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Oscars: Will 'Detroit' Lead To a Third Best Picture Nom For Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal?

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Though it’s not yet even August, awards pundits may have just seen their second film in a week that eventually will be a best picture Oscar nominee. Hot on the heels of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk — which opened on Friday, and for which there was an overflow and very appreciative crowd at the Academy on Saturday night — comes another intense, albeit very different, historical drama, Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit, the story of a largely-forgotten act of police brutality against a group of young black men, and two young white women, in Michigan’s biggest city during the infamous riot »

- Scott Feinberg

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'Detroit': Film Review

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A particularly nasty historical instance of police brutality against African-Americans is wrenched back into the spotlight on its 50th anniversary in Detroit. Shot docudrama style with an emphasis on visceral force above all else, this third collaboration over a nine-year stretch between director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, after The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, emerges, creatively, as the least of the trio; intense and physically powerful in the way it conveys its atrocious events, the film nonetheless remains short on complexity, as if it were enough simply to provoke and outrage the audience. It's a »

- Todd McCarthy

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'Avengers: Infinity War' Poster Shows Off Captain America's New Facial Hair

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This is the Captain America image you've been waiting for.

One day after Marvel Studios' big presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, posters were unveiled for Avengers: Infinity War on the floor at the convention. Twitter user Paul Fierce snapped a look at the posters, which include the Star-Spangled Avenger's bearded look for being on the run from the law following 2016's Captain America: Civil War.

On Saturday, Marvel showed off a lengthy sizzle reel from Infinity War, which was previously played at D23 a week earlier (read a full breakdown here.) But of all the impressive things on »

- Aaron Couch

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Frightening 'Alien: Covenant' Comic-Con Experience Turns You Into a Colonist

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The Alien experience came to life at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. The Alien: Covenant Colonist Certification Test activation exposed fans to the harshest of Alien environments to see if they're up for the task of being an Alien Planet Colonist.

When you first enter the attraction, you have received very little information from the testing crew. However, the room is full of television monitors, so you can see the action from any angle.

The crew is purposefully vague, informing you that you are about to enter a test environment to see if you are up to the task of »

- Dylan Schuck

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Venice: Edgar Wright, Rebecca Hall Join Competition Jury

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Annette Bening will lead this year's Venice Film Festival international competition jury. 

Joining her to dole out the fest's main prizes are: Baby Driver director Edgar Wright, Iron Man 3 actress Rebecca Hall, Golden Bear-winning Hungarian filmmaker Ildiko Enyedi, Mexican director Michel Franco, French actress Anna Mouglalis, critic David Stratton, Italian actress Jasmind Trinca and Taiwanese helmer Yonfan.

In addition to awarding the Golden Lion for best film, Bening and her team will be responsible for choosing the winners of the Silver Lion grand jury prize; the Silver Lion for best director; prizes for best actor, actress and screenplay; a special jury »

- Ariston Anderson

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How 'Dunkirk' Took Imax Cameras Where They'd Never Gone Before

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In re-creating the historic evacuation of more than 330,000 British and Allied soldiers from the beaches at Dunkirk during World War II, helmer Christopher Nolan wanted “viewers to feel the stress and pressure and the relentlessness of the situation,” explains cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, who helped the director create that first-hand experience in the air, on land and at sea.

He and Nolan even found themselves shooting on board an EuroStar aircraft, with two Imax cameras mounted on the wings. “We’d get so close and witness dogfights in the open air,” remembers van Hoytema. “It was a boy’s dream come »

- Carolyn Giardina

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'Landline' Newcomer Abby Quinn on How Character's Teen Angst Is "Mimicking" Family Dysfunction

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[Warning: The following story contains spoilers for Landline.]

The 1990s-set indie dramedy Landline is often described as a reunion of the star (Jenny Slate), writer-director (Gillian Robespierre) and writer-producer (Elisabeth Holm) of Obvious Child. But the Amazon Studios movie, currently in theaters, also marks the first major film role for Abby Quinn, who plays teenage younger sister Ali.

At the beginning of the film, Ali has seemingly isolated herself from the rest of her family, mouthing off to her parents and her adult sister Dana (Slate). But after she discovers, via floppy disk, that her father (John Turturro) is having »

- Hilary Lewis

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'Ready Player One': A Closer Look at the '80s-Packed Trailer

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He came, he saw, he conquered Comic-Con. Steven Spielberg brought Ready Player One to Hall H — and pumped up the crowd and helped assuage doubts about whether the beloved Ernie Cline novel could be properly adapted for the big screen.

Heat Vision's Aaron Couch and Mia Galuppo and contributor Chris Hartwell are taking a closer look at the footage from San Diego, which shows a '80s-obsessed teen Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) dive into the virtual world of Oasis in the year 2043.

Chris HartwellSpielberg, over the decades, has undeniably evolved as a filmmaker — a metamorphosis that has »

- Aaron Couch,Mia Galuppo ,Chris Hartwell

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Box Office: 'Dunkirk' Conquers Competition With $50.5M Debut; 'Valerian' Bombs

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Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk stormed the box office with a better-than-expected $50.5 million domestic debut, the best opening in recent memory for a World War II film and a testament to the Nolan brand.

Overseas, the critically acclaimed film also impressed, earning $55.4 million from its first 46 markets and placing No. 1 everywhere for a global assault of $105.9 million. The U.K., where Nolan is from, led with $12.4 million, followed by South Korea with $10.3 million.

Still, Dunkirk will need sizeable staying power in order to recoup a net production budget of $100 million and a major »

- Pamela McClintock

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A '90s-Set 'Captain Marvel' Movie Opens Up Worlds of Possibilities

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The news from Marvel's San Diego Comic-Con panel that Captain Marvel will take place in the past — the 1990s, to be precise — is a surprising one. So far, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has enjoyed a tight continuity (and contemporary focus) after the 1940s setting of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger. But is there a method to the nostalgic madness?

In one sense, the backwards time jump for Captain Marvel is oddly reminiscent of Warner Bros.' cinematic treatment of Wonder Woman, whose first solo movie took place in the past after her onscreen introduction via a cameo during a »

- Graeme McMillan

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Comic-Con: 'Captain Marvel' Reveals Villains and '90s Setting

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Captain Marvel is taking it back to the '90s. 

During Marvel's Hall H presentation Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel head Kevin Feige announced that the studio's first female-led McU stand-alone pic would be taking place in the 1990s with a two-eyed Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, joining the action.

Captain Marvel will star Brie Larson and is set to be directed by the duo of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind).

Feige also announced the film's villains: The Skrulls.

The Skrulls are an early invention in Marvel's comic book universe, debuting in 1961's Fantastic Four No. 2. »

- Mia Galuppo ,Graeme McMillan

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'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Casts Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne

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Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne are joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The actress will play Janet van Dyne, the superhero wife of Hank Pym/original Ant-Man (Michael Douglas) in the film and mother to Hope (Evangeline Lilly). The announcement was made at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday during Marvel Studios' Hall H panel.

In Marvel's comic books, Janet van Dyne is the original Wasp and a founding member — and onetime leader — of the Avengers. Van Dyne continued as a superhero even after Pym retired from adventuring, until she was lost in a subatomic realm and assumed dead. (She later returned, entirely healthy, because »

- Aaron Couch,Graeme McMillan

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