<p>Clark Gregg and Elizabeth Henstridge are not-so-strangers on a train in the latest episode of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'</p>

Clark Gregg and Elizabeth Henstridge are not-so-strangers on a train in the latest episode of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' kicks off the second half of the season with a Stan Lee cameo

What does 'T.R.A.C.K.S.' stand for?

Now that Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon are giving interviews promising that the back nine episodes of this first season of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." will be throwing big reveals and twists and payoffs at us nonstop, is it fair to judge the show based on how much forward momentum we get from each episode?

They've certainly made a case in the last two episodes for a new game plan in effect, and we've made some big strides in terms of getting answers to things that have been in play since the first episode of the year. I'm not sure what I think of the answers, but I can't fault them for failing to deliver on the promise to get things moving and start to sort out this season's secrets.

By far, the biggest thread that they've got to follow now involves The Clairvoyant, the shadowy figure behind everything. I've got to believe that they're playing coy with this person's identity so that when we do finally lay eyes on them, it will be a major moment of some sort. The other major thread has to do with Skye, who we now know is an "0-8-4," an object of unknown origin. The "previously on" package this week mentioned both those threads and then also reminded us of Ian Quinn (David Conrad), who has popped up a few times this season, taunting Coulson openly in the last episode.

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<p>It's nice to see Kit Harington smiling for once instead of wearing the perma-scowl of Jon Snow on 'Game Of Thrones'</p>

It's nice to see Kit Harington smiling for once instead of wearing the perma-scowl of Jon Snow on 'Game Of Thrones'

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Kit Harington on the building anticipation between each season of 'Game Of Thrones'

Plus we talk about the physical builds behind the show's monster sets

Any time there's a TV show that becomes a sensation, particularly an HBO show, it seems like a matter of time before feature film casting agents start poaching that talent pool mercilessly.

Daenerys Targaryen herself, Emilia Clarke, for example, beat out some pretty stiff competition to play Sarah Connor in the upcoming "Terminator" rebootquel, which has got to lead to some interesting conversations whenever she's hanging around the sinister Cersei Lannister, Lena Headey, who already played the role for the Fox "Terminator" series. Maisie Williams is starting to book film work between seasons, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is working non-stop these days, Aidan Gillen was just in the much-discussed Sundance title "Calvary," and Richard Madden's already kicked off a new series, "Klondike," and wrapped work as Prince Charming in Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella," keeping him busy since the Red Wedding occurred.

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<p>'The Mosquito Coast' gave River Phoenix a chance to study Harrison Ford up close, which paid off when he played him in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'</p>

'The Mosquito Coast' gave River Phoenix a chance to study Harrison Ford up close, which paid off when he played him in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'

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Movie Rehab: Harrison Ford goes mad in the jungle in Peter Weir's 'Mosquito Coast'

Why was his best performance rejected so completely by audiences?

It is the responsibility of the working film critic to not only offer opinion and context for the newest releases, but also to constantly champion and curate the films that matter, especially if they were misunderstood or poorly released or somehow handled badly the first time around.

Critics should take it upon themselves to rehabilitate the under-loved, to defend the wrongly-maligned, and rehab the films that need it; it is the only way film as a whole can be healthy.


It does not escape me that many of Peter Weir's best films were adapted from novels. In the case of "The Mosquito Coast," it's a Paul Schrader adaptation of a Paul Theroux novel, and Schrader may have been the exact right person to try to wrestle that material up onto the screen.

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<p>Nick Stoller directs Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in the new comedy 'Neighbors'</p>

Nick Stoller directs Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in the new comedy 'Neighbors'

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Director Nick Stoller discusses making Seth Rogen uncool and frat warfare in 'Neighbors'

'Sarah Marshall' director on pitting Rogen versus Efron

When I visited the set of "Neighbors," it was still being referred to as either "Townies" or "The Untitled Zac Efron/Seth Rogen Movie." Naturally, one of the first questions I had for director Nick Stoller was about the search for the right title for the film.

"Right now, Evan [Goldberg] keeps pitching me 'Fraternal Deception.' It's so stupid," he laughed.

"That sounds like Glenn Close should star in that and it should be 1992," I replied.

"Totally. Glenn Close and Bill Pullman." Stoller shuddered at the thought.

I've known Stoller for a while now. I spent a week on the set of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," along with a few pick-up days back in Los Angeles, and I also visited him for "Get Him To The Greek" and "The Five-Year Engagement." Stoller strikes me as a guy who has a very particular sense of humor and he is fortunate enough to have found the right collaborators and the right environment where he is able to pursue his vision of what a mainstream comedy can be with the full support of a very talented ensemble of comic performers.

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<p>We'll give you a hint.. Eisenberg's Lex Luthor is most likely modeled on someone who is reading this photo caption... right... now!</p>

We'll give you a hint.. Eisenberg's Lex Luthor is most likely modeled on someone who is reading this photo caption... right... now!

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Who is Jesse Eisenberg really playing in the 'Man Of Steel' sequel?

We have a theory, and you're probably not going to like it

Who is Jesse Eisenberg actually playing in "Man Of Steel 2"?

