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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ sacrifices fun for action, with mixed results

The Avengers clicked with both Marvel fans and general audiences because we loved watching these massive egos clash for the first time. It was the perfect blend of action and attitude, and its mastermind, Joss Whedon, was handed the golden ticket to Marvel’s keystone franchise. The long-awaited sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, shows the strain of trying to be bigger-and-better while still indulging the subtle pleasures of its predecessor. It succeeds, just barely, on the strength of a talented cast and our fondness for these characters. Still, it’s a decidedly somber affair that will turn off casual fans, and it stands as the most impersonal, and arguable weakest installment of Marvel’s vaunted “Phase Two.”

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DREDD’s Last Hope (UPDATED X2)

  UPDATE x2: So just over 80,000 signatures and rising. Congrats people, y’done good. But Dredd still needs our help.  That’s why on Wednesday, September 18th,  it’s time to put your money where your mouse is. 2000AD is launching a ‘Call to Action’, a global wide event with the hopes that the studio heads will notice …

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‘Dredd’ is a refreshingly concise and thrilling genre exercise

Dredd Written by Alex Garland Directed by Pete Travis USA/UK/India, 2012 Excluding a much-maligned 1995 adaptation, one of the more notable influences 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd comic book series has had on the film world is informing Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop. Both have corrupt future city settings, helmeted law enforcer protagonists, and often absurd levels of …

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DreamWorks eyes Xombie pitch

Like vampires, zombies are gaining currency in Hollywood. According to The Hollywood Reporter, DreamWorks is in negotiations with writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek reboot, Transformers) to adapt a live action feature of James Farr’s XOMBIE, the sci-fi/horror adventure that began life as an online flash-animated series and has now expanded into a …

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Surrogates 2009, USA Directed by Jonathan Mostow Written by Michael Ferris, John D. Brancato, Robert Venditti (graphic novel), Brett Weldele (graphic novel) Starring Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, Ving Rhames The idea of creating an imaginary persona as a replacement for reality is nothing new, at least for those of us who try to …

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