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“P+P+Z”: In Want Of More Brains

The promise of a title like Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is both blatant and implied. On the surface, you know you'll get Jane Austen's classic novel of English literature with the added bonus of zombie mayhem. But on another level, you're promised a satirical subversion of the source…

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“The 5th Wave”: Awash In Cliche

There is a grim, dystopian future waiting for humanity. It is a future with no plucky, teenage girls to save it. There are no metaphors delivered with a hammer, no third film adaptation divided in two -- and perhaps worst of all -- no girl-guy-guy love triangles. It is truly a dark day for... Actually,…

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“Krampus” Is A Nightmarish Treat

Michael Dougherty’s holiday horror fest Krampus opens on a cynical note and stays there for 90 minutes, bless its cold and frozen heart. In a slow-motion, up-close grace usually reserved for Spartan armies, a seemingly endless, decidedly merciless horde of Black Friday shoppers trample a hapless…

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“Victor Frankenstein”: High-Voltage Brain…

“You know this story.” That’s the first line of dialogue in Victor Frankenstein, spoken in voice-over narration by Daniel Radcliffe in somber tones. Yes, you know this story. In fact, the film knows you know this story. And it wants you to know that it knows that you know this story.…

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The promise of a title like Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is both blatant and implied. On the surface, you know you'll get Jane Austen's classic novel of English literature with the added bonus of zombie mayhem. But on another level,…

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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 no metaphors delivered with a hammer, no third film adaptation divided in two -- and perhaps worst of all -- no girl-guy-guy…

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Michael Dougherty’s holiday horror fest Krampus opens on a cynical note and stays there for 90 minutes, bless its cold and frozen heart. In a slow-motion, up-close grace usually reserved for Spartan armies, a seemingly endless, decidedly merciless…

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“You know this story.” That’s the first line of dialogue in Victor Frankenstein, spoken in voice-over narration by Daniel Radcliffe in somber tones. Yes, you know this story. In fact, the film knows you know this story. And it wants…

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Previously...on Fanboys of the Universe

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 »

One movie about a profane, weed-smoking talking teddy bear with a voice that’s semitone away from Peter Griffin was… Read More »

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… Read More »

Much like the poorly-conceived, exceedingly loud, tourist-approved hybrid dinosaur at its center, Jurassic World is a huge… Read More »

There’s often a very fine line between winking homage and satire. It basically comes down to a matter of whether or… Read More »

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