Monday night's two-hour debut of "Terra Nova" sits unwatched in my DVR, a victim of a new puppy who needs far too much attention and then my wife's insistence that if we were going to watch any TV it'd have nothing to do with dinosaurs and everything to do with finally catching up on Leslie Knope's political ambitions in Pawnee.

The day after, the web is abuzz over "Terra Nova," though not necessarily for reasons that make me think my wife and my dog kept me from being an early adopter of a show I'll be itching to check out each week. I plan to watch tonight, but I'll approach the DVR with caution. Anyone under the impression that Fox has served up a "Lost"-like time-travel mystery should now be fully aware the show is trying to attract not just geeks but the four-quadrant demographics so important in Hollywood (and mega-budget TV series).

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"Moneyball," directed by Bennett Miller and starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, slides into theaters this weekend, telling the true story of the 2002 Oakland Athletics season.

Pitt stars as Billy Beane, a former Major League Baseball player who now serves as general manager of the A's in a time of turmoil: the team has lost three of its star players, and lacks the proper funding to compete against the big boys back east. But where there's a will, there's a way, and with the help of newly appointed assistant general manager Peter Brand (played by Jonah Hill), Beane milks a bad situation for all it's worth and forms a competitive team out of virtually nothing.

Though not quite a grand slam, "Moneyball" certainly wins the game with a must-see effort for any and all fans of the sports drama. Check out five reasons to see "Moneyball" past the jump.

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Buckle your seat belts because Nicolas Winding Refn's action-drama "Drive" speeds into theaters this weekend. One of the buzziest films of the year, the moody thriller stars Ryan Gosling as the laconic nameless "Driver," a stunt performer and mechanic by day and getaway wheelman by night, who becomes enamored of his neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a sort-of-single mother who's raising a son while her husband serves time. Driver vows to do anything to protect the little family—including helping the just-released-from-prison husband (Oscar Issac) pull an ill-fated heist.

The film gained almost-instant critical acclaim when it debuted in May at the Cannes International Film Festival—and for good reason. This white-knuckle ride boasts an all-star cast, a gritty L.A. attitude and plenty of blood-drenched action that will leave you either queasy or begging for more. We've kicked the tires on this beauty and are pleased to report five reasons you need to see "Drive." Check them out after the jump!

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With the summer movie season officially wrapped, it's time to turn our filmgoing focus toward the generally more appealing fall fare. The first of this season's must-see movies is "Warrior" starring Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte, directed by Gavin O'Connor ("Miracle").

This film is about many things: honor, duty, love, family, but mainly it is the story of two brothers beaten down by bad luck and personal demons, who when left with no other options, enter a mixed martial arts tournament with the hope of being able to fulfill promises made to their loved ones. And O'Connor, who also co-wrote the film, pulled no punches (pun intended) in exposing audiences to the intense, gritty world of MMA.

Check out five reasons why this film is a must-see after the jump.

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"Blitz," the British crime thriller from director Elliott Lester and the unstoppable force of nature that is Jason Statham, lands on DVD and Blu-Ray in the United States today. Based on a novel of the same name from Ken Bruen, "Blitz" follows the story of a disgruntled south east London detective sergeant (Statham) who finds himself on a collision course with Barry Weiss, a dark and disturbed cop killer operating under the self-dubbed moniker "Blitz."

Check out an exclusive clip from "Blitz" in the video below, and keep on reading for five reasons you should check out the film.

The Transporter
Statham plays Brant, an hard-drinking and hard-hitting cop who always gets what he wants — and when he doesn't, there's hell to pay. A combined force of nature, fists and other assorted blunt instruments, Brant ranks high in Statham very own hall of badass fame, an intensely watchable (if not always sympathetic) antihero from beginning to end. It's a role that I'd love to see him in again and again.

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For my money, "Final Destination 5" is a flawless "Final Destination" movie. It hits all of the notes a "Final Destination" movie needs to hit. If you're a fan of watching a motley crew of youngsters (and the requisite out-of-place adult) cheat death's design only to be chewed up and spat out in glorious fashion over the ensuing hour and a half, you can't miss it. If you're not, well, your hard-earned ticket-spending cash is probably better used elsewhere.

Check out five reasons that fans need to make it to their next "Final Destination" this weekend after the jump!

