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Movie Review: "Battleship"

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The movie may be named for Battleship, the game, but it has absolutely nothing to do with it. First of all, I don’t ever remember Brooklyn Decker standing on my grid. And I’m confident I would.  I would also remember having to sink water-dwelling, lizard-eyed extraterrestrials.

This Battleship stars Friday Night Lights and John Carter lead Taylor Kitsch as Alex Hopper, a highly intelligent, underachieving bad boy whose older brother, Stone (Alexander Skarsgard), forces him to join the family business. That business? The Navy.

Turns out the Navy sort of agrees with Alex.  He quickly ascends to the rank of captain, although we're given absolutely no idea how that happens: he goes from a civilian arrested for stealing a burrito to impress a girl, to a Navy captain in a matter of one scene.  No exposition necessary, I guess.

By the way, the girl he stole the burrito to impress? Samantha Shane (Decker), daughter of Admiral Shane, played by Liam Neeson. Hopper is getting ready to ask the admiral’s permission to marry Samantha but the admiral is confounded by Hopper’s lack of discipline. You could say Hopper drives the Admiral INshane.  Or not.

And then -- the aliens attack!  Why? We kind of invited them.  How?  See the movie.  Sure, Battleship is dumb, but only in a mindless-summer-blockbuster sort of way. The aliens are fantastic and the destruction is epic, magnificent and never boring.  While we as yet have little clue how Battleship is going to play here in the U.S., it’s already making a fortune overseas.  That's good news for Taylor Kitsch, a talented actor who didn't deserve the poor business and marketing decisions that plagued the box office failure John Carter.  Hats off as well to director Peter Berg for infusing some heart and guts into a banal script that could’ve gone terribly wrong.

Three out of five stars. 

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"Battleship," "What to Expect When You're Expecting" Open Friday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator opened earlier this week.  On Friday, it will be joined at the box office by two more new films.  Here's a closer look:

-- Battleship: Loosely based on the popular board game, the action flick finds a fleet of naval ships defending the world against an alien attack.  Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker and R&B/pop artist Rihanna star.  Rated PG-13.

-- What to Expect When You're Expecting: The comedy, based on the best-selling book of the same, follows the lives of five couples who are all preparing to welcome a child.  Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Cameron Diaz, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid and Chris Rock star.  Rated PG-13.

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Director Defends Casting Rihanna in "Battleship"

Jacopo Raule/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Director Peter Berg has seen his share of critical sniping, first for daring to make an upcoming movie based on the board game Battleship, and then for casting Rihanna as a kick-butt U.S. Navy sailor.

However, in an interview with the movie site, Berg said the casting criticism is mispaced.

“You know, Rihanna is part of an ensemble and she is actually quite a good actress," said Berg.  "As was Whitney Houston, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Frank Sinatra, Mick Jagger in Performance, David Bowie, Barbara Streisand, Tim McGraw, and lots of them before her.  So the whole idea of, 'Oh my God, this is the most shocking and outrageous thing, and how dare they put Rihanna in this film,' that all started falling away."

Battleship, which also stars Liam Neeson and True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard, steams into theaters May 16.

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