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Marvels and Monsters – Reviewing The Mighty Captain Marvel and Monsters Unleashed

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This week we have two number one issues from Marvel Comics, one spinning out of a major crossover event and the other setting up its own crossover event. The Mighty Captain Marvel #1 chronicles Carol Danvers’ triumphant return to Alpha Flight as America’s greatest hero, and Monsters Unleashed adds a whole slew of new giant monsters to the already existing kaiju pantheon of the Marvel Universe. Check out my reviews after the jump.

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Marie Gilbert’s Review of 10 Cloverfield Lane

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I never got to see the first Cloverfield film in the Cloverfield franchise, but I’m not a big fan of “found footage” types of film; they give me motion sickness. That said I was excited to see the sequel, 10 Cloverfield Lane, which J.J. Abrams is quoted as saying is a spiritual successor. Did the second film live up to the hype? Find out after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Zootopia Edges Out Allegiant for the Box Office Race

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Glenn Walker here with the Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report to see how Editor-in-chief and Box Office Guru Andy Burns did with his Predictions from Thursday evening.  Andy absolutely nailed it this weekend, all his predictions on mark within a few million dollars or so. His predictions for Zootopia in first place, The Divergent Series: Allegiant as a strong second, and Miracles from Heaven and 10 Cloverfield Lane taking third and fourth, with the merc with a mouth, Deadpool still rocking the theaters in fifth place. We’ll take a deeper look at the numbers in the Wrap-Up Report, after the jump.

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Gobbledygeek: The Air Up There

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents Gobbledygeek featuring hosts Paul Smith and AJ Wiley and focusing on a variety of entertainment subjects, with our hosts and special guests frequently discussing films, comics, and television.

This week, Paul and AJ take a look at 10 Cloverfield Lane. See and hear more after the jump.

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The Bitter Guy on 10 Cloverfield Lane (no spoilers!)

The first Cloverfield was sort of JJ Abrams Mystery Box ethos writ large. Inspired by a visit to Japan to create an American Kaiju tale, it very strongly reflected the times, filmed in a found footage format and featuring a horde of bystanders shooting pictures on their phones of  the disembodied head of the Statue of Liberty.

The film was previewed in front of the first Transformers film, but few details were released.  The film came out the following January and was a moderate box office and critical success.

The first film took the characters on a harrowing voyage across New York to rescue one of their friends in the midst of a giant monster attack. So what does this new claustrophobic thriller have to do with the prior film? Find out after the jump (no spoilers)!

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Zootopia Is Still the Tops at the Box Office

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Editor-in-chief and Box Office Guru Andy Burns is a bit under the weather so, I’m back to finish up this weekend. Luckily I’ll just be reporting on what the box office was like, because we know how bad it gets when I make the predictions. Andy nailed it this weekend, suggesting Zootopia would maintain its top spot, with newcomer 10 Cloverfield Lane taking second with about half that, and Deadpool hanging on for third. We’ll take a deeper look at the numbers in the Wrap-Up Report, after the jump.

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Trailer Time: 10 Cloverfield Lane

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While there had been much discussion about some sort of sequel to Cloverfield, the 2008 monster film from producer J.J. Abrams, today’s release of a trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane comes as a surprise to virtually everyone. The movie, directed by Dan Trachtenberg, had been filming under the name Valencia, but its clear that was simply to keep us all in the dark.

Here’s the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, due out March 11th.

Doctor Who S09 E09: Sleep No More

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“You must not watch this. I’m warning you. You can never un-see it, but remember if you do watch…” With that, one of the more intriguing and unusual “Doctor Who” episodes begins. Whovian adventure meets the found footage genre, and a new monster is introduced. Meet me after the time and space jump for my thoughts on “Sleep No More!”

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Scene Stealers: Summer Movies 2014

Gamora & Star Lord“I am going to die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.” – Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy

Isn’t that what summer movies are all about? Checking our intelligence in at the theater door and joining other fellow “idiots” as we watch mind-numbing, big-budget flicks with minimal plot lines and questionable acting? I admit, the term ‘idiots’ might be a bit harsh here, but after watching “The Legend of Hercules” with my friends, I definitely felt like an idiot for having gone (though we did get plenty of laughs from the experience so it ended up being worth it).

Here’s my Top 5 Scene Stealers from 2014’s Summer Movie Extravaganza:

 

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Godzilla 2014

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I have been waiting for this for a long time. I am a hardcore Godzilla fan. I’ve seen all the Godzilla movies, I’ve seen all the Toho movies, I’ve even seen the, ahem, 1998 American version. I own all the movies, even that last one, and many of them I owned before they were legal in this country. That’s how hardcore I am. So you can imagine I was thrilled for the newest incarnation of Godzilla coming out this week. We’ll see. Meet me after the jump for my spoiler-filled review of the 2014 Godzilla.

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