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Much as we appreciate big-budget blockbusters that aim to be deep or emotional or to impart profound life lessons, there comes a point in every summer when all we want to do is enjoy some expensive, well crafted mayhem.

Arriving just in time for that moment this year is Roland Emmerich‘s White House Down. The first wave of reactions has just hit the web, and by most accounts (including Peter’s and Germain’s) it’s the perfect summer blockbuster: big, silly, and dumb, in the best possible way. Hit the jump to get the buzz.

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Between a small handful of very good, very early reviews and a strong marketing campaign, Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel has been getting pretty great buzz for some time now. And as the release date creeps closer, the positive word-of-mouth is only getting louder.

While there aren’t any official reviews up yet, a vague but promising consensus so far is that Man of Steel is an action-packed epic worthy of the world’s most iconic superhero. That’s no small feat. Hit the jump to read the comments.

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Nothing made me happier today than to hear enthusiastic responses to Jim Jarmusch‘s rock and roll vampire film, Only Lovers Left Alive. The film stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as vampires who have spent centuries together. We’ve got some clips, images and more info here, but frankly I want to know as little about further details as possible, at least until there’s a chance to see the film in the US.

That chance might not be far off, as the reception at Cannes was capped off by Sony Pictures Classics’ purchase of the US distribution rights. The company didn’t offer precise release info, but knowing it has a home is a good start. After the break, you can check out the SPC press release, and some reviewer reactions to the movie. Read More »

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Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Sony held an early screening of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s comedy, This Is The End, which opens June 12. In the film Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Jay Baruchel all star as themselves. They, along with half of Hollywood, are at Franco’s house for a party when the world literally starts to end.

Watching the trailers, we could see a lot of promise in the film. However, mixing Hollywood gossip with gross-out humor and Biblical stakes is a weird premise with plenty of risk. Could the laughs, cameos and other surprises balance out to make an actual funny, entertaining movie? According to the tweets coming out of the screening, the answer is a resounding “Yes.” Here’s just one, from a name you may recognize, then read more below.

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The work of Joel and Ethan Coen owes much to many who went before them, but they have few equals. There is no body of work quite like theirs in the post-1980 film landscape. Even in the decades prior, only a handful of directors — Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges prominent among them — can rival the wellspring combination of humor, humanism, and pure verve that the Coens seem able to tap into almost at will. When all is said and done, the Coens will likely stand as two of the very best filmmakers, period. And we get to be around as they release new films every couple years. What a joy that is.

The Coens’ new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, premiered at Cannes this past weekend. Immediately it became the toast of the festival (so far), with effusive reviews praising its tone, humor, and performances. We’ve rounded up a few below, just to give you a hint of what’s being said, some of which helps put footage from the trailer into more context. Read More »

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Iron Man 3 screened for press in London last night, and while reviews remain embargoed, Twitter reactions were given the OK by the studio. And so now we’ve got the first slate of responses to Shane Black‘s film featuring Robert Downey, Jr. in his fourth turn as Marvel’s armored hero.

They’re not the most measured group of reactions, and as with any collection of first-blush responses to a big film the first Twitter posts only hint at what we might find in the movie. But if you’re looking for a general “is it good or not?” answer, you might get an idea below. Read More »

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Spike Lee‘s new version of Oldboy, drawn from both the Park Chan-wook film and the manga that inspired it, is getting closer to release, with a date planned for this fall, but it remains more or less a mystery. Sure, we know the basics: that Josh Brolin plays a guy kidnapped off the street one night and held in a strange prison for many years. Unceremoniously released, he sets out on the trail of the person responsible for his ordeal, and finds surprises as well as the culprit.

Sharlto Copley (District 9) plays a big role, as does Elizabeth Olsen. We don’t have any footage to show you, but we do have a teaser poster. In addition to that, there’s an early report out of a test screening that was held not long ago.  Read More »

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As a Guillermo del Toro-directed film about giant robots battling giant monsters, Pacific Rim was automatically burdened with sky-high expectations. But the more we hear about it, the more it sounds like it actually lives up to them and then some. The first test screening last month was met with glowing approval. Now another test screening from this past weekend has yielded even more overwhelmingly positive responses. Hit the jump to read more.

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