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    "X-Men: First Class" and the Pros and Cons of Today's Ensemble Action Movie

    On my way to the press screening of "X-Men: First Class" this week, I was reading Claude Brodesser-Akner's article on "Blockbuster Economics" in the new issue of New York magazine. It's pretty basic stuff if you know today's film industry in the slightest, but it was appropriate to peruse and think about ahead of and during such an ensemble-dependent action movie. More than a decade ago, in what I'm certain was my first paid assignment as a film critic, I wrote (rather amateurish and naively, I admit) about the death of the traditional action-hero movie star in a piece for READ magazine (r.i.p.) reviewing the first "X-Men" film, "Mission: Imp...

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    10 Mutants Who Need an X-Men Origins Movie

    By Christopher Campbell

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    "Superheroes" Premieres on HBO August 8th!

    Add one more superhero blockbuster to your summer movie schedule.

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    "League of X-Men" Mash-Up Recalls a Major Disappointment, Begs for a Reboot

    Remember how disappointing the film adaptation of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" was? In addition to not doing justice to the brilliant concept of the comic books series by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, it is also the movie that made Sean Connery quit the business, having realized he had no radar for crap anymore. He had taken on the role of Alan Quatermain in this tale of an early super-group comprised of 19th century literary characters (including Captain Nemo, Mina Harker and Dorian Gray) after admittedly declining the part of Gandalf for the "Lord of the Rings" movies because he didn't understand them. That role of course went to...

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    Spout About: Geek Pride Day; R2D2 as Captain Jack Sparrow; Another Body Swap Movie

    Spout About is a daily look at what people are discussing related to the films currently in theaters and the classics we're still talking about. Have another topic worth addressing? Let us know.

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    Spout About: Mermaids Are the Latest Rage; "Daredevil" Ahead of Its Time; Battle of the James Bonds

    Spout About is a daily look at what people are discussing related to the films currently in theaters and the classics we're still talking about. Have another topic worth addressing? Let us know.

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    Spout About: Favorite Palme d'Or Winners; "Pirates of the Caribbean" Sunk?; Is "Thor" About GW Bush?

    Spout About returns for a daily look at what people are discussing related to the films currently in theaters and the classics we're still talking about. Have another topic worth addressing? Let us know.

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    The Originals: Hyung Min-woo's "Priest" Is Already Like a Great Movie

    The religious horror/action flick seems to be on its way to becoming a genre of its own. We’ve had “The Book of Eli,” “The Rite,” and of course “Legion.” Paul Bettany and Scott Stewart, star and director of that last blasphemous romp through biblical imagery, have teamed up again to give us this week’s “Priest.” Unlike their previous collaboration, which had a completely original script written by Stewart, this new film is based on an earlier series of Korean comics. Written by Hyung Min-woo, the popular “Priest” manhwa included 16 volumes before ending in 2007. This week I read eight of these books, and after finishing off that first half I...

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    Does the "Thor" Ending Hurt or Help Your Anticipation of "The Avengers"?

    The "Avengers" film franchise may not really be the equivalent of a Ponzi scheme, as A.O. Scott considers it, because the primary audience for "Thor" is also the primary audience for "Captain America" and "The Avengers" and so on anyway. They don't need the chain-linking of plot through each install...

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    "Thor" is a Religious Experience Ruined By Science

    Sarah Silverman joked that Jesus was magic. "Thor" makes the suggestion that religious deities are a combination of magic and science, that they originate from some distant planet with physics unlike what we understand on Earth. And these aliens were worshiped as gods by ancient peoples who couldn't comprehend the uncanny things they did. Of course, we've all heard such theories, and we've also thought of superheroes as godlike for decades. In the movie version, Thor isn't too different from Superman, for instance; he just arrives here as an arrogant adult fish-out-of-water instead of as a strangely strong and innocent toddler kind. The main ...

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