Adventure & Action & Disaster Movies: Articles


'Solo: A Star Wars Story': The Force of Corporate Pressure Brings Down Latest Franchise Entry

Solo: A Star Wars Story with Alden Ehrenreich. The 10th live-action feature in the now 41-year-old Star Wars movie franchise, Solo: A Star Wars Story attempts to explain the background of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) – first portrayed by Harrison Ford back in 1977. Veteran Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, […]


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'Solo: A Star Wars Story': The Force of Corporate Pressure Brings Down Latest Franchise Entry



'Desert Nights': Enjoyable John Gilbert Adventure Dares to Ask Age-Old Philosophical Question

Desert Nights with John Gilbert and Mary Nolan: Enjoyable Sahara-set adventure – which happened to be Gilbert's last silent film – dares to ask the age-old philosophical question, “Is there honor among thieves?” John Gilbert late silent adventure 'Desert Nights' asks a question for the ages: Is there honor among […]


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'Desert Nights': Enjoyable John Gilbert Adventure Dares to Ask Age-Old Philosophical Question



'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Generally Enjoyable But Beginning to Feel Stagnant?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with Chris Pratt as Star-Lord a.k.a. Peter Quill, and Drax (voice by Dave Bautista): When “the pressure to be good isn't as intense as the pressure to not be bad.” 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Entertaining pop culture references help to alleviate James […]


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'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Generally Enjoyable But Beginning to Feel Stagnant?



'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' NOT to Become All-Time Worldwide Blockbuster?

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' with Oscar Isaac: Poe Dameron and pals NOT to become all-time box office champs? 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' NOT to become worldwide top-grossing movie of all time? Dec. 21, '15, update: J.J. Abrams' futuristic adventure movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the most […]


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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' NOT to Become All-Time Worldwide Blockbuster?



'The Force Awakens' Reviews: Negative Comments Few But Pointed

'The Force Awakens' with Daisy Ridley: 'Star Wars 7' negative reviews have been few, but bluntly acerbic. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Negative reviews have been few, but pointed Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently enjoying a 91 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. The average rating […]


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'The Force Awakens' Reviews: Negative Comments Few But Pointed



Boycott 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Controversy: Waste of the Time and Space Continuum

Stormtroopers deal with 'Boycott Star Wars: Episode VII' Twitter 'controversy.' The “Boycott 'Star Wars: Episode VII'” media idiocy The “Boycott Stars Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens” hashtag, concisely named #BoycottStarWarsVII, was trending earlier today (Oct. 19) on Twitter. Shocked? If so, you haven't spent much time on that […]


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Boycott 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Controversy: Waste of the Time and Space Continuum



'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015 Movie: Saved by International Box Office?

'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' movie is a domestic box office bomb: Will it be saved by international filmgoers? Directed by Sherlock Holmes' Guy Ritchie and toplining Man of Steel star Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger co-star Armie Hammer, the […]


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'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015 Movie: Saved by International Box Office?



'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie Box Office: Bigger Bomb Than Expected

'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' box office: Bigger domestic flop than expected? Before I address the box office debacle of Warner Bros.' The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I'd like to remark on the fact that 2015 has been a notable year at […]


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'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie Box Office: Bigger Bomb Than Expected



'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Box Office: One of Biggest Flops of the Year

'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' with Henry Cavill. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' box office: Hollywood's third major domestic bomb in a row Right on the heels of Chris Columbus-Adam Sandler's Pixels and Josh Trank's Fantastic Four comes The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a big screen adaptation of the 1960s television series, directed […]


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'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Box Office: One of Biggest Flops of the Year



'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Review: Tom Cruise - The Last Action Hero

'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise. 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise, the last action hero There are two impossible missions in the latest Mission: Impossible. The first involves Chechen terrorists, political assassinations, the Vienna Opera House, and a car that unlocks when the user places his hand […]


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'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Review: Tom Cruise - The Last Action Hero



'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Keith Richards/ZaSu Pitts

'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' with Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black […]


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'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Keith Richards/ZaSu Pitts



'San Andreas' Movie Box Office: Feel Good Disaster Film Passes Milestone

'San Andreas' movie with Dwayne Johnson. 'San Andreas' movie box office: $100 million domestic milestone today As the old saying (sort of) goes: If you build it, they will come. Warner Bros. built a gigantic video game, called it San Andreas, and They have come to check out Dwayne Johnson […]


