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BREAKING NEWS: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Unleashed

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I saw no one had posted this yet, so here it is.  I'm excited.  I will say, it caught my eye that Episode VII appears nowhere in the official title, which makes me wonder if they are trying to say that this is the first chapter of a new saga, separate from the Darth Vader storyline of the last six movies.  Discuss.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

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As most of you know, this past Saturday saw television history being made. At 19:50 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time, also the time in London, England) the BBC television network held the world's largest simulcast of a television program in broadcasting history. All across the world people turned on their television sets, and a few select groups piled into movie theaters, and saw "The Day of the Doctor", the 50th anniversary feature-length episode of the television series Doctor Who. For many of us, this was the culmination of years of anticipation and speculation. Who will return?

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Wolverine

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Probably the most successful superhero film franchise of the past 14 years, the X-Men films, which are credited with kick-starting the modern superhero film genre with Bryan Singer's X-Men in 2000, are still going strong with Bryan Singer set to return next year with X-Men: Days of Future Past, Singer's first time in the director's chair of an X-Men film since X2: X-Men United in 2003. This year, however, saw the release of The Wolverine, a somewhat follow-up to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and a direct sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand. Loosely based on the fan favorite 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, The Wolverine was directed by James Mangold and sees the return of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, a role he has reprised for all six X-Men films, including a small but memorable cameo in 2011's X-Men: First Class.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Man of Steel

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Usually, I'm able to size up how good or bad a movie was going to be pretty quickly. Set photos, casting decisions, trailers, they all serve to give you a pretty good indication. With Man of Steel, however, I've run the emotional gauntlet to get to this point where I am able to share with you my thoughts on the finished product. I went from curious to hopeless to excited. At one point I was convinced that the once ill-fated Tim Burton version of Superman was finally (and depressingly) coming to fruition in this film. It's certainly been a wild ride to get to this point, but here we are.

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