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Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
After her breakout performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quvenzhane Wallis can expect a stream of calls from casting directors.

Beasts of the Southern Wild: Does the Sundance hit live up to the hype?

The gorgeous indie film that stormed film festivals earlier this year hits theaters Wednesday with a hurricane of hype and lofty expectations

 
Summer Movies : Controversy
It's not just Princess Merida's penchant for physical activity, but also her rousing speeches of acceptance and freedom of choice in marriage that has critics questioning her sexuality.

Is Brave's heroine gay?

Princess Merida rejects male suitors, loves shooting arrows, and hates girly clothes — enough reasons to classify her as a lesbian, say some critics

 
Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
Actor Channing Tatum, who stripped under the name Chan Crawford before he became famous, brings his real-life stripping experience to the big screen in Magic Mike.

Magic Mike: Could a male-strippers movie be a box-office smash?

Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey show an awful lot of skin in this weekend's new film, and some critics aren't sure moviegoers want to see it

 
Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
Brave's $66.7 million opening weekend haul, while good enough for the top box-office slot, didn't come close to the openings of Pixar's previous hits Up, Finding Nemo, and Toy Story 3.

Brave: Actually a box-office disappointment?

Pixar's first heroine may have scored $66.7 million and the number one slot at the weekend box office, but Brave's numbers don't stand up to those of past Pixar hits

 
Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
Alec Baldwin and Jesse Eisenberg star in To Rome With Love, the latest film in director Woody Allen's "travelogue" phase.

To Rome With Love: Another win for Woody Allen?

The 76-year-old filmmaker is coming off the biggest hit of his career with last summer's charmer Midnight In Paris. But his latest cinematic postcard stuggles to keep up

 
The Twilight Phenomenon : Analysis
A teaser trailer for the cinematic conclusion to the Twilight saga promises more action, more violence, and fewer deer.

The full Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 trailer: 4 talking points

A bloody vampire war is brewing, and finally Twilight fans and increasingly less-skeptical critics get a peek at the action-packed conclusion to the inescapable franchise

 
The Dark Knight Rises : Burning Question
Avid fans took heed of The Dark Knight Rises Facebook countdown by seizing on the opportunity to buy advance tickets, inspiring scalpers to re-sell the prized passes at an inflated price.

The Dark Knight Rises: Is a midnight screening ticket really worth $150?

The endlessly hyped conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy opens in just a few weeks, and opportunistic scalpers are seizing on the excitement

 
Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
While movie musical flop Rock of Ages was an ensemble film, with a cast including Alec Baldwin (left), Tom Cruise was its headlining star.

Rock of Ages flops: Is Tom Cruise's star power dimming?

The box office heavyweight's past films have grossed over $3 billion total, but his new movie musical barely mustered a third-place finish over the weekend

 
Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
An incongruously intense Tom Cruise does his best 80s-era Axl Rose impression in the cheesy movie musical Rock of Ages.

Rock of Ages: Does Tom Cruise embarrass himself?

The Mission: Impossible star delights some critics and horrifies others by belting "Pour Some Sugar on Me" while wearing assless chaps

 
Summer Movies : Fact Sheet
Performance artist Marina Abramovic is filmed for the documentary The Artist is Present during her 2010 Museum of Modern Art exhibit in New York.

Summer's 3 must-see documentaries

A Serbian-born performance artist, a Chinese activist, and a super-wealthy U.S. family are the subjects of this summer's top non-fiction films

 
Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
Michael Fassbender plays an android in Ridley Scott's creepy, complicated science-fiction adventure, "Prometheus."

Is Prometheus even better than Alien?

Critics are spellbound by Ridley Scott's return to the Alien franchise, but are split on whether the film trumps what's considered the greatest sci-fi movie ever

 
Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
The blankest of them all? Kristen Stewart's performance as Snow White is too passive and charisma-free to convince audiences she could lead peasant rebellions, say critics.

Does Kristen Stewart ruin Snow White and the Huntsman?

The Twilight star drags down this weekend's twisted take on the fairy tale with a slack-jawed portrayal of the fairest of them all

 
The Hunger Games : The List
It's a battle of swoon-worthy good looks for the part of Finnick in the "Hunger Games," with the endearingly gruff Taylor Kitsch (pictured) taking seeming to lead the pack -- despite two recent box-office bombs.

Hunger Games: Who should be cast as Finnick?

A trio of studly actors — Taylor Kitsch, Garrett Hedlund, and Armie Hammer — are on the shortlist to play the Adonis-like character in the sequel Catching Fire

 
Summer Movies : Winners and Losers
Will Smith proves he still has some box office cache after 'Men in Black 3' pulls in more than $200 million globally over the holiday weekend.

Memorial Day weekend box office: Winners and losers

Men in Black 3 knocks The Avengers off its perch, but the superhero flick continues to astound — as do Wes Anderson and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

 
Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
In the third installment of "MIB," Agent J (Will Smith) travels back in time to save his partner, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) from being killed by an evil alien.

Men in Black 3: Surprisingly touching?

Will Smith wisecracks, whimsical aliens, and special effects abound in the new film, but the most effective element, critics say, is its unexpected emotional punch

 
The Twilight Phenomenon : Opinion Brief
Kristen Stewart as Marylou in "On the Road": Several of the "Twilight" actress' upcoming roles are a far cry from the mopey, vampire-loving Bella Swan.

Life after Twilight: Can Kristen Stewart be taken seriously as an actress?

The tween idol is trading in her trademark role as a chaste vampire girlfriend for a racy romp in Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Does she pull it off?

 
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