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Telluride Review: 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 31, 2013 9:37 AM
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Prisoners
Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal are on the precipice of having a tremendous fall film festival season. Arriving in just a few short days is their first collaboration, “Enemy,” a terrific psychological doppelganger thriller that will premiere next week in Toronto. But first up, the pair (along with co-lead Hugh Jackman) unleashed their first collaboration, “Prisoners,” at Telluride last night as one of the “surprise” screenings of the festival. And if this dark, intense and engrossing drama is any indication of what’s to come, it bodes very well for future collaborations.

The Best & Worst Of ‘The Wolverine’

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 29, 2013 2:19 PM
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Are American audiences starting to get bored with superhero movies? While 20th Century Fox’s “The Wolverine” did solid business overseas this weekend, the James Mangold-directed picture failed to outperform the routinely loathed “X-Men Origins: The Wolverine” stateside, making for the 2nd lowest grossing opening weekend of any X-Men movie so far (though on par with “X-Men: First Class,” and just slightly higher than the original “X-Men”). Was a lack of “X-Men” in Wolverine’s personal story to blame? The movie itself seemed to do favorably, considering its "A-" Cinemascore for those that actually paid to see it, but clearly American audiences didn’t come out in droves.

Stream This: 'Mud,' Hugh Jackman In 'The Fountain,' Woody Allen's 'The Purple Rose Of Cairo' & More on VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 26, 2013 12:56 PM
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Stream This
Hello streamers, and welcome back to our weekly search for the best of what's available to watch on the World Wide Web. The home entertainment system reigns supreme for another day, as two late summer flicks appear on VOD before their big screen release and a well-received picture, fresh off its theatrical run, hits the streaming services in advance of its DVD debut. Of course, there's plenty going on at the cinema too—this is blockbuster season, after all. Observing the premier of "The Wolverine," we have a much better alternative: an early-ish Hugh Jackman film, you know, before all the singing and all the muscles. And with the newest Woody Allen movie in theaters, starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett, we have celebrations of both artists. It could be that two-for-one which put us over, but with so many good VOD choices, we decided to forgo a Criterion selection for this week. Hulu Plus remains, however, and that section will be back next time, we promise. Now, let's get to the picks.

Big in Japan: 10 Movies To Watch Before 'The Wolverine'

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  • July 25, 2013 3:41 PM
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10 Movies To See Before The Wolverine
"The Wolverine" isn't just another stand alone movie. Following the disastrous "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," it's a complete tonal overhaul, with the property being rebuilt almost from the ground up. While there might be traces of the character's 'X'-past, particularly in the somewhat-garbled third act, there is still a very clear attempt to remake the character inside a more atmospheric, emotionally rich context. That, coupled with the movie's welcome change in scenery (it's set mostly in Japan), makes it a very, very different X-perience than you're used to. Sure, it has plenty of it's own issues, regardless (you can read our review of the Hugh Jackman movie here), but keeping all this in mind, we thought this would be a good opportunity to run through a list of ten movies that will get you ready for "The Wolverine" - whether literally, spiritually, or thematically, these movies share some mutant DNA with everyone's favorite metallic-clawed hero.

Review: ‘The Wolverine’ Starring Hugh Jackman

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 24, 2013 2:06 PM
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The Wolverine
The narrative for months before and during the making of the movie by James Mangold and Hugh Jackman, was a borderline campaign apology that read something like: “Please excuse the inexcusable ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine.’ We are starting over here. Please take this journey with us as we explore the Wolverine story you’ve always wanted to see on screen.” And so the question for fans is: did the pair succeed in this goal? The answer, in conclusion, is a resounding "no," but it’s but not for want of trying.

Watch: Clips From 'Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter' & 'The Wolverine'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 23, 2013 9:41 AM
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With “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” premiering on ABC this fall, Marvel continues its world domination but the television series isn’t the first time the comics giant has experimented with its universe in a non-feature length setting. Since the Blu-ray release of “Thor,” the company has released a series of short films called “Marvel One-Shots” that take place within the existing Marvel cinematic universe. Up until now the shorts haven’t had much bearing on the continuity at large but that all changes with the newest “one-shot” that’s arriving this fall.

First Reviews For 'The Wolverine' Suggest That It's Simply Better Than 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' But Not Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 1:02 PM
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The Wolverine
So far for this superhero summer, Marvel hit a home-run with "Iron Man 3," Warner Bros. wiped the sweat off their brow and successfully rebooted Superman in "Man Of Steel" and now it's up to Fox to see if they revive Wolverine after fans and audiences nearly revolted after the revolting "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." And with Comic-Con about to kick off, and Fox doing one last push for the movie, hoping the crowd in San Diego will eat up their latest offering, they can't be happy with the early reviews that have started to arrive.

Hugh Jackman Explains Why 'The Wolverine' Isn't R-Rated, Confirms Credits Tease For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 17, 2013 12:04 PM
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The Wolverine Hugh Jackman
There are few mainstream comic book characters who could possibly justify an R-rated film. Even fewer of those characters are bankable properties that can overcome the risk of carrying an “R.” Wolverine is one such character. Though Logan has appeared in cartoons and has done well in PG-13 action films, let's not forget that this man knows how to get down. He’s got knives on his hands; this isn’t the type of character who specializes in temporarily incapacitating dudes. So why haven’t they made a full blown blood-fest "The Wolverine"? Well the obvious answer is money, but Hugh Jackman says that the true reason is a bit more involved than that.

Lucas Till Returns For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past,' Peter Dinklage's Role Revealed & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2013 4:44 PM
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Let's say you're making a comic book sequel, and let's you already have this cast: Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore and James Marsden. Do you add even more actors or do you think, "Y'know, maybe I'm good right here." Well, Bryan Singer was recently faced with this dilemma and made a choice. Can you guess which way he went?

Watch: Viper, Jean Grey, Yukio & Shingen Feature In 4 Clips From 'The Wolverine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2013 9:21 AM
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The Wolverine, Logan, Mariko
Comic-Con is just a few days away, and even though "The Wolverine" will be rolling into San Diego in a final push to woo and wow nerds, that hasn't stopped the Fox marketing machine. As per usual, they are dumping as much as they possibly can from their summer tentpole short of including the credits, and four more brief clips have rolled online, keeping interest in the fanged hero polished.

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