[The following contains major spoilers for Sucker Punch]

Battle: Los Angeles. I Am Number Four. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Clash of the Titans. The Wolfman. Resident Evil: Afterlife. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

What is it that these tentpole action films have in common?

They all received better reviews than Sucker Punch.

Yes, once hailed as being among the more anticipated cinematic outings of the year, writer/director Zack Snyder‘s fantastical pop culture mash-up was unleashed in theaters this week only to be met with an overwhelming amount of sneering hostility and ridicule. And yet, amidst the critical excoriation of the film for its spastic overindulgence and numbing stupidity, as well as the outright repudiation of its girl power themes (even /Film’s own Angie Han has shared her thoughts on the failed feminism of the film), I stand alone to shamefully whisper: I kind of liked it. And I think it’s about time to give this film its due. Read More »


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[The following contains major spoilers for Sucker Punch]

Is Zack Snyder‘s Sucker Punch exploitation or empowerment? That’s the question that’s been floating around since even before the film was released, and it’s a pretty obvious one given that the movie was marketed entirely on the appeal of scantily clad young women wielding big ass weapons. Most of the reviews I’ve read of the film at least touch on the issue, and Snyder has preemptively addressed it in interviews by saying he intends the film to be empowering to women.

It’s not.

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‘Sucker Punch’ – What Did You Think?

Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch hits theaters this weekend, and it’s already spawned some amount of controversy online. Fans of Snyder will most likely not be disappointed, as the film has insane amounts of over-the-top action scenes featuring excellent staging and astonishing visuals. But is its depiction of scantily-clad women kicking other-wordly ass an empowering one? Or is it a demeaning one? Does the film adequately cohere, or is it merely, as Richard Corliss called it, “an arrested adolescent’s Google search run amok”? Is Sucker Punch a “two-hour $82 million fetish film examining how hot sad schoolgirls look when holding weapons,” as Dodai Stewart claims it is? Or does it accomplish something more deep and profound?

Share your thoughts in the comments. Assume spoilers follow after the jump.
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Mondo has announced that filmmaker Zack Snyder will be joining their “Director’s Series” of collectible limited art poster prints. Entertainment Weekly has premiered the first entry is a Sucker Punch poster designed by Ken Taylor, an artist we’ve featured many times on this site over the years. Posters will go on sale on Friday at a random time, and a higher priced variant version will also be available. BAD reveals that 285 copies of the regular edition will be priced at $40, while the 105 copies of the variant will cost 70 bucks.

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In preparation for the release of Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, which hits theaters tomorrow, Warner Brothers has released several videos that fill in some of the “back story” from the film. I say “back story” in quotes because without giving too much away, much of the film takes place in imagined worlds. These short films help to supplement the movie’s world-building efforts in a really stylish and effective (if not a bit over-the-top) way.

Hit the jump to see the short films, and feel free to leave your comments on them below.
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Sucker Punch hits next week, and I still have no idea what to expect from the film. But despite the fact that I’m not a particularly big fan of Disney’s princess characters, seeing them inserted into the trailer for Sucker Punch somehow makes a certain sense. Watch the edit after the jump. Read More »

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A list of release dates for trailers and tv spots for Transformers: Dark of the Moon has leaked online on Trailer Addict. The list has not been confirmed by Paramount Pictures, but it looks like it could be legit. When can we expect the full-length movie trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon? Find out after the jump!

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It’s December 2009, and I’m in Vancouver Canada. Earlier this morning we saw the first press screening of James Cameron’s Avatar with an audience of Vancouver press and filmmakers which included District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. A few hours later, I’m standing in a green screen stage at Vancouver Film Studios. This is the production centre where a lot of sci-fi television series are filmed, shows such as Dark Angel, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman, Reaper, Caprica, Eureka, Fringe, Human Target and films such as X-Men II and 3, I Robot, Fantastic Four 1 and 2, The A-Team and 2012.

Zack Snyder filmed some of Watchmen on this lot, and has returned to Canada to shoot his latest — Sucker Punch.

Snyder even pushed our set visit back a couple hours so that we could attend that local screening of Avatar, allowing us the ability to see the movie at the same time as the press at the nationwide press screenings. The fact that Snyder was able to arrange this is mind-boggling for a bunch of different reasons, but especially considering studio politics — Avatar was being released by Fox and Sucker Punch was a Warner Bros production. And most other filmmakers probably would have said “Fuck Avatar”, not wanting to be out-done — how can your set visit possibly compete with a film which was billed as a cinema changing event? But that’s the kind of confident filmmaker Snyder has become.

A helicopter is situated about twenty feet above us, and Snyder is on a ladder talking to Jena Malone, one of the four main stars of the film. Jena Malone plays Rocket, beside her is Emily Browning, who plays Baby Doll, Abbie Cornish, who plays Sweet Pea, Vanessa Hudgens who plays Blondie and Jamie Chung who plays Amber. Snyder explains how the helicopter will bank to the left in the upcoming wide shot. Emily asks how far they’re jumping in the real world, and Zack quickly responds “About twenty feet” before stopping himself and laughing “What real world?”

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We thought global warming was heating up the planet, but really it’s Hollywood. They’re making it summer all year long. The first weekend of May is generally considered the beginning of the summer movie season but, as those three months got more and more crowded, that date slowly crept into late April. Now, 2011 changes that like never before.

So many potential blockbusters staked their claim on prime May, June and July 2011 release dates, in some cases, years in advance, Hollywood was forced to change its thinking more than usual. For the next two months, each and every weekend has at least one or two films that, in the past, would have easily been considered summer blockbusters and it all begins this Friday, March 4. So, is it crazy to say that the summer of 2011 begins in March? We don’t think so. Look at the list of films opening between this week and Thor on May 6 and tell us that, in almost any other year, these movies would not be considered summer blockbusters. Read More »