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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Blew the Door to Comic Book Films Wide Open

With Guardians of the Galaxy, set to the soundtrack of an Awesome Mix Vol. 1 cassette tape, Marvel Studios adapted a little-known comic book property -- with a raccoon superhero -- into a hugely successful film and launched the next wave of comic book films.

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'Serena' Re-Teams Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Amidst Clichés

Every time Serena makes the claim that its protagonist is a "strong woman", it just as quickly reduces her to the worst clichés.

Renée Scolaro Mora
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David O. Russell Tells a Great Story in 'American Hustle'

American Hustle is not only about the awkwardly intricate and emblematic fictions designated "Abscam", but also about the stories the scammers tell themselves.

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The Plays of Life: 'Silver Linings Playbook'

No matter how much live devolves into formula, we're all wackjobs underneath. That's what Silver Linings Playbook communicates resoundingly: for all of the blitzes and jukes we can concoct in a difficult game, we will always carry our flaws with us.

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Stratospheric Climbing in 'Limitless'

In Alan Glynn's suspenseful novel, men and women toy with the possibility of chemically enhancing a person's brain power -- and chaos ensues.

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Super Spots or Big Blunders

A lot of production, distribution, and marketing companies spent a lot of time and a lot of money to air ads for movies that are six months away. Which ones will make them a lot of money instead of costing exactly that?

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The A-Team: Flying Tanks and Jolly Rangers

When the A-Team find themselves plummeting to earth in an M-1 tank, using the cannon to slow their descent, it would take a heart of stone not to find some spark of giggly enjoyment.

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The Hangover

The Hangover is yet another cinematic celebration of piggy boy grossity.

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Summer of Same: June 2009

This month's "original" fare offers a take on a Sid and Marty Krofft classic, more battling seizure robots, and the retaking of '70s subway thriller. Everything old is new again.

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He’s Just Not That Into You

He’s Just Not That Into You is a standard chick flick, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing: it’s cute and comic and organized according to fixed, mostly ancient gender roles.

Renee Scolaro Mora
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Iconic - The Top 20 Male Performances of 2008

Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.

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Yes Man

Carl (Jim Carrey) meets the incredible Allison (Zooey Deschanel), a girl so completely charming and dazzlingly unpredictable that he is instantly convinced of the rightness of yes.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: August 2008

Talk about a crowded schedule. There are more offerings scheduled this month than in the previous two combined.

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Kitchen Confidential - The Complete Series

Alas, while leavened with small insights into the lives of professional chefs and benefiting from high production values, this series was, ultimately, not much more than a conventional workplace comedy, its premise employed as a set up for wacky hijinks, and, above all, as a pretext for sexual and romantic tension.

Shaun Huston
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Kitchen Confidential

Presentation, on the plate or on television, goes a long way, and Confidential has the look of a winner.

Samantha Bornemann
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I Want to Marry Ryan Banks

As Ryan Banks pokes fun at the transience of U.S. celebrity, it underlines the importance of conventional 'values'.

Mary Colgan

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