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I went to two 3-D movies. The latest PIRATES OF THE CAR. movie - the fourth in the series, based on a Tim Powers novel. It was fun, and well worth the time and money, and if you go to it, you really DO want to stay till AFTER the closing credits (an Easter Egg awaits...:-)). The only fault that I could find with this movie that I'll put down here is that I thought the 3-D effect was really more of a "let's do this in 3-D because 3-D is 'in'". It wasn't really part of the story, it was just a stunt.

After the one movie, I was feeling just a little bit silly, and so left, turned around, and went back to purchase another ticket - to KUNG FU PANDA 2. This one was for the belly laughs - and I'll admit that some of the humor was quite low (though I've been known for a long time as someone with a quite low sense of humor). But I did get several belly laughs out of this one, and a few times I laughed so hard that I could barely breath. Much of the classic-style 2-D animation was actually better (artistically) than a lot of the 3-D computer animation. But the animation, at its worst, was still quite good. And it was a GOOD 3-D movie - where the 3-D really was integral, or so I saw it.

Overall, two good movies, and then I headed out to a local (to the theater) all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, Todai's, for dinner. A bit stuffed afterwards, but overall a good time.
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Ok, it's a "silly bit of fluff" and, given that the 3-D tickets ran $12.50 each (not to mention $15 for popcorn and two sodas), it wasn't exactly a cheap afternoon, but it was FUN. At points in this bit of silliness, I was reminded (heavily) of ENEMY MINE, AVATAR, RETURN OF THE JEDI and THE BRIDGES OF TOKO-RI. No, I won't spoil your fun if you haven't seen it yet, but if you've seen all these movies, you'll understand just what I mean when you DO see it. If you've already seen it, you should be able to place (on a scene for scene basis) where there are "homages" to these earlier flicks.

I took my wife and adult daughter to see this, and they both enjoyed it as well. The dragons are, well ... CUTE ... without being sickeningly sweet. Think pokemon crossed with the aliens from ALIENS.

If you haven't seen it already, do go see it. It will be worth the money...
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Ok, I just got back a few hours ago from watching the morning matinee of AVATAR at the local "luxury" movie theater. In 3-D. Aside from the fact that I am now deaf (the sound system shook my diaphragm in spots -- to be expected when there are high explosives going off "on camera"), it is a ROYALLY good movie.

If you can afford it (the bargain matinee tickets here were $12 each) by all means, take it in in a good theater.

(The usual suspects where involved: Skywalker Sound, Industrial Light & Magic, and New Zealand...)

(There is, lord help us, an AVATAR computer game coming out RSN...)

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