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‘Dark Knight Rises’ Teaser Poster Revealed

Here’s a simple question for you: do you think Christopher Nolan likes skyscrapers? After the posters for “The Dark Knight,” “Inception,” and now “The Dark Knight Rises,” one can only answer emphatically — yes.

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Naomie Harris is the New Miss Moneypenny

The “Bond” franchise has not been hailed for its continuity by any means, but a few characters have been regulars in 007’s universe, namely his fellow workers at MI6. Since MGM “rebooted” the character with Daniel Craig and “Casino Royale” in 2006, one of those staples has been missing: Miss Moneypenny. But no longer, as Naomie […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (7.8.11)

Action fans: time to breathe. Comedy fans: this one’s for you. Fans of both? You’re screwed. Keep on getting your butt to the nearest theater. This “alternative programming” weekend features family-focused comedy “Zookeeper” starring Kevin James with his first top-billing test since “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” For the adults, there’s the concept comedy “Horrible Bosses” […]

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Most Surprising and Disappointing Movies of 2011 So Far

Personally, the mid-way point in the year is not so much a time for putting together lists of the best films of the year thus far. If you want my take on the best, just look at the scores I’ve given movies released in 2011 so far and you’ll find my top picks (although I’ve […]

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On DVD: Sucker Punch

Festering somewhere in the chaos of “Sucker Punch” is an exotic narrative twisted into an epic adventure waiting to be born. But Zack Snyder has pulled his bun out of the oven way before he’s given it time to rise. A multi-layered rock fantasy that could find a permanent home on MTV2, Snyder’s premature brainchild […]

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‘Transformers’ Declares Independence Day Record

Nothing says America like “Transformers.” The third film in the robot-infested action series, “Dark of the Moon,” broke the four-day Fourth of July weekend record with an estimated $116.4 million, also good for the highest opening of 2011 just ahead of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” 

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On DVD: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

“The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” the third book in “The Chronicles of Narnia” series and the fifth chronologically speaking, is often cited as a favorite among fans of the C.S. Lewis fantasy books, which is a shame because the writers here have taken extensive liberties with the story. Although I’m one to frequently remind […]

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Marvel commits to “Thor 2” in 2013 without Branagh

  UPDATE: Disney and Marvel have chosen July 26, 2013 as the release date for “Thor 2.”Deadline now reports that the film will be scripted by Don Payne (“Thor,” “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”). When it comes to a new Marvel superhero making it to the big screen, once audiences see the finished […]

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Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

I called “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” a 2.5-hour exhibition of a hurricane in a hardware store. There should have been nothing exciting, therefore, about the prospect of a second 2.5-hour exhibition — this time of hunks of scrap metal perpetually raining over Chicago — filmed entirely in 3D. Yet with the added assurance of […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (7.1.11)

Fourth of July weekend always means an early Weekend Movie Preview here at Movie Muse. Last year it was brought to us courtesy “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” but this year for the third time in five years, it belongs to Michael Bay, Shia LaBeouf and Optimus Prime. The third film in the “Transformers” series, “Transformers: […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (6.24.11)

The name of the game this first (official) weekend of summer is alternative programming. Sort of. At first glance, a family film and an R-rated comedy seem like welcome new releases with the first three weekends of the month focusing primarily on superhero and action movies. “Cars 2,” however, seems to be a definite summer […]

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Trailer Wednesday: Muppets and Moneyball

It’s not easy being green, nor is it easy making green. This week, Trailer Wednesday features the Jason Segel-led revitalization of “The Muppets” and the story of how Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane challenged the baseball system with a low-cost strategy.

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Review: Green Lantern

The challenge of making a “Green Lantern” film was always going to be bringing it down to Earth. Not necessarily in a planetary sense, but sifting through and boiling down all the intergalactic mythology. Everything from the planet Oa to bird-fish aliens named Tomar-Re to a far-fetched concept of harnessing “will” to defend the universe […]

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On DVD: The Adjustment Bureau

The best science fiction is often the kind that doesn’t feel like science fiction at all. Almost always, the genre’s most lauded stories and films earn that praise for never losing their human qualities in the face of elaborate story structure, futuristic props and set pieces and stylish action. That’s why Hollywood so often returns […]

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10 Reasons Penguin Movies are Popular

What’s with all the dang penguins? We’ve known that for decades that Hollywood has a habit of supplying vocal chords or curiously anthropomorphic abilities to all living creatures in the animal kingdom. From animated features to “Dr. Doolittle,” we’ve consistently fantasized about what would happen if our furry, scaly or feathered friends could talk, sing or interact […]

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