Cinema: Revenge of The Dyna-Movies

In the hot summer films, storytelling is out, sensation is in

From the reviews, you may think that Gremlins 2: The New Batch is about a cute creature who battles his evil brethren to save Manhattan. You may read that RoboCop 2 is about a police officer, half man, half machine, who battles his evil robot twin to save Detroit. You may have heard that Total Recall is about Arnold Schwarzenegger trying to reclaim his memory and save Mars.

Wrong. For the makers of many summer films, the storytelling art is passe. These talented fellows want to dream up worlds that can exist only in the cinema. Call their pictures dyna-movies, for...

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