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A promising and surprisingly emotional start to the Loki’s journey on the smalls screen

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As the MCU returns to Disney Plus for a whopping third time in five months, I cannot help but notice the similarities to Phase One of the Infinity Saga. Much like the early days of the films, Marvel’s television outings have been uneven, struggling to gain their tonal and narrative footing.

Now, that doesn’t mean I haven’t enjoyed Disney Plus’s MCU shows. was a triumph of imagination and originality, albeit one with a clunky ending. And you certainly cannot call a home run, but it had some intriguing ideas the MCU can continue…


A film will some killer fatalities in all the worst ways possible.

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I have spent an inordinate amount trying to determine the best way to begin this review, and I keep coming back to one simple sentence.

is a bad movie.

That single phrase perfectly sums up the film. But seeing as a well-composed review does not consist of just six words, let me elaborate.

is the long-awaited adaptation of the beloved video game franchise of the same name. Of course, this isn’t the first attempt at bringing this merry band of misfits to the big screen. In 1995, New Line Cinema produced a financially successful film based…


An original take on the zombie genre that doesn’t amount to anything else

It is hard to be original when making a zombie movie nowadays. It is an oversaturated genre with properties that, by and large, feel the same.

Director and writer Zach Snyder desperately tried to subvert those expectations in his latest film, , by creating a new kind of zombie. The result is a terrifying take on the undead, one that is tribalistic and has more agency. It is a refreshing change of pace that lets us know we are in for a different experience.

Snyder’s penchant for a stellar opening hammers home this point right from the…


For someone called Captain America, Steve Rodgers likes to break ranks from the government bodies the employ him. In , he ignores orders to rescue Bucky and his unit. In , Steve is the poster child for the Anti-Sokovia Accords club. It is quite astonishing how often Steve finds himself standing up to the red, white, and blue.

Then again, Steve was never a self-professed G-man, and he didn’t join the Army for love of country. No, Steve Rodgers doesn’t like bullies. In the 1940s, there were no bigger bullies than the Nazis and Hydra. …


After only two weeks in theaters, surpassed the $70 million mark, making it the highest-grossing film of the pandemic era. In comparison, the horror film , released in late March 2019, grossed $70 million during its opening weekend alone. While the two releases are certainly not an apple to apple comparison, this fact illustrates the far-reaching financial impacts of COVID on the film industry.

With vaccines more widely available, though, theaters are almost certain to see a bit of a resurgence in the coming months. And if


Some fans were vocal critics of WandaVision’s finale. They have no one to blame but themselves for their disappointment.

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As highly anticipated finale ended, fans took to social media to voice their disapproval over the lack of clear answers to some of the show’s central mysteries and disappointing reveals.

It would be nice to say I was surprised by the reaction, but this phenomenon of social media criticism has been a growing trend over the last few years.

Fans are still debating the merits of series finale almost 11 years later. The divisiveness of has broken more relationships than political discussions at Thanksgiving. And fans are still suffering PTSD…


The Sandlot is more than just a baseball movie. It’s about facing fears, growth, and friendship.

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With spring quickly approaching and the baseball season upon us, many fans are gearing up for their yearly rewatch of the cinematic classic , myself included.

If you haven’t seen the film, I would first like to know the address for the rock you’ve been living under to mail you a copy. But in case you haven’t or need a rehash, allow me to provide some more context.

follows Scott Smalls, whose family moves to a Los Angeles suburb in 1962. Generally reserved, Smalls struggles to connect with his step-father and his new home.

In an attempt…


A not so wonderful outing for the Amazonian Warrior

was a watershed moment for both Warner Bros. and the DCEU. After several critical failures, the film was the DCEU’s first mainstream success, gaining $821.8 million at the box office. received favorable reviews from both critics and fans alike, quieting those who didn’t think a female-led superhero franchise could succeed.

Three years later, the Amazonian warrior is at the center of another watershed moment. The impact of COVID-19 on the film industry has been well documented, with several studios releasing films through premium on-demand services in hopes of recuperating cost.

Warner Bros. eventually joined the…


Herman Mankiewicz wrote one of the greatest films of all. Unfortunately, the movie about his life doesn’t match up.

Even if you have never heard of Herman Mankiewicz, and I suspect most of the general movie audience hasn’t, you almost certainly are familiar with his work. The famed writer’s cynical wit and unmatched sense of humor were at the center of some of Hollywood’s biggest hits of the 1930s. But he is best known for his work on the critical darling, .

Despite co-writing the script for what is considered by many the greatest film ever made, audiences tend to overlook his contributions in favor of Orson Welles, the young upstart who co-wrote, directed, and starred in the…


The greatest superpower may very well be an individual’s ability to turn a phrase. Simply put, words have power. When these are deceitful, hateful words masked by vague banalities of danger, they have the potential to galvanize society, spurring violent movements under the pretense of a culture war.

This statement could easily describe the US in this, the year of our Lord, 2020. Anti-cultural and divisive rhetoric divide society as the country’s highest political official unabashedly bullies others for the sake of Twitter followers, subsequently empowering alternative right-wing groups to take action to defend their way of life. …

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