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Review: Marvel's 'The Avengers' Is Immensely Satisfying, Entirely Thrilling & Possibly The Best Superhero Movie Yet

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 19, 2012 7:05 PM
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The first scene of " The Avengers" is not very good. Deep in a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base, scientist Eric Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) is conducting experiments on The Tesseract, the blue cube that powered the Red Skull's experiments in "Captain America." Expriments that, unfortunately, bring to earth Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the vengeful brother of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), last seen plummeting from Asgard into oblivion. Loki manages to take down S.H.I.E.L.D's best -- Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) -- with ease, and soon the base is decimated. It's a perfectly acceptable place to start, but there's something off about the execution: it's stilted, awkward and humorless, and the action is pretty uninvolving, with a TV-level of scope.

Watch: Samuel L. Jackson Needs To Find Organic Mushrooms In iPhone/Siri Ad

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2012 2:05 PM
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Despite "The Avengers" marketing team tying the superhero franchise into every conceivable consumer good known to man, here's one opportunity they missed. Samuel L. Jackson stars in another celeb-led spot (following Zooey Deschanel's yesterday) for iPhone 4/Siri, which seems weird to us because isn't the whole point of this thing about how it can help everyday people and not famous actors who have assistants to do this stuff for them anyway?

Watch: Loki Is Impressed With His Prison In New Clip From 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 3:22 PM
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So, "The Avengers" had it's world premiere last week, and has since had a screenings for fans and press and everyone in between and the general consensus is that it rocks. Even among the nearly half dozen Playlist folk who've seen the film, word has been very positive. But as for this writer....I still can't get over the overblown dialogue and almost comically serious tone in these clips.

Talking Tesseracts & Prototypes: New Clip From 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2012 10:45 AM
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You ready for some more "The Avengers" action!? Well, you've come to the wrong place. Continuing with their marketing plan, a large portion of which involves showing our heroes standing or walking, Marvel has unveiled yet another clip from the movie, this time with both walking and talking. Keep your pants on.

Review: 'The Samaritan' Never Quite Overcomes Its Audacious, Questionable Twist

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 9, 2012 4:57 PM
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It's difficult to discuss "The Samaritan" without revealing the noted plot turn nearly halfway through, but consider this an attempt. The Canadian thriller, currently available on VOD, concerns an ex-con named Foley. Foley's lost twenty five years in prison after murdering his partner, a decision borne out of Foley regretfully picking his own poison in a life-or-death situation. Living with the memory of killing his close associate and the idea that he essentally gave up a quarter of a century to live, Foley is unstuck in time, visiting his old stomping grounds the way the guilty frequent graveyards.

Review: 'The Search For One-Eyed Jimmy' Is A Remnant Of A More Colorful Time In Indie Filmmaking

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 12, 2012 3:12 PM
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The rise of technology and newer entertainment formats has left behind a number of movies, some of which never graduated to VHS, DVD or even cable. One of those "forgotten" movies has recently hit DVD and Blu-Ray from the fine folks at Kino Lorber, the micro-indie "The Search For One-Eyed Jimmy". Of course, this particular film benefitted from having a stellar cast, most of whom are regularly working today, which has helped the picture rise above the number of undistributed films during the indie boom era. Of course, once you finish the film, you'll wonder exactly how so much talent got together to amount to so little.

Watch: Hulk Smash, Downey Jr. Wisecrack In Full Trailer For Marvel's 'The Avengers'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 29, 2012 11:54 AM
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Last summer saw a fairly major clash of the superheroes, with four movies featuring men in tights battling it out for box office supremacy. Marvel's duo of "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" won out over "X-Men First Class" and "Green Lantern," but as it turns out, it was all just a warm up for this summer's main event. July will see follow ups to the two biggest superhero movies in history arrive in the shape of "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises," but they won't have it all to themselves, as May doesn't just bring Thor and Captain America back, but also Iron Man, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury, for Joss Whedon's "The Avengers."

DreamWorks Animation Set Paul Giamatti, Samuel L Jackson & Just About Everyone Else In Hollywood To Join Ryan Reynolds In 'Turbo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 24, 2012 11:19 AM
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They may still not have the prestige of arch-rivals Pixar, but things have been looking up over at DreamWorks Animation of late. Once the home of poor CGI fare like "Shark Tale" and "Bee Movie," recent years have seen a new emphasis on quality rather (or at least in addition to) big names. 2010's "How To Train Your Dragon" was their best film to date, and last year even sequels "Puss In Boots" and "Kung Fu Panda 2" displayed more artistry than "Cars 2" did, picking up Oscar nominations for their trouble.

John Hawkes & Mos Def To Star In Prequel To 'Jackie Brown' Playing A Young De Niro & Samuel L. Jackson

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 1, 2012 7:05 PM
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Here's your big, "wow," or "huh" of the day, depending on your thoughts on prequels of fairly beloved films. "Winter's Bone" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" star John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka rapper turned actor Mos Def) are going to be starring in a "Jackie Brown" prequel playing the younger versions of Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson's characters respectively.

'The Avengers' And 'Haywire' Get New Posters That Look Pretty Much The Same As The Old Ones

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 21, 2011 4:00 PM
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Marvel has released a whole host of character posters for their all-star superhero throw down "The Avengers," with a bunch of characters in their new suits looking severe against a black background.

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