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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Doctor Who S10 E11: ‘World Enough and Time’

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The Doctor’s archenemy, Missy AKA The Master, wants to become one of the good guys, so he sets her, along with his companions Bill and Nardole, on a mission, and things just get worse as they go, as they stumble upon the Mondasian Cybermen in this very offbeat and landmark episode of Doctor Who. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “World Enough and Time.”

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Despicable Me 3 looking to top the box office this weekend

It’s Canada Day Long Weekend and July 4th Long Weekend, which means folks will definitely be heading to the movies this weekend. With a bunch of new releases in theatres, there will be lots to choose from. But, only one film can be number one. Which will it be? Here’s our prediction:

Despicable Me 3 is the third entry in the popular franchise featuring the voice of Steve Carell (fourth if you count the spin-off Minions film). This animated feature should easily lock up the top spot at the box office, as it will be the choice for families over the long weekend. Though there’s some potential audience fatigue, I’m betting that there’s still big demand for this franchise. Look for Despicable Me 3 to debut with $98 million.

Baby Driver is the new car chase/heist film from director Edgar Wright. The film opened this past Wednesday to near unanimous praise. Wright films don’t usually perform well in North America, but this should be a breakthrough for him. Look for it to arrive in second place with $19 million. Read the rest of this entry

Hardest Boiled: The Many Noirs of Jean-Pierre Melville

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Alain Delon stars in Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samourai (1967)

This summer, TIFF’s having a crime wave. French crime to be exact. They’re mounting two programmes, both bursting with criminal intent. I’ll take a look at the second bunch next week, a brilliant collection of flicks called Panique: French Crime Classics. Opening today is a different but related programme, Army of Shadows: The Films of Jean Pierre Melville. It’s a great ride, too, full of cool noirs and hard-boiled thrillers, from the best director named Melville that most definitely did not write Moby Dick.

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Solve A Classic Murder In “Clue #1” On The Wednesday Run

I used to spend the summers of my youth playing board games with the other kids on the street.

Inside the living room or outside on the backyard patio, single games of Monopoly would last for days, The Game of Life would last for hours, and games of Connect Four would be quick and energetic fancies in-between (although we sometimes turned them into larger, multiple-win tournaments).

But the game that would stay with me though my childhood days and nights, the game that would morph into mysterious DIY role-playing games, and cross boundaries and technology into VCR-led playing, movies, books and video games, was the murder-mystery game of Clue.

And for the first time ever, that Hasbro-published classic is making the jump into comic books!

As comic book lovers, now we can sleuth the sequential art mystery, beginning in today’s release of Clue #1!

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#Kirby100: IDW’s Jack Kirby Pencils and Inks: Artisan Edition

I can’t draw to save my life. But I can look at the work of Jack Kirby all day. And while there are countless digital compilations of so much of his seminal work at DC and Marvