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“ID: Resurgence” - Big Bada Bomb

Twenty years. That’s the amount of time it takes for the language of cinema to evolve into a new method of expression. That’s the amount of time for a film to become choked with nostalgia that obscures any real merit it may or may not inherently have. That’s also the amount of time…

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“Warcraft”: Game Over, Man

Like a video game that’s all cut scenes and no interaction, Warcraft lumbers across the screen with a sense of inescapable tedium. Whereas most films are content to adhere to the traditional narrative structure of beginning, middle, and end, Warcraft sits itself firmly down in the beginning and…

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“X-Men: Apocalypse”...And I Feel Fine

"The third film is always the worst." This line is uttered by a character in X-Men: Apocalypse after a viewing of Return Of The Jedi, and on its surface it comes off as a jab at X-Men: The Last Stand, the empty-headed, nearly franchise-killing third film in the original X-Men trilogy. On another level,…

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“Civil War” is Pure Comic Excitement

It's a long-standing convention in comics to pit superheroes against each other. It's possibly the only thing more exciting than sending a superhero off to battle the latest megalomanical villain bent on world domination. But it can also be a highly problematic narrative device if it's not…

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Twenty years. That’s the amount of time it takes for the language of cinema to evolve into a new method of expression. That’s the amount of time for a film to become choked with nostalgia that obscures any real merit it may or may not…

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Like a video game that’s all cut scenes and no interaction, Warcraft lumbers across the screen with a sense of inescapable tedium. Whereas most films are content to adhere to the traditional narrative structure of beginning, middle, and end,…

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"The third film is always the worst." This line is uttered by a character in X-Men: Apocalypse after a viewing of Return Of The Jedi, and on its surface it comes off as a jab at X-Men: The Last Stand, the empty-headed, nearly franchise-killing third…

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It's a long-standing convention in comics to pit superheroes against each other. It's possibly the only thing more exciting than sending a superhero off to battle the latest megalomanical villain bent on world domination. But it can also…

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Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

The Huntsman: Winter's War is a film possessed of a severe identity crisis. It serves as both prequel and sequel to its… Read More »

Stop me if you've heard this one. An alien, a billionaire, and a demigod walk into a bar. The bartender says, "What'll… Read More »

10 Cloverfield Lane is a film so wrapped in mystery and subterfuge that its very existence seems to constitute a spoiler… Read More »

The opening scene of Deadpool pretty much tells you exactly what kind of film you're about to watch. While Juice Newton’s… Read More »

The promise of a title like Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is both blatant and implied. On the surface, you know you'll… Read More »

There is a grim, dystopian future waiting for humanity. It is a future with no plucky, teenage girls to save it. There are… Read More »

Michael Dougherty’s holiday horror fest Krampus opens on a cynical note and stays there for 90 minutes, bless its cold… Read More »

“You know this story.” That’s the first line of dialogue in Victor Frankenstein, spoken in voice-over narration… Read More »

When Quentin Tarantino decided to split his revenge epic Kill Bill into two parts, it made sense. Both films varied wildly… Read More »

When animated cinema continuously relies on fluid, photo-realistic CGI and high-concept, fantastical settings, it’s… Read More »

It's Halloween, and you want to throw a party. But what kind? You don't want to throw just any old costume party.… Read More »

The 1987 live-action Masters of the Universe film has been criticized from day one for not adhering to the animated series… Read More »

If you mention the word Jem to most people, especially anyone who grew up in the 1980s, the first thing most people… Read More »

The first line of dialogue in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak is “Ghosts are real”, spoken in voice-over… Read More »

Can I be honest for a minute? I’m really sick to death of Chosen One narratives. And don’t ever mention the word… Read More »

In a great deal of science fiction, there is a profound sense of wonder inherent in the setting. There’s certainly… Read More »

It’s not easy being the second part of a trilogy. The expectations are high, and the rewards don’t really show… Read More »

There’s a belief among some people that a piece of art is either a heartfelt, passionate representation of an artist’s… Read More »

Ian McKellen seems to be making his way through literary icons. He's played Gandalf in six films; he's the definitive… Read More »

“Style over substance” is a phrase that’s usually used as a kind of back-handed insult, mainly because… Read More »

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