The Last Airbender

Film Feature: The 10 Worst Films of 2010

CHICAGO – Happy New Year’s Eve! The glorious life of the film critic – swimming pools, movies stars, etc. – unfortunately includes the necessary but cruel viewing of 2010’s worst films. Ten candidates made the low grade even after thankfully avoiding some of the more egregious sins (“Marmaduke” comes to mind). This list represents my personal worst from 2010.

Blu-Ray Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Last Airbender’ is Nearly Unbearable

The Last Airbender

CHICAGO – “The Last Airbender” was mercilessly-panned on its theatrical release and will likely pop up on a few “Worst of the Year” lists in the next few months. And yet, audiences didn’t seem to care too much, pushing the movie to nearly $320 million worldwide (although one wonders if it wouldn’t have made twice that were it actually good considering the fan base of the source material and prime summer release date).

Director M. Night Shyamalan Too Talky, Murky in ‘The Last Airbender’

CHICAGO – The choices that M. Night Shyamalan makes in the progress of his filmography have become as perplexing as his early mysteries. “The Last Airbender,” featuring Dev Patel from “Slumdog Millionaire,” is an adaptation of a previous animated series, and although aimed at kids in the end seems tentative and…aimless.

Slideshow: 21-Image Action Gallery of ‘The Last Airbender’

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Aang (Noah Ringer) Makes his Escape in The Last Airbender

CHICAGO – The ancient martial arts get a workout with M. Night Shyamalan’s live action version of the anime “The Last Airbender.” Featuring Dev Patel – the contestant in the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” – and Aasif Mandvi of “The Daily Show,” Airbender uses special effects and action to tell its story.

Slideshow: 14-Image Gallery For Paramount Summer 2010 Films: ‘Iron Man 2,’ ‘Shrek Forever After’

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Left to right: Barry (Steve Carell) and Tim (Paul Rudd) in Dinner For Schmucks. Credit: Merie Weismiller Wallace / DW Studios.

CHICAGO – This 14-image slideshow contains the official images provided by Paramount for their exciting Summer 2010 slate including “Iron man 2,” “Shrek Forever After,” “The Last Airbender,” “Middle Men,” and “Grease Sing-Along”.

2010 Paramount Pictures Preview: ‘Iron Man 2,’ ‘Shutter Island,’ ‘Shrek Forever After’

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Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) befriends Toothless, an injured Night Fury—the rarest dragon of all. Credit: Dreamworks Animation

CHICAGO – Paramount has released cast and synopsis information along with a slate of images from their entire 2010 schedule of films, including “Shutter Island,” “She’s Out of My League,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Iron Man 2.” “Shrek Forever After,” “The Last Airbender,” “Dinner For Schmucks,” “Megamind,” and “Morning Glory”.

Video: HD Teaser Trailer For ‘The Last Airbender’ From M. Night Shyamalan

Dev Patel in The Last Airbender from M. Night Shyamalan

CHICAGO – Paramount Pictures has just released the HD teaser trailer for the new M. Night Shyamalan film “The Last Airbender,” which stars Jackson Rathbone, Nicola Peltz, Cliff Curtis, Dev Patel (from the Oscar-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire”), Noah Ringer, Jessica Andres, Seychelle Gabriel, Shaun Toub, Aasif Mandvi and Keong Sim.

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