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In theaters this week:
"Marvel's The Avengers"
By now the 2014 summer movie season is in full swing, and we have seen our fair share of action packed adventures. There is one upcoming film, however, that may well be one of the most important movies of the year. Marvel’s “Guardian’s of the Galaxy”, which is set to release on Aug. 1, is seemingly a mere outer space saga full of cartoonish characters and ships blowing up. In reality, however, it is the next step in Marvel’s flawless execution of changing the movie industry forever.
“Marvel’s The Avengers” grossed a whopping $200.3 million domestically over the weekend, claiming the highest grossing weekend total in history, a record previously held by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” at $169.2 million.
Given its record-shattering opening weekend, the fact that “Marvel’s The Avengers” recently surpassed the $1 billion mark worldwide comes as no surprise.
This ninth installment of the Marvel collection delivers an action-packed, suspense-filled thriller that rivals Stark Industries’ big-screen success in the original ‘Iron Man’ from 2008. The film’s accomplishments result from its combination of staying true to the faith of comic book readers using a diverse cast of characters, as well as, bringing in casual, first-time Avenger audiences with solid acting and twisting plot-lines. Great care was taken to keep the focus of the film on Captain America and those closest to him. This approach really sold the story. Viewers will appreciate the telling of the superhero’s tale on a personal level--which created a new, edgy and exciting Marvel comic book film adventure.
On Tuesday we got the fall finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and we got more questions than answers. Some characters are dead, others “dead” and a few more transformed.
Along with Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Iron Man 3” is one of the rare superhero threequels that doesn’t disappoint. While Jon Favreau remains an executive producer and co-star, he passes on the directorial duties to Shane Black of “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” Black maintains all the action, humor, and character development that made Faverau’s first two films so enjoyable, while also incorporating his own unique signature.
New DVDs released on Tuesday, December 9.
“Thor: The Dark World” is part two of “phase two” of the Marvel cinematic universe, but, lest ye become too confused with the comic-book giant’s attempt to make its movie world as convoluted as its comics, forget all that nonsense and just enjoy this film for the breathtaking battle between good and evil that it is – with some sappy-fun romance thrown in for good measure. This film rocks (and I don’t mean just the short-lived appearance of the Kronan).
(StatePoint) As so much reading moves into digital spaces, coffee table books with their lavish designs and entertaining content remain a perennial staple in any home, say literary experts.
For those not planning to “Marvel’s The Avengers” for the first time, second time or third time – There are plenty of movies opening this week at the Box Office.
This film provides the perfect mix of music and relationships, blending both with equal parts of raw emotion thrown in for good measure. Viewers looking for a splendid date night movie or an up-close view of the music industry’s research and development side of the house will find “Begin Again” a very satisfying summer soundtrack and film experience.
With temperatures hitting 107 degrees last week, it’s no surprise that residents in Southern Arizona are seeking cover, and one of those summertime favorites is going to the movies.
Although I usually only write one full-length movie review per week, this week’s article is going to be a little bit different. Unfortunately, due to my schedule, I was unable to go to the movies this week. However, when I looked at the calendar to take a look at upcoming releases, I had an idea. Now that we are more than halfway through July, I started thinking about all of the films I have seen so far this year. When I realized just how many of them there were, I decided to compile them into my top 10 of the year so far. So, without further delay, here are my personal 10 favorite films to be released thus far in 2012.
The Oscar season is customarily kicked off by the Academy president and a random star solemnly announcing the nominees in a drab ceremony. The Academy decided to shake up tradition this year, however, in one of the most cheerful Oscar mornings we’ve ever had. Seth MacFarlane, director of “Ted” and this year’s Oscar host, announced the nominees Thursday morning alongside the invaluable Emma Stone, who had the funniest bit at last year’s Oscar ceremony. MacFarlane and Stone made for an outstanding duo, engaging in playful banter about each of the categories. Even when one of their jokes didn’t quite hit the mark, MacFarlane and Stone still looked like they were having a genuine ball on stage. That’s more than can be said about Anne Hathaway and James Franco when they hosted the Oscars two years ago.