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It's Halloween, and you want to throw a party. But what kind? You don't want to throw just any old costume party. You need a theme, something to set the mood. Vampires?…

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The 1987 live-action Masters of the Universe film has been criticized from day one for not adhering to the animated series of the same name. But what audiences keep forgetting is that…

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If you mention the word Jem to most people, especially anyone who grew up in the 1980s, the first thing most people think of is the cartoon's iconic theme song. In less than…

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The first line of dialogue in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak is “Ghosts are real”, spoken in voice-over by a bloodied, worn Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska). It’s…

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In a great deal of science fiction, there is a profound sense of wonder inherent in the setting. There’s certainly a lot of poetry that can be gleaned from just observing the…

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It’s not easy being the second part of a trilogy. The expectations are high, and the rewards don’t really show up until the third and final part (or parts, as is the fashion…

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There’s a belief among some people that a piece of art is either a heartfelt, passionate representation of an artist’s vision or a calculating, pandering piece of commerce.…

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Ian McKellen seems to be making his way through literary icons. He's played Gandalf in six films; he's the definitive Magneto (sorry Michael Fassbender), and before all that,…

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“Style over substance” is a phrase that’s usually used as a kind of back-handed insult, mainly because “pretty but dumb” just isn’t pithy enough.…

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Let’s get this out of the way right now: there is probably no easy way to turn the Fantastic Four into sexy, exciting cinema. Marvel’s first super-team is from a pre-angst,…

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Could something truly be called nostalgic if you never leave the past? That’s the question unintentionally asked by Pixels, the latest man-child fantasy from Adam Sandler and…

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There is a marked tendency in superhero films to go big or go home. It’s understandable. Part of the thrill of these films is seeing people with extraordinary abilities face and…

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It’s one thing to reboot a computer program when it isn’t working like it should. It’s quite another to reset the whole operating system. The same holds true for film…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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