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Review: The Change-Up

Oh, the body-swap comedy. You know how it starts, you know how it ends and frankly, you know most of what’s in between. To name an R-rated buddy version of this formula “The Change-Up” is essentially serving up a thick slice of irony, yet somehow “The Hangover” writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and “Wedding […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (8.5.11)

Summer has entered the home stretch, and like any race, it’s time to keep those movie engines revved rather than tire up. August will surely have a share of disappointments, but the first couple weekends usually have something good in store. This year it’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” the seventh film in […]

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Top 25 Most Beautiful Brunette Actresses, Part 1

Movie Muse turned two years old this week! Last year I shared my thoughts on a year of movie blogging, but this year I’m going to have a bit more fun. My first order of business when the site debuted was to put together a few of the ever-popular “Top 10” lists on things I […]

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First Look at Henry Cavill as the ‘Man of Steel’

Bring on your scrutiny, Superman fans. Warner Bros. has released the first official image/promotional still of the Kid from Krypton, played by Henry Cavill (“Immortals”), in costume no less. 

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Review: Horrible Bosses

A story of average guys who become small-time crooks always has comedic value; add to that the blue-collar motivation of wanting to kill your boss because he/she makes your life miserable? Golden. Documentary director Seth Gordon (“The King of Kong”) ropes up an impressive ensemble to make “Horrible Bosses,” a vaguely dark comedy with a […]

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Review: Cowboys & Aliens

The answer to the obvious question hovering around Jon Favreau’s latest action blockbuster is yes, “Cowboys & Aliens” is as ridiculous as the title sounds. Yet blame doesn’t quite belong on Favreau’s shoulders or that of star Daniel Craig or the rest of the cast; rather, the failure of this alien-infested Western results from the […]

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On DVD: Cedar Rapids

“What happens in Cedar Rapids stays in Cedar Rapids,” says Joan, a “one of the guys” kinda woman played by Anne Heche who views her yearly trip to an insurance conference in Cedar Rapids as momentary liberation from her life’s irrevocable commitments. For those of us who’ve tried to spend as little time in Iowa […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (7.29.11)

How are you holding up? It’s been a long summer of high-buzz projects so far and July will not go out quietly at all this weekend. “Cowboys & Aliens” provides the mainstream blockbuster action this weekend while kiddies get “The Smurfs” and adults have the option of falling in “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

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Friends with Benefits Review

If I had the ability to time travel (and who’s to say I don’t, because I’d never tell you if I did) and felt inclined to show a movie to the citizens of the ’20s or ’30s that would fully capture for them life in the 21st Century because I wouldn’t be able to take them there […]

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Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

As far as superheroes go, they don’t get much campier than the “Star-Spangled Man.” A super soldier dressed in red, white and blue who bashes in Nazi skulls with his all-American shield? Undoubtedly, Captain America served a very specific purpose when he debuted in 1940, but 70 years later, Marvel Studio has found a way […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (7.22.11)

Talk about a tough act to follow. With the record-setting weekend “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” had last week, I wouldn’t want to be either new film this week, “Captain America: The First Avenger” or “Friends With Benefits.” But it doesn’t necessarily mean both these films are worth passing on. Not at […]

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Hugh Jackman Says ‘Wolverine 2’ Villain is Silver Samurai

Hugh Jackman showed up unexpectedly (or expectedly, depending on how you look at it) near Comic-Con this morning to help promote his upcoming film “Real Steel,” which (most unexpectedly) doesn’t have a panel. In a Q&A, he revealed some details about what he called “Wolverine 2,” including when he’ll shoot the film and who his […]

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Look Out! Here Comes ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Teaser Trailer

No way that “The Dark Knight Rises” gets to have all the fun. Sony Pictures has just released its own teaser trailer for next summer’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and they’ve even one-upped Christopher Nolan’s film by keeping things distinctly less cryptic. Get ready to revisit Spidey’s origins, friends.

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On DVD: Limitless

If humans can only access 20 percent of their brains normally and 100 percent while on NZT, the “Limitless” drug of choice, then I would say screenwriter Leslie Dixon and director Neil Burger probably access somewhere around 70 percent of their creative power with regards to bringing Alan Glynn’s novel to the big screen. All […]

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A History of Box-Office Magic: Will Anything Top ‘Harry Potter’?

$168 million in its first weekend. $92.1 million in its first day. $43.5 million in its first public screenings. These are incredible numbers, but allow me to cast a small memory charm on you for a moment. The success of “Harry Potter” goes well, well beyond the current and long-term success of “Harry Potter and the […]

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