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Today in Movie Culture: Spider-Man in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' the Original 'Chappie' and More

6 March 2015 10:15 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Watch one of the antecedents of Chappie in Neill Blomkamp's 2006 short, Tempbot, below. There was also Tetra Vaal before that (see our post from last fall).   If only this cooler modeled after the Sandcrawler from Star Wars really existed (via Dave's Geeky Ideas):    Now we have more than just yesterday's gif. Here's the latest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer as if Spider-Man was a major part of the sequel:   And here's a digitally painted poster of Hulk and Iron Man in the Hulkbuster suit from Avengers: Age of Ultron, available to buy on Etsy (via Geek Alerts):   Fathom Events has released this new trailer for the restored...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Film Review: ‘Chappie’

4 March 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Intelligence, artificial or otherwise, is one of the major casualties of “Chappie,” a robot-themed action movie that winds up feeling as clunky and confused as the childlike droid with which it shares its name. Mashing together various elements from director Neill Blomkamp’s earlier sci-fi pictures (including another prominent role for Sharlto Copley), this South African spin on “Short Circuit” displays the same handheld immediacy and scene-setting verve as its predecessors, but all in service of a chaotically plotted story and a central character so frankly unappealing he almost makes Jar-Jar Binks seem like tolerable company by comparison. Absent “District 9’s” subtle apartheid allegory or “Elysium’s” health-care brief, but offering a bizarre performance showcase for the rap-rave group Die Antwoord, Blomkamp’s third feature exhausts its meager ideas and the viewer well before the end of its two-hour running time. Curiosity will beckon for a few, but this »

- Justin Chang

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