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“A Cure For Wellness”: Trigger-Happy Nonsense

There are so many sudden and extreme moments of brain-nauseating excess in A Cure For Wellness, the new film by director Gore Verbinski, that it might as well be called Trigger Warning: The Movie. Everything from injured animals to sexual assault to dental phobia parades across the screen like a 17-car…

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“Lego Batman Movie”: The Brick Knight Returns

When The Lego Movie arrived in theaters back in 2014, it was something of a surprise. An animated film based on featureless, colored building blocks ended up being a deceptively deep examination of conformity versus individuality and the power of imagination. Something of a madcap pop culture melange,…

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“Resident Evil 6”: In Milla We Trust

In the debate over the lack of female superheroes headlining films, one name often gets left out: Milla Jovovich, star of the Resident Evil franchise. While her character may not have found its origins in comics — or even in the video games that inspired the franchise in the first place —…

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“Assassin’s Creed”: Fatal But Not…

Or as it might better be known, Killing in the Name of the MacGuffin. What is a MacGuffin? Glad you asked. Alfred Hitchcock coined the term decades ago, referring to anything that drives a plot but has little to no narrative value itself. It spurs all the action in the film, but it’s usually left…

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There are so many sudden and extreme moments of brain-nauseating excess in A Cure For Wellness, the new film by director Gore Verbinski, that it might as well be called Trigger Warning: The Movie. Everything from injured animals to sexual assault…

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When The Lego Movie arrived in theaters back in 2014, it was something of a surprise. An animated film based on featureless, colored building blocks ended up being a deceptively deep examination of conformity versus individuality and the power of…

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In the debate over the lack of female superheroes headlining films, one name often gets left out: Milla Jovovich, star of the Resident Evil franchise. While her character may not have found its origins in comics — or even in the video games…

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Or as it might better be known, Killing in the Name of the MacGuffin. What is a MacGuffin? Glad you asked. Alfred Hitchcock coined the term decades ago, referring to anything that drives a plot but has little to no narrative value itself. It spurs…

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Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

War is hell. That’s a fact that most of the films in the Star Wars franchise have glossed over, despite the fact that… Read More »

Sometimes we have to look backward to move forward, and that’s especially true in the case of Moana, the latest animated… Read More »

Too often, when something is labeled “science fiction”, it often just means “set in space.” This… Read More »

One thing lacking in both the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes is something that seems so fundamental to the superhero mythos:… Read More »

For 35 years, there has been one undisputed Queen of Halloween, one gal whose ample assets have bounced her to the top and… Read More »

Like a strange genetic hybrid of X-Men and Harry Potter covered in a high-gloss coat of candy-colored, Hot Topic-approved… Read More »

It might be hard to believe, but back in the dark days of 1999 when people huddled around tube-based televisions in fear… Read More »

The best fairy tales are the ones that don’t seem like what modern audiences have come to think of as “fairy… Read More »

What if you threw a superhero party and didn’t recognize anybody who showed up? That’s sort of the vibe given… Read More »

The Star Trek film franchise has always had a hard time balancing the ideas and humanity of original series swith the high-powered… Read More »

It’s unfair to compare the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters to the 1984 original. That film was possessed of a singular… Read More »

Twenty years. That’s the amount of time it takes for the language of cinema to evolve into a new method of expression.… Read More »

Like a video game that’s all cut scenes and no interaction, Warcraft lumbers across the screen with a sense of inescapable… Read More »

"The third film is always the worst." This line is uttered by a character in X-Men: Apocalypse after a viewing of Return… Read More »

It's a long-standing convention in comics to pit superheroes against each other. It's possibly the only thing more… Read More »

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 »

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