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  1. Fans start lining up as Comic-Con floor opens

    Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love — after navigating crowds and waiting in line.

  2. Movie set may be going up in Detroit's Corktown

    Detroit In front of the towering vacant black building on the eastern edge of Corktown there's now a huge fake ruin — big pieces of destroyed buildings that spill onto Sixth near Most Holy Trinity Church.

    • 10:46 AM, Jul. 23, 2014
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    4-day Comic Con festival kicks off in San Diego

    San Diego — Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza.

    • 6:50 PM, Jul. 22, 2014
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    Michael Moore sticks to vision as Traverse City Film Fest turns 10

    Ask festival founder-programmer Michael Moore how the festival has changed as it enters its 10th anniversary year, and he pauses before saying, 'It hasn't.' At least not in attitude.

    • 7:26 PM, Jul. 21, 2014
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    James Garner represented the ideal man, movie hero

    James Garner, who died Saturday at age 86, effortlessly combined strength and humility, humor and capability, frankness and empathy to create an ideal Alpha-male.

    • 1:29 PM, Jul. 20, 2014
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    'Apes' outmuscles 'The Purge' at box office

    New York — The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated 'Sex Tape' failed to turn on moviegoers on a weekend where 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' maintained its rule.

  3. Shows and movies ask: How low can we really go?

    With 'Sex Tape' and 'The Purge: Anarchy,' what comes to mind are other potential cultural events that may further reflect the 'simpling' of America. Consider these imaginary lowbrow possibilities:

  4. Review: Joyless 'Sex Tape' feels more like a sitcom

    Seriously, the premise could easily fit into the new FX show 'Married.' Only there it would likely get some oddball spin and foster some interesting observations on the waning fires of love.

    • 6:58 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Review: 'Wish I Was Here' just is not all there

    'Wish I Was Here' has a cool title, which like much of 'Wish I Was Here,' feels like it was thought up before anything else having to do with it.

    • 2:53 PM, Jul. 18, 2014
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    Review: Post-apocalyptic 'Aftermath' offers nothing but misery

    As masochistic exercises go, 'Aftermath' is fairly effective. It eventually becomes a slaughter-fest in the guise of a cautionary tale.

    • 3:19 PM, Jul. 18, 2014
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    Review: 'Planes: Fire & Rescue' works for the milk-and-cookie crowd

    There are a scattering of inside gags, asides and blink-and-you-missed-it details for the parents. The film's focus, though, is pleasing the milk-and-cookies crowd.

    • 7:05 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Review: 'Purge: Anarchy' rights an inherent wrong

    Again, the concept is ridiculous. But at least 'The Purge: Anarchy' is more in line with what people going to a 'Purge' movie would want out of a 'Purge' movie.

    • 7:06 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Zach Braff immersed himself in 'Wish I Was Here'

    Zach Braff's new film, 'Wish I Was Here,' is, like 'Garden State,' more than a little autobiographical, and more than a little Woody Allenesque.

    • 6:51 PM, Jul. 11, 2014
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    Keri Russell goes ape over her role in 'Dawn'

    Keri Russell has been working most of her life, but she can't remember a time when acting was more fun, thanks to her work on the FX series 'The Americans' and in the big summer blockbuster 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.'

    • 4:01 PM, Jul. 13, 2014
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    'Planet of the Apes' thumps chest with $73M debut

    New York — The monkey business is a good business to be in at the box office.

  5. Top 10 films of 2014 — so far

    Although it does happen, it's rare when Oscar fare emerges in the first half of the year. However, that doesn't mean the first half of the year was all ...

  6. 'Strain' TV show comes from novel, comics still in production

    No one has suffered more than artist Mike Huddleston. Artists put in more man-hours on a comic book project than any other member of the creative team, and for ...

  7. Review: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' hits new genre heights

    'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is the sequel to a prequel to a long line of films that date back to 1968. But it's doubtful any of those films could come ...

  8. Review: 'Third Person' offers strong stories of shattered families

    There's a sense of despair, of something broken beyond repair, in the intricate 'Third Person,' written and directed by Paul Haggis, writer-director of the ...

  9. Review: Touching 'Hellion' follows a shattered family on the verge

    Director Kat Chandler never lets 'Hellion' become a fable of cheap redemption. In fact, the pain that drives the film seems to be contagious, leading to a ...

  10. Review: Cage's 'Rage' is rotten from beginning to end

    'Rage' is a relentless mess of a film, moving from stilted dialogue to countless scenes of senseless violence with plenty of irrelevant side stories along the ...

  11. Doomsday scenarios: Apocalyptic culture preys on our worst fears again and again

    The end is near. It's at your local movie theater, it's on your TV. It's streaming into your computer, on your phone, on your tablet. Apocalyptic culture — ...

    • 6:00 PM, Jul. 8, 2014
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    'Once' director finds magic of music 'Begin Again'

    'Begin Again' shares DNA with 'Once,' but they're different films, starting with the fact that the new movie comes with a bigger budget, professional actors — ...

    • 7:06 PM, Jul. 7, 2014
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    Free popcorn Tuesdays begin at MJR cinemas through August

    Starting this week, all popcorn in all sizes will be free on Tuesdays through Aug. 26 at Metro Detroit MJR Digital Cinemas.

    • 3:39 PM, Jul. 6, 2014
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    'Transformers' tops 'Tammy' on weak July 4 weekend

    New York —The Fourth of July went off like a dud at the box office, as the Michael Bay sequel 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' and the Melisa McCarthy comedy ...

  12. In terms of box office, summer's no knockout

    Despite the seeming parade of hits this summer, the season's box office was actually down about 13 percent last week from the previous summer.

    • 8:50 PM, Jul. 3, 2014
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    Adam Levine changes his tune in 'Begin Again'

    Adam Levine knows pop stars-turned-actors are greeted suspiciously. And he's hesitant to make any grandiose declarations about suddenly transforming into an ...

    • 8:31 PM, Jul. 3, 2014
    • Movies

    Movie theater chains make upgrades to help blind, deaf patrons

    Some area theater chains are beginning to add or upgrade services to make moviegoing more accessible. Among the devices for the visually impaired is Fidelio, ...

  13. Review: Sloppy 'Tammy' veers McCarthy in the wrong direction

    It makes sharp turns toward weepiness, flaunts ridiculous situations and unlikely relationships and depends almost completely on the loveability of its title ...

  14. Review: In upbeat 'Begin Again,' music soothes two wounded souls

    Written and directed by John Carney ('Once'), who has an obvious knack for this kind of thing, the movie is a love story about two people who never fall in ...

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