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01.03.2014by: Paul Shirey

2014 Disney Preview!

It looks to be another standard year for Disney in 2014, which is to say a big one. They've certainly had some bumps along the way, particularly with THE LONE RANGER last year and JOHN CARTER in 2012, but with their hands on the Marvel Cinematic Universe there's plenty to lean back on. 2014 will see two new Marvel films, a big-budget musical, a Muppets sequel, another entry in their nature-themed franchise, three animated films from three different venues, a few dramas, a kids book adaptation, and another live-action treatment based on a classic cartoon. It's a fairly diverse crowd, yet a familiar model for the studio, which is going full steam ahead, as always. Take a look at their offerings for the year and let us know which one's you're most looking forward to!

The Wind Rises (February 21)

In The Wind Rises, Jiro (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (voiced by Stanley Tucci). Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan's plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko (voiced by Emily Blunt), and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo (voiced by John Krasinski). Writer and director Hayao Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in this epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. From Studio Ghibli, The Wind Rises is slated for limited release in North American thetaers February 21, 2014, and expanded release on February 28, 2014, under the Touchstone Pictures banner.

Need For Speed (March 14)

The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle-cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey's shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn't commit, sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out west.

Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge -- but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon-the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first. March 14, 2014.

Muppets Most Wanted (March 21)

Disney's Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

Disney's Muppets Most Wanted is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nick Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, Muppets Most Wanted hits the big screen March 21, 2014.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4)

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy-the Winter Soldier.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier is produced by Kevin Feige, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is presented by Marvel Studios. The film releases April 4, 2014., and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Bears (April 18)

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting-but risky-as the cubs' playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food-ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run-while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. Bears captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet's last great wildernesses-Alaska! Directed by Alastair Fothergill (Earth, African Cats and Chimpanzee) and Keith Scholey (African Cats), Bears arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.

Million Dollar Arm (May 16)

In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) concocts a scheme to find baseball's next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turninto a Major League Baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a realityshow competition called "Million Dollar Arm." With the help of a cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout (Alan Arkin) he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from Slumdog Millionaire) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from Life of Pi), two 18 year old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India - the boys, who have never left their rural villages - are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball - JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell) - learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family. May 16, 2014.

Maleficent (May 30)

Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holders her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. Maleficent opens in theaters May 30, 2014.

Planes: Fire and Rescue (July 18)

Planes: Fire & Rescue is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie, and a bunch of all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Roberts Gannaway (Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings), Planes: Fire & Rescue hits theaters in 3D on July 18, 2014.

Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1)

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team - the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power fo the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand - with the galaxy's fate in the balance. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is presented by Marvel Studios. The film releases August 1, 2014, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (August 8)

In The Hundred-Foot Journey, Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant - the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments - until Hassan's passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory's enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory's culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan's gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

The Hundred-Foot Journey abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy's drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be. August 8, 2014.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (October 10)

Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life-a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he's not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is directed by Independent Spirit Award winner Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl, Cedar Rapids, Youth in Revolt) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps/Jim Henson Company production. The film hits theaters nationwide October 10, 2014.

Big Hero 6 (November 7)

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Big Hero 6, an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion-a robot named Baymax-Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated Big Hero 6 hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

McFarland (November 21)

Inspired by the 1987 true story, McFarland follows high school coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), whose job-hopping leads him to predominantly Latino McFarland High School, located in an agricultural community in California's farm-rich Central Valley. Jim knows he ha to make this school his last stop - he's out of options, with both his career and his family and finds himself in a diverse, economically-challenged community that feels worlds apart from his previous hometowns. Admittedly, the White family and the students have a lot to learn about each other - but when Coach White notices the boys' exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts impresses White - the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, Coach White's unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Jim and his family realize that they finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream. November 21, 2014.

Into The Woods (December 25)

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lila Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) - all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award-winning musical Chicago and Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, helms the film, which is based on the Tony-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics - including an all-new song for the big-screen adaptation. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, "Wicked" producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, Into the Woods hits theaters December 25, 2014.

