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    ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is good, freaky fun

    Of course, Guardians isn’t perfect, as it struggles to find a consistent tone. Sometimes it wants to be more adult, with bawdier language and sexual innuendo. For instance, Quill’s rumination that “If I had a black light, this place would look like a Jackson Pollock painting!” is pretty sophisticated for mainstream PG-13 fare. Other times, it feels as though the filmmakers are pandering to a much younger audience. You can almost visualize a ‘Dancing Groot’ doll gyrating in your kid’s Happy Meal. More

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    ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is solid entertainment, despite some wonky action and character work

    For every good sequence, there’s one that’s muddled with bad camerawork and editing. Like a lot of blockbuster action, it’s barely legible; you have to work to keep up with it, and that work interferes with the enjoyment. The story also sags in the middle, as it seems to exist mainly to fill out the run-time. The protagonists take the MacGuffin to a dude they wish to sell it to, but the only real function of the section is to exposit what it is. It turns a big chunk of the plot into a shrug. More

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    Fantasia 2014: ‘Life After Beth’ entertains, but fails to truly rise from the grave

    Twenty years ago, if someone said that ‘zombie romantic comedy’ was going to become an actual cinematic sub-genre, they’d have been called a witch and burned at the stake. And yet, they would have been right, and Fantasia 2014 has seen the unveiling of yet another film in the rapidly expanding genre, Life After Beth. Starring Aubrey Plaza of Parks and Recreation and Dane DeHaan, recently of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Life After Beth is best described as a zombie breakup comedy. It’s also best described as “decent, but not amazing”, a serviceable enough zom-rom-com kept afloat mostly by the supporting cast. More

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    New trailer for Marvel and James Gunn’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

    A galaxy’s apparently at threat, but despite all the aerial combat and general punching of people, the trailer for Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy is positively jovial in spirit (in the sky). James Gunn (Super, Slither) directs this adaptation of a comparatively lesser-known superhero property, which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, Peter Serafinowicz, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. To this writer’s mind, the (good) feeling that this looks like a weirder version of Firefly is strengthened by this first full trailer, which you can view below. Big damn heroes, etc. More

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    Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 141: ‘Bears’

    It’s been one week since the last episode of Mousterpiece Cinema, but just barely. On this week’s show, Josh and Gabe had to grin and bear it while discussing the new Disneynature documentary Bears. They’re joined by Sound on Sight contributor Zach Lewis to debate some of the big questions: how much do documentarians owe […] More

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    ‘Bears’ a gorgeous but untrustworthy new documentary from Disneynature

    Bears Written by Alastair Fothergill and Adam Chapman Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey UK and USA, 2013 During its fledgling years as a film studio, the Walt Disney Company helped revolutionize the nature documentary with its True-Life Adventure series. Here, as never before, audiences could thrill to the story of seals, beavers, bears, […] More

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    2014 Best Super Bowl Commercials features ads directed by David Gordon Green, Nicolas Winding Refn and more

    With 111.5-million U.S. viewers, and a further 7.3-million in Canada, Super Bowl XLVIII was the most-watched in history. The commercial spots were the most expensive for any TV broadcast in any given year, and there were plenty of big name stars and A-list directors who helped create these very expensive advertisements. John Hillcoat, director of […] More

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    Sundance 2014: Most Anticipated in U.S. Dramatic Competition

    About the Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition: “Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.” The Skeleton Twins  Directed by Craig Johnson Written by Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman Saturday Night Live alumni Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig headline […] More

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