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Best And Worst Of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 7, 2014 12:01 PM
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Captain America 2, Best/Worst
This past Friday, after opening worldwide a few weeks earlier and performing like gangbusters, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the ninth Marvel Studios movie to date, arrived in the U.S., and swiftly proceeded to be the biggest opening of 2014 to date, smashing April records with a hefty $96 million weekend. That's a big step up for the second adventure to topline Chris Evans' super-soldier Steve Rogers to date, no doubt helped by very positive reaction from fans and critics alike.

Watch: Frank Grillo Tries To Survive In New Trailer For 'The Purge: Anarchy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2014 8:37 PM
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The Purge: Anarchy The Purge 2
What do you do when your little $3 million horror/thriller racks up nearly $90 million, worldwide? You make a sequel. Quickly. And that's just what Universal has done as one year after we experienced "The Purge," they're bringing the mayhem back with "The Purge: Anarchy."

Review: Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson & Robert Redford

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 20, 2014 4:05 PM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
He might not be a space Viking or a talking raccoon, but Captain America was almost as tricky a character to bring to the screen in the 21st century as some of his Marvel contemporaries — standing for sincerity and purity in an age of grittiness and irony, and wearing the stars-and-stripes in an age when international box-office is key. As such, the character's first appearance in 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger," is probably best described as a modest success, both critically (an enjoyably retro first half giving way to a flatter, more formless second), and commercially — at $370 million, it's the second lowest-grossing of the Marvel pictures so far.

Watch: First 10 Minutes Of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Plus Falcon Featurette

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 19, 2014 9:05 AM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
With just a few weeks left until the film’s release, the first ten minutes of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (via Movieweb) have arrived online to lure you to the movie theater alongside a featurette introducing audiences to Marvel’s newest hero.

Watch: 3-Minute Clip From 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Secures The Ship

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2014 12:44 PM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
That was fast. It's hard to believe that "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is just weeks away, hitting screens overseas at the end of the month. And now Marvel is doing the final push for the sequel, which means we're going to get lots more from the movie online before we see it in cinemas, and today a new, lengthy three minute clip has arrived.

Watch: First Trailer For 'The Purge: Anarchy' Rocks The Neighborhood

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 12:12 PM
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The Purge: Anarchy The Purge 2
Oh hey, remember "The Purge"? It's that cheapie horror/thriller thing from last summer that opened at number one, and then disappeared from the top ten three weeks later. Remember how badly you wanted a sequel, featuring none of the original stars, but made by the same director? Good news, it's here.

Frank Grillo Leads 'The Purge 2,' Zac Efron Catches 'Fire,' Imogen Poots Visits 'A Country Called Home' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 12, 2013 1:36 PM
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One of the surprise hits of the year was this summer’s cheap Ethan Hawke-starring horror movie “The Purge,” and with the $3 million-budgeted film making nearly $90 million worldwide, you better believe Universal wants a re-up.

Review: 'Homefront' Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Kate Bosworth And Winona Ryder

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 26, 2013 10:07 AM
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The craft of the B-picture has been lost. It’s been lost in a sea of audiences trained by awards shows and armchair critics to thumb their nose at straight action films, the kind of entertainment that used to be the audience’s bread-and-butter. It used to mean that you threw cash at the screen to make an action film in order to simulate larger-than-life actors going at each other in exotic locales. Computers changed all that, and altered audience’s expectations: the old magic just wouldn’t stand anymore, and action films needed to be buoyed by ridiculous computer effects (the ones that turned Tobey Maguire and Matt Damon into Schwarzenegger and Stallone) in order to create that enhanced un-reality. Simply kicking a guy in the head was no longer enough, despite the wonderful talent and inventiveness of some of the kickers, like Wesley Snipes, Jackie Chan or any of the slew of analog action heroes who have suffered in the digital age.

Guillermo Del Toro's 'The Strain' Gets Series Order, Will Start Airing July 2014 & More TV Dial News

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2013 6:00 PM
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It may have taken Guillermo Del Toro five years between "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" and this summer's "Pacific Rim," but the filmmaker isn't wasting a hot second as he heads in 2014. He'll kick off the year shooting "Crimson Peak" and by time the summer arrives he'll be on the small screen too.

Dane DeHaan Feeling 'Tulip Fever,' Melisandre Feels 'Incarnate,' Alan Arkin & Amanda Seyfried Have A ‘Wonderful Time’ & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2013 9:46 AM
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Developing for nearly a decade, the adaptation of Deborah Moggach's "Tulip Fever"has seen all kinds of names — John Madden, Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Peter Chelsom, Tom Hooper — kick the tires, but nothing coalesced. But earlier this year the wheels started spinning again with Alicia Vikander became attached, and now she may be joined by Dane DeHaan.

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