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Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em Robots: The Movie

Not really. But watch the trailer and tell me director Shawn Levy's upcoming "Real Steel" looks like it wasn't Mattel's attempt to cash in on an inchoate toy-to-movie trend ushered in with last year's "GI Joe." The late "Battlebots" would probably be a purer spiritual predecessor had the trailer not shown Hugh Jackman standing outside a ring controlling his robot to beat up the other robot. In a boxing ring.

Real Steel = Transformers - Shia LaBoef + Hugh Jackman - Michael Bay slo-mo/canted camera panning/self-importance - shame

Money line: "The human body can only handle so much, but the steel *dramatic pause* NEVER STOPS."