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    Top Ten Box Office Takeaways: Holiday Box Office Suffers Worst Drop of the Year

    This fourth of July weekend, the box office, led yet again by Michael Bay's latest "Transformers," suffered a serious collapse. The Top Ten grossed $113 million. That is $107 million less than last year (when the 4th fell on a Thursday). It's worse than that -- no June or July weekend has grossed th...

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    "Let Them Hate": Michael Bay And Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Talk Critics

    There's a curious paradox around "Transformers: Age Of Extinction": it became the first movie of 2014 to open with over $100 million, and yet, it's one of the worst reviewed blockbusters of the year. Critics carved up the latest from Michael Bay, some with eager relish. But the bottom line is, peopl...

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    Criticwire Survey: A Michael Bay-ferendum

    Is Michael Bay an artist or a threat to cinema? And what, if any, purpose do critics have with regard to a movie like "Transformers: Age of Extinction"?

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    'Transformers 4' Delivers Year's First $100-Million Weekend, Jolie's 'Maleficent' Passes $200 Million Domestic, 'Fault' Woodley's Second $100-Million Grosser

    "Transformers: Age of Extinction" overcame the worst reviews of Michael Bay's career to deliver the summer's first $100 million weekend. The rest of the world came in just over double that at $201 million. With the World Cup having finished its intense initial round and little competition from new f...

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    Box Office: ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ Makes A Record Breaking $301 Million Global Debut

    “Let them hate,” Michael Bay told MTV about critics, fanboys and haters late last week. “They’re still going to see the movie.” And yep, Michael Bay was right. You may claim to hate the explosions-happy filmmaker and the “Transformers” franchise, but clearly you love to hate them enough to go see th...

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    SCREEN TALK EPISODE 3: 'Transformers' vs. 'Snowpiercer,' the State of Hollywood & More Finke

    Indiewire's New York critic Eric Kohn and I hit Skype again to debate movies and the state of Hollywood. Does "Transformers" represent what's wrong with the movie industry today?

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    Transformers: Age Of Extinction

    When the most interesting thing in ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ is the blatant product placement, you know something is out of whack.

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    Here's the Problem with the 'Transformers' Franchise

    Collectively, the "Transformers" movies represent an assault on the senses that's actively fighting against the prospects of a more varied film culture.

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    Review: Michael Bay's 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Starring Mark Wahlberg

    For the past seven years or so, Michael Bay has focused almost exclusively on "Transformers" films, with one exception—last year's "Pain & Gain." That steroid-infused movie presented an overstimulated, sneering and cynical view of the pursuit of the American dream, following two muscleheads who sche...

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    ILM Reanimates Badass Transformers for 'Age of Extinction'

    Keeping up with Marvel isn't easy, but Michael Bay and Industrial Light & Magic have brought new life to the badass Hasbro bots in "Transformers: Age of Extinction," introducing a sleek new sci-fi design and a new army of fire-breathing Dinobots. At the same time, Bay has smartly ventured into China...

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