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Michael Shannon to play General Zod in “Man of Steel”

Kneel before Michael Shannon: the oscar-nominated actor (“Revolutionary Road”) has been cast as General Zod, the role originated by Terrence Stamp in “Superman 2,” in the Zack Snyder-directed film newly titled “Man of Steel.” Warner Bros. released the information this weekend and you can find the exact wording after the jump. Shannon joins the cast […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (4.8.11)

Spring break is over, but four new films arrive in theaters this weekend to help bolster the April line-up. The widest release goes to Russel Brand’s comedy remake “Arthur” while the second comedy offering, “Your Highness,” comes from the “Pineapple Express” team and stars James Franco and Danny McBride. The whip-smart action offering of this […]

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Review: Source Code

Trains, brains and alternate realities comprise “Source Code,” the sophomore feature from Duncan Jones, director of 2009’s intellectual sci-fi dish “Moon” starring Sam Rockwell. Jones coaches a similarly terrific actor in Jake Gyllenhaal to another commanding yet heart-filled leading performance. The difference is that “Moon” was contemplative and brooding; “Source Code” moves at thrill-a-minute pace. […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (4.1.11)

April showers bring May summer movies. That’s what I always say … as of five seconds ago. There’s some truth to that: April is a sneaky dumping ground for bad films, much more discreet than say, January. These are the films that have big appeal but the studios would not feel comfortable saving for the […]

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On DVD: Monsters

We’ve finally reached in age when science fiction doesn’t have to mean action films and where low-budget genre films have become “of interest” to producers and distributors. Although you could hardly call “District 9″ a cheap film compared to Gareth Edwards’ debut feature “Monsters,” Neil Blomkamp’s film was much cheaper than the alien movies that […]

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10 Movie Deaths by Explosion that Bear Repeating

Death by explosion is a terrific (albeit PG-13) way to kill off a significant character in any action movie or thriller. A loud boom with pillars of fire and usually the right touch of slow motion in post-production makes a climactic death scene a fitting one and serves as a very visceral catharsis in any […]

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Trailer Wednesday: Three Musketeers, Midnight in Paris

I don’t think our trailer options today could get more opposite. The first is Paul W.S. Anderson’s nothing-less-than-explosive take on “The Three Musketeers” (to be presented in 3D) and Woody Allen’s film for 2011, which extends his recent European streak to Paris.

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“Wimpy Kid” beats up “Sucker Punch”

“Sucker Punch” becomes the latest geek-focused film to underperform at the box office as the PG-13 action/fantasy self-described as “‘Alice in Wonderland’ with machine guns”┬ámade just below $20 million, which is about where “Kick-Ass” landed a little less than a year ago. The film drew the ire of most critics, but so did “Diary of […]

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Amy Adams cast as Lois Lane

36-year-old Amy Adams’ career continues to skyrocket as the Oscar-nominated “The Fighter” star has just been cast as Lois Lane in the Zack Snyder-directed Christopher Nolan-produced revamp of “Superman.”

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Weekend Movie Preview (3.25.11)

March is supposed to go out like a lamb, but it just snowed in Chicago (lightly, but enough for late March) and “Sucker Punch” from “300” director Zack Snyder should be anything but a “lamb.” At the box office, however, could be another story. It will have to contend with the much more lamb-like “Diary […]

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Trailer Wednesday: Bridesmaids and Larry Crowne

Trailer Wednesday is about to give some rare love to the romantic comedy, but I wouldn’t toss either of these films squarely under that title. “Bridesmaids” has been earning glowing festival reviews, being described as the female “The Hangover” and “Larry Crowne” stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, which is anything but typical.

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Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

20th Century Hollywood icon and two-time Oscar winner Dame Elizabeth Taylor has passed away at the age of 79. The “Cleopatra” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” star had been battling a long history of health issues including congestive heart failure, which she had been receiving treatments for since 2004.

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“Limitless” wins, inaccurately describes box office

“Limitless” surprised as the number one film this weekend with nearly $19 million, but the 2011 box office continued to wane. New films “The Lincoln Lawyer” and “Paul” also did reasonably well based on expectations, but not enough to bolster a relatively dull March. Bradley Cooper, however, is singing, as he has clearly established his […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (3.18.11)

The weather might be warming up, but March could be in for a bit of a cool off with the new releases on tap for this weekend. Alien road trip film “Paul” benefits from an appealing cast but packs an R-rating, while “Limitless” and “The Lincoln Lawyer” test the leading man ability of Bradley Cooper […]

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Darren Aronofsky leaves “The Wolverine”

It’s an unlucky St. Patty’s Day if you’re a fan of big-name small-film directors working on blockbusters; Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky has left “The Wolverine,” Fox’s second spin-off on the popular X-Man played by Hugh Jackman. Sadly (or thankfully) there’s no one to blame in this instance.

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