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Sizzle or Fizzle?

Consumer alert: Film fireworks require caution


This summer it's all about Charlize. As in Theron. As in the Oscar winning blonde goddess. Sure there are plenty of movies featuring guys in capes, a potty-mouthed teddy bear, vampires and Woody Allen, but I'm betting that this is the summer of Charlize. No fewer than 100 films will open before Labor Day, each competing for your $12 ticket. But Theron has my attention with a one-two punch of Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus opening over two consecutive June weekends.

Our summer preview has all the elements of a Fourth of July extravaganza: blockbusters to fill the big screen with firepower (The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man), bottle rockets that are certain to bring some flash without a nine-digit budget (Moonrise Kingdom, Rock of Ages) and a few sparklers that are child approved and family friendly (Brave, ParaNorman). But beware of the duds that offer no bang for your buck (G.I. Joe, That's My Boy).

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