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Weekend Movie Guide: Go see Cloverfield

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I'm shocked at the middling critical response that Cloverfield has generated. Sure, it's only a popcorn movie, but it's a perfect popcorn movie! Plenty of movies are described as a roller-coaster ride, but when Cloverfield finally ends you physically feel like you just got off a roller-coaster. I can't imagine a scenario where Cloverfield is not a huge box-office hit. I also can't imagine there not being a huge backlash any day now. Flame away!

Earlier this week, LAist posted the first 5 minutes of the terrifying Teeth. Starting today, you can head to the theater and see the full, er, monty (or lack thereof). If I ever a movie called out to be made by an Italian director during the gory 1970s, then Teeth is it. Sadly, American filmmakers tend to shy away from showing dangling appendages being shorn off and the bloody, spurting stumps that remain.