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Mid-Year VFX Report: 'Godzilla' and Marvel Rule

Without a "Gravity" this year, the wow factor might not be as strong but certainly the Oscar race is now wide open. Yet in surveying the first-half of 2014, only "Godzilla" looks like a potential nominee. But there are still plenty of bake-off contenders, with solid VFX work on display in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "Maleficent," and "Edge of Tomorrow."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 20, 2014 9:47 AM
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Director Gareth Edwards Returns to the Nuclear DNA of 'Godzilla'

Director Gareth Edwards ("Monsters") has admirably returned to the Toho roots of "Godzilla" 60 years on and made the Kaiju myth as relevant as ever, even adding a humanistic twist. Drawing on the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster as inspiration (what if it wasn't a natural disaster?), and utilizing the best that CG animation has to offer, Edwards delivers the thrilling monster goods along with a sense of melancholy.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 16, 2014 2:10 PM
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This Weekend, Head to 'Godzilla' and, At Last, 'The Immigrant' (TRAILERS)

Marion Cotillard in "The Immigrant"
At long last, those lucky enough to live in New York or Los Angeles can see director James Gray's measured, masterful period film "The Immigrant" this weekend. Those inclined toward multiplex fare can comfortably seek out "Godzilla" and "Million Dollar Arm," which both offer plenty of popcorn pleasures. Meanwhile, two other small-scale indies off the festival pipeline arrive: "Chinese Puzzle," and "Half of a Yellow Sun."
  • By TOH!
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  • May 15, 2014 3:22 PM
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'Godzilla': A Brief History of the Original Gangsta Lizard

Much like Madonna, Matthew McConaughey and Miley Cyrus, Godzilla illustrates a time-honored showbiz dictum: The best way to sustain your superstardom is to repeatedly reinvent yourself.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • May 15, 2014 11:00 AM
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First Reviews Land for 'Godzilla,' Gareth Edwards' Noisy, Fascinating Blend of Art and Commerce (TRAILER)

Early reviews are in for Gareth Edwards' monster reboot "Godzilla," which premiered in UK over the weekend and slams into US theaters on Friday, May 16.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 12, 2014 11:15 AM
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Director Gareth Edwards Talks 'Godzilla,' a Monster Movie for Our Times

After "Godzilla" was appropriately unveiled to journos on Thursday in IMAX 3D at the TCL Chinese, director Gareth Edwards and producer Thomas Tull did a brief Q&A about paying homage to the '54 Toho classic while offering relevant social commentary for our times.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 2, 2014 11:12 AM
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