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Bob "MovieBob" Chipman shares his insight into all things cinematic every Friday.

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Winter Soldier is aiming to be a dark, politically-tinged spy thriller in the vein of the Jason Bourne movies... albeit one that still features flying aircraft carriers and bionic arms.

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A drama, 3 ½ hours in length, with the vast majority of that time filled by small groups of characters deep in conversation about relationships, romance, art, literature and philosophy. The entertainment press has elected to promote it in the manner of a carnival peep show. Why?

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Last week's really good episode wasn't a fluke - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to have found it's groove, and that groove is quick-moving spy business infused with sci-fi fantasy elements.

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I have a certain amount of admiration for the new "story of WikiLeaks" drama The Fifth Estate. A kind of cautionary tale of what can happen when zealous commitment to a political/philosophical ideal collides with the real world.

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Captain Phillips could easily have been a simplistic action/rescue thriller or a maudlin made-for-TV potboiler, but instead it's a powerful film even as it tries to strip the mythmaking out of a very human event that became a larger-than-life media moment.

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I will point out how it nicely illustrates the disconnect of Privilege that began right around that moment to slowly transform South Park from the vital truth-telling youngster of TV animation to the grouchy grandpa old before its time.

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Ron Howard might be the most big-earning, blockbuster-producing, award-winning Hollywood filmmaker to still qualify as underrated.

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"Whew! Well, at least we don't have to deal with those monsters!"

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As you'll gather, my attempts to mine current events for sellable screenwriting were... less than successful. Because, as we've established, something is profoundly wrong with me.

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Last week: Lessons learned from a decidedly mixed Summer Movie season. This week: The rest of the curriculum...

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Summer wasn't a particularly enjoyable crop, but at least it was an interesting one where even the failures had something to teach us. For example...

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The world is scary, your house is your castle, stay there as much as possible, buy more stuff to occupy your time there. The incursion into The Home by evil has become the great modern anxiety of the age, and has remained ever since.

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Two mushy biopics, one fall season, what's the worst that could happen?

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Previous trailers haven't shown nearly as much as this one.

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Movies have constantly improved technology since their inception, but where are we going next?