'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' is just as big, loud and Bay-tastic as you'd expect, and 'The Hurt Locker' is the best Iraq War movie since 'Three Kings.' Read our reviews and get more movie recommendations for this weekend.
Movie Recommendations for the Weekend of June 26
'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'
Unless the Academy decides to give Megan Fox a nomination for Best "Supported" Actress, the sequel to 2007's 'Transformers' isn't likely to win any Oscars. That said, the film never pretends to be anything but exactly what it is: pure escapist entertainment that dazzles the eyes and gives your brain the summer vacation you thought was too expensive to take. The robot-vs.-robot battles and Michael-Bay-tastic explosions are even more outrageous than in the original, and the audience might even warm to some of the Decepticons (well, at least the tiny one who humps our heroine's leg). 'Transformers 2' isn't Shakespeare, but it is Michael Bay doing what he does best. -- Tom DiChiara
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'The Hurt Locker'
It's a good thing the unspectacular box office performances of Iraq War dramas didn't stop director Kathryn Bigelow ('Point Break'!) from enlisting in this winner. 'Hurt Locker' is the best Middle East-set feature we've seen since 'Three Kings,' a thoroughly intense war thriller that follows an elite team of specialists as they routinely square off with the faceless threat that's terrorized our troops: roadside bombs formally known as IEDs. Each outing is a life-or-death risk for these guys (stars Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie shine as a newly formed pair), and Bigelow puts us right in the thick of their emotional and physical battles. -- Kevin Polowy