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Sometimes we have to look backward to move forward, and that’s especially true in the case of Moana, the latest animated feature by Disney. While ostensibly another iteration…

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Too often, when something is labeled “science fiction”, it often just means “set in space.” This is especially true of film, and while action/sci-fi and horror/sci-fi…

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One thing lacking in both the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes is something that seems so fundamental to the superhero mythos: magic. Both franchises have alluded to it, with cosmic…

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For 35 years, there has been one undisputed Queen of Halloween, one gal whose ample assets have bounced her to the top and kept her there: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. With her quick…

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Like a strange genetic hybrid of X-Men and Harry Potter covered in a high-gloss coat of candy-colored, Hot Topic-approved eccentricity, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children…

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It might be hard to believe, but back in the dark days of 1999 when people huddled around tube-based televisions in fear of packs of marauding boy bands, The Blair Witch Project was…

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The best fairy tales are the ones that don’t seem like what modern audiences have come to think of as “fairy tales.” While the original purpose of fairy tales was…

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What if you threw a superhero party and didn’t recognize anybody who showed up? That’s sort of the vibe given off by Suicide Squad, the third film in  the unsteady,…

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The Star Trek film franchise has always had a hard time balancing the ideas and humanity of original series swith the high-powered action that cinematic audiences expect in a sci-fi…

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It’s unfair to compare the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters to the 1984 original. That film was possessed of a singular type of chemistry and coincidence that remains impossible to…

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Twenty years. That’s the amount of time it takes for the language of cinema to evolve into a new method of expression. That’s the amount of time for a film to become choked…

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Like a video game that’s all cut scenes and no interaction, Warcraft lumbers across the screen with a sense of inescapable tedium. Whereas most films are content to adhere to…

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"The third film is always the worst." This line is uttered by a character in X-Men: Apocalypse after a viewing of Return Of The Jedi, and on its surface it comes off as a jab at X-Men:…

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It's a long-standing convention in comics to pit superheroes against each other. It's possibly the only thing more exciting than sending a superhero off to battle the latest…

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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…

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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…

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