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Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law.

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This week sees the wide release of director Clint Eastwood’s newest film, American Sniper, which concerns itself with the story of real-life U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Hollywood has showcased the Navy’s premiere Special Forces squad in dozens of films throughout the years, yet a few portrayals have stood out as particularly memorable. Today’s list is a celebration of the movies that took the time to feature Navy SEALS in a badass fashion.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction isn’t so much a movie as it is a 165-minute propaganda film made to appeal to the widest demographic possible — but mainly for China.

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Ultimately, Lone Survivor is a disappointing film based on an incredible true story. I just wished that the adaptation came closer to doing the real life event some justice.

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This week, Eric takes the week off for a spa visit, so Trevan and Trey enlist the help of Film School co-curator Erin Kennedy to talk about Her, August: Osage County and Lone Survivor. We’ve already talked about Her on last week’s best-of podcasts, but you’ll want to stick around for the Oscar fodder that is August: Osage County and [...]

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The buddy-cop movie ’2 Guns’ is surprisingly fun, and Fox re-issues the film that defined multiple personalities forever, ‘The Three Faces of Eve,’ in a beautiful Blu-ray transfer.

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2 Guns certainly doesn’t reinvent the buddy-cop genre, but it does play to its strengths without taking itself too seriously, which is where many of its brethren get tripped up.

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It is good for all film snobs, when they want to dismiss Bay as thoughtless and utterly lowbrow, to remember that Criterion put out versions of both The Rock (spine #108) and Armageddon (spine #40). They had good reason to do so.

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His slow-motion prowess and action-film chops add a surreal element, but Bay’s camera leers at the world the same way his characters do. He wants to celebrate his “heroes” at the same time he’s making fun of them, but his over-the-top delivery gives him away. On top of that, the constant narration gives away too much of the mystery of their motives and it ends up trying way too hard to be funny.

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This week, Eric, Trey, and Trevan welcome Matt Lloyd, a confessed Bay-o-phile to talk about Pain & Gain, the stranger-than-fiction pet project from Michael Bay. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and a huge supporting cast and follows body builder bank robbers as they extort millions from some rich businessman or something. If you don’t [...]

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Eric, Trey and Trevan talk about two new releases (Mama and Broken City), discuss disappointments and pleasant surprises of The Golden Globes and The Critics Choice Awards before speculating on The Oscars, and finally recap some of their favorite moments from 2012 in film. Subscribe to The Scene-Stealers Podcast on iTunes or our RSS. Also, check it out! Here’s [...]

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‘Broken City’ is a detail-oriented neo-noir that actively plays with and subverts the tropes and characters so often associated with the genre.

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Seth MacFarlane writes, directs and voices the teddy bear come to life and Mark Wahlberg is the perpetual manchild with a heart of gold in ‘Ted,’ an R-rated comedy that gets a little mileage out of its setup and then is offensively unfunny for most of its running time.

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Here’s Eric’s on-camera review of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg‘s new comedy “The Other Guys” from ABC affiliate KTKA-49. See this clip on the 6pm news tonight. Eric’s full print review of the movie is here.

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