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Evan Crean Evan Crean
May 18th, 2009 9:25am EDT
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Terminator SalvationThe first three weeks of the summer movie season started out a bit slow, but from here the momentum really starts to build. There's a spike in the number of movies premiering with six coming out this week, two of which are sequels. One of those sequels is a movie I've been anticipating since I heard it was in development. Hint: it involves giant robots, and it's not "Transformers 2."

Opening in cinemas this week are "Terminator Salvation," "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," "Dance Flick," "Easy Virtue," "The Girlfriend Experience," and "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story."


Set in the year 2018, the fight for human survival against Skynet and the Terminators rages on. John Connor (Christian Bale), the leader of the resistance, finds a man named Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), who believes he is human, but is in fact a cyborg. Uncertain whether he should trust this man, John travels with Marcus to Skynet's base of operations, where the two discover a secret about the potential eradication of mankind.

The man behind the "Charlie's Angels" movies, who goes only by the nickname McG, directs "Terminator Salvation." John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris, the writers of "Terminator 3" return to pen this sequel. Anton Yelchin ("Star Trek") and Helena Bonham Carter ("Sweeney Todd") also appear.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? See it. I've always been a fan of the "Terminator" series, even though I didn't like the last one as much. I hated McG's over-the-top directing of the "Charlie's Angels" movies, but I'm anxious to see a "Terminator" film that takes place entirely in the future, where the battle against the machines is truly fought. I also really like Christian Bale; I think he's an amazing actor and that he'll make an excellent John Connor.

Watch "Terminator Salvation Trailer 2"





After the Museum of Natural History is closed for renovations, the museum pieces are moved into federal storage in Washington. Larry (Ben Stiller) becomes a security guard at the Smithsonian, where Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria), an evil Pharoah comes life through a magical tablet that brings other exhibits to life. Larry teams up with Amelia Earhart, who he develops a romance with and together they try to restore order in the museum.

The writing team from the first "Night at the Museum," Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, is back for this sequel. Although he has extensive writing credits, Lennon is probably better known for his character Lt. Jim Dangle on the show, "Reno 911!" Shawn Levy, the director of the previous movie, is another returner for "Battle of the Smithsonian."

Comedy giants Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Robin Williams, Christopher Guest, Steve Coogan, Bill Hader, and Ricky Gervais all play supporting roles in this movie as characters from the exhibits.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? See it. This seems like a great movie that everyone in the family can enjoy. I didn't see the original "Night at the Museum," but the all-star cast of characters makes it hard to believe this movie could go horribly wrong. In the trailer there were plenty of moments that had me laughing, like Ben Stiller's exchange with security guard Jonah Hill, the conversation with The Thinker, and Hank Azaria's rant to Darth Vader.

Watch "Night at the Museum 2 International Trailer"





Thomas Uncles (Damon Wayans) is a street dancer from a bad neighborhood, but his friendship with the wholesome Megan White (Shoshana Bush) might help the two live their dreams as they work together to win the biggest dance battle of all time.

The film's director is Damien Wayans, the nephew of Keenen, Damon, Marlon, and Shawn Wayans. Keenan, Craig, Marlon, Shawn, and Damien all collaborated to write "Dance Flick." In addition, Marlon and Shawn also make appearances in the movie.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? Skip it. In recent years, the Wayans family hasn't been nearly as funny as they were on the show "In Living Color." I liked the first two movies in the "Scary Movie" franchise, but after that I stopped watching them. Overall I think their particular shtick is getting tired, and I'm not sure the involvement of another Wayans generation will make this movie any better.




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