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“Justice League”: United We Stand (Or Something)

There’s about half of a fantastic movie hidden within the frames of Justice League, DC Films’ first successful attempt at building a Marvel-sized cinematic universe. Falling somewhere in-between the desaturated, self-important nihilism of Batman V Superman and the full-color, romantic heroics…

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“Thor: Ragnarok” is Lightning In A Formula

The formula used to create films for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, of which Thor: Ragnarok is the 17th entry, is a double-edged sword. Mix in varying amounts of comedy, action, drama, gratuitous cameos, and at least a metric ton of CGI, et voila. Instant superhero blockbuster. It’s predictable…

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“Blade Runner 2049”: Electric Dreamscape

How do you a make a sequel to one of the most influential science-fiction films of all time? The presence of 1982’s Blade Runner in modern media is wide and deep, evident in everything from anime to video games to (of course) film. It’s dialogue and music have been sampled more than nearly…

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“Kingsman: TGC” Needs a Good Tailor

Hey, Matthew Vaughn. How’s it going? I just saw your new film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and I had a question to ask you. What the hell happened? Seriously, what the HELL happened? Did you lose a bet or something? Because I’m wracking my brains trying to figure out how you managed to follow…

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There’s about half of a fantastic movie hidden within the frames of Justice League, DC Films’ first successful attempt at building a Marvel-sized cinematic universe. Falling somewhere in-between the desaturated, self-important nihilism…

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The formula used to create films for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, of which Thor: Ragnarok is the 17th entry, is a double-edged sword. Mix in varying amounts of comedy, action, drama, gratuitous cameos, and at least a metric ton of CGI, et voila.…

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How do you a make a sequel to one of the most influential science-fiction films of all time? The presence of 1982’s Blade Runner in modern media is wide and deep, evident in everything from anime to video games to (of course) film. It’s…

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Hey, Matthew Vaughn. How’s it going? I just saw your new film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and I had a question to ask you. What the hell happened? Seriously, what the HELL happened? Did you lose a bet or something? Because I’m wracking…

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Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

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 »

Few things are more necessary to a film — indeed, to life in general — than the proper soundtrack, and few directors… Read More »

A running gag in the Robert Altman film The Player revolves around movies that are pitched as “X meets Y”, a… Read More »

Despite being one of the most celebrated superheroes of all time, to say nothing of her status as a cultural icon, Wonder… Read More »

If you have to explain a joke to somebody, it’s not funny. The same could be said for horror films. The more you know… Read More »

It could be argued that when The Fifth Element was released to theaters, the world wasn’t prepared for it. The advertisements… Read More »

The right soundtrack can make or break a movie, especially one as big, bright, and go-for-broke crazy as Guardians of the… Read More »

Let’s go back in time for a moment, to the halcyon days of the mid-1990s, when AOL, floppy disks, and dial-up modems… Read More »

Some metaphors are big. Some metaphors are small. Some are delivered with all the grace of a sledgehammer to the forehead,… Read More »

There’s something uncanny about the live-action adaptation of Ghost In The Shell. While it isn’t a direct adaptation… Read More »

There’s something admirably valiant about Power Rangers, the most recent attempt to apply a hard and serious reboot… Read More »

How do you go about reproducing the charm and timeless appeal of one of Disney’s most celebrated animated films in… Read More »

Leave it to a superhero film about a character with claws to stab the heart of its audience and make it feel like a handshake.… Read More »

There are so many sudden and extreme moments of brain-nauseating excess in A Cure For Wellness, the new film by director… Read More »

When The Lego Movie arrived in theaters back in 2014, it was something of a surprise. An animated film based on featureless,… Read More »

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