Director Oh Young-do's hard-boiled sci-fi detective comedy involves among other things: a time traveling client, a sinister killer who jams watches into his victims' eye sockets, and a debt-ridden private eye with a cybernetic hand. Our hero, Young Gun (Hong Young-geun) finds more than he bargained for when he goes looking for a missing watch and so do we in this independent gem from South Korea.

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This September, DC Comics is turning it all the way back to zero, taking a look at what went on in the DCU before the New 52. Like we did a year ago with the first month of DC’s new universe, we’re going to give you some looks at all the "Zero Month" titles coming out over the next few weeks.

So here we go:

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This September, DC Comics is turning it all the way back to zero, taking a look at what went on in the DCU before the New 52. Like we did a year ago with the first month of DC’s new universe, we’re going to give you some looks at all the "Zero Month" titles coming out over the next few weeks.

So here we go:

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This September, DC Comics is turning it all the way back to zero, taking a look at what went on in the DCU before the New 52. Like we did a year ago with the first month of DC’s new universe, we’re going to give you some looks at all the "Zero Month" titles coming out over the next few weeks.

So here we go:

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When I opened up the first page of "Wolverine and the X-Men #17," I did a double take. “Wait, Mike Allred is drawing this? When did that happen?” I said to myself, but really probably out loud. Doing some checking around, it turns out the reason I had no idea Allred was drawing this was because the originally solicited issue was an Avengers vs. X-Men tie-in, which has now been moved to next issue.

Well, thank goodness, because this might be the funniest comic book released all year.

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This September, DC Comics is turning it all the way back to zero, taking a look at what went on in the DCU before the New 52. Like we did a year ago with the first month of DC’s new universe, we’re going to give you some looks at all the "Zero Month" titles coming out over the next few weeks.

So here we go:

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The secret to why directors Rob Wilson and Jason Lapeyre's kiddie combat movie "I Declare War"--that's to say, an action movie with kids--works so well is because it takes the woodland conflict between two groups of kids deadly seriously while letting us get a peek inside of their overactive imaginations. This small group of 13-year-olds regularly meet out in the woods for war games, consistently won by junior strategist PK (Gage Munroe), and this time they've taken on a vicious twist as bully and sociopath Skinner (Michael Friend) ups the stakes and holds PK's best friend Kwon (Siam Yu) as a prisoner.

What follows is a visceral and clever battle of wits, the fracturing of friendships, and a look at the true cost of (make believe) war really is.

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The South Korean sci-fi anthology "Doomsday Book" is exciting for the talent behind the camera audacious in its trio of concepts, and disappointing for about two thirds of its running time. But that's the way it is with anthologies--you take the good with the bad (in this case, there's just more of the former than the latter). Still, even though two of the segments could charitably be described as half-baked, the middle entry is so well-realized, that it almost makes up for the rest of the lackluster experience.

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It’s been a few days since I sat in a room of screaming, excited fans, watching the world premiere of "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1" here in New York. Certainly, this is a vastly different experience the rest of you will have when you watch this movie at home (unless you manage to get 280 of your closest friends in one place), so any review of the movie is going to be tainted by the circumstances surrounding the viewing. That’s why I feel confident in saying: it’s pretty good.

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In an alternate universe, there would never have been a "Halloween II" and the series would have adopted the anthology format that John Carpenter intended to "Season of the Witch" to kick off. Not to malign "II" any more than I already have, but as unnecessary as that movie was, I think an annualized (or semi-annual) series of "Halloween" films by different writers and directors going off on whatever tangent they wanted under the banner of something like "John Carpenter Presents" would have been just the right antidote to the "Halloween" also-rans that cluttered up the 80's.

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There's nothing quite like an Eldritch Abomination to help spice up a family friendly card game. Looney Labs, publisher of the million-seller "Fluxx" and its numerous spin-offs, is letting the Great Old Ones of H.P. Lovecraft's Mythos get in on the game, and they've got just the guy to help them.

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This September, DC Comics is turning it all the way back to zero, taking a look at what went on in the DCU before the New 52. Like we did a year ago with the first month of DC’s new universe, we’re going to give you some looks at all the "Zero Month" titles coming out over the next few weeks.

So here we go:

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This September, DC Comics is turning it all the way back to zero, taking a look at what went on in the DCU before the New 52. Like we did a year ago with the first month of DC’s new universe, we’re going to give you some looks at all the "Zero Month" titles coming out over the next few weeks.

So here we go:

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This September, DC Comics is turning it all the way back to zero, taking a look at what went on in the DCU before the New 52. Like we did a year ago with the first month of DC’s new universe, we’re going to give you some looks at all the "Zero Month" titles coming out over the next few weeks.

So here we go:

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As far as sequels go, no one seemed to really want a "Halloween II"--maybe Universal Studios and producer Irwin Yablans, but certainly not "Halloween" writer-director John Carpenter; certainly not Carpenter's friend and protege Tommy Lee Wallace who bowed out after reading the script; Jamie Lee Curtis was back, but she was just there as a favor to Carpenter. That leaves director Rick Rosenthal, who's subsequently done a lot of TV as well as the second-worst entry in the series, the Busta Rhymes boxing "Halloween: Resurrection." Listening to the Rosenthal's commentary on Shout! Factory's new Blu-ray for the 1981 film, Rosenthal seems like a perfectly nice guy with a lot of affection for the first film who was brought on board to guide a movie that struggled for a reason to exist (beyond the dollars and cents of having a sequel to wildly profitable movie).

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