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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    ★★★

    A weird adaptation with some amazing choices and some baffling ones.

    Amazing:
    -Martin Freeman
    -The way they portray infinite improbability drive
    -Stephen Fry narration
    -All the charming practical creature effects

    Baffling:
    -The opening credits and song
    -Zaphod's head
    -Stock footage of life happening on earth
    -John Malkovich

  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    ★★★½

    Fun, if a bit heavy on whimsy. 

    ETA: When did I become such a curmudgeon about whimsy?

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  • Ninja III: The Domination

    Ninja III: The Domination

    ★★★½

    Sort of like mashing together The Exorcist, Poltergeist, Samurai Cop, any Sho Kosugi movie, Flashdance, and Tron.

    So, awesome, obviously.

  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★★½

    Even without having ever read the comic, I somehow feel that I can assure any fan that this is the best adaptation they will ever hope to see. The action is great, the conceit is superb, and it doesn't try to put on airs or be something it isn't. It's just a great action film, with some great characters.

    Removed a star because, let's face it, that helmet is just a tad too big for Urban's head. That or his…