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Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Director Marc Webb couldn’t have taken on a tougher challenge. Not only does he opt to make the leap from modest comedy to massive CGI blockbuster, but he does so with an almost entirely beloved franchise that wrapped a mere five years ago. However, when the odds are against you like that in this industry, solid filmmaking is really all you need to make a moviegoing experience worth it, even if it’s an experience you’ve been through not too long ago.

As a young boy, Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) parents left in a hurry, leaving him in the care of his Aunt May and Uncle Ben (Sally Field and Martin Sheen). Now in high school, Peter’s dealing with typical teen troubles like crushes and bullies, but the fact that his parents never gave any explanation for their disappearance still eats away at him. When he happens upon his father’s old briefcase, Peter finally might have found the clue that could lead him to answers about his parents, Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner.

After weaseling his way into a tour of Dr. Connors’ laboratory, Peter gets turned around and winds up coming in contact with a radioactive spider. He thinks nothing of his spider bite until he realizes he now has incredible physical abilities allowing him to climb walls, spin webs and stop criminals. Meanwhile, Dr. Connors is in a panic as his boss is threatening to shut down his operation. Desperate to see if the serum he’s working on could help him regrow his amputated arm, he takes it himself and it’s successful – in a way.

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Review: Shark Night 3D

While most movies require endearing characters to get you from beginning to end and make you feel invested in what’s happening on the screen, that’s not necessary here. Fun, good scares and some carnage are all that’s needed in this recipe and nothing more. However, writers Will Hayes and Jesse Studenberg attempt to take their story one step further by giving it some heart. Heart in a movie called Shark Night 3D? Emotion in the midst of a hyper sexy bloodbath is just plain old silly and that’s exactly how it comes across.

Sara (Sara Paxton) comes from an unusual town where houses are planted on islands in the middle of a lake with zero phone access. In honor of sports star Malik’s (Sinqua Walls) B+ on a test, their group of friends pack up a car with a mere handbag of luggage each, one cooler of beer and sole bottle of vodka and head off to the remote location for a weekend of booze, swimming and jet skiing.

Minus a run-in with Sara’s ex, Dennis (Chris Carmack), and his creepy cliché hick sidekick, Red (Joshua Leonard), the kiddies make it out to what should be a weekend in paradise. It’s all fun and games until Malik opts to show off his wakeboarding skills in a high-speed display. It isn’t his showmanship that gets the better of him, or even a rogue wave, rather a shark that nips the back of his board and pulls him down. With no connection to the outside world, the group has no choice but to try and make it back to the mainland, however, the lake’s vicious new residents are not going to make that easy.

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SDCC: 2011 Shark Night 3D Party’s Got Bite

Comic Con day one is done. Well, technically, it wasn’t even day one as Wednesday is just preview night. Still, I didn’t take the time to check out any of the convention center booths as I was out celebrating the upcoming release of Shark Night 3D.

In the parking lot of Petco Park, the film set up camp, which included food and drinks, a “bite booth” where you could get a green screen photo of yourself being attacked by a shark, the cast of Shark Night 3D and, best of all, a mechanical shark. Okay, perhaps it wasn’t the best part as I had a nice time chatting with the film’s stars, Sinqua Walls and Alyssa Diaz.

Diaz plays Maya who she describes as a “feisty, fierce woman,” but, most importantly, “when drama goes down, she’s there for her man” and that man is Malik, played by Walls. While Walls assures that his character is pretty tough, he’s not tough enough to defend his arm as poor Malik loses a limb during the film.

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