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“Solo”: A Yawn Time Ago

There are few characters in cinema who embody the phrase “lovable rogue” as much as the Star Wars franchise’s Han Solo. The scoundrel with a heart of gold came to life thanks to the rugged, easy charisma of Harrison Ford, arguably eclipsing Luke Skywalker, the series’ ostensible…

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“Deadpool 2”: F-Word-ing Awesome

There’s a moment about halfway through Deadpool 2 where the film appears to be turning into exactly the kind of tired, perfunctory, by-the-numbers superhero sequel you’d expect from a major studio. There’s a huge build-up to a major action sequence involving a ton of characters doing…

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“Infinity War”: Avengers Disassembled

This is it. Ten years, 18 movies, and countless end credit scenes leading up to one of the most anticipated and unprecedented events in genre cinema. Dozens of characters coming together in what’s billed as the pinnacle of what a shared universe narrative can accomplish. So why does it feel more…

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“Rampage”: Make With The Mayhem Already

The arcade games of the 1980s had no time for exposition. All those seconds of backstory really got in the way of having a button-mashing good time. So it was for Rampage, where gamers played one of three giant monsters intent on smashing buildings and eating people in every major U.S city. Who cared…

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There are few characters in cinema who embody the phrase “lovable rogue” as much as the Star Wars franchise’s Han Solo. The scoundrel with a heart of gold came to life thanks to the rugged, easy charisma of Harrison Ford, arguably…

arrow

There’s a moment about halfway through Deadpool 2 where the film appears to be turning into exactly the kind of tired, perfunctory, by-the-numbers superhero sequel you’d expect from a major studio. There’s a huge build-up to a major…

arrow

This is it. Ten years, 18 movies, and countless end credit scenes leading up to one of the most anticipated and unprecedented events in genre cinema. Dozens of characters coming together in what’s billed as the pinnacle of what a shared universe…

arrow

The arcade games of the 1980s had no time for exposition. All those seconds of backstory really got in the way of having a button-mashing good time. So it was for Rampage, where gamers played one of three giant monsters intent on smashing buildings…

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Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

Few things are more fundamental to human expression, never mind cinematic narrative, as speech. It isn’t merely the… Read More »

The ostensible conflict in Ready Player One, the film version of Ernest Cline’s pop culture cluster-bomb of a novel,… Read More »

A good sequel is a marked improvement on the original. Maybe it’s bigger and bolder, pushing the boundaries of the… Read More »

Word of advice for all the people involved in adapting geek properties to the big screen: the words “realistic”… Read More »

At one point during A Wrinkle In Time, the film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved and award-winning sci-fi/fantasy… Read More »

There are many things that separate Black Panther from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that go far beyond the skin… Read More »

There are some sequels that are absolutely necessary. There are some sequels that nobody asked for. Then there are the sequels… Read More »

Some colors inspire intense emotional responses simply by the act of being. When they’re combined with similarly bold… Read More »

There’s something refreshingly pragmatic about Tom of Finland the movie in relationship to Tom of Finland the artist.… Read More »

There are bad movies, then there is The Room, the hypnotically and entertainingly incompetent…ahem…”drama”… Read More »

There’s about half of a fantastic movie hidden within the frames of Justice League, DC Films’ first successful… Read More »

The formula used to create films for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, of which Thor: Ragnarok is the 17th entry, is a double-edged… Read More »

How do you a make a sequel to one of the most influential science-fiction films of all time? The presence of 1982’s… Read More »

Hey, Matthew Vaughn. How’s it going? I just saw your new film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and I had a question to… Read More »

If the advertisements and trailers for Darren Aronofsky’s new film mother! makes you think that it’s a twist… Read More »

There’s something terribly familiar about It, the new adaptation of Stephen King’s notoriously-voluminous master-class… Read More »

The Dark Tower book series, Stephen King’s epic magnum opus, totals nearly 4,500 pages over 8 books and a few side-stories.… Read More »

Over the course of the insane beat-‘em-up Atomic Blonde, Charlize Theron stabs, shoots, punches, kicks, chokes, throws,… Read More »

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the inverse must be true for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the latest… Read More »

The opening moments of Spider-Man: Homecoming let the audience know exactly what kind of film we’re about to watch.… Read More »

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