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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

Maestro of movie mayhem Michael Bay (Transformers) turns his camera on the real-life violence of Benghazi 2012 and despairs, giving us the story of a badass American (John Krasinski, sad-eyed and bushy-bearded) who nevertheless finds himself worried, in between firefights and rightly so, that his kids will ... (R)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Bikes vs Cars

Not Michael Bay’s latest Transformers installment, but Swedish documentarian Fredrik Gertten’s heartfelt plea for drivers to share the road with cyclists — or, better yet, do away with oil-burning autos altogether. From São Paulo and Toronto to Los Angeles and the ultimate bicycle-friendly city, Copenhagen, Gertten takes us to the ... (NR)

1.0 starsScott Marks

Bumblebee (2018)

It's Herbie meets Transformers meets Monster Trucks when an interspecies friendship is struck between a California teenager and an otherworldly VW Bug. From Hasbro it came, but take heart: the talented Hailee Steinfeld stars and Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings!!!) is in the director's chair, . (PG-13)

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Bumblebee: Early Access Screening (2018)

It's Herbie meets Transformers meets Monster Trucks when an interspecies friendship is struck between a California teenager and an otherworldly VW Bug. From Hasbro it came, but take heart: the talented Hailee Steinfeld stars and Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings!!!) is in the director's chair, . (PG-13)

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Bumblebee in 3D (2018)

It's Herbie meets Transformers meets Monster Trucks when an interspecies friendship is struck between a California teenager and an otherworldly VW Bug. From Hasbro it came, but take heart: the talented Hailee Steinfeld stars and Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings!!!) is in the director's chair, . (PG)

None stars

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

Like Transformers, this enterprise — this franchise — has put the merchandising first, succeeding as opposed to preceding a line of toys. (Trademark Hasbro.) The movie, opening deflatingly in 17th-century France before advancing to a science-fictional “not too distant future,” is a live-action cartoon from the maker of The Mummy ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Max Steel (2016)

A movie based on an action figure. Hey, it worked for Transformers and G.I. Joe. Stewart Hendler directs. (PG-13)

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People Like Us (2012)

According to the terms of his estranged father’s will, Chris Pine must deliver $150,000 in a shaving kit to Elizabeth Banks, the 30-year-old sister he didn’t know existed. Initially reluctant to hand over the cash to Dad’s hippie love child, Pine manages to become a major part of his sister’s ... (PG-13)

3.0 starsScott Marks

The Transformers (1986)

It's been over 30 years, but the Orson Welles completest in me actually has fond memories of seeing this in a theatre. If given the choice, one would certainly prefer this to the Michael Bay atrocity of the same name. (PG)

2.0 starsScott Marks

Transformers (2007)

Cocksure blockbuster with a grainy digital image and a jokey juvenile narrative, revolving around good and bad extraterrestrial shape-shifting robots, light as air, loose as smoke, based (if you're too old to know) on a line of Hasbro toys: the merchandising precedes the movie. With Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

Michael Bay: evil genius. Example: subject a 17-year-old hottie to all manner of sexual shenanigans - camera shots between her thighs, guns thrust menacingly at her face, monster tongues wrapped around her leg, and then take the curse off it by giving us an overprotective daddy-hero (Mark Wahlberg) who tells ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

The film opens with a bit of historical hogwash, suggesting that America’s Cold War Space Race was actually motivated by a crashed alien transport. The ship carries the technology to open a “space bridge,” by which instantaneous travel across the universe is possible. Everyone involved wants the tech, and the ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsJohn Rubio

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Autobots vs. Decepticons, Round Two, a blur of liquidy computer-generated metal (robot design by trash compactor) and a mass — no, a mess — of contradictions: apocalyptic pomposity and low comedy; heavy combat and light casualties; a too-fast pace that attains two and a half hours and total boredom (except ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Michael Bay was at one point considering a remake of Hitchcock's The Birds. Another Transformers sequel doesn't sound so bad when one considers the alternative. (PG-13)

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Transformers: The Last Knight 3D (2017)

Michael Bay was at one point considering a remake of Hitchcock's The Birds. Another Transformers sequel doesn't sound so bad when one considers the alternative. (PG-13)

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