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'San Andreas' Movie Box Office: Feel Good Disaster Film Passes Milestone



'Mad Max: Fury Road' Review: Max as Ass-Kicking Heroine's Sidekick

'Mad Max: Fury Road' poster with Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky. 'Mad Max: Fury Road' review: 'A good movie on its own terms' Mad Max, the first feature film of director George Miller and the second for the then 23-year-old Mel Gibson, premiered in North America in Feb. 1980. I […]


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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Review: Max as Ass-Kicking Heroine's Sidekick



'Cast Away' Movie Review: Tom Hanks Excellent in Populist Existential Drama

'Cast Away' Movie with Tom Hanks stranded on a deserted island: 'The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe' reboot. 'Cast Away' Movie review: Tom Hanks excellent in high-concept Hollywood flick disguised as existential adventure drama Most people will see Robert Zemeckis' Cast Away as a celebration of the Triumph of the Human […]


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'Cast Away' Movie Review: Tom Hanks Excellent in Populist Existential Drama



'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Trailer: Tom Cruise and Hilarious Stunts

'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' with Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' trailer: Movie stunt combo “Desperate times. Desperate measures,” says Tom Cruise a.k.a. Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation trailer a.k.a. the Mission: Impossible 5 and/or MI5 trailer. Whatever you call it, […]


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'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Trailer: Tom Cruise and Hilarious Stunts



'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Trailer: Exciting or Predictably Bombastic?

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' poster featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' trailer The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer – or more specifically, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 trailer – has been around for a little while. So this is one of those […]


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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Trailer: Exciting or Predictably Bombastic?



'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Review: Michael Bay Least Aggravating 'Transformers' Movie

'Transformers: Age of Extinction' review: Michael Bay's latest 'Transformer's movie is 'the least aggravating of a very aggravating lot' (image: Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor in 'Transformers: Age of Extinction') Suffice it to say, there are many special effects in the Transformers movies of which Transformers: Age of Extinction is […]


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'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Review: Michael Bay Least Aggravating 'Transformers' Movie



'I, Frankenstein': Aaron Eckhart Reboot Dismal Box Office Bomb

'I, Frankenstein' box office: Frankenstein reboot is second domestic box office bomb of 2014 (image: buffed up, shirtless Aaron Eckhart in 'I, Frankenstein') Made for a reported $65 million (not including marketing and distribution expenses), the Lionsgate-distributed I, Frankenstein is surely not about to become a movie franchise. Directed by […]


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'I, Frankenstein': Aaron Eckhart Reboot Dismal Box Office Bomb



Kellan Lutz 'The Legend of Hercules' Movie: Terrible Critics' Rating

Shirtless Kellan Lutz in 'The Legend of Hercules,' with Gaia Weiss. Kellan Lutz 'The Legend of Hercules': New Summit release has 0 percent Rotten Tomatoes approval rating Starring Kellan Lutz, best known as the hunky and likable vampire Emmett in the Twilight movies, The Legend of Hercules opens today, January […]


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Kellan Lutz 'The Legend of Hercules' Movie: Terrible Critics' Rating



'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Trailer: GMO Apes vs. 'Conservatives' + Theo James Shows 'It' All in 'Divergent' Clip

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer with Andy Serkis as Caesar. In Matt Reeves' dystopian thriller Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the relatively few human survivors of the Simian flu apocalypse are pitted against the genetically modified apes under the leadership of the chimpanzee Caesar (Andy […]


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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Trailer: GMO Apes vs. 'Conservatives' + Theo James Shows 'It' All in 'Divergent' Clip



'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire': 2D Box Office Record Truly Broken?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. In 2012, Gary Ross' dystopian adventure drama The Hunger Games went on to gross $408.01 million in the U.S. and Canada; its Francis Lawrence-directed 2013 sequel, Catching Fire, will likely surpass it at the domestic box office and will […]


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'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire': 2D Box Office Record Truly Broken?



'Gravity' Film: Top Ten Box Office Chart But No Opening Weekend Record

'Gravity' film to pass $200 million at domestic box office next weekend? Oct. 23, '13, update: Starring Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Alfonso Cuarón's thriller Gravity will quite likely pass the $200 million milestone at the North American box office this coming weekend, Oct. 25–27, '13. Gravity's […]


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'Gravity' Film: Top Ten Box Office Chart But No Opening Weekend Record



Vin Diesel 'Riddick' Box Office: Disappointing or Great?

