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“Blair Witch” Is Lost In The Woods

It might be hard to believe, but back in the dark days of 1999 when people huddled around tube-based televisions in fear of packs of marauding boy bands, The Blair Witch Project was both relatively novel and genuinely frightening. It wasn’t the first mockumentary horror film, but it did arguably…

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“Kubo” Is A Classic Story For All Ages

The best fairy tales are the ones that don’t seem like what modern audiences have come to think of as “fairy tales.” While the original purpose of fairy tales was to explain the darkness and dangers of the world in a way that everybody — and in particular children — could…

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“Suicide Squad” Could Use A Pep Rally

What if you threw a superhero party and didn’t recognize anybody who showed up? That’s sort of the vibe given off by Suicide Squad, the third film in  the unsteady, growing-pained DC Extended Universe. Much like the antiheroes at its center, it often feels like a conflicted, unfocused…

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“Star Trek Beyond”: Something Old, Something…

The Star Trek film franchise has always had a hard time balancing the ideas and humanity of original series swith the high-powered action that cinematic audiences expect in a sci-fi film. While it’s much easier to get this equation right in the relatively more restrained frame of television, what…

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It might be hard to believe, but back in the dark days of 1999 when people huddled around tube-based televisions in fear of packs of marauding boy bands, The Blair Witch Project was both relatively novel and genuinely frightening. It wasn’t…

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The best fairy tales are the ones that don’t seem like what modern audiences have come to think of as “fairy tales.” While the original purpose of fairy tales was to explain the darkness and dangers of the world in a way that everybody…

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What if you threw a superhero party and didn’t recognize anybody who showed up? That’s sort of the vibe given off by Suicide Squad, the third film in  the unsteady, growing-pained DC Extended Universe. Much like the antiheroes at…

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The Star Trek film franchise has always had a hard time balancing the ideas and humanity of original series swith the high-powered action that cinematic audiences expect in a sci-fi film. While it’s much easier to get this equation right in…

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Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

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 »

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 »

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