Now that we are officially halfway through 2010, let's look at some of the best and worst movies of the year so far. There have been some great blockbusters and some not so great high budget films! BEST: 'Inception' Sure, Christopher Nolan's metaphysical heist flick is only coming out this week and the commercials have been a bit on the mysterious side, but trust us: it's good. From its mind-bending dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream plot to its way cool special effects, the movie stands head-and-shoulders above an otherwise lackluster movie summer. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt's zero-G fist fight in a hotel hallway is worth the price of admission all by itself.
WORST: 'Valentine's Day' With a star-studded cast (including Oscar winners Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Kathy Bates, and Shirley MacLaine, plus hotties Patrick Dempsey, Jessica Alba, and Eric Dane), you'd expect this Garry Marshall-directed rom-com to be tolerable at the very least. Well, it isn't. In fact, it's the worst movie we've seen in years. From its banal storylines to its dreadful dialogue to its embarrassing lack of laughs and heart, "Valentine's Day" is a lazy day of infamy that nobody should have to suffer through.
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BEST: 'Toy Story 3' The creators of the beloved "Toy Story" films re-open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of Woody, Buzz and our favorite gang of toy characters in this third installment. This film will appeal to all ages which you can't say about many films. The third installment is a must see.
WORST: 'The A-Team' Follows the daring exploits of Hannibal Smith and his colorful team of former Special Forces soldiers who were set up for a crime they did not commit. The film lacked a real plot and the action scenes seemed to lack thought.
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BEST: 'The Hurt Locker' Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of the Iraq war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb. Amazingly gripping and intelligent this film will have you glued to the screen throughout.
WORST: 'Robin Hood' In 13th century England, Robin Hood and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. The film was not only boring but joyless. We expected more from director Ridley Scott.
BEST & WORST: 'Sex & The City 2' Taking place two years after the end of the first film, "Sex and the City 2" sees Carrie Bradshaw and her friends bring their glamorous lives to a place that is far away from their New York City homes. Cringeworthy one liners and no real plot makes you leave the cinema feeling slightly dissapointed. Having said that the fact that you can sit down and not get lost in a complex plot coupled with easy on the eye fashion allows you to leave the cinema feeling a sense of enjoyment!
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BEST: 'Predators' A cold-blooded mercenary whose only allegiance is to those who pay him reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they've been brought together on an alien planet... as prey. With the notable exception of disgraced physician Edwin, they are all cold-blooded killers - mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members - human "predators" that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predator. As the film begins the action draws you straight in. A must see.
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WORST: 'Nine' A famous movie director trying to complete his next film is plagued with too many women in his life. Considering the film's cast included Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson the expectations were high. Those expectations are quickly squashed as the film flails around in a mess of bad broadway acts.
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BEST: 'Iron Man 2' With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark faces pressure from the government, the press, and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, along with Pepper Potts and James "Rhodey" Rhodes at his side, must forge new alliances - and confront powerful enemies. With a star studded cast, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle this movie was never going to dissapoint!
WORST: 'Clash of the Titans' Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus is helpless to save his family from Hades, vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus and unleash hell on earth. Many expected this film to be full of action but it failed to provide on that front and many felt that the film was a snorefest.
BEST: 'Animal Kingdom' Tensions are building between dangerous criminals and trigger-happy police in Melbourne. And into this world arrives 17-year old Joshua 'J' Cody. In order to survive J must somehow find his place in this cunning and brutal animal kingdom. Not just another Aussie crime drama this film has strong cinematography, a real presence and a great soundtrack.
WORST: 'Grown Ups' Thirty years after their high school graduation, five good friends reunite for the Fourth of July. With their wives and kids in tow, they spend the holiday weekend together at the lake house where they celebrated their championship years earlier. Picking up where they left off, they discover why growing older doesn't mean growing up. This flick just proved that Sandler and co. are getting old and so are their jokes.
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WORST: 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' The story follows a young prince who must prove his innocence with the help of a conquered princess as he searches for a dangerous artifact, the sands of time, which allows the possessor to change the fabric of time itself. The biggest downfall of this film is that it is based on a video game, which means that there is a lot of jumping around but no real story!