I saw Transformers twice this week, and I can’t wait to go see it again. It was easily the best theater experience I’ve had all year, but I had to see it twice to get there. Here’s my spoiler-free review of the film.

Amy and I also continued our movie-watching binge by treating ourselves to a viewing of Kenji Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu (which comes in a very attractive Criterion Collection slipcover) and the Weitz Brothers’ About a Boy (based on the Nick Hornby book). Ugetsu has been a favorite of mine for years so it was nice to see it again. And About a Boy was a refreshing film to watch in light of my frustrations with other recent film releases. Knowing Chris Weitz is directing The Golden Compass has me looking forward to it more than any other film this year.  (In Good Company, directed by the other Weitz brother, Paul, is also highly recommended.)