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“Ted 2”: Bears Repeating

One movie about a profane, weed-smoking talking teddy bear with a voice that’s semitone away from Peter Griffin was one thing. But two? Really? Yes, really, since the only thing in the world more powerful than a child’s wish to make his stuffed friend alive is the power of a modestly-budgeted…

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“Inside Out” Is Just What the Metaphysician…

Most of us probably wish that the inside of our head could look like a Pixar cartoon and not like a wrinkled mass of gray matter. The bright but always complimentary colors, the small and mysterious writ large and understandable, the sturdy but often unsubtle metaphors, and all of it voiced by our favorite…

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‘Jurassic World’ Lets Loose a Mighty Yawn

Much like the poorly-conceived, exceedingly loud, tourist-approved hybrid dinosaur at its center, Jurassic World is a huge summer blockbuster whose DNA contains the highlights of a dozen other films and adds up to a lot of…something. It has some action, some thrills, some people being swallowed…

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‘Spy’ Shakes and Stirs Secret Agent Genre

There’s often a very fine line between winking homage and satire. It basically comes down to a matter of whether or not the subject material is being laughed with or being laughed at. It’s a matter of embracing the absurdities inherent in the subject, and enjoying them despite or because…

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One movie about a profane, weed-smoking talking teddy bear with a voice that’s semitone away from Peter Griffin was one thing. But two? Really? Yes, really, since the only thing in the world more powerful than a child’s wish to make his…

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Most of us probably wish that the inside of our head could look like a Pixar cartoon and not like a wrinkled mass of gray matter. The bright but always complimentary colors, the small and mysterious writ large and understandable, the sturdy but often…

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Much like the poorly-conceived, exceedingly loud, tourist-approved hybrid dinosaur at its center, Jurassic World is a huge summer blockbuster whose DNA contains the highlights of a dozen other films and adds up to a lot of…something. It has…

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There’s often a very fine line between winking homage and satire. It basically comes down to a matter of whether or not the subject material is being laughed with or being laughed at. It’s a matter of embracing the absurdities inherent…

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Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

“Reboot” has become an ugly word in cinema, often with just cause. The precise equation that results in a film,… Read More »

Like a sublime dieselpunk opera scored for blood, fire, guns and accompanied by an orchestra of insanely tricked-out vehicles,… Read More »

If the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a collectible card game, Avengers: Age Of Ultron is the best booster pack you could… Read More »

A kind of radical re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by way of Asimov, Ex Machina is a tense, closed-circuit… Read More »

Equal parts Paranormal Activity, The Ring and Scream, Unfriended comes off as a gimmick movie at first glance—the… Read More »

Detroit college student Jay (Maika Monroe) is dating handsome brooder Hugh (Jake Weary). After they decide to go all the… Read More »

Spoiler alert! The following entry discusses the events of Sunday’s season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead.    … Read More »

Welcome to Earth, home of the Boov! Wait…let me back up. In DreamWorks’ Home, a passive-agressively pacifist alien species… Read More »

What do we have in the FBOTU Pull-List this week? Let’s see…He-Man…Jem…Darth Vader?! It’s… Read More »

Steve Grand was destined to go viral. Handsome, muscular, possessed of a rich baritenor and unassuming “boy next door”… Read More »

Once upon a time, Disney decided to further leverage its princess franchise and remake Cinderella, one of its most famous… Read More »

Madonna has been around for a while. Over 30 years, in fact. We’re not talking about Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. We’re… Read More »

In Chappie, a lawless Johannesburg of the future is policed with the help of robots developed by the brilliant Deon Wilson… Read More »

Medical researchers Frank (Mark Duplass) and Zoe (Olivia Wilde) are working on a project that aims to revive a recently dead… Read More »

Eggs Unwin (Taron Egerton) doesn’t have it easy. Unemployed with few prospects, living in a working class ghetto with his… Read More »

Hoo boy. Jupiter Ascending defies the constraints of a typical plot summary, but here goes. Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is… Read More »

In Disney’s Big Hero 6, teenage prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) lives in San Fransokyo with his Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph),… Read More »

Ig Parrish (Daniel Radcliffe) is having a very rough time. His girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple) has been brutally murdered,… Read More »

Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), an American living in Taipei, is kidnapped by men working for mob boss Mr. Jang (Choi Min­Sik)… Read More »

An experiment to combat global warming backfires, sending Earth into a new ice age that nearly kills all life on the planet.… Read More »

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