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The cinematic equivalent of a half case of Red Bull chased with donuts, Kick-Ass is a giddy, violent experience–and not your average superhero movie. Based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., it offers a set of heroes who are decidedly without superpowers: Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) decides he’ll be just like a comic-book character, and puts on a ridiculous green suit to fight crime as the mysterious Kick-Ass. Luckily, somebody else had the same idea and comes along to rescue the incompetent crusader: Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and his daughter Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz), who also happen to be running around town wearing masks and vanquishing evil. And here we have the movie’s masterstroke: Hit Girl, a pint-sized preteen who slaughters bad guys and swears like a sailor on leave (and was the focus of a measure of controversy when the movie was released). The main target of our heroes is a gangster (Mark Strong, Sherlock Holmes), whose neglected son (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, McLovin from Superbad) figures he might just pull on a costume himself and become… Red Mist! (One of the many funny things about Kick-Ass is that the superhero names are hopelessly lame.) Director Matthew Vaughn is operating at the same glib level as his Layer Cake, with cutesy song cues galore and a freewheeling appetite for cartoon violence. This means the movie’s high wears off quickly, but it does get high–a crazy, hilarious (and by the way: decidedly R-rated) kick…more

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    Special Features

    It’s On!: The Comic Book Origin of Kick-Ass
    Matthew Vaughn Audio Commentary
    The Art of Kick-Ass
    Marketing Archive

    This Week on DVD

    August 3
    ‘night, Mother (Drama) Order
    A Prophet (Crime, Drama) Order
    After.Life (Psychological Thriller) Order
    The Allnighter (Comedy, Romance) Order
    Cross My Heart (Comedy, Romance) Order
    Curious George: Back to School (Animation, Family, TV) Order
    Days That Shook The World: The Complete Series (Documentary, TV) Order
    Days That Shook The World: Season Three (Documentary, TV) Order
    Deathsport/BattleTruck (Roger Corman’s Cult Classics Double Feature) (Various) Order
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Comedy, Family) Order
    Eclipse Series 23: The First Films of Akira Kurosawa (Various) Order
    Elvis on Tour (Documentary) Order
    Elvis: 75th Anniversary (Ultimate Collector’s Edition) (Various) Order
    The Ghost Writer (Thriller) Order
    Going Berserk (Comedy) Order
    The Great Waldo Pepper (Adventure, Drama) Order
    The Greek Tycoon (Drama) Order
    Hawaii Five-O: 9-Season Pack (Crime, Drama, TV) Order
    Hawaii Five-O: The Ninth Season (Crime, Drama, TV) Order
    Henson’s Place (Documentary) Order
    Heroes: Season 4 (Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, TV) Order
    Humanoids from the Deep (Roger Corman’s Cult Classics Special Edition) (Horror, Sci-Fi) Order
    Kick-Ass (Action, Adventure) Order
    The Kim Novak Collection (Various) Order
    Mercy: The Complete First Season (Drama, TV) Order
    Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi) Order
    Open House (Psychological Thriller) Order
    Pandora and the Flying Dutchman: Deluxe Edition (Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance) Order
    Piranha (Roger Corman’s Cult Classics Special Edition) (Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi) Order
    Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell (Comedy, TV) Order
    To Save a Life (Drama) Order
    Turner Classic Movies Spotlight: Errol Flynn Adventures (Various) Order

    Note: Cross posted from EntertainmentNutz.