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“The Huntsman” Is Fractured Fan Fiction

The Huntsman: Winter's War is a film possessed of a severe identity crisis. It serves as both prequel and sequel to its predecessor, 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman, but doesn't meaningfully build off of that film. It borrows from several fairy tales to build its story, but it doesn't…

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“Batman V Superman”: Strum Und Drag

Stop me if you've heard this one. An alien, a billionaire, and a demigod walk into a bar. The bartender says, "What'll you have?" They respond, "EVERYTHING ON THE ROCKS, AND POUR REAL SLOW!!! CRASH BOOM BANG!!!" The bartender says "Why are you shouting?" They say "BECAUSE SUPERHEROES!!!" And…

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“10 Cloverfield Lane”: Tense, Taut, Terrifying

10 Cloverfield Lane is a film so wrapped in mystery and subterfuge that its very existence seems to constitute a spoiler warning. Filmed in secrecy under a code name, with not even the main cast knowing the movie’s real title until the trailer dropped a mere two months prior to its release, it's…

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“Deadpool”: Crazy Sexy Awesome

The opening scene of Deadpool pretty much tells you exactly what kind of film you're about to watch. While Juice Newton’s lite FM staple “Angel Of The Morning” gets the full Dolby treatment on the soundtrack, the camera slowly pans around a freeze frame of a chaotic melee taking…

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The Huntsman: Winter's War is a film possessed of a severe identity crisis. It serves as both prequel and sequel to its predecessor, 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman, but doesn't meaningfully build off of that film. It borrows from…

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Stop me if you've heard this one. An alien, a billionaire, and a demigod walk into a bar. The bartender says, "What'll you have?" They respond, "EVERYTHING ON THE ROCKS, AND POUR REAL SLOW!!! CRASH BOOM BANG!!!" The bartender says "Why are…

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10 Cloverfield Lane is a film so wrapped in mystery and subterfuge that its very existence seems to constitute a spoiler warning. Filmed in secrecy under a code name, with not even the main cast knowing the movie’s real title until the trailer…

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The opening scene of Deadpool pretty much tells you exactly what kind of film you're about to watch. While Juice Newton’s lite FM staple “Angel Of The Morning” gets the full Dolby treatment on the soundtrack, the camera slowly…

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Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

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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 »

Let’s get this out of the way right now: there is probably no easy way to turn the Fantastic Four into sexy, exciting… Read More »

Could something truly be called nostalgic if you never leave the past? That’s the question unintentionally asked by… Read More »

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 »

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