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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy S02 E03: ‘Lyin’ Eyes’

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy meets Dude, Where’s My Car? as Rocket and Drax wake up with no memory of the night before and the rest of the team has to help them piece together what happened. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Lyin’ Eyes.”

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Fate of the Furious holds, two new debuts surprise at the box office

As predicted, this weekend the box office belonged once again to our reigning number one. Here’s what went down:

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The Fate of the Furious continued to be a big winner at the box office, remaining in first place for the third weekend in a row with $19.3 million. Next weekend, the film is guaranteed to drop with the return of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Doctor Who S10 E03: ‘Thin Ice’

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We’re running through the standard Doctor Who companion introductory course with Bill Potts. We’ve had an adventure on Earth, and we’ve been to the future, now it’s time to go into the past. Is there something under the frozen Thames of the early 1800s eating people? Meet me after the time travel jump as The Doctor and Bill investigate “Thin Ice.”

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The Flash S03 E19: ‘The Once and Future Flash’

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Weary of villains, especially Savitar, knowing the future and using it against him, The Flash journeys into the future to get ahead of his enemy… and he might not like what he finds. Meet me after the temporal jump for my thoughts on “The Once and Future Flash.”

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Now Streaming On Shudder: Peeping Tom

It seems unbelievable that a masterpiece like Peeping Tom seriously derailed Michael Powell’s career, but that is just what happened. Peeping Tom was a departure for the director, known for his collaborations with Emeric Pressburger (Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes) over the course of three decades. Thankfully, thanks to critics like Raymond Durgnant and filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, there was a backlash to the backlash, and Peeping Tom is now considered not only a classic of British cinema, but also of the often-derided slasher subgenre in horror.
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Remembering Jonathan Demme: The director was a master of the intimate moment

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With his passing on Wednesday, I sat down to watch a couple of Jonathan Demme’s best films. Demme’s never been in the pantheon; he’s not one of the revered directors of his generation like Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola. But with films like Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, and his superb music docs on the likes of Neil Young, Talking Heads and Bruce Springsteen, he made an indelible mark on popular culture.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S04 E19: ‘All the Madame’s Men’

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As Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continue to ‘rise to power’ against a world ruled by Hydra, we’ve lost the Patriot. Will his sacrifice matter as Madame Hydra launches her counterattack? Can Daisy and May prevail? Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “All the Madame’s Men.”

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The Fate of the Furious to run circles around The Circle

Consider this weekend the calm before the storm, as there are no blockbuster releases coming out. How much money will the guaranteed number one bring in? Here’s our prediction:

The Circle is an adaptation of a David Eggers Young Adult novel, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. While you might think that this duo would guarantee big box office numbers,this movie has really flown under the radar and there isn’t really any hype surrounding it. Emma Watson is riding a high thanks to Beauty and the Beast, but it’s doubtful that it will translate to any real audience. Look for a third place debut for The Circle with $9 million.

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‘Pecking Order’ Scores Blue Ribbon Hilarity For Its Look at Competitive Chicken Breeding

Get a small group of people together with a common interest, it’s going to get competitive. Give it a little time, it’ll get political and weird, too. Christopher Guest’s Best In Show is the epitome of competitive subculture movies, barking up the tree of conformation dog shows. But if you thought dog shows were weird, you haven’t lived till you’ve seen a chicken pageant. While Best in Show is a mockumentary, Pecking Order is the real thing. Watching the chicken breeders of Christchurch, New Zealand strut, preen and scheme against one another is giddily surreal, enough to make you cluck and crow.

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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing The Week’s Marvels 4-26-2017

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This week in Heroes and Villains our selection of new Marvel Comics is an all-female non-Secret Empire-exclusive bunch. Meet me after the jump for my reviews of Mighty Captain Marvel #4, Elektra #3, Hulk #5, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #18, and Mighty Thor #18… be warned, there be spoilers…

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