This weekend is all about The Avengers, Joss Whedon’s mega-hyped, mega-budgeted blockbuster that folds a bunch of Marvel Comics’ best-known heroes into one movie.  It’s an enjoyable romp, but don’t go in expecting the comic book movie to end all comic book movies.  Check out my review along with the rest of this week’s TWoP content below.

The Avengers Review
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Review
Joss Whedon Book Review
I Want My DVD
Joss Whedon’s Avengers
Community Recap

Jason Segel and Emily Blunt head up the all-star and overstuffed romantic comedy The Five Year Engagement, one of five new movies I review this week over at TWoP.  Follow links to the individual reviews below.

The Five Year Engagement
The Raven
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Peter Lord Q&A
Jason Statham Q&A
I Want My DVD
Community Recap
Syfy Upfront
Veep Review

The Cabin in the Woods and Detention
The Cabin in the Woods Spoiler Review
I Want My DVD
Picking the next Hunger Games Director
Up All Night Finale Review
Community Review

The fading American Pie franchise gives it one more go with American Reunion, which brings back all of the original cast (yes, even Tara Reid) for another sex-fueled misadventure.  Honestly, it would have been better for all concerned had they just stayed retired.  Read my review and the rest of the week’s TWoP content below.

American Reunion Review
Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope Review
I Want My DVD
Community Recap
Other 1999 Reunions We Want to See
May Movie Preview

Hey, anyone remember 2010′s Clash of the Titans?  No?  Can’t blame you; it’s completely forgettable.  But Hollywood went ahead and made a sequel anyway and–surprise!–it’s just as boring as the first.  I review that film and the much buzzed-about doc Bully over at TWoP this week.  Follow the links below.

Wrath of the Titans Review
Bully and Goon Reviews
I Want My VOD
I Want My DVD
How Are These Actors Still Working?
Community Recap
Amazing Race and Survivor Update
Why We Love Mad Men

The Hunger Games are all anyone’s been able to talk about the past couple weeks…myself included.  Check out all my Games related content at TWoP, including my review to this faithful-to-a-fault adaptation of the popular dystopian future franchise.

The Hunger Games Review
Failed YA Film Franchises
Casting the Sequels
Filling the Hunger Games Void
Indie Snapshot
I Want My DVD
Community Recap
Bent Review
Mad Men Q&A

The conventional wisdom would be that a big-screen version of the old ’80s TV show 21 Jump Street would have no chance of being any good whatsoever. Well guess what? Conventional wisdom can suck it.  Thanks largely to the strong work of its central comic duo, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, the Jump Street movie turns out to be a lot of fun.  Not a comedy for the ages mind you, just a studio programmer that’s much more entertaining than expected.  Read all my Jump Street coverage, along with a bunch of other reviews, over at TWoP.

21 Jump Street vs. Dragnet
Jeff, Who Lives at Home and Casa de mi Padre
Indie Snapshot
Q&A With Jump Street Directors
Q&A With Rob Riggle
Q&A With Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum
I Want My DVD
Remaking ’80s Shows for the Big Screen
Community Recap

The above image comes from the single best scene in the new sci-fi blockbuster, John Carter, a gladiatorial battle royal that pits the titular hero against a pair of monstrous white apes from the planet Mars… uh, make that Barsoom.  It’s a tense, exciting sequence distinguished by strong effects work and action choreography.  If the rest of the movie were on the level of this one scene, it’d be a classic.  As it is, it’s a supremely messy, but fitfully entertaining contraption.  I go into more detail in my review on TWoP.  Follow the links below to read more.

John Carter: He’s Got 99 Problems But the Princess of Mars Ain’t One
Silent House: Housebound & Down
Indie Snapshot
Adam Scott Q&A
Animators Turned Live-Action Directors
I Want My DVD
It Actors

The latest attempt to translate the work of Dr. Seuss to the big screen isn’t quite the disaster that the Grinch and Cat in the Hat movies were, but honestly kids and their parents will be better off just reading the book again.  I cover The Lorax among other releases over on TWoP this week.

The Lorax Review
Being Flynn Review
The Avengers Trailer Review
Tales from Development Hell Review
I Want My DVD
Indie Spirit Awards Recap
Parks and Recreation

Act of Valor boasts the participation of real Navy SEALs, but that doesn’t mean that the finished product is particularly realistic.  I explain why in my review over at TWoP.  Follow the links below for this week’s content.

Act of Valor Review
Studio Ghibli Retrospective
I Want My DVD
What We Want to Happen at the Oscars
SNL Recap
Downton Abbey Recap
Pan Am Recap
Eastbound & Down Recap

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