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'Avengers' lives up to hype

Correct is not the word. Rather, "seems about right." That's the automatic reaction to various goings on in life. Bizarre lawsuit in Hollywood that seems about equal parts shady and weirdly believable (see Travolta, John)? Seems about right.

http://juneauempire.com/art/2012-05-10/avengers-lives-hype
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What to look for in 2011

L ess than a week into the New Year, and about half of us have already fallen off the resolution wagon. Right? I happen to know my little sister's New Year's Eve declaration ("I won't eat any cheese!") lasted less than 48 hours. Me, I didn't even bother going through the motions of making half-hearted promises to myself. Instead of getting too carried away with life examinations, why not take a look at something we will all be doing at some point in 2011?

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/010611/art_765978232.shtml
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'X-Men' a solid summer flick

T he biggest risk involved with catching a comic book flick on the big screen is not the time you invest in actually watching the movie. Nor is it the greenbacks you pony up for tickets and goodies from the concessions stand. It isn't even the chance you will run into a pal in the lobby and have to pretend you aren't going to the Kate Hudson movie with your girlfriend.

http://juneauempire.com/art/2011-06-08/x-men-solid-summer-flick
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Cinema Guide

what's playing at the box office

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Cinema Guide

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The Wolverine

Now Playing Synopsis: A haunted Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) journeys to Japan to bid an old friend farewell, and gets drawn into a conflict involving ninja and yakuza in stand-alone spin-off set following the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, and preceding the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The story begins in Nagasaki. As a B-29 bomber appears in the sky and air-raid sirens howl, panicked Japanese troops begin committing ritual seppuku. Terrified, yet unwilling to sacrifice his own life, young soldier Yashida takes cover in a heavily fortified prison pit containing the immortal mutant Wolverine, who shields him from a deadly blast. Decades later, Wolverine has sworn off violence after he was forced to kill his beloved Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). He's confronting a hunter who has been using illegal, poison-tipped arrows when the sword-wielding Yukio (Rila Fukushima) comes to his aid, and summons him to Japan at the behest of the dying Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), now the head of Japan's largest and most powerful tech giant. Just hours before passing away, Yashida implores Wolverine to protect his granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamato), whom he has personally chosen to take over the family business -- much to the chagrin of her plotting father Shingen (Hiroyuki Sanada). When the yakuza attempt a high-profile kidnapping of Mariko during Yashida's funeral, Wolverine comes to her rescue, and receives some much needed help from enigmatic ninja Harada (Will Yun Lee). Narrowly escaping with their lives, Wolverine and Mariko go into hiding with the yakuza and ruthless mutant Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova) hot on their trail. But the battle is far from over, and with Wolverine's healing powers mysteriously diminished, he may not be able to protect Mariko for long. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

'Hulk' is just short of being incredible

M arvel Studios is on the verge of something huge. And by "huge" I don't just mean the box-office cash flowing in by the truckload from "Iron Man" and now "The Incredible Hulk."

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/061908/mov_292762019.shtml
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