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In a postapocalyptic world, a small community of rag-doll robots hides in fear from dangerous machines out to exterminate them. But when a brave newcomer named 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood) joins the group, he inspires them to stand up and fight for their survival. The film also features the voiceover work of John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly and Martin Landau. Directed by Shane Acker, who based “9” on his senior college thesis that was nominated for an Academy Award under best animated short.

Rating: 7 out of 10

9 comes to life in the beginning of this film, and as he sees this post-apocalyptic waste land left behind by warring countries for the first time, so do we. There is a smooth transition in the film for the viewers as meet and get to know the strange, mythical creatures and back story for this world.

I give Acker credit. There are few original ideas in Hollywood. He creates a rich world, full of texture and interesting characters with mixed motives — some want to merely survive, some want to make change. It’s an enduring theme in film, but it always resonates. 9 wants to save those who have fallen by a giant machine that created machines and weapons that killed the planet. Unknowingly, 9 was the one who started the machine back up and wants to shut it back down and save the friends its taken.

“9” is a smooth film with great voiceover work, smart plot and sharp direction. It’s too dark for small children, but I’d say 8 and older would appreciate this film.

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Sin City

Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller’s popular comics of the same name, this film, directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez (Grindhouse, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) and Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds, Pulp Fiction), that focuses around a muscular brute looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City’s corrupt police department who takes the law into his own hands, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hit man looking to make a little cash.

Rating: 10 out of 10

Anyone who has ever loved comic books has always waited for a film that conveyed the feeling you get while reading one.  Well, comic book lovers, your movie has come!

Sin City is a film that is so unbelievable visual, so unrelentingly interesting, and so fleshed out with interesting characters and multiple plot lines that, yes, I would call it a living and breathing comic book.  Rodriguez has hit one out of the park and created by far his best film to date and the performances he’s given by Mickey Rourke, Nick Stahl, Clive Owen, and Bruce Willis are stellar all around.

The thing I noticed while watching this movie was that once one story ended and another began, I kept thinking the last part couldn’t be topped and I was wrong.  Each part of the plot perfectly complements the other to create one large story in the vein of Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” or “Reservoir Dogs.”  I will give a word of warning to the squeamish:  This film contains ultra explicit violence that is almost unrelenting from start to finish.  If you can handle that and love comic books, you’d be doing yourself a disservice to miss out on this gem.