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Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' revitalizes the space Western

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Rocket Racoon (Voiced by Bradley Cooper) Ph: Film Frame ©Marvel 2014

'Guardians of the Galaxy' is the most successful space western since the first 'Star Wars' trilogy. More

Review: Lead actor better than film in 'Get on Up'

Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in 'Get on Up.' Universal Pictures

You're better off watching a clip of James Brown on YouTube, and that's the problem with 'Get on Up' as a whole: It just can't match the stature of its subject, though Chadwick Boseman is at times mesmerizing. More

Review: 'Magic in the Moonlight' needs more of the former

Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in 'Magic in the Moonlight.' Sony Pictures Classics

Certainly Woody Allen's weakest film in years, 'Magic in the Moonlight' takes place in wealthy, sun-dappled estates owned by English and American folk in France during the 1920s. More

Dave Bautista wrestled with 'Guardians'

Dave Bautista relied on his acting coach, who just happened to be a fan of the comic book 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' for his movie role. Marvel Studios

Most actors in movies based on comic books can look through loads of material to get clues to playing their character. Professional wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista found little to help him understand Drax the Destroyer. More

Chadwick Boseman makes a splash with second biopic

Though he didn't sing, Boseman had to learn James Brown's moves for 'Get on Up.' D. Stevens / MCT

A year after playing Jackie Robinson in '42,' Chadwick Boseman was back in biopic spring training. To become James Brown for the film 'Get on Up,' Boseman needed to rely on an entirely different skill set. More

Firth and Stone find Woody Allen still plenty of 'Magic' left

Colin Firth and Emma Stone say many stories surrounding director Woody Allen aren't true. Jose M. Osorio / MCT

Colin Firth and Emma Stone, the two stars of 'Magic in the Moonlight,' opening Friday, were both working for the first time with Allen, and they sat down recently to recount what it was like. More

Extraordinary 'Boyhood' finds living is in the details

'Boyhood' star Ellar Coltrane was 6 when he started Richard Linklater's film. Matt Lankes / IFC Films

Most of 'Boyhood,' the transcendent film that opens Friday from director Richard Linklater, has to do with the smaller particles, the everyday moments and scares and joys. More

Collaborative experience of a lifetime for Arquette

Patricia Arquette, left, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater and Ethan Hawke attend the 'Boyhood' New York premiere afterparty. Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

Patricia Arquette didn't blink when director Richard Linklater called and said he wanted her to star in a film that would take 12 years to complete. More

Richard Linklater finds bits of 'Boyhood' in past films

Linklater Dennis Van Tine / MCT

'Boyhood' is a wholly unique project, but there are strands of it in Linklater's earlier works, which we discovered when we talked to him about his long and winding career. More

Trinity International Film Festival screens diverse group of movies

'A Love That Hurts' is a Detroit-made film that's part of the Trinity International Film Festival this weekend. Trinity International Film Festival

This year's Trinity International Film Festival features more than 40 independent films from 14 countries, including the Netherlands, Spain, Israel and New Zealand. More

'Lucy' tops 'Hercules' with $44M at box office

Scarlett Johansson in a scene from 'Lucy.' Universal Pictures

Los Angeles — Luc Besson's 'Lucy' proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of 'Hercules' by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend. More

'Batman v Superman' stare-down, first look at Wonder Woman comes to Comic-Con

Moderator Chris Hardwick takes a selfie with actors Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot at the Warner Bros. Pictures panel during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26. Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Batman and Superman engaged in an epic staring contest at Comic-Con. The first footage from the Warner Bros. superhero mashup 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' was unmasked Saturday at the pop-culture convention. More

'Avengers' unleash 'Ultron' footage at Comic-Con

Actors Robert Downey Jr. and Josh Brolin attend the Marvel Studios panel during Comic-Con International 2014 on July 26 in San Diego. Kevin Winter / Getty Images

San Diego — Several members of 'The Avengers' descended on Comic-Con on Saturday to debut the first footage from the upcoming superhero sequel. More

'Hobbit' cast tease trailer, bloopers at Comic-Con

Benedict Cumberbatch, from left, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom attend the Warner Bros. Pictures panel for 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' at Comic-Con International on Saturday in San Diego. Richard Shotwell / Invision/AP

The cast and crew from the 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' showed off the first trailer for the fantasy film at the pop-culture convention, as well as a blooper reel from both 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' movies. More

Marvel announces 'Guardians of the Galaxy' sequel

'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn and actors Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan and David Bautista attend a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' photocall on July 25 in London. Stuart C. Wilson / Getty Images

San Diego — 'Guardians of the Galaxy' hasn't opened in theaters yet, but a sequel is already in the works. More

'And So It Goes' pretty well for star Michael Douglas

Cranky Oren (Michael Douglas) and Leah (Diane Keaton) finally make a connection in 'And So It Goes.' Clay Enos

Everyone seems shocked when they find out 'And So It Goes' is the first time veteran actors Michael Douglas, 69, and Diane Keaton, 68, have worked together. More

Review: Unlike most shoot-'em-ups, 'Lucy' dabbles in the cosmos

Scarlett Johansson, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic in 'Lucy.' Universal Pictures

'Lucy' is part modern mayhem exercise, stuffed with shootings, car chases and the like, and part existential evolution-of-the-mind metaphysical navel-gazer. More

Review: 'Hercules' is schlocky but entertaining

 Kerry Brown / AP

Less violent than '300,' less compelling than 'Gladiator,' this new addition to the sword-and-sandals genre seems likely to please the fanboy audience and stir up some impressive box-office numbers. More

Review: Hoffman embraces tension in spy thriller 'Most Wanted Man'

Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a spymaster in 'A Most Wanted Man.' Roadside Attractions

An effective mix of modern-world paranoia, cold-blooded betrayal and political chess, 'A Most Wanted Man' also serves as a fine final note to Philip Seymour Hoffman's acting career. More

Review: Great stars shine in a loving and familiar 'And So It Goes'

A self-centered realtor (Michael Douglas) is suddenly left in charge of a granddaughter (Oren Little) he never knew existed in 'And So It Goes.' Clay Enos

Like a number of other films we've seen featuring some of the biggest stars of the 1970s cruising through roles that hardly challenge their skill sets, 'And So It Goes' is the cinematic equivalent of comfort food. More

Willem Dafoe talks of Wisconsin, 'A Most Wanted Man' and more

'I was always interested in per forming,' Willem Dafoe says. Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

There are actors with range and then there's Willem Dafoe. The sharp-featured Dafoe has played roles as diverse as Jesus (and the bloodsucking ghoul Nosferatu, and he's voiced animated children's characters. More

Fans start lining up as Comic-Con floor opens

Fans walk past a Smaug the Dragon display during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention July 23, 2014, in San Diego. Denis Poroy / AP

Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love — after navigating crowds and waiting in line. More

4-day Comic Con festival kicks off in San Diego

The San Diego Convention Center Denis Poroy / AP

San Diego — Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza. More

Michael Moore sticks to vision as Traverse City Film Fest turns 10

'Magic in the Moonlight' Traverse City Film Festival

Ask festival founder-programmer Michael Moore how the festival has changed as it enters its 10th anniversary year, and he pauses before saying, 'It hasn't.' At least not in attitude. More

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