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5:54AM on 01/06/2014
No more galleries plz!
No more galleries plz!
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12:25PM on 01/05/2014

galleries

I like the gallery articles and you're a gay toad jetsaredim.
I like the gallery articles and you're a gay toad jetsaredim.
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7:50AM on 01/05/2014
Oh and darker fairytale stuff? Okay, Disney, if you say so...
Oh and darker fairytale stuff? Okay, Disney, if you say so...
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7:49AM on 01/05/2014
Oh and darker fairytale stuff? Okay, Disney, if you say so...
Oh and darker fairytale stuff? Okay, Disney, if you say so...
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7:47AM on 01/05/2014
2014 for Disney is odd Marvel stuff and smallish underdog movies? They are really taking a breather before 2015...
2014 for Disney is odd Marvel stuff and smallish underdog movies? They are really taking a breather before 2015...
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7:44AM on 01/05/2014
This one's just... odd.

With the success of those Avengers movies, they are greenlighting some weird Marvel stuff. This and Guardians Of The Galaxy.
This one's just... odd.

With the success of those Avengers movies, they are greenlighting some weird Marvel stuff. This and Guardians Of The Galaxy.
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9:12PM on 01/04/2014
It is really starting to make me sick seeing Jennifer Garner in this kind of movies.
Remember when she was all hot and kick ass on ALIAS?
She really needs to stay away from those nicey-nicey family friendly cotton candy comedies and get some better roles. Something a little more daring (at least r-rated comedy, horror or a guest role in a cable series like Banshee, The Americans or Orange is the new Black) and less housewifey. Dallas Buyers Club makes me hope she is starting to realize that
It is really starting to make me sick seeing Jennifer Garner in this kind of movies.
Remember when she was all hot and kick ass on ALIAS?
She really needs to stay away from those nicey-nicey family friendly cotton candy comedies and get some better roles. Something a little more daring (at least r-rated comedy, horror or a guest role in a cable series like Banshee, The Americans or Orange is the new Black) and less housewifey. Dallas Buyers Club makes me hope she is starting to realize that too.
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7:21PM on 01/03/2014
Looking forward to this. There need to be more Sondheim adaptations on the big screen and hopefully Disney will give Into the Woods the lush, slightly twisted fairytale feel it deserves. That cast sounds like magic.
Looking forward to this. There need to be more Sondheim adaptations on the big screen and hopefully Disney will give Into the Woods the lush, slightly twisted fairytale feel it deserves. That cast sounds like magic.
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7:10PM on 01/03/2014
Sounds like fairly typical underdog sports movie fare but I'm glad Costner is getting a second wind of a career.
Sounds like fairly typical underdog sports movie fare but I'm glad Costner is getting a second wind of a career.
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7:08PM on 01/03/2014
First I've heard of this, Helen Mirren will make it work!
First I've heard of this, Helen Mirren will make it work!
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7:07PM on 01/03/2014
This looks like a fun time and hopefully marks an assured step into truly "out there" territory for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This looks like a fun time and hopefully marks an assured step into truly "out there" territory for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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7:07PM on 01/03/2014
What really?
What really?
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7:04PM on 01/03/2014
I'm with oscarxp25, I think this does look better than Alice and Wonderland at the moment. Angelina Jolie seems like she was born to play Maleficent, I was totally on board the minute she was suggested for the part and am really really glad she took it.
I'm with oscarxp25, I think this does look better than Alice and Wonderland at the moment. Angelina Jolie seems like she was born to play Maleficent, I was totally on board the minute she was suggested for the part and am really really glad she took it.
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7:04PM on 01/03/2014
Suraj Sharma was incredible in Life of Pi. It's no mean feat to hold your own in a survival movie the way he did.
Suraj Sharma was incredible in Life of Pi. It's no mean feat to hold your own in a survival movie the way he did.
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7:02PM on 01/03/2014
D'aww! I like how Nash from over on That Guy With the Glasses describes bears: "furry tanks."
D'aww! I like how Nash from over on That Guy With the Glasses describes bears: "furry tanks."
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7:02PM on 01/03/2014
Very, very pumped for this one.
Very, very pumped for this one.
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7:01PM on 01/03/2014
Could turn out either way. Doesn't look excellent and seems like a retread of The Muppet Caper, but Tina Fey as a live-action Natasha Fatale can only be a good thing.
Could turn out either way. Doesn't look excellent and seems like a retread of The Muppet Caper, but Tina Fey as a live-action Natasha Fatale can only be a good thing.
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7:00PM on 01/03/2014
It looks silly but I'm a sucker for helicopters in chase scenes and Dominic Cooper looks like he's going to be a delightful scenery-chewer as the villain. Michael Keaton's a plus, of course.
It looks silly but I'm a sucker for helicopters in chase scenes and Dominic Cooper looks like he's going to be a delightful scenery-chewer as the villain. Michael Keaton's a plus, of course.
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6:59PM on 01/03/2014
Miyazaki kinda turned Ari Folman - I'm intrigued.
Miyazaki kinda turned Ari Folman - I'm intrigued.
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5:41PM on 01/03/2014

