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Sequel Reviews

Review: The Twilight Saga: New Moon

While promising in spurts, "New Moon" is a stilted drag when concentrating on the love triangle. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The latest "Potter" film ably taps teen angst while keeping the series' bar set high. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: A-)
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Review: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

"Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" is a charming film with a relaxed mood and a playful cast. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B)
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Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

The restraint Michael Bay showed with the original "Transformers" is replaced by excess and idiocy. (Grade: D)
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Review: Fast & Furious

"Fast & Furious" is the best entry in the franchise. That's not saying much. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Predictability and maudlin sentimentality make for a tiresome sequel. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The latest installment in "The Mummy" franchise features mindless action and insipid screenwriting. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D-)
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The X-Files: I Want to Believe

"The X-Files: I Want to Believe" offers faithful fans a rewarding odyssey. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B+)
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Review: The Dark Knight

"The Dark Knight" is a mesmerizing crime story that just happens to be a comic book film. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: A)
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Review: The Incredible Hulk

Despite disappointing special effects and lack of characterization, "Hulk" is a a persuasive, fist-pumping sequel. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B)
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Review: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones embarks on an exquisitely crafted thrill ride that was worth the wait. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: A)
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Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

"The Chronicles of Narnia" sequel lacks needed dimension and narrative. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C-)
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Review: Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Harold & Kumar embark on a painfully unfunny sequel. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D-)
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Review: Rambo

Ruthless violence drives this sequel. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B+)
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Review: Alien vs. Predator: Requiem

A joyless, moronic sequel. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: F)
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Review: National Treasure: Book of Secrets

A "sequel" rehashing the original's story and locations. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D+)
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Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

"Phoenix" raises the bar for Harry Potter films while whetting the appetite for future installments. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: A-)
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Review: Live Free or Die Hard

John McClane deserves better than this. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C)
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Review: Evan Almighty

Despite being a big, dumb comedy, "Evan Almighty" still offers a good time. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B)
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Review: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

"Rise of the Silver Surfer" isn't as bad as the first "Fantastic Four," but that's not saying much. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D+)
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Review: Ocean's 13

The "Ocean" franchise gets its groove back in this roaring sequel. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: A)
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Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

"At World's End" is visually stunning, but a tangle of story threads makes it a chore to sit through. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C-)
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Review: Shrek the Third

Past success lets the third installment of the "Shrek" franchise settle into a welcome groove. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B)
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Review: 28 Weeks Later

This ridiculous sequel doesn't deserve to be mentioned, let alone viewed. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: F)
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Review: The Hills Have Eyes 2

Even hard-core horror fans will be disappointed with this useless sequel. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: F)
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Review: Hannibal Rising

It's official: Hannibal has been bled dry. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D+)
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Review: Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj

Ryan Reynolds was the saving grace in the original "Wilder," but he's MIA in this horrendous sequel. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D)
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Review: The Grudge 2

This overt money-grab does little more than crib from the original "Grudge." Review by Brian Orndorf (Grade: D-)
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Review: Clerks II

Kevin Smith revisits his eloquently profane and oddly sincere roots in this welcome sequel. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: B+)
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Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Self-awareness and high expectations suck the playfulness out of this "Pirates" sequel. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: C+)
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Review: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

The third "Fast and Furious" film is better than the second one, but that's not saying much. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: D)
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Review: X-Men: The Last Stand

"Last Stand" works as an action flick, but hardcore "X-Men" fans might be disappointed. Review by Brian Orndorf. (Grade: A-)
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Review: Mission: Impossible III

Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams revitalize the "Mission: Impossible" franchise with a rollicking action thriller. (Grade: A)
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Review: Scary Movie 4

"Scary Movie 4" hits more often then it misses, which is all you can ask for in a straight-on parody. (Grade: B-)
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