Vin Diesel 'Riddick' box office: Underwhelming domestic debut Universal's distribution chief Nikki Rocco may have called Riddick's opening-weekend figures “a great result,” but an estimated $18.7 million from 3,107 North American theaters – $2.5 million of that total from 314 IMAX locations – for an action-packed sequel starring Vin Diesel […]


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Vin Diesel 'Riddick' Box Office: Disappointing or Great?



Mel Gibson & Antonio Banderas Join 'The Expendables 3'

Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas 'confirmed' for 'The Expendables 3' cast Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas have been “confirmed” as the latest The Expendables 3 cast members, according to TheWrap, quoting a Sylvester Stallone representative. The Expendables 3 is to be directed by Patrick Hughes, from a screenplay by Stallone and […]


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Mel Gibson & Antonio Banderas Join 'The Expendables 3'



'Elysium' Movie Review: Matt Damon in Well-Intentioned But Uneven Futuristic Sociopolitical Adventure

'Elysium' with Matt Damon. 'Elysium' 2013 movie review: Lateral move for 'District 9' director Neill Blomkamp If Elysium were South African director Neill Blomkamp's debut feature film, it would have been hailed as a superior work of speculative fiction, shot through with au courant references to illegal immigration and class […]


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'Elysium' Movie Review: Matt Damon in Well-Intentioned But Uneven Futuristic Sociopolitical Adventure



'Grown Ups 2' Among Biggest Adam Sandler Hits & 'Pacific Rim' Disappoints

Adam Sandler in Grown Ups 2. Adam Sandler Grown Ups 2: One of Sandler's biggest domestic openings ever? Directed by Dennis Dugan, and starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Kevin James, Grown Ups 2 opened with $41.5 million from 3,491 North American locations this past weekend, July 12-14, […]


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'Grown Ups 2' Among Biggest Adam Sandler Hits & 'Pacific Rim' Disappoints



'Pacific Rim' Review: Smart Director Makes Dumb Movie

'Pacific Rim' Jaeger 'Pacific Rim' review: Dumb movie made by smart director As summer tentpole films become increasingly reliant on the international box office to earn back their enormous costs, certain elements synonymous with good cinema tend to get left out. Character exploration, clever humor, and well-crafted dialogue don't necessarily […]


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'Pacific Rim' Review: Smart Director Makes Dumb Movie



'Fast & Furious 6' to Boast Biggest F&F Debut?

Dwayne Johnson in 'Fast & Furious 6' Fast & Furious 6 weekend box office: Biggest Fast and Furious domestic opening ever? Fast & Furious 6 will easily top Memorial Day weekend at the North American box office. According to studio estimates found at Boxofficemojo.com, the Justin Lin-directed action thriller featuring […]


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'Fast & Furious 6' to Boast Biggest F&F Debut?



'Star Trek: Into Darkness': Highly Disappointing Debut?

Star Trek: Into Darkness weekend box office: Downright disappointing domestic debut (image: Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness) J.J. Abrams' Star Trek: Into Darkness, featuring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan, took in an estimated $22 million at 3,668 […]


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'Star Trek: Into Darkness': Highly Disappointing Debut?



'A Good Day to Die Hard': Bruce Willis' Lowest-Grossing DH Movie in North America?

Bruce Willis in 'A Good Day to Die Hard.' Bruce Willis' 'A Good Day to Die Hard' has no good weekend at domestic box office The latest Bruce Willis Die Hard movie, A Good Day to Die Hard, is having a merely acceptable weekend at the North American box office. […]


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'A Good Day to Die Hard': Bruce Willis' Lowest-Grossing DH Movie in North America?



'Pacific Rim' 'Overwhelmingly Positive' Reviews: Don't Forget Your Diapers

'Pacific Rim' with Charlie Hunnam: 'Transformers' meets 'Mothra.' 'Pacific Rim' gets 'overwhelmingly positive' reviews: Don't forget your diapers Pacific Rim, the upcoming Transformers meets Mothra movie Guillermo del Toro will be bringing to you – in 3D – next July 12 (if you live in the United States or Canada), […]


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'Pacific Rim' 'Overwhelmingly Positive' Reviews: Don't Forget Your Diapers



'Skyfall': Most Successful James Bond Movie Ever Made?

