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Annabelle: Creation Revitalizes A Familiar Character With Build and Technique

For many years now, we have seen the makings of grandiose movie universes dealing with super heroes. How about something for the horror fans? Could it work to have different tent-poles born within a successful horror franchise? In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director James Wan expressed his excitement for what will be considered The Conjuring universe. Both Conjuring movies, released in 2013 and 2016 paid homage to the 80’s style of horror films with reliance on practical effects whi
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‘Wonder Woman’ Shines Both As A Beacon of Strength For Women and Human Empathy

The 1970’s Wonder Woman tv series starring Lynda Carter served as an inspiration at the time for women in a male-dominated super hero climate. In fact, the last female fronted superhero movie was Fox’s 2005, Elektra. Although Jennifer Garner may have been right for the role, the story did not do Marvel’s anti-heroine justice. From there, we’ve had portrayals of strong female characters, both on the big and small screen. Marvel’s Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) of the DCEU
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‘Logan’ Is A Beautifully, Tragic Sendoff To the X-Men Universe As We Know It

When we tend to think of movie universes about comic books, your mind might immediately go to the Marvel Extended Universe. In fact, the first X-Men movie was released way back in 2000 and kicked off a resurgence in interest in superhero movies. That’s 17 years that we have grown with the franchise that has taken us back and forward through time. There are few casting choices that make it hard to see anybody else play that character other than the original actor. Hugh Jackman is the embodiment
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‘Get Out’ Is An Intelligent Narrative Within A Body of the Horror Genre

The opening moments of Get Out begin with Andre “Logan” Hayworth (LaKeith Stanfield) walking through a suburban town speaking to his friend on the phone about how uneasy he felt. From there, a white car pulls alongside him and follows him where he immediately tries to change his route. Within the time frame of the release of the movie, it was the 5th anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, and in this particular scene, it is a live dramatization of how black males feel in neighborhoods that
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Legion: S1E2: “Chapter 2”

Are you still trying to untie your mind from the knots of Legion’s first episode? Well, good, because the second episode slows down the tempo and does it focus on David Haller’s backstory. I was with the “Chapter 1” not going too in depth with it because as we forge into David’s psyche, you had to figure that more of the mystery was going to be investigated. The opening takes us to Summerland, that is a place where mutants have gathered that is a parallel to the X-Mansion in the overall X-Men s
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Legion: S1E1: “Chapter 1”

The first episode of Legion starts with a montage of David Charles Haller’s (Dan Stevens) childhood while The Who‘s “Happy Jack” plays in the background. We see a tranquil, civil childhood of Haller that devolves into chaos and a suicide attempt. Everything is about perspective – the one way that you see the world could be completely different from someone else. Legion challenges the notion of perception not only within the X-Men universe, but in general. The starting narrative of the show does
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Santa Clarita Diet: S1E1: “So Then a Bat or a Monkey”

When you think of zombies in a traditional sense, you think of the decaying skin or in some recent cases, a baseball bat wrapped with barbed wire named Lucille. Instead of the Resident Evil, Dead Rising-esque way we usually picture the undead – what if a zombie was the typical neighbor next door? For that, Santa Clarita Diet gives you a look on how a family would handle such affliction. A little less Walking Dead, but a little more dark humor like Zombieland. The Hammonds consist of Sheila (Dre
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Hey Warner Brothers, Let’s Talk About Your DC Extended Universe

Warner Brothers, we need to have a talk. This is one of those talks that you have with a friend before their lives careen off a cliff. Trust me, I care. The end may be near and I have to intervene. This DC Extended Universe, yea, it’s bad and the sad thing is, it doesn’t have to be. I see you have two big movies on the horizon for 2017 and they have to be home runs to keep you in the game. Right now, Marvel is about to put on the full court press and I want to keep you from passing the controlle
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‘Hidden Figures’

There are some period pieces that both captures a perfect snap shot of the time period and that it speaks to modern times with inspiration. There are also stories in modern history that do not receive as much attention or credence as they should – thankfully, we have cinema to provide their time in the sun. Hidden Figures is set within a time period where there were many moving parts – the space race between the U.S.A. and Russia, the ongoing civil rights movement, and women finding a level play
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Gotham: S3E14: “The Gentle Art of Making Enemies”

The winter finale (again, so soon) is almost prophetic. It was a mix of themes that comic book fans that were familiar with in the Batman ethos, but damn did it feel good to see them play out on screen. The Jerome vs Bruce dynamic played out like a younger Batman vs. Joker. Jerome goes full on Joker character – from the carnival to the small little Joker ticks, Cameron Monaghan‘s portrayal of this incarnation has been stellar. Bruce Wayne was also involved in what was the main story line. The sh
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