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PACIFIC RIM at the Cinerama (in 2D!)

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Wondering why we're seeing a movie on a Tuesday night? Simple: it's the only day of the week when Pacific Rim will be playing in 2D at the Cinerama, and while I have heard the 3D isn't bad, I feel weird seeing a film in 3D from a director who was fired for not wanting to film The Hobbit in 3D.

Pacific Rim is your typical giant-robots-versus-monsters story, except that it's directed by Guillermo del Toro, who is not your typical action/horror director. To quote from Matt Zoller Seitz's review (the link for the full review is below):

The movie's action is physical, but it's also metaphorical. The metaphors are articulated with such storybook directness and unabashed sentiment that by the end, I found myself thinking about what it means to be in a relationship, be it comprised of siblings, coworkers, lovers, or parents and kids. These people are all just comic-book types, with ridiculous names and cliched back-stories. But their feelings are real. They feel pain. They dream.

We will meet in the lobby at 6:45 for the 7 pm show. Make sure you check in with me before heading off to concessions or the restrooms. Around 6:50, we'll head into the theater and grab seats. At 6:55, I'll shut off my phone. I'm not expecting huge crowds, since it's Tuesday and two weeks into Pacific Rim's run, so you'll probably be able to sit anywhere you want. Once the film is over (end credits have finished, lights come back on), and once everyone who needs to has used the restroom, we will meet back in the lobby before heading out to Ralph's Grocery or another establishment for our post-film discussion.

So far, the film has received a 64 out of 100 (generally favorable reviews) on Metacritic:

It's currently at 71% on Rotten Tomatoes:

Matt Zoller Seitz, the new editor-in-chief at, gave it four stars:

Tickets are $11 (as opposed to $15 for the same film in 3D), but I am looking into getting a group rate for us, so stay tuned. You should have no problem buying tickets at the box office day-of-show.

Feel free to bring your inner child with you (so long as he/she is quiet during the movie), and hope to see you there!

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