Skyfall with the Aston Martin DB5 and Daniel Craig as James Bond a.k.a. Agent 007. The 23rd James Bond movie in the series begun with Terence Young's Dr. No half a century ago, Sam Mendes' Skyfall may turn out to be the most successful Bond of all at the worldwide […]


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'Skyfall': Most Successful James Bond Movie Ever Made?



'Taken 2' vs. 'Argo': Liam Neeson Battles Ben Affleck & 'Frankenweenie'

Ben Affleck Argo movie weekend box office: Behind Taken 2 and Sinister? Oct. 13, '12, p.m. update: Ben Affleck's Argo opened in third place on Friday, having grossed quite a bit less than (the lower end of) early estimates (see further below). Starring Bryan Cranston and Affleck, Argo took in […]


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'Taken 2' vs. 'Argo': Liam Neeson Battles Ben Affleck & 'Frankenweenie'



'Skyfall' Trailer HD International: Javier Bardem Bad Hair Steals Show

Skyfall trailer: blond Javier Bardem is sadistic villain The Skyfall trailer – for “international” audiences – features not only Daniel Craig as James Bond, but also Javier Bardem as the villainous Silva. Bardem and/or the Skyfall filmmakers apparently believe (and perhaps rightly so) that the Spanish star is at his […]


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'Skyfall' Trailer HD International: Javier Bardem Bad Hair Steals Show



'RoboCop' Remake: Director José Padilha 'Hell' & Sexy or Sacrilegious Suit?

Fernando Meirelles. RoboCop remake: 'Hell' for director José Padilha Fernando Meirelles (photo), the first and to date only Brazilian-born filmmaker to receive a Best Director Academy Award nomination, was recently interviewed by the Brazilian publication Trip. Below are a couple of quotes from the Meirelles interview, including one in which […]


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'RoboCop' Remake: Director José Padilha 'Hell' & Sexy or Sacrilegious Suit?



'The Expendables 2' Box Office: Sylvester Stallone Actioner Has Less Firepower Than Predecessor

'The Expendables 2.' 'The Expendables 2' box office: Far behind 'The Expendables' Aug. 19, '12, update: Directed by Simon West and featuring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme and about a half-dozen other veteran action stars, The Expendables 2 was easily the most successful movie at the […]


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'The Expendables 2' Box Office: Sylvester Stallone Actioner Has Less Firepower Than Predecessor



Finnick Odair: Sam Claflin Best Choice? + What About Jena Malone as Johanna Mason?

July 18 update: Sam Claflin Catching Fire Finnick Odair. In early summer 2012, there were rumors that Twilight actor Robert Pattinson had been offered and/or landed the role of Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. Well, apparently they got the wrong Kristen Stewart leading man. Sam Claflin, […]


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Finnick Odair: Sam Claflin Best Choice? + What About Jena Malone as Johanna Mason?



Tom Cruise 'Jack Reacher' Trailer International

Jack Reacher trailer: Tom Cruise in Russian Jack Reacher trailer with Tom Cruise, Russian narration. Various websites describe this Jack Reacher trailer as the film's “international” trailer. For some, one size fits all. In fact, this is the Russian trailer, which features Tom Cruise's name spelled in the cyrillic alphabet. […]


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Tom Cruise 'Jack Reacher' Trailer International



'Battleship' Movie: Taylor Kitsch-Brooklyn Decker Sci-Fi/Adventure Bombs

Battleship: Brooklyn Decker, Taylor Kitsch May 19, '12, p.m. update: Brooklyn Decker has two box office disappointments opening on the same weekend: Decker is featured in Battleship and What to Expect When You're Expecting. Both movies opened way below expectations on Friday; in fact, official studio estimates released Saturday morning […]


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'Battleship' Movie: Taylor Kitsch-Brooklyn Decker Sci-Fi/Adventure Bombs



'Battleship' Trailer = 'Transformers 4' + Brooklyn Decker Burrito - Michael Bay

Peter Berg's Battleship Nothing is as cool and hip and glorious as war, if trailers for The Avengers, John Carter, and Battleship (please scroll down) are to be perceived as reflections of reality – or at least of our cultural landscape. In The Avengers, Tom Hiddleston's Loki is the enemy […]


