New “Transformers” poster as tickets go on sale

By Sean O’Connell Paramount Pictures says tickets now are on sale for the anticipated “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” even though the Michael Bay-directed sequel doesn’t open until June 29. Get them while they are lukewarm but sure to heat up. Eventually.

I’m kidding. There’s no doubt Bay’s blockbuster is going to be huge, even if it only delivers half of what its two robot-crunching predecessors brought to the bank. The film stars Shia LaBeouf as Sam, the courageous hero who helps the Autobots defeat the Decepticons in a battle that, based on previews, decimates our planet.

In celebration of the pre-ticket sale, Paramount also released a cool new Optimus Prime poster, which we’re pasting below.

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” concludes Bay’s robot trilogy. It opens everywhere June 29, and should dominate the July 4 box office weekend.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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