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Trailer Wednesday: Super 8 and The Smurfs

Nope, it’s not some cheesy ’50s rock ‘n roll band name, it’s this week’s trailer selection. Talk about polar opposites: “Super 8″ brings us a supernatural sci-fi period piece from the mind of J.J. Abrams with the help of Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment, whereas “The Smurfs” so shamelessly blends CGI and live-action with hopes […]

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“Battle: LA” also wins box office battle

Continuing to prove the effectiveness of low-budget alien flicks with extensive marketing, “Battle: Los Angeles” made $35.5 million this weekend, handily taking over the box office from “Rango.” Meanwhile, the other new aliens of the week made the bigger news: “Mars Needs Moms,” Disney’s motion-capture animated film made for more than twice the production budget […]

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Review: Jane Eyre (2011)

Charlotte Brontë’s seminal literary work “Jane Eyre” has been adapted countless times and prepared in a myriad of ways from the 1943 Joan Fontaine/Orson Welles version that was whittled to an hour and a half to the 1983 BBC mini-series with Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton that spans five-plus hours. That certainly begs the question […]

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Exclusive: Mia Wasikowska and Cary Fukunaga discuss “Jane Eyre”

I had the opportunity to attend an advanced screening of the new “Jane Eyre” last weekend (and you can read my review here). This remake (for the umpteenth time) of the famous Charlotte Brontë novel comes from the mind of English writer Moira Buffini (“Tamara Drewe”) and director Cary Fukunaga, who made the film “Sin […]

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Review: Battle: Los Angeles

The grittier and slightly more realistic alien invasion film “Battle: Los Angeles” poses and addresses the intriguing question of how the military would respond in the event of a full-on attack at the hands of an unknown enemy. The answer? Clichés; tons of them. Round up the troops, grab whatever clichés you can find so we […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (3.11.11)

Aliens and werewolves: just another typical weekend at the movies these days. The spring movie season gets rolling this week with three widely distributed releases: “Battle: Los Angeles,” the latest alien invasion film from the perspective of marines, “Mars Needs Moms,” Disney’s first animated offering of the year using Robert Zemeckis’ motion-capture technology similar to […]

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The Evolution of Alien Invasion Movies and What Makes Them “Human”

Whether or not life exists outside of our planet is one of humanity’s defining questions. Ever since Copernicus and the early astronomers proved that the Earth revolved around the sun, not vice-versa, the thought that humans might not be the focal point of the universe became a real possibility. Then, in 1920, Edwin Hubble discovered […]

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Trailer Wednesday: Kung Fu Panda 2, Bad Teacher

So the return of Trailer Wednesday last month turned out to not exactly be the permanent return, but things should be changing around as more summer movie look to dive in to full-on promotion. With just two and a half months until “Kung Fu Panda 2,” the first full-length trailer has finally arrived and June […]

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“Rango” ropes in first spring green

Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski have made another top-grossing film together in “Rango.” The animated Western was the undisputed No. 1 at the box office with $38 million. Although a little on the lower end compared to most animated March offerings of the recent past, considering it had no Pixar or DreamWorks name or previous […]

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Spring Movie Preview 2011: Horror

All but one of the spring’s five horror films comes out in April. April has sort of become the October of the spring, perhaps because the two are six months apart. Last year the focal point was on the release of the remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and that was it. Now we […]

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Review: Rango

We all face an existential crisis at some time or another, just usually not when we’re seven, which will likely be the mean age of children watching this newest non-Pixar non-DreamWorks animated feature. No, “Rango” won’t challenge kids to contemplate their role in the cosmos, but that’s precisely the predicament of its main character, a […]

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First full look at Cap. America foe Red Skull

If you were one of the people intrigued by the Super Bowl spot for “Captain America: The First Avenger,” you were pleased but probably still curious over that brief moment when you saw some red-headed guy pull a mask off his face. Oh, and by redhead I mean this guy’s whole head was red. That […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (3.4.11)

After the way January and February came and went with a lot of films getting mixed to poor reviews, with March could come relief. A good start appears to be on its way as two of these four films currently hold good to very good scores on Rotten Tomatoes. After the first two months of […]

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Spring Movie Preview 2011: Action

The most promising group of films for Spring 2011 is without a doubt the action offerings. The “lowest” film on my list, number seven, is “Hanna,” a more independent-minded “Bourne”-style action thriller that many are buzzing about, so if that’s the bottom of the barrel, we’re looking at some tasty action. To continue the metaphor, […]

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Contest: The “Due Date” Dash! (Winners!)

The dash is over and we have our winners. There is one “grand prize” winner and two other winners that I’ve named below. Unfortunately, a few other winners could have been named, but so many of you didn’t take the time to actually do your research and read the posts and stuff. Oh well. 

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