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Rooney Mara helps start a revolution in 'Trash' trailer

27 August 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Though Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen are the big names in Stephen Daldry’s Trash, a new trailer highlights Eduardo Luis, Gabriel Weinstein, and Rickson Tevez. All three are making their screen debuts in the film, playing the three boys who are led on an adventure after finding important items in the landfill where they work.

Though Andy Mulligan’s novel on which the movie was based wasn’t set in a particular location, Daldry (whose other tale of youth, Billy Elliot, is being touted in the trailer) filmed Trash in Rio, and, per Variety, the movie is 80 percent in Portuguese and 20 percent in English. »

- Esther Zuckerman

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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Early Reviews: Plot Is Tangled, Chemistry Pulls at Heartstrings

9 April 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Although “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” won’t swing into U.S. theaters until May 2, Marc Webb’s sequel to his 2012 franchise reboot has already made an impact across the Pond. The superhero pic premiered in London on Tuesday.

Early reviews for Sony’s comicbook adaptation are fairly positive, but the general consensus so far is that the movie weaves too tangled a web. However, most critics found it superior to the first installment and found the chemistry between Spidey (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) more endearing than ever. Metacritic gave the movie a score of 58 based on the first five reviews below.

Variety‘s Guy Lodge:

“Necessity is the mother of invention, which is why Marc Webb’s 2012 superhero do-over ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,’ for all its polished proficiency and kicky star casting, felt so perfunctory: Rebooting the blockbuster Marvel franchise just five years after Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man 3, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: What the critics said

9 April 2014 7:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 premiered in London last night (April 8), with Andrew Garfield carrying on his reign as Peter Parker.

There may have been concerns over the film's length and villain count, but Marc Webb's sequel has been met with mostly positive reviews so far. Digital Spy presents a roundup of what the critics thought of the latest Marvel instalment.

Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy

"Despite the uneven nature of the whole endeavour, praise needs to go to Garfield for holding it all together. He's more at ease in the role than Tobey Maguire ever was, and manages to nail the big moments when called upon. He's an absolute revelation as this character.

"Peter's past, present and future all intertwine in a sequel that offers bang for your buck. That said, you can't help feel the franchise bean counters at work here thanks to all the ominous foreshadowing and unresolved character arcs. »

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Notebook's 6th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2013

13 January 2014 11:53 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2013—in theaters or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2013 to create a unique double feature.

All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2013 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch in that perfect world we know doesn't exist but can keep dreaming of every time we go to the movies.

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