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FROM MTV MOVIES: "It feels kind of scary saying this because that means it's only downhill, but it's been the best year of my life," Emma Stone told MTV News late last year as we honored her as the actress we were most thankful for in 2010.

The past eight months, however, have hardly been downhill, and Stone might soon have to rework her conception of a superlative year. The year 2011 has seen Stone, among other things, nominated for her first Golden Globe, film her lead role in "The Amazing Spider-Man" and win advance plaudits for a dramatic, yet at times comedic, turn in "The Help," which hit theaters Wednesday (August 10).

In a summer filled with wizards and robots and all manner of nasty alien invaders, some critics are pointing to "The Help" as perhaps the finest drama of the season, highlighting not only Stone's performance, but that of Viola Davis, who could well be part of the upcoming awards-season hubbub. Other reviewers, though, haven't been as kind, citing a jumbled story structure and an overall maudlin tone that distracts from the weighty themes of the film. Read on for those critiques and more:

The Story
"What the film lacks is a strong point of view. The story is all over the place on that front, bouncing from one perspective to another. ... Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone) has just graduated from college in Mississippi in the 1960s and returned home. The town is divided, Black and White, and nowhere is this more evident than in Skeeter's social circle, young women married as soon as possible, raising children — or, more accurately, having their children raised by the Black women who work for them. ... Skeeter wants to be a serious writer, and a New York editor (Mary Steenburgen) needs something to judge her on. So Skeeter, having gotten a job at the local newspaper writing a housecleaning column, asks Clark for help with tips. But what she really wants is to know how the 'help' is treated, about the world from their perspective, for a book." — Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic

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At long last, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" swings into theaters, delivering a reboot that hopes to do to the "Apes" series what "Batman Begins" did to the DC Comics franchise. In many ways, it hits that benchmark. In other, more human ways, it doesn't quite measure up. But despite its flaws, the high points of "Apes" are so above and beyond the lows that there's almost no reason for popcorn movie enthusiasts to skip out on this latest summer crowd pleaser.

In case you're still on the fence, click past the jump to check out five reasons why you should see the newest "Planet of the Apes."

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FROM MTV SPLASH PAGE: "Cowboys & Aliens" gallops into theaters this weekend chased by an armada of gold seeking monsters from space. On the surface, all the ingredients are in place for an all-out wall-to-wall actioner for the books: the director of "Iron Man," the stars of "James Bond" and "Indiana Jones," and a seemingly impossible mash-up of genres. Nothing could possibly go wrong there, right?

Make no mistake, there's a lot to juggle in "Cowboys," and Jon Favreau's task is not an enviable one — so how did he hold up under the pressure? Your mileage may vary, but for this movies writer, I walked away quite pleased with the wild, wild west's suddenly slick space-born sheen.

Check out five reasons you should see "Cowboys" below!

The Man With No Memory
No matter what role or movie he's in, Daniel Craig is one of the most reliably watchable actors in the business. But he takes his badass quota up a few notches in playing Jake Lonergan, a man who wakes up in the desert with a wound on his side, without a memory in his head and a whole lot of questions. Don't expect him to ask nicely, either: Jake's just as likely to punch you in the groin as he is to shut you up with one look from that cool, icy gaze. Lonergan is one of the great Daniel Craig roles, and it's a character I'd love to see explored further somewhere down the line.

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attack the blockWe're more than a little obsessed with "Attack the Block," which crash-lands in theaters today. The film has been a massive hit with UK audiences, and it won the midnight feature award at SXSW this year, along with the best narrative audience award at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. We're also willing to bet that at least one of your friends (or favorite movie writers - ehem) nabbed an early ticket and has gone on to extoll the many virtues of this righteously rowdy action/sci-fi/horror flick. Dark horse contender for best summer blockbuster? Believe!

Sure, there are comparisons to be made regarding the vintage aspect of director Joe Cornish's narrative, which follows a young London-based street gang as they defend their housing complex from an infestation of the otherworldly sort. There's a smattering of Spielberg, a dash of Dante at play…but, truly, that just scratches the surface.

Lest you remain unconvinced about the awesome that is "Attack the Block," we'll acquiesce in that G.I. Joe sorta way: knowing is half the battle. So here's what you need to know to get your butt in a seat this weekend. 88 minutes later, you'll emerge an official Blockhead. Trust.

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