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Seven Things To Watch Instead Of Transformers: Age Of Extinction

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AgeFrankly, there’s probably not a lot we can say to sway you when it comes to seeing or not seeing Transformers: Age of Extinction this weekend. You should already know whether or not you’re a fan of Michael Bay’s particular brand of Kool-Aid — and now that I think about it, a grinning mug full of sugar-water bursting illogically through a brick wall is a fairly concise metaphor for Bay’s Transformers franchise in the first place. They should just go ahead and slap “Oh yeah!” on all of the posters. But assuming Age of Extinction is not on your to-do list, and assuming Snowpiercer isn’t playing anywhere near you, we’ve got seven superior alternatives to pouring Bay’s digital excess into your eye holes.

Since the Transformers movies are based on a cartoon and thus, at least theoretically, they should be suitable for all ages, we’re including a variety of different choices here, all of them involving robots in one way or another. And to hear GFR’s Nick tell it, you could marathon all of these in a row and it’d still seem shorter than sitting through Age of Extinction. Hit the jump for all our picks!

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Review – Transformers: Age Of Extinction Goes Boom Boom With No Brain Brain

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transformers: age pf extinctionAround two hours into Michael Bay’s eyeball-splitting Transformers: Age of Extinction, Nicola Peltz’s on-the-run Tessa Yeager tells her dad Cade (Mark Wahlberg) that she’s tired of all the running and the sleeping they’ve been doing. This was the only time during this entire shebang that I actually sympathized with a character. Because yes, Tessa, we are all tired of you guys running around, because you’ve been doing it forever. I think I still have jetlag.

With several predictable and straightforward plotlines happening in successive order, Transformers: Age of Extinction is almost three different movies, and in each one, the bad guys’ motives are far more understandable than those of our central heroes. At 165 minutes, this is Bay’s second-longest directorial effort, behind Pearl Harbor. (Say, there’s a movie with relatable villains.) It actually feels longer, as I kept looking at the clock on my phone, assuming that I’d already been watching the movie for three hours, hoping that my phone would suddenly morph into a slang-spewing Transformer to keep me company and deliver exposition when needed.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction High-Res Images Show Off Robots And Pretty People

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AgeFeatMichael Bay returns to the world of giant, shape-changing robots this Friday with Transformers: Age of Extinction. If you enjoyed the earlier Transformers films, well, this one looks to be more of the same, but with the added attraction of Dinobots. On the other hand, if you couldn’t care less about the cartoonish franchise, I can’t imagine Age of Extinction is going to win you over. On the upside, however, Age of Extinction contains at least 99% less Shia LaBeouf than the former installments, which means moviegoers are going to have to find a new Transformers character to constantly want to punch in the face. In the meantime you can check out this batch of new high-res images from Age of Extinction below, which focus mostly on the humans but still have a couple of interesting shots of the ‘bots themselves.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Drops A Short TV Spot Full Of New Footage

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Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction is set to open worldwide this Friday, June 27—unless a lawsuit in China delays the release there—and it is sure to be one of the biggest movies of the summer. Even though the previous movies in the franchise have earned billions of dollars—billions with a B and an S—that doesn’t mean that Paramount Pictures is going to be content to rest on their laurels and not promote their movie. Oh no, that’s not how they role at all. In fact, the closer we get, the more we see, including this latest short TV spot.

And when we say short, we mean very short. This video may only be 15-seconds long, but almost all of those seconds are full of new footage. Considering that Bay is fond of shots that are measured in nanoseconds, you can fit quite a lot of shiny new film into a spot this brief.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Earns Mixed Early Reviews And A Lawsuit

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Transformers: Age of ExtinctionThe world is about to be invaded by giant shape shifting robots from space, again. Are you ready? Michael Bay and company will unleash Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth in a multi-billion dollar earning franchise, at the end of the week. Early reviews of the film have started trickling, and have been mixed-to-positive, but the cinematic juggernaut has hit a speed bump, one that could lead to some last minute edits.

Yahoo reports that a property developer based in Beijing, China, has filed a lawsuit demanding that one of their properties be cut out of the film before it opens there. Beijing Pangu Investment Co. Ltd is suing both their business partners and Paramount Pictures. They own a hotel that is apparently shaped like a dragon, which is a great idea in itself, and claim that Age of Extinction fails to fulfill an agreed-upon sponsorship deal.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Shows Some Skin In This Clip And Featurette

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The biggest spectacle of the summer is nearly upon us. In less than a week, Michael Bay delivers the fourth installment of his multi-billion dollar franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction. I envision constant explosions and no single shot that lasts more than three-quarters of a second. It looks totally nuts. So far, the Transformers movies have been critic-proof, and regardless of what anyone thinks of the movie, I fully expect this to be one of, if not the biggest movie of the summer. Even though Paramount can pretty much print money with these movies, they’ve never been one to short-change the promotion process, and they’ve released another clip from the film, as well as a featurette digging into the IMAX and 3D portion of the process.

This clip places the human element of the film front and center, focusing on Mark Wahlberg’s inventor Cade Yaeger. He’s just your average Joe, living life, trying to make ends meet, scolding his daughter for wearing really short shorts, right as Bay delivers an extreme close up of the offending garment. That is going to be one giant ass projected onto the screen.