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Fast Five (2011) PG-13

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Well folks, I'm back. I've had a bit of a case of writers block as of late, but those days are over. I have five reviews just aching to get written. This is number one. Fast Five will only be in theaters for a few more weeks, but now is as good of a time as any to check it out. I was quite skeptical about this film going in, despite good reviews. The last two Fast and Furious films were pretty awful and Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious) was back as director. However, you get a sense early on that Lin is finally onto something, thanks in large part to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (The Other Guys, Get Smart). The whole gang is back once again in this fifth installment of the popular racing franchise. What sets this film apart from the rest is that Chris Morgan's (Wanted, Cellular) script focuses more on character development and high-flyin' action than street racing.

Once enemies, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O'Conner …

Thor (2011) PG-13

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Expectations were very low for Thor just a few months ago, but as reviews started to poor in everyone seemed to have nothing but good things to say about it. I have a feeling that this film will be one of the more pleasant surprises of 2011. This film has plenty of flaws, sure, but it's ultra-entertaining and often funny. You can't help but compare it to other superhero films of recent memory. And while Thor has nothing on Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man or Spider-Man 2, it's a completely different type of film. It never takes itself too seriously, which was a good move on director Kenneth Branagh's (Frankenstein, Hamlet) part. Everything about the story of Thor is absolutely ridiculous, so to take it too seriously would've been a huge mistake. This may be Branagh's (who is also a very good actor) best work to date, but what made this film was the performance by new-comer Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek, A Perfect Getaway). Hemsworth plays Thor of course,…