Super 8

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Paramount Pictures / Amblin Entertainment / Bad Robot Released 2011

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Director:
J.J. Abrams
Released:
2011
Rating:
PG-13

J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg join forces in this extraordinary tale of youth, mystery and adventure. Super 8 tells the story of six friends who witness a train wreck while making a super 8 movie, only to discover that something unimaginable escaped during the crash. They soon discover that the only thing more mysterious than what it is, is what it wants. Experience the film that critics rave is "filled with unstoppable imagination and visual effects to spare. It will put a spell on you." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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  • 60

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Like his (Abrams) previous features, "Mission: Impossible III" and "Star Trek," Super 8 is an enticing package without much inside.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    This melding of two cinematic sensibilities, though effective at moments, is finally not as exciting or involving as it we'd like it to be.

  • 50

    Variety

    A relatively standard monster movie.

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      • Production Budget - $50,000,000
        Domestic gross - $127,004,179 (22nd)
        Worldwide gross - $260,095,986 (23rd)

      • Filming locations:
        Weirton, West Virginia
        DeStefano's, Follansbee, West Virginia
        Wheeling Ohio County Airport, Ohio County, West Virginia
        Los Angeles, California
        Agua Dulce, California

      • Taglines:
        1. It Arrives

      • Music:
        Don't Bring Me Down

        Written by Jeff Lynne
        Match Game Opening Theme
        Written by Robert Israel
        Easy
        Written by Lionel Richie
        by The Commodores
        My Sharona
        Written by Berton Averre and Doug Fieger
        Performed by Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Gabriel Basso and Joel Courtney
        Bye Bye Love
        Written by Ric Ocasek
        Performed by The Cars
        Have a Coke and a Smile
        Written by Suzanne Ciani and Billy Davis
        Silly Love Songs
        Written by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney
        Performed by Wings
        Heart of Glass
        Written by Deborah Harry and Chris Stein
        Performed by Blondie
        High Diving Hare
        Written by Carl W. Stalling
        Undercover Angel
        Written and Performed by Alan O'Day
        Le Freak
        Written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers
        Performed by Chic
        My Sharona
        Written by Berton Averre and Doug Fieger
        Performed by The Knack

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