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'Battleship' Trailer = 'Transformers 4' + Brooklyn Decker Burrito - Michael Bay



'The Hunger Games' Movie: One of Biggest Debuts Ever? + Trailing 'The Dark Knight' & Beating 'Twilight'

The Hunger Games with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson March 26, '12, update: Gary Ross' highly successful film version of Suzanne Collins' bestseller The Hunger Games took in $152.53 million (including $19.75 million from Thursday midnight screenings) at 4,137 locations in North America this weekend, March 23-25, according to box office […]


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'The Hunger Games' Movie: One of Biggest Debuts Ever? + Trailing 'The Dark Knight' & Beating 'Twilight'



'The Hunger Games' vs. 'Twilight'

Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games Starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, 21 Jump Street topped the North American box office on Friday, collecting an estimated $13.1 million, and is expected to top the weekend as well with approximately $35 million. The action-comedy's reign won't last very long, however, as opening […]


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'The Hunger Games' vs. 'Twilight'



'The Hunger Games' Reviews

Clove (Isabelle Fuhrman), Cato (Alexander Ludwig), Marvel (Jack Quaid), Glimmer (Leven Rambin), The Hunger Games The Hunger Games opens March 23. It's expected to earn anywhere between $70-$100 million at the North American box office alone.Jennifer Lawrence has been so widely praised she can already – I kid you not […]


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'The Hunger Games' Reviews



San Francisco Earthquake Movie & Dracula Returns + Colin Farrell Poor Box Office & Elvis Presley-Andy Warhol Artwork

San Francisco with Jeanette MacDonald and Clark Gable Brad Bird's film adaptation of James Dalessandro's novel 1906, about San Francisco at the time of the 1906 earthquake, will definitely not be coming out in 2012. It's not that the editing or the score isn't ready. The screenplay is yet to […]


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San Francisco Earthquake Movie & Dracula Returns + Colin Farrell Poor Box Office & Elvis Presley-Andy Warhol Artwork



'John Carter' & Eddie Murphy Bomb

Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, John Carter March 20, '12, update: Disney has announced that John Carter's disappointing box office returns means the Andrew Stanton-directed sci-fier / actioner will lose $200 million this quarter. The studio's total operating loss is estimated to range between $80 and $120 million. John Carter has […]


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'John Carter' & Eddie Murphy Bomb



Taylor Kitsch 'John Carter' Ten-Minute Preview + Moebius Dies

Taylor Kitsch, John Carter Oscar 2013 Alert: No, not in the writing or acting categories (despite the funky accents), but Andrew Stanton's first live-action feature film, John Carter, will likely be a strong Academy Award contender in the “technical” categories, e.g., Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, or even Best […]


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Taylor Kitsch 'John Carter' Ten-Minute Preview + Moebius Dies



Jeremy Renner 'The Bourne Legacy' Aaron Cross: 'Bourne' Reboot to Succeed?

Jeremy Renner in 'The Bourne Legacy': Aaron Cross replaces Matt Damon in 'The Bourne Identity' reboot. Jeremy Renner in 'The Bourne Legacy': First look at Aaron Cross Matt Damon has gone from The Bourne Identity movies to Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo and Neill Blomkamp's upcoming Elysium. In Damon's […]


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Jeremy Renner 'The Bourne Legacy' Aaron Cross: 'Bourne' Reboot to Succeed?



'Game of Shadows' 'Flopping' & 'New Year's Eve' Bombing + Tom Cruise to the Rescue?

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with Noomi Rapace and Robert Downey Jr. Guy Ritchie's special-effects-laden thriller Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows stars Robert Downey Jr. as a witticism-spewing Iron Man version of Arthur Conan Doyle's detective, while Noomi Rapace more or less replaces Rachel McAdams as the female […]


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'Game of Shadows' 'Flopping' & 'New Year's Eve' Bombing + Tom Cruise to the Rescue?



