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Kubo and the Two Strings review — Sad Son of the Samurai

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Directed by Travis Knight | Written by Marc Haimes, Chris Butler and Shannon Tindle | 101 min | ▲▲▲△△ The three or four trailers before this gorgeous animated feature (from the Portland-based Laika studio that produced Coraline) were your typical, caffeinated, hyper-edited kiddie chum animation. In comparison to those, Kubo and the Two Strings is a breath of fresh air,… Read More

Mad Max: Fury Road gets a trailer

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This weekend was the San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest event in geek culture. Typically, it's when Hollywood studios preview their upcoming slate of fantasy and genre pictures. I gather the panel for and clips from Avengers: Age of Ultron (coming in April 2015) were pretty impressive. But what I'm probably most excited about is the first Mad… Read More

Blockbuster Blues 2014: The Good and The Grim Prospects for This Season at The Movies

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This summer's blockbuster selection looks pretty dire, I gotta say. In April we had Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Transcendence. This month we've got The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past. These are big-budget science fiction and fantasy films, highly anticipated, which make all in the Nerd Nation very happy—and me too. But the first three are… Read More

Tom Hardy as Mad Max

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Max's InterceptorSome of you may have seen this image when it made the rounds in December, but I'm just catching up. This is the first photo of Tom Hardy in the role that made Mel Gibson a star.George Miller's reboot of his post-apocalyptic Mad Max saga, called Mad Max: Fury Road, more than a decade… Read More

Prometheus review

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Directed by Ridley ScottWritten by Jon Spaihts and Damon LindelofI didn't have much faith that this would work. Prequels long after the fact—and 33 years is pretty damn long—rarely do. Filmmakers change. The hunger that defined Scott's early work, tales of his perfectionism on set and the stylistic rigour so evident in his films, some… Read More

Young Adult review

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Directed by Jason ReitmanWritten by Diablo CodyIn a high school reunion movie (it's a genre, you know) Mavis Gary would be the antagonist, the lady who was the mean girl as a teen and is still a bitch 20 years later—even though she's by many societal standards a success. The closest we've seen to her… Read More