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    Review: 'The Avengers' Has Its Issues, But Mostly Delivers Thrilling, Engaging, Blockbuster Fun

    Everything that works in “The Avengers” really works, but not everything works in “The Avengers.” A virtuoso collection of action set pieces framed by an uninspiring “getting the team together” narrative which should have been accomplished in all of those post-credits sequences in earlier Marvel mov...

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    Weekend Reel Reads: Selections from the Critics You Should Know

    This week's selection of weekend reading comes from the results of last week's Critics Deserving of Wider Recognition survey. Topics include "Jaws," "Serenity," filmmaker teachers and a very funny plot pastiche.

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    GREY MATTERS: Cabin in the Woods, Horror in the Dumps

    If we’re lucky, "The Cabin in the Woods" will shut down the debased American horror movie machine for a good long while.

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    Review Round-Up: 'Marvel's The Avengers': The Best Super Hero Movie Of All Time?

    Stakes and anticipation were high for "Marvel's The Avengers," which finally brings together a half dozen superheroes. The take-home message from most reviewers is that the super hero mash-up more than met expectations--it set the bar higher for summer blockbusters and other superhero movies alike.

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    Review: Marvel's 'The Avengers' Is Immensely Satisfying, Entirely Thrilling & Possibly The Best Superhero Movie Yet

    The first scene of " The Avengers" is not very good. Deep in a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base, scientist Eric Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) is conducting experiments on The Tesseract, the blue cube that powered the Red Skull's experiments in "Captain America." Expriments that, unfortunately, bring to earth L...

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    Critical Consensus: Joshua Rothkopf and Jason Zinoman on 'Cabin in the Woods' and Modern Horror

    Joshua Rothkopf, the Senior Film Writer for Time Out New York and current chair of the New York Film Critics Circle, and Jason Zinoman, a contributor to The New York Times and author of the recent "Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood and Invented Modern...

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    The Cabin In The Woods—movie review

    Everybody likes to be in on an inside joke, but so many horror films have hopped onto the bandwagon of self-awareness that the joke itself may be getting tired. If anyone could reinvigorate the concept, it’s Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, and that’s what these savvy collaborators try to d...

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    FUTURES: 'Cabin in the Woods' Stoner Breakout Fran Kranz on How to Get Into the Joss Whedon Club

    Why He's On Our Radar: The Joss Whedon fanclub is already no doubt familiar with California bred actor Fran Kranz, thanks to his winning turn as geeky programmer Topher Brink in Whedon's now-defunct, high-concept Fox TV series "Dollhouse." Now, two years after that show wrapped, Wh...

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    'The Cabin in the Woods' Review, Whedon & Goddard Talk, Latest Snarky Clip

    Lionsgate acquisitions chief Jason Constantine rescued horror comedy "The Cabin in the Woods," co-written by producer Joss Whedon ("The Avengers") and rookie director Drew Goddard, from post-MGM limbo. (Lionsgate paid considerably less for worldwide rights than the $41 million MGM shelled out to mak...

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    The Lost, Forgotten & Undersung Projects Of Joss Whedon

    Joss Whedon is about to have a very good week. The writer/director/producer has until recently, been best known for his work on television: he turned his poorly-received screenwriting debut "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" into one of the most beloved cult series of all times (which itself got a long-runn...

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