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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Out-Whedons ‘The Avengers’

What makes James Gunn's scruffier and un-spandex'd band of reluctant heroes so appealing is how they approximate the good-hearted rogues on the raggedy charm of space westerns like Whedon’s own "Firefly".

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'Half-Blood Prince' is First Rate Film

Thank God Harry Potter has finally grown up. With this particularly troubling episode under his belt, he's ready to take on anything.

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Harry Potter, Forever!

It's fascinating to watch a young cast grow through the years in (more or less) tandem with the age of their quickly maturing characters. It becomes somewhat less so, however, to watch them undergo the same kind of trials and tribulations from one film to the next.

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'Brüno' Beleagured by Same Old Shtick

Ridiculing American rubes is like shooting dead, motionless fish in a barrel filled with Jell-O. The only "genius" involved is getting the public to buy it as scandal.

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'Fallen' Fails the 'Transformers' Franchise

In the history of half-baked blockbusters, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is raw and runny.

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Away We Go: Home Sweet Wherever

A finely pedigreed comic road film that, when all is said and done, is too finely-tooled for the NPR set to have much life left in it.

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Fourth 'Terminator' Fumbles the Franchise

A Terminator movie is not a Terminator movie without a Terminator acting as the threat.

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Terminator Salvation: Humanity's Eve of Destruction … Again

Salvation, as dirty and battle-scarred as it might look, is a much more optimistic piece of work. In this more straightforward telling, good seems much more likely to prevail, as does the continuation of the series.

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Soderbergh Delivers an Intriguing 'Experience'

Shot on digital and budgeted at a mere $1.7 million, this calm character study stands in direct contrast with his last film -- the big, bombastic, and epic biopic Che!

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'Angels' Betters 'Da Vinci'...But Not By Much

Unlike Da Vinci, which threatened to rewrite the legacy of one of the most important figures in world history, all we have here is a bunch of dead cardinals and the possibility of the Vatican being destroyed.

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A Shortage of Villainy

While director Abrams' handling of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman's propulsive screenplay is sleek and spiffy, to say the least, it ultimately hews far closer to his television work than might have been wise for a big-screen reboot.

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Adventureland: Bastards of Young

A loping comedy of displacement that snaps off dozens of easy laughs without breaking a sweat, Adventureland transcends the indie comedy trap by dint of not being content merely to capture its milieu but to animate it.

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