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Film Fans find super entertainment in Abrams' 'Super 8'

Special Photo: Paramount Pictures
 From left, Gabriel Basso, Ryan Lee, Joel Courtney and Riley Griffiths star in “Super 8.” 

Special Photo: Paramount Pictures From left, Gabriel Basso, Ryan Lee, Joel Courtney and Riley Griffiths star in “Super 8.” 

4 out of 4 stars

“Super 8” is one of those movies that you feel like you’ve seen the story before, but it’s so good you don’t really care. This movie took me back to the movies of my childhood. The story is reminiscent of “Goonies” with a little “ET” thrown in. The story was simple and sweet, but also mysterious and action packed.

The child actors, many of whom were relative unknowns, were excellent. The film called for them to appear in almost every scene and basically carry the movie, tasks they handled perfectly. If you are child of the ’80s (like me) you will want to see this one for yourself. It will remind you of a time when life was simpler and friendship and adventure meant everything.

— Laurel Grams, Lawrenceville

3 out of 4 stars

“Super 8” is described as a science-fiction adventure, but it is more a comedy than anything else. The four boys who co-star in the movie are a hoot. You really have to keep your ears open to catch all of the funny banter they exchange.

The special effects are loud and sometimes overdone and the creature, which you really only see at the end of the movie, is nothing most of us haven’t seen before, but the story has a good flow with multiple plots.

The various themes of action, sci-fi, romantic drama and grief are nicely integrated into the overall storyline and provide something to keep everyone interested. Basically this movie has all the right ingredients to be a summer blockbuster.

Stay in your seat when the credits begin and you will quickly be rewarded.

— Francine Benoit, Lawrenceville

3 out of 4 stars

The fabric of this movie delivers, but it will not pass muster by some. Set in a small Ohio town in 1979, several young teens decide to make a zombie movie and end up filming a vicious train derailment.

The wonder of the movie is how the cast of characters blend together so well from the adults to the teens as the story slowly unravels. Noteworthy among a great cast who truly excel in their individual performances are Alice (Ellie Fanning) and Joe (Joel Courtney). Their presence and sheer depth bodes well indeed for their acting futures.

As the small town begins to get its mind around the train wreck, weird things start happening and the young moviemakers and town are tripped-out big time. We also get a peek at failed family relationships and the resulting insight that they can be restored through work and trust. This movie ends with clever clips of the kid’s movie as the credits roll.

So here, you have a lot to love and some to loathe, but I have to give two thumbs up for the overall work.

— Rick Wright, Auburn