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Super 8 scratches summer movie itch 

JJ Abrams puts on his best Spielberg for alien mystery

Just when you thought we’d gone digital for good, J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) brings Kodak back with a bang. The extraterrestrial mystery unfurls when a pack of preteens shooting a movie ---on super 8 film, duh--- witnesses an explosive train accident leaving behind countless little “white Rubik’s cubes,” misbehaving electronics and prompts clandestine Air Force operations. To this Abrams adds human drama---a mother tragically killed and a deputy dad who tries to forbid his son Joe’s (Joel Courtney) friendship with Alice (Elle Fanning). Super 8 is an ode to the early work of producer Steven Spielberg, a throwback to 1979 America with its saturated, sepia-toned palette, dying-disco playlist and stereotypical gender roles---woman-in-distress (aka Alice trapped by alien) must be saved by man (aka Joe and coevals). Not all otherworldy phenomena are explained, but it will quench your thirst for a summer movie all the same.
Super 8
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 112 min. · 2011
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Director: J.J. Abrams
Writer: J.J. Abrams
Producer: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burkv and Steven Spielberg
Cast: Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso, Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills and Amanda Michalka


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