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Even on a summer movie calendar jam-packed with big-budget blockbusters, Transformers: Age of Extinction stands out as one of the biggest, most blockbuster-iest of all. Indeed, it was literally designed to be seen on the largest screen you can find — director Michael Bay shot scenes in native IMAX, as this new Transformers IMAX 3D trailer is happy to inform you.

Lest you get blinded by all that flash and glamour, though, we also have two videos that cast a more critical eye on the franchise. Kevin B. Lee‘s video essay Transformers: The Premake is the kind of behind-the-scenes documentary you’ll never see released as a DVD bonus, while Cinema SinsEverything Wrong With Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen reminds us of all the missteps from the second installment. Watch all three videos after the jump.

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Video: Everything Wrong With ‘Frozen’

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CinemaSins is a YouTube channel which nitpicks every movie imaginable. Sometimes (or “always” depending on your tastes) they do so to an infuriating degree. When they take aim at a bad movie, it makes sense. When the target is a good film, the outcome can be even worse. Even when they’re finding “sins” in a movie, sometimes those “sins” aren’t necessarily things are are wrong; instead they’re just general observations. It’s a weird and polarizing idea that can work really well or really poorly. Suffice to say, that dichotomy has made it very popular.

The latest video is sure to be just as galvanizing. It’s for Disney’s Frozen, a film that has been praised as a return to Disney magic, with insane box office records and awards to prove it. But it’s not a perfect movie by a long shot, with some really weird subtextual and structural issues. Most acknowledge and dismiss these issues because of the wonderful animation, characters, and music. That makes this latest CinemaSins video so interesting. Anyone willing to stand up and trash a movie that is this completely beloved has to be out of their minds. Are they? Watch “Everything Wrong With Frozen in 10 Minutes Or Less” below and find out.

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VOTD: Everything Wrong With ‘X-Men: First Class’

Everything Wrong With X-Men First Class

With X-Men: Days of Future Past picking up some very promising reviews on its way to theaters, now seems as good a time as any to take a long, hard look at the last mutant movie, X-Men: First Class. And no one’s looking longer or harder than the folks at CinemaSins, who’ve made the comic book reboot the latest subject of their signature “Everything Wrong With” series.

As usual, the complaints range from totally valid (that villain plot does seem awfully convoluted) to the totally silly (who cares what happened with those Twinkies?). Watch the video after the jump.

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What does Kevin Feige have to say about Thanos, Doctor Strange and the Hulkbuster suit? Want to see a new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past? Is Avengers: Age of Ultron opening early? Does Sally Field watch Spider-Man movies? Has CinemaSins gone too far tackling Spider-Man 2? What does a Mondo Harley Quinn poster look like? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters today, which means it’s a day to celebrate the achievements of Marvel Studios. We’re in the middle of a comic book storytelling renaissance, folks, and Marvel is at the head of it. The way they have weaved all these characters and movies together into one huge story is truly remarkable. It’s something we talk about every day, but step back a second and look really think about it. It’s movie history.

As the case with most things, history isn’t without its detractors, such as the team at CinemaSins. Once again they’ve gone ahead and nitpicked their way to millions of YouTube views with their patented “Everything Wrong With” series. Two of the latest videos, not coincidentally released close to The Winter Soldier, are Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor: The Dark World. Watch “Everything Wrong With Thor The Dark World” and “Everything Wrong With Captain America: The First Avenger” below. Read More »

Terminator 2

John Connor is just one boy, but keeping him safe was awfully expensive. The CinemaSins team put on James Cameron‘s 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgement Day and attempted to figure out exactly how much all the damage caused in the film would have cost the city of Los Angeles and everywhere else. Watch the video below for an estimate of the cost of cleaning up the destruction Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Patrick left in their wake. Read More »

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What’s been happening on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier all week? Did a Man of Steel producer reveal a Supergirl Easter Egg? How does the gameplay for Batman: Arkham Origins look? Are there things wrong with the original Superman movie? What is Kevin Smith‘s suggestion for the DC Cinematic Universe? Why hasn’t Nathan Fillion been in a Marvel movie yet? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Iron Man 2

“A video of everything wrong with Iron Man 2? What is it, the whole movie?” That was what first popped into my head when I saw that the CinemaSins team was back to their old tricks, ripping apart some of pop culture’s biggest movies. In honor of this week’s release of Iron Man 3, they’ve gone ahead and dissected the film most people consider the worst of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man 2, in six minutes or less.

Jon Favreau‘s second Iron Man film has been a huge point of contention since its release in 2010. Many people love its fun irreverence and the way it sets up the next few Marvel movies for The Avengers. But others think it’s a mine field of plot holes, weak narrative connections and questionable character motivations, partially because of its production during the writer’s strike.

Which side do you fall on? Check out the video and discuss below. Read More »

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