The Dark World.
  Hollywood has its own version of the Asgardian Convergence.  Every so often the availability of A-list actors aligns with a confused script, two hundred million dollars, and a green light, resulting in a blockbuster motion picture.  Portals open at movie theaters all over the world, and huge amounts of money are sucked into the studio coffers.



Ender’s Game.  Given the success of this film, it’s not likely to end here, and that’s a good thing—both for fans of the book and movie-goers.

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6 'n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.



Escape Plan.  Even though Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone can get out of a high-tech prison that's sealed off from the world in an enormous cargo ship, they are unable to escape from the Misfits' enthusiasm for their new film.



The Counselor.  Forget about legal counsel, maybe Ridley Scott should have consulted with a different writer than Cormac McCarthy before making his latest movie.

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Captain Phillips
and A Hijacking are as different in execution as they are similar in subject matter.  Captain Phillips, although presented in a straightforward, almost documentary style, still embraces many of the Hollywood conventions in terms of character and structure.  A Hijacking, on the other hand, presents a more fragmented, dispassionate story, the moments of repressed fear and anger resulting in a steady, building, cumulative intensity, which is both involving and sometimes frustrating for a viewer.  The Misfits weigh the pros and cons of these two filmmaking approaches, and also ask the question, “Who is the captain?” and wonder, “Does anyone really want to be the captain?”

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