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'Zombieland' offers more laughs than scares

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3 stars out of 4

As a zombie fan, I was excited to see this movie. The zombies, especially the clown, were gruesome, although the focal point is laughs over scares. The movie grabs your attention from the title sequence and has only one low point near the middle. Woody Harrelson was a natural born zombie killer and you have to appreciate the variety of ways he used to put down the undead. A world overrun by ravenous ghouls may not seem the ideal setting for a comedy, but the banter of the four survivors makes it work. I would see this movie again.

- Sean Ahern, Buford

2 1/2 stars out of 4

"Zombieland" is first and foremost an intentional comedy with a little bit of scariness and gore courtesy of the zombies. The story, although utterly predictable, is entertaining and well-paced. There is good chemistry and banter between the two male leads.

The zombies, who do not dominate as much screen time as you may expect, are typically portrayed except they run fast. Fortunately, one of the lead actors provides a handy and humorous list of rules for surviving zombie attacks. Bill Murray's brief appearance (as himself) halfway through the movie is certainly an oddity, to say the least. It is during this period that the movie lulls; luckily it doesn't last too long.

- Francine Benoit, Lawrenceville

2 1/2 stars out of 4

While it will not be confused as an academy award nominee, it is an entertaining movie that has loads of laughs. Woody Harrelson stars as Tallahassee and runs into Columbus, played by Jesse Eisenberg, as they are both dodging zombies who now rule the world. But somehow the chemistry gels and Woody and Jesse find common ground as zombie killers. And boy do they kill a slew of the cannibalistic goons.

Two sisters who are also normal soon join them and they add to the melee.

In this movie you see a zillion zombies whose make-up and dress is very impressive, so maybe I'm a bit premature on its Oscar-men worthiness. But no one else should hold their breath awaiting their little statue. Killing aside, if you just want to chug down some popcorn and Pepsi and forgot your woes for a spell, this might be the ticket. Plus, Eisenberg is a star in the making and you can see it clearly.

- Rick Wright, Auburn