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Clif Reeder
“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”
Clif Reeder
“Doomsday”

“Doomsday”

Can you say contrived? “28 Days Later,” “Resident Evil” and the “Mad Max” films were all obvious inspirations for this familiar-looking action-horror film. The trailer has all the explosions, screaming madmen and slow-motion chases you’d expect from this sort of thing, plus another icy heroine in the form of Rhona Mitra. Still, it all looks kind of cheap, especially considering the fact that it was directed by Neil Marshall, who helmed the excellent “The Descent.” And, with the exception of awesome character actor Bob Hoskins (“Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”), the cast looks strictly second-rate.

Rating: Two of five stars.

-Brandon Conradis

“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”

Universal

Judd Apatow strikes again, but how much longer can he keep up his game? “Knocked Up” and “Superbad” were huge hits, but the trailer for “Sarah Marshall” looks almost gentle in comparison. There are some funny moments and the cast is good (yes, Jonah Hill is back) but the film looks like a typical romantic comedy with little of the crass humor that made the previous comedies so memorable. Apatow is more than welcome to prove me wrong, but as of now it looks like this may be a disappointment. Let’s face it: any trailer that uses another film’s theme song (in this case the one from “Caddyshack”) just can’t be promising.

Rating: Two of five stars.

-Brandon Conradis

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