'Earthquake' 1974 Revamp: Seismic Disaster to Obliterate California & Bring Estranged Couple Back Together

Earthquake 1974. A major seismic burp destroys Los Angeles in Mark Robson's 1974 mix of cheesy melodrama and special-effects fest: Earthquake, in which an all-star cast – from Moses and Ava Gardner to Victoria Principal and former Evangelical Christian preacher Marjoe Gortner – is shaken, rattled, and drowned, courtesy of both the […]


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'Earthquake' 1974 Revamp: Seismic Disaster to Obliterate California & Bring Estranged Couple Back Together



'Transformers 3' Shatters (Inflated) Box Office Record

Josh Duhamel, Transformers: Dark of the Moon July 4 Transformers: Dark of the Moon collected an estimated $116.4 million in North America over the four-day July 4 weekend, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Total after six days: $181.12 million. Directed by Michael Bay, Transformers 3 stars […]


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'Transformers 3' Shatters (Inflated) Box Office Record



'Transformers: Dark of the Moon': Shia LaBeouf Dwarfed by Explosions + Amy Adams as Lois Lane

'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' with Shia LaBeouf: Actors play second banana to loud explosions. 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' actors Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel play supporting roles to explosions What's a nice guy like Shia LaBeouf doing in a movie like Transformers: Dark of the Moon? Well, for one, […]


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'Transformers: Dark of the Moon': Shia LaBeouf Dwarfed by Explosions + Amy Adams as Lois Lane



'Seven Samurai' Analysis: Akira Kurosawa Classic Keeps Improving

'Seven Samurai' analysis: Akira Kurosawa movie gets better after repeated viewings (image: Toshiro Mifune in 'Seven Samurai') Some films get better after repeated viewings. Akira Kurosawa's 1954 black-and-white drama Seven Samurai / Shichinin no samurai is one of them. It fully deserved winning that year's Silver Lion at the Venice […]


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'Seven Samurai' Analysis: Akira Kurosawa Classic Keeps Improving



'King Kong' Review: Naomi Watts Can't Save Overblown Peter Jackson Remake

Naomi Watts, King Kong The biggest disappointment about Peter Jackson's King Kong is that, despite all the p.r. regarding Jackson's fascination with the Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack 1933 horror classic, this latest remake is considerably closer in spirit – or lack thereof – to the 1976 Dino […]


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'King Kong' Review: Naomi Watts Can't Save Overblown Peter Jackson Remake



Michelle Yeoh Martial Arts Fighting & 'True Grit' Trailer + 'Blue Valentine' Sex Excess?

Michelle Yeoh gets some martial arts practice in 'Reign of Assassins.' Michelle Yeoh martial arts skills displayed in 'Reign of Assassins' Chao-Bin Su's upcoming Reign of Assassins marks the return of Michelle Yeoh, 48, to the martial arts genre. Yeoh hadn't kicked, fought, and flown on screen since her ferocious […]


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Michelle Yeoh Martial Arts Fighting & 'True Grit' Trailer + 'Blue Valentine' Sex Excess?



'Resident Evil: Afterlife': Milla Jovovich Thriller Offers Further Proof Audiences Eager for Original Fare

Wentworth Miller, Shawn Roberts, Kacey Barnfield in Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Afterlife Sept. 16, '10, update: Following a steep 20 percent drop on Wednesday, the North American box office was up slightly (+3.6 percent for the top ten films) on Thursday, Sept. 16, according to figures found at Box […]


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'Resident Evil: Afterlife': Milla Jovovich Thriller Offers Further Proof Audiences Eager for Original Fare



Sylvester Stallone 'The Expendables' Reviews

Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Randy Couture, The Expendables Reading critics' comments, Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables sounds funnier than Dinner for Schmucks, Grown Ups, and The Other Guys put together. Better yet, the movie offers explosions, dangerous stunts, and fight scenes reminiscent of the day when action heroes were so macho, […]


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Sylvester Stallone 'The Expendables' Reviews



'Avatar' Box Office vs. 'Titanic': Box Office (Adjusted) Comparison

Avatar hasn't been the top weekend grosser at the U.S. and Canada box office since late January. First, it was dethroned by the Channing Tatum-Amanda Seyfried tearjerker Dear John; then came Garry Marshall's Valentine's Day, Joe Johnston's The Wolfman, and Chris Columbus' Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. […]


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'Avatar' Box Office vs. 'Titanic': Box Office (Adjusted) Comparison



'Gunga Din' 1939: Cary Grant & Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Academy Screening

George Stevens' rousingly politically incorrect – and for the most part much admired – action-adventure tale Gunga Din will have a special screening on Friday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Prior to the film, Oscar […]


