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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Review and Round-Up: Another Marvel Monster

While Marvel offerings are prone to over-fueled first reviews when the junket types get clacking, James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is pulling in early raves.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2014 5:25 PM
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Emmy Watch: Learning to Love 'Game of Thrones'

The first time I quit "Game of Thrones," in the midst of the prolonged setup that plagued season one, it came as a relief.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 29, 2014 1:29 PM
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Lasse Hallström Strikes a Familiar Gong In First Reviews of 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

By the first counts, Lasse Hallström’s "The Hundred-Foot Journey" is mildly enjoyable, enjoyably familiar clap trap that you won’t have the slightest thought on after exiting the theater — in short, a Lasse Hallström movie.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 26, 2014 2:55 PM
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First Reviews of Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' Spell a Minor Effort

With an embargo having been lifted at midnight, the first wave of reviews for Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight” are coming fast. At first blush, it seems to follow the pattern established by Woody Allen’s later years: a highly acclaimed effort ("Blue Jasmine," in this case) finds itself followed by a slightly pleasant, ultimately airy trip.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 18, 2014 3:18 PM
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Guillermo Del Toro's 'The Strain' Is Scary Fun, Surprisingly Smart (TRAILER)

The loathsome vampire morphology that horror auteur Guillermo del Toro has dreamed up for his breakneck television series The Strain (FX) could not be tweaked to create a YA romance. The Strain is not a tale of the supernatural but a science fiction story about encounters with a new parasitic species.
  • By David Chute
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  • July 15, 2014 11:46 AM
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Screen Talk 4: from Sublime Ebert Doc 'Life Itself' to McCarthy's Ridiculous 'Tammy'

In our fourth Screen Talk podcast, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I debate the (dubious) merits of Melissa McCarthy's "Tammy"--is it a bad studio movie or a bad indie movie?--and admire the virtues of Steve James' end-of-life documentary about critic Roger Ebert, "Life Itself."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 3, 2014 5:27 PM
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Five Things I Learned from 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' (REVIEW AND ROUNDUP, VIDEO)

Going into last week's Fox screening of 3D sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," I was both eagerly anticipating and slightly skeptical.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 2, 2014 4:57 PM
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Review and Roundup: Why Melissa McCarthy Vehicle 'Tammy' Never Takes Off

Melissa McCarthy's 'Tammy' may look like a comedy from its trailers, but it turns out it's actually a whole different ball game.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2014 1:59 PM
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'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Review Roundup: A Visually Impressive, Scattered Destruction Fest (VIDEO)

"Transformers: Smash-a-thon 4000"--sorry, that should be "Transformers: Age of Extinction" comes out this Friday in the U.S. The critical consensus: despite some impressive 3D eye candy, this fourth installment in the franchise, weighing in at a whopping 165 minutes, lags under it's own weight and doesn't make much sense in the end.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 23, 2014 11:51 AM
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How Hawks' 1948 Classic 'Red River' Drew a New Map for the Western (NEW CRITERION DVD REVIEW)

"Funny how different you feel," cattleman Nadine Groot (Walter Brennan) relates near the end of "Red River," "when you know you're going somewheres." He's right, but his is a sojourner's satisfaction, marking the conclusion of a long expedition. For viewers of Howard Hawks' mythic 1948 Western, the foremost pleasure is in the odyssey itself.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • June 18, 2014 6:05 AM
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