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Happy Birthday 'Robocop'! Listen To Paul Verhoeven's DVD Commentary Plus Watch 'Siskel & Ebert' Review

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2014 11:20 AM
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RoboCop
Earlier this year, MGM admirably tried to reboot their "RoboCop" franchise to middling results. It wasn't terrible exactly, but it missed the edge and black humor of Paul Verhoeven's original. And it says something that 27 years later — the film was released today in 1987 — Verhoeven's movie still stands tall and holds up remarkably well.

The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 19, 2014 2:54 PM
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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever
Over a month ago, perhaps feeling daunted by the seemingly endless summer season stretching out in front of us and the sheer volume of popcorn we were going to have to eat, we brought you our list of The 20 Worst Summer Blockbusters Of All Time. But now that we’re in the thick of it, and we’ve had a few more decent big titles open (“22 Jump Street,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” all had their charms) we’re turning that frown upside down, and bringing you our rundown of the 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of all time. But that “hooray for everything!” vibe is a little misleading. As we’ve proven to ourselves so many times before, stable, long-term professional relationships of mutual respect and admiration tend not to be shaken by debates over whether “Jonah Hex” is empirically worse than “Battlefield Earth,” but are much more likely likely to be rocked to their very foundations by arguments over whether X treasured childhood classic is better than Y worldwide box-office hit. Let’s have a moment’s silence for the old friendships this list has torn asunder.

Box Office: ‘300: Rise Of An Empire’ Defends The Kingdom; 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Smashes Per-Screen Average Records

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 9, 2014 2:12 PM
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300: Rise Of An Empire
It arrived much too late, some seven years after the fact. It was met with most middling reviews, and it featured no real stars to speak of. But that could not stop “300: Rise Of An Empire,” the slightly less-ripped, less-sweaty, otherwise pretty-much-the-same sequel from dominating the box office (our review here). The Warner Bros. sequel might not have been in vogue with the blogosphere, but the rest of the country was more than happy to attend.

Taken Again: Liam Neeson's 'Non-Stop' Snatches The Top Box-Office Slot; 'Frozen' Hits The $1 Billion Mark

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 2, 2014 1:54 PM
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Liam Neeson, Non-Stop
If it felt like a forgettable and rather dead weekend at the box office, that’s because it was. Studios typically don’t release major films in theaters the weekend of the Academy Awards, the conventional wisdom being that everyone’s going to be watching the awards, gearing up for the awards, and or doing something that involves preparing for the ceremony and not going to movies.

Box-Office: 'The Lego Movie' Takes The #1 Slot For Third Week Running

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  • February 23, 2014 1:10 PM
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The Lego Movie
Play on, indeed. As expected, the universally beloved “The Lego Movie” dominated the box office again, taking the number one spot for the third week in a row. Only dropping 36.9% from its second week, Warner Bros.' animated juggernaut took in a healthy $31.4 million over the weekend with its domestic total now at $183.1 million. The movie has grossed $234 million worldwide so far and presumably will keep ascending, but internationally, ‘Lego’ isn't quite as gigantic of a draw.

Weekend Box Office: 'Lego Movie' Blocks Out Newcomers, But 'About Last Night' Is Still Strong

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  • February 16, 2014 12:49 PM
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LEGO movie
When your options are a tepidly received “RoboCop” remake and a Valentine’s Day-themed romance movie that only the teenage girl die-hards seemed interested in (“Endless Love”), is it any wonder “The Lego Movie” blocked out the competition this weekend? That said, performing quite well was the “About Last Night” remake. And no, don’t chalk that one up to ’80s nostalgia—instead, see it as one more film connecting with the underserved African-American audience who are happy to come out in droves when a movie is actually geared towards them.

10 Reasons Why The Original 'RoboCop' Can't Be Beaten By The Remake

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 13, 2014 1:01 PM
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With the remake of Paul Verhoeven's "RoboCop" lumbering mechanically into theaters nationwide this week, there has been a lot of talk, online and elsewhere, about how the remake simply cannot live up to the 1987 original. But what there's been precious little of is a discussion of why the original film is so highly regarded; instead the deafening pre-release backlash just seems like a general kind of foggy, nostalgia-tinged outrage that is both inarticulate and unhelpful. And, all things considered, the remake isn't all that bad; read our colleague's review here. Still, there's no question that the remake won't manage to have the same kind of impact the original did, so we're taking this chance (having longed for one for a while) to look back to the future of Detroit, and examine exactly why that original film felt so fresh and new.

Watch: Very NSFW ‘Our RoboCop Remake' Clip Will Shoot Your Dick Off

Our RoboCop Remake
Well, evidently there was more than one “RoboCop” remake in the works. No, we're not talking about the Jose Padilha-directed PG-13 remake starring Joel Kinnaman (which shockingly, isn’t that bad), but the crowd-sourced “Our RoboCop Remake.” Read More »

Gary Oldman Reveals Studio-Planned Early Leak Of 'RoboCop' Set Photos

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 3:38 PM
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RoboCop
The fever pitch of fan obsessiveness has reached a weird high these days. While it's one thing to see set photos, on some sites fans will post pictures of trailers and trucks simply involved in the production even when nothing is happening. And when an image does manage to be snapped (usually from far away, out of context, unfinished, from a horrible perspective) of an actor in costume for whatever superhero movie or franchise they're making, it will be scrutinized to death as if it were the final version of what's going on the big screen. But all press is good press, right?

Review: 'RoboCop' Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 5, 2014 1:00 PM
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Robocop
Every movie should be approached with an open mind. Ideally, be it a film from Martin Scorsese or Friedberg and Seltzer, a reviewer should be going in without expectations, ready to play it as it lays. But it'd be dishonest to pretend that that was the case going in to "RoboCop," because it's a long-delayed remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1980s cult action sci-fi classic that, based at least on early buzz and previews, does without much of what made the original special — the satirical bite, the extreme violence, the hand-crafted effects et al. As such, even the most even-handed person could be forgiven for going in with a heavy heart, especially with the smell of the abysmal "Total Recall" redo still lingering like a fish head behind a radiator.

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