Very high on my list

I have every Miyazaki movie I could get on Blu-Ray and DVD, so my ticket's pretty much bought for this one.
I have every Miyazaki movie I could get on Blu-Ray and DVD, so my ticket's pretty much bought for this one.
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12:01PM on 01/03/2014

Kendrick is in it singing?

Take my money now...voice of an angel
Take my money now...voice of an angel
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11:58AM on 01/03/2014

Diary of a WImpy Kid

I get this is the feel they are going for I feel.
I get this is the feel they are going for I feel.
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11:57AM on 01/03/2014

I know nothing of the source material

But everything I have seen has interested me
But everything I have seen has interested me
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11:57AM on 01/03/2014

NO!

First one was easily the worst animated film to come out in sometime.
First one was easily the worst animated film to come out in sometime.
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11:54AM on 01/03/2014
Hoping they use this material wisely unlike "Alice in Wonderland"
Hoping they use this material wisely unlike "Alice in Wonderland"
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11:54AM on 01/03/2014

Looks very generic

But I will see it for two reason: Lake Bell and my man Jon "Don Draper" Hamm
But I will see it for two reason: Lake Bell and my man Jon "Don Draper" Hamm
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11:50AM on 01/03/2014

I think this will be the best of the Stage 2 films

It looks like what it is exactly going for...a political thriller from the 70s. If they properly mix that with kick-ass action and great effects we maybe in for a treat come April.
It looks like what it is exactly going for...a political thriller from the 70s. If they properly mix that with kick-ass action and great effects we maybe in for a treat come April.
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11:48AM on 01/03/2014

Hope Paul proves me wrong

My friends and I, who watched Breaking Bad, all agree he is the one who is going to disappear. I like him and hope that isn't the case. The movie though looks very cheesy.
My friends and I, who watched Breaking Bad, all agree he is the one who is going to disappear. I like him and hope that isn't the case. The movie though looks very cheesy.
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11:46AM on 01/03/2014

Always in a mood for some Miyazaki

He has had me since "Spirited Away". I think it is important to maintain hand drawn animation like this because this is far more impressive since it is all done by the human hand.
He has had me since "Spirited Away". I think it is important to maintain hand drawn animation like this because this is far more impressive since it is all done by the human hand.
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12:59AM on 01/03/2014

galleries

I'm new to reading this site (a few months or so) but is it possible you can do away with the lists as a gallery articles? Is it so bad to just put all the items on one page? At least give people the option to view the list all at once rather than through the ridiculous gallery format...
I'm new to reading this site (a few months or so) but is it possible you can do away with the lists as a gallery articles? Is it so bad to just put all the items on one page? At least give people the option to view the list all at once rather than through the ridiculous gallery format...
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