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  • Brad Pitt and Daniella Kertesz in "World War Z."

    Jaap Buitendijk / Paramount Pictures

    Brad Pitt and Daniella Kertesz in "World War Z."

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  • Brad Pitt and Daniella Kertesz in "World War Z."

    Jaap Buitendijk / Paramount Pictures

    Brad Pitt and Daniella Kertesz in "World War Z."

"World War Z"
A United Nations employee (Brad Pitt) travels the world in an effort to find a way to stop a zombie pandemic.
Zombies bad. Brad Pitt good. That's all you need to know about this zombie apocalypse movie. Except for its massive scale and scope, it's similar to the kind of zombie movies made since George A. Romero brought life to the genre in 1968 with "Night of the Living Dead."
Grade: B-
Director Henry Alex Rubin's film is a harrowing cautionary tale about the dangers that loom with every computer click. He weaves multiple story lines together with a gripping darkness to show how innocent online activities can have devastating consequences.
Jason Bateman turns in a memorable performance as the father of 10th-grader Ben (Jonah Bobo), whose need to connect in school makes him the perfect patsy for an online prank by some thoughtless fellow students.
Grade: A
"The Bling Ring"
The story of bored California teens who break into the homes of the rich and famous.
Along with a story structure that doesn't work, the movie's pacing makes snails look like they are on speed. The film sets a new standard for movie failure. It's such a mess, the teens should get back together and steal all of the copies of the movie.
Grade: F
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"Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors": The Doctor deals with an Earth facing a new Ice Age.
"Day of the Dead": George Romero's horror classic on Blu-ray.
"Bates Motel: Season One": Re-imagining of Alfred Hitchcock's film into cable TV series.
"Suddenly": Ray Liotta stars in the remake of the 1954 Frank Sinatra film noir classic.
Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.)

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