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‘Mr. Holmes’ Feels a Bit Elementary

Ian McKellen seems to be making his way through literary icons. He's played Gandalf in six films; he's the definitive Magneto (sorry Michael Fassbender), and before all that, he was Richard III. Now, he can add Sherlock Holmes to the list as the lead in Bill Condon's restrained, drawing-room…

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“The Man From UNCLE”: Because Why Not?

“Style over substance” is a phrase that’s usually used as a kind of back-handed insult, mainly because “pretty but dumb” just isn’t pithy enough. But what if “style over substance” is the entire point? What if you pimp out the style because there IS no…

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“Fantastic Four”: Dull Surprise - The Movie

Let’s get this out of the way right now: there is probably no easy way to turn the Fantastic Four into sexy, exciting cinema. Marvel’s first super-team is from a pre-angst, pre-irony era; a time when comics came with big smiles and exclamation points, with Kirby dots everywhere. That kind…

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“Pixels” is a waste of quarters

Could something truly be called nostalgic if you never leave the past? That’s the question unintentionally asked by Pixels, the latest man-child fantasy from Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison studios. Other questions brought up over the course of the film include “Are women always trophies…

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Ian McKellen seems to be making his way through literary icons. He's played Gandalf in six films; he's the definitive Magneto (sorry Michael Fassbender), and before all that, he was Richard III. Now, he can add Sherlock Holmes to the list…

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“Style over substance” is a phrase that’s usually used as a kind of back-handed insult, mainly because “pretty but dumb” just isn’t pithy enough. But what if “style over substance” is the entire point?…

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Let’s get this out of the way right now: there is probably no easy way to turn the Fantastic Four into sexy, exciting cinema. Marvel’s first super-team is from a pre-angst, pre-irony era; a time when comics came with big smiles and exclamation…

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Could something truly be called nostalgic if you never leave the past? That’s the question unintentionally asked by Pixels, the latest man-child fantasy from Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison studios. Other questions brought up over the course…

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Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

There is a marked tendency in superhero films to go big or go home. It’s understandable. Part of the thrill of these… Read More »

It’s one thing to reboot a computer program when it isn’t working like it should. It’s quite another to… Read More »

One movie about a profane, weed-smoking talking teddy bear with a voice that’s semitone away from Peter Griffin was… Read More »

Most of us probably wish that the inside of our head could look like a Pixar cartoon and not like a wrinkled mass of gray… Read More »

Much like the poorly-conceived, exceedingly loud, tourist-approved hybrid dinosaur at its center, Jurassic World is a huge… Read More »

There’s often a very fine line between winking homage and satire. It basically comes down to a matter of whether or… Read More »

“Reboot” has become an ugly word in cinema, often with just cause. The precise equation that results in a film,… Read More »

Like a sublime dieselpunk opera scored for blood, fire, guns and accompanied by an orchestra of insanely tricked-out vehicles,… Read More »

If the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a collectible card game, Avengers: Age Of Ultron is the best booster pack you could… Read More »

A kind of radical re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by way of Asimov, Ex Machina is a tense, closed-circuit… Read More »

Equal parts Paranormal Activity, The Ring and Scream, Unfriended comes off as a gimmick movie at first glance—the… Read More »

Detroit college student Jay (Maika Monroe) is dating handsome brooder Hugh (Jake Weary). After they decide to go all the… Read More »

Spoiler alert! The following entry discusses the events of Sunday’s season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead.    … Read More »

Welcome to Earth, home of the Boov! Wait…let me back up. In DreamWorks’ Home, a passive-agressively pacifist alien species… Read More »

What do we have in the FBOTU Pull-List this week? Let’s see…He-Man…Jem…Darth Vader?! It’s… Read More »

Steve Grand was destined to go viral. Handsome, muscular, possessed of a rich baritenor and unassuming “boy next door”… Read More »

Once upon a time, Disney decided to further leverage its princess franchise and remake Cinderella, one of its most famous… Read More »

Madonna has been around for a while. Over 30 years, in fact. We’re not talking about Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. We’re… Read More »

In Chappie, a lawless Johannesburg of the future is policed with the help of robots developed by the brilliant Deon Wilson… Read More »

Medical researchers Frank (Mark Duplass) and Zoe (Olivia Wilde) are working on a project that aims to revive a recently dead… Read More »

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