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Super 8 scratches summer movie itch 

JJ Abrams puts on his best Spielberg for alien mystery

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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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