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'Gunga Din' 1939: Cary Grant & Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Academy Screening



'Land of the Lost' Movie: Chaka & Will Ferrell + Arthur Conan Doyle

Will Ferrell in 'Land of the Lost' movie. Anna Friel and Will Ferrell in 'Last of the Lost' movie Will Ferrell, Anna Friel, and Danny McBride star as, respectively, has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, research assistant Holly, and redneck survivalist Will in the big-screen reboot of the 1970s television series […]


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'Land of the Lost' Movie: Chaka & Will Ferrell + Arthur Conan Doyle



'Taken' Movie Review: Liam Neeson Bloody Justice

Taken, directed by Pierre Morel and written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, is a remarkably effective action thriller. Liam Neeson stars as Bryan Mills, an ex-CIA agent who quit his job so as to salvage his relationship with his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). Bryan had already sacrificed his […]


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'Taken' Movie Review: Liam Neeson Bloody Justice



'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World' Academy Screening

Peter Weir's 2003 Best Picture nominee Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is the next entry in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series. The adventure drama will be screened on Monday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel […]


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'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World' Academy Screening



'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon': Ang Lee Martial Arts Film Classic

Ang Lee's thrilling 2000 Best Picture nominee Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon – to date, the non-English-language film with the most Oscar nominations – will be the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon will be screened on […]


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'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon': Ang Lee Martial Arts Film Classic



'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull': Steven Spielberg Regurgitates Franchise

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Dir.: Steven Spielberg. Scr.: David Koepp; story by George Lucas and Jeff Nathanson. Cast: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, Igor Jijikine, Alan Dale     After reading the Indiana Jones and […]


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'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull': Steven Spielberg Regurgitates Franchise



'The Condemned' Movie: Revolting & Gratuitous Violence Aplenty

In The Condemned, wrestler Steve Austin is one of several clumsy death row inmates who spend their free time taking ballet lessons. Only a few months after World Wide Entertainment gave pro wrestlers Kane and John Cena a chance at showing off their fighting skills in See No Evil and […]


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'The Condemned' Movie: Revolting & Gratuitous Violence Aplenty



'Pathfinder': Too Gruesome & Too Many 'Idiotic' Action Sequences

One man with a big sword challenges a horde of ruthless butchers in Pathfinder, a movie undermined by an excessive amount of gruesome slaughter and idiotic action sequences. For most of its 98 minutes, this lackluster adventure looks like your typical video game in which a heroic figure must mow […]


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'Pathfinder': Too Gruesome & Too Many 'Idiotic' Action Sequences



'Shooter': Can Heavy-Duty Weaponry and a Little Napalm Make the World a Better Place?

A graduate of the George W. Bush School of Peace and Democracy, Mark Wahlberg gives a demonstration of his skills as global peacemaker. When former marine corps scout sniper Bob Lee Swagger is called to Washington to come up with a carefully detailed plan to shoot the U.S. president – […]


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'Shooter': Can Heavy-Duty Weaponry and a Little Napalm Make the World a Better Place?



'Airport': Oscar-Nominated Blockbuster

© A.M.P.A.S. Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – The 1970 Best Picture nominee Airport will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated" series. Based on the novel by Arthur Hailey, the film will be shown on Monday, July […]


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'Airport': Oscar-Nominated Blockbuster



'Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior': Tony Jaa Is Saving Grace in Juvenile & Reactionary Action Flick

Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior with Tony Jaa. This lamentably juvenile and reactionary martial arts action flick has one good thing going for it: leading man Tony Jaa, a masterful athlete who, despite also being a fierce fighter, comes across as a likable, unpretentious screen hero. It remains to be seen […]


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'Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior': Tony Jaa Is Saving Grace in Juvenile & Reactionary Action Flick



John Wayne Movies DVD: Rare 'The High and the Mighty' & 'Hondo'

John Wayne movies: 'The High and the Mighty.' John Wayne movies on DVD: 'The High and the Mighty,' 'Hondo' In association with John Wayne's Batjac Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment and Paramount's Worldwide Television Distribution will be releasing several John Wayne movies on DVD beginning in spring 2005. The upcoming Wayne […]


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John Wayne Movies DVD: Rare 'The High and the Mighty' & 'Hondo'