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Notes from a Darkened Theater: Transformers, the Facebook Movie and Pixar Grants a Last Wish

Fans of Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise can stop waiting to exhale: Thanks to more than 600 sellouts, including 274 for midnight screenings scheduled tonight, Revenge of the Fallen is already a box-office hit. Numbers like that have placed it among the top 25 pre-sellers of all time, but a nagging question remains: Is it any good?

L.A. Confidential: The Taking of the South Central Garden

Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s Oscar-nominated follow-up to 2002’s OT: Our Town, his documentary about a Compton high school attempting to stage its first play in over 20 years, chronicles a South Central Los Angeles farming community’s struggle to save its land from a millionaire developer. The stage is set for a power struggle rife with moral outrage, and The Garden delivers that in spades, but Kennedy’s second effort is as much a compelling, seamlessly crafted underdog tale as a revealing glimpse behind the curtain of big-city politics.

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