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'Battleship' stars real life wounded warrior

  • Behind the scenes with 'Battleship' real-life Army Colonel and actor Greg Gadson
  • Mr. Moviefone reviews 3 new flicks: 'Battleship,' 'The Dictator,' 'What to Expect when You're Expecting'

Russ Leatherman, also known as Mr. Moviefone, takes on three films opening this weekend: 'The Dictator' starring Sasha Baron Cohen; a dramatized version of the how-to-have-a-baby book 'What to Expect when You're Expecting'; and 'Battleship' which features some real military members on screen -- including Col. Greg Gadson who despite losing both his legs to an improvised explosive device in Iraq several years ago, is still active duty with the U.S. Army.

While Gadson is an Army Colonel in real life, his character in 'Battleship' is one step below, Lieutenant Colonel. But he DOES get to play most of his scenes with Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker. Which some might say makes up for the demotion. "You should go," says Col. Gadson, "because you'll feel great about our military after you see it." 

Mr. Moviefone agrees, with the military aspect of the 'Battleship' anyway. He says, "It's neat to see actual [military] guys in the movie." But he also says it's very loud, kind of messy and has so many special effects it "may make your eyes bleed." Basically,"'Transformers' on a Boat."

Then, there is the latest character comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen called 'The Dictator.' You probably remember Cohen best as 'Borat' though most recently he played the mean station agent in Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' which won five Oscars earlier this year.  Mr. Moviefone says "['The Dictator'] is crude, rude, outrageous," and, "it isn't as funny as Borat."

There was just barely enough time in the segment to talk about "What to Expect when You're Expecting." A dramatic version of what is essentially a manual for being pregnant.  How does this how-to book work as a movie?  According to Mr. Moviefone: "It doesn't come together particularly well."

What are you seeing this weekend? 

Mr. Moviefone (aka: Russ Leatherman) appears every Friday on Morning Express with Robin Meade.

Got six seconds? Get fast-forwarded reviews on these movies and everything else at the theater this weekend on Mr. Moviefone's site,

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