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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…

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Few things are more fundamental to human expression, never mind cinematic narrative, as speech. It isn’t merely the words we say, but how we say them. Tone, volume, inflection,…

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The ostensible conflict in Ready Player One, the film version of Ernest Cline’s pop culture cluster-bomb of a novel, involves a corporation that wants to cover virtual reality…

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A good sequel is a marked improvement on the original. Maybe it’s bigger and bolder, pushing the boundaries of the things that made the previous entry successful. It might deepen…

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Word of advice for all the people involved in adapting geek properties to the big screen: the words “realistic” and “grounded” are not synonyms for “boring.”…

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At one point during A Wrinkle In Time, the film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved and award-winning sci-fi/fantasy magnum opus, the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit (Reese…

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There are many things that separate Black Panther from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that go far beyond the skin color of its protagonist. For the first time in the MCU,…

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There are some sequels that are absolutely necessary. There are some sequels that nobody asked for. Then there are the sequels that nobody asked for but turn out to not only be quite…

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Some colors inspire intense emotional responses simply by the act of being. When they’re combined with similarly bold colors, the reaction can be that much more extreme. But often,…

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There’s something refreshingly pragmatic about Tom of Finland the movie in relationship to Tom of Finland the artist. While Tom was known for producing art that featured hyper-endowed…

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There are bad movies, then there is The Room, the hypnotically and entertainingly incompetent…ahem…”drama” by writer/director/star/alien exile Tommy Wiseau.…

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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…

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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…

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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?…

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If the advertisements and trailers for Darren Aronofsky’s new film mother! makes you think that it’s a twist on Rosemary’s Baby, you wouldn’t even be half right.…

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There’s something terribly familiar about It, the new adaptation of Stephen King’s notoriously-voluminous master-class horror novel. It’s not just the legacy of the…

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