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Disaster Rules Again at the Box Office - Only Stupid Survives

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Yes, I hated 2012, except for Woody Harrelson and the way John Cusack keeps his tie on through every computer-generated disaster. Yes, I know Roland Emmerich's end-of-days saga (all slogging 158 minutes of it) took in a chubby $65 million to become No. 1 over the weekend. Yes, I know The Twilight Saga: New Moon will open this Friday and break more records. Yes, I know stupid rules at the box office.

Do I have to be happy about it? For those of you asked — No, I'm not going to take any of this back. No, I'm not going to agree with my hate mail that says I like to "rip apart movies that are designed to be just for fun." Not true. I totally enjoy just-for-fun movies as long as they're made with smarts instead of cynicism (that's you Transformers 2). Want examples of just-for-fun movies that worked for me this year?

Start with Star Trek and its killer origin story, move on to The Hangover for huge laughs, check out The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 for thrills and Drag Me To Hell for stylish horror. What I'm saying is that popcorn movies can be done without turning us all into stooges.

So you've heard my arguments. Now it's your turn. What just-for-fun movies have you seen that are good enough to restore the good name of movie escapism?

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