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8 Great … Kids Behaving Violently

We’re about to see kids killing kids and the world loves it. There’s certainly a lot more to The Hunger Games than violence, namely honest relationships and exploring the effects of excessive government control, but hey — it’s a movie about 24 teens fighting for their lives in a televised battle to the death. So let’s have some fun with the idea of seeing a group of kids arming up in hopes of taking each other out by looking back at some of the most ruthless little ones cinema has to offer.

Hit Girl – Kick-Ass

I wouldn’t say violent children ever really went away, but Kick-Ass’ Hit Girl certainly made them cool again. This pint-sized superhero is as vicious as they come, showing no mercy, slicing off a guy’s leg, reloading her guns on the fly to take out a room full of Frank D’Amico’s henchmen and, my personal favorite, forcing someone to somewhat self-inflict a gunshot to the head via a knife rope.

To top it all off, Hit Girl makes her kills that much more memorable, dishing out obscene dialogue, like telling Kick-Ass that in order to get in touch with her “You just contact the mayor’s office. He has a special signal he shines in the sky; it’s in the shape of a giant c*ck … ” and many other lines not at all appropriate to reprint.

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The 8 Worst Movie Characters to Have Babysit Your Kids

Mind your children — the babysitter of doom, Noah (Jonah Hill), is about to arrive in theaters in The Sitter on December 9th. Okay, Noah really isn’t thatbad; it’s actually the kids who cause most of the trouble. Blithe, with an affinity for celebrity life, Slater with his “issues,” and Rodrigo with a passion for cherry-bombing toilets. But still, even if the trio of little monsters did behave themselves, Noah probably would have spent the night on the couch, watching TV and giving them zero attention.

Well, it could be worse – way worse actually. Turns out the Pedulla’s got lucky finding Noah for their babysitting gig because these option would have returned their children in far worse condition.

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8 Great…Weapons the Movies Taught Us to Always Keep Handy

Who doesn’t wonder what they’d do if an unwanted visitor came to their door in the night? With the remake of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs about to hit theaters, you can’t help but consider a potential plan of defense or attack, if it came down to it.

When I was younger, a neighbor of mine woke up to a strange site: a bloody man stumbling towards her kitchen door. He comes in uninvited and, with kids in the house, she does what any mother would do — defend her family. Her weapon of choice? A Maglite.

What would you have done in that situation? If keeping a gun rack in the house isn’t your thing, here are a few items movies have taught us to use that should get the job done if you ever need to thwart a home invasion.

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8 Great Moments of CGI Destruction

Michael Bay has made quite the name for himself for his work demolishing everything on his sets. We’ve got the treacherous asteroid of Armageddon, the reenactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor and, most recently, cars that transform into alien robots and smash big cities and monuments.

While Bay tends to win big at the box office, critical praise is not really his thing and, even though Transformers: Revenge of the Fallensnagged a whopping $836.3 million at the worldwide box office, Bay himself admitted that mistakes were made with the story. WithTransformers: Dark of the Moon due out on June 29th, the big question is, can Bay combine his fantastic CGI effects with a proper plot to result in a piece that isn’t only visually stimulating, but engaging and emotional, too? Had Bay considered any of these successful moments of CGI destruction, the odds might be in his favor.

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8 Great Big-Screen Teachers

After going through years and years of schooling, how many in-class lessons do you actually remember? Now, after years and years of moviegoing, how many big-screen lessons do you remember? While I can barely recall my French vocabulary words, standard high school mathematics or chemistry formulas, I’ve got no problem recounting some of the best of the best from on-screen educators like Harry Potter’s Professor Dumbledore and even School of Rock’s so-called Mr. Ned Schneebly.

In honor of the June 24th release of Bad Teacher, in which Cameron Diaz will likely taint our minds as a “booze-swilling, pot-smoking, hard-swearing” middle school teacher, why not take a look back at some big-screen lessons that actually ring true? (And maybe some that are just downright hilarious, too.)

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