There's not a trick answer to this. When Warner Bros. announced last week that Jesse Eisenberg had been hired to play Lex Luthor in the sequel to last year's "Man Of Steel," that is correct. He is playing Lex Luthor. But when they say that, it's still not a definitive explanation of what you're going to see when that film arrives in theaters on the now-scheduled date of May , 2016. Which Lex Luthor is he going to play? For comic book fans, there are many possible answers to that question, and for fans of the various live-action and animated interpretations, there are even more possibilities in the mix.

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<p>Emmett and Batman have to stop the evil President Business from, uh... oh, who cares?&nbsp;They're Legos!&nbsp;And it's a movie!</p>

Emmett and Batman have to stop the evil President Business from, uh... oh, who cares? They're Legos! And it's a movie!

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Review: 'The Lego Movie' delivers pure delight for young and old fans alike

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Lord and Miller continue to prove themselves capable of anything

Phil Lord and Chris Miller have a very special skill set.

Anyone can take a great premise for a movie and make a great movie out of it. But Miller and Lord seem to be able to take ridiculous premises and still somehow fashion emotionally resonant, thematically-consistent, intelligent and satisfying films. "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" is a very slight but charming book with no real narrative, and they turned it into something remarkably silly and also quite sweet. "21 Jump Street" was a show I couldn't have cared any less about, and yet the film ended up being both a witty deconstruction of TV-shows-turned-movies and a genuinely satisfying buddy cop comedy.

Now they've taken a toy, something that has no narrative attached, and they've turned it into a film that works as a celebration of the art of creation, a movie that encourages kids to embrace the unlimited creativity of imagination while also reminding a specific generation of parents to share their damn toys. It is a canny piece of pop art, and "The Lego Movie" should end up delighting old and young viewers in equal measure.

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<p>Spider-Man, you might not want to put that hand out to Electro, because he's not feeling very friendly</p>

Spider-Man, you might not want to put that hand out to Electro, because he's not feeling very friendly

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'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Super Bowl spot gets up close and personal with Electro

This is practically a mini-movie instead of a trailer

It is, after all, Super Bowl Sunday, so it makes sense that studios are pulling out all the stops to try and stake their claim on the 2014 box-office today, and so far, I think they've done an excellent job with these big giant trailers.

For example, I was not the biggest fan of Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man." I liked the chemistry with his cast, and I thought there were elements of it that worked, but as a film, it felt disjointed, like they'd shoved three or four different scripts together. I don't think it's ever a problem to have multiple villains as long as you can tell a story that works as a coherent thematic whole, using all of the various foes to strengthen the overall film.

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<p>Okay, everything about this image is amazing.</p>

Okay, everything about this image is amazing.

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Optimus Prime hitches a ride to a dinobot in a crazy new 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' teaser

We've got dragons in this one?

Did I just see Optimus Prime riding a robot dragon?

As someone who has no knowledge of the toys or the cartoons from the '80s, I have no idea what I'm looking at in most of the trailer for "Transformers: Age Of Extinction."

It helps that there's a bit of a shift happening in this film, as Michael Bay attempts to prove that the human stars are the least important part of this franchise. Now that Shia LaBeouf isn't famous anymore and Megan Fox has developed a sudden taste for turtles, this new sequel focuses on a brand-new group of human characters.

Mark Wahlberg and Michael Bay working together is reason enough to see an action movie, but adding in the giant-scale lunacy of the "Transformers" movies so far seems like a recipe for… something. What? That remains to be seen.

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<p>Philip Seymour Hoffman's versatility was just one of the things that made him one of the best actors in film, now or in the past.</p>

Philip Seymour Hoffman's versatility was just one of the things that made him one of the best actors in film, now or in the past.

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14 essential performances by the great Philip Seymour Hoffman

From 'Scent Of A Woman' to 'Capote,' we look at some of his greatest moments

This morning began early for me with a soccer practice for Toshi, and when I walked into the house around noon, I had no idea anything had happened. Twenty seconds of looking at Twitter, though, immediately had me rushing to the e-mail to check, and sure enough, there was a long e-mail thread already being sent back and forth by the rest of the editorial staff of HitFix about the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Even now, a few hours later, it seems surreal to me that he's genuinely gone. I suspect it will take a while for it to seem real to me, especially since he's still got a number of performances set to be released. As we discussed his passing this morning, we all had different performances and moments that we brought up, moments that meant so much to us.

While it's impossible to articulate the loss that has occurred today, what we can do is offer up some thoughts on what his work meant to us. Even this feels like we're just glancing over his remarkable filmography, just barely articulating the depth of what he expressed through his work over the years.

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Thrilling new 'Captain America' trailer puts The Winter Soldier center-stage

Plus the Falcon takes flight in a big way

The buzz has been building behind the scenes for the last few months, and if this new trailer for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is anything to judge by, the buzz is right.

This looks awesome.

What works best for the Marvel movies at this point is the sense of mounting continuity. Film to film, we're getting to know these characters better, and there is a sense of cause and effect. Actions in one film have consequences in another. I thought it was one of the nicest moments in the entire series so far when in a recent episode of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.", the characters took notice of a memorial wall in a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility with names of fallen agents, and Bucky Barnes was one of the people listed there.

As fans of the comics know, though, Bucky's fate was more complicated than a simple death, and from the moment Marvel announced the title for the sequel to "Captain America: The First Avenger," they have been waiting to see how Marvel would handle not only the introduction of The Winter Soldier, but the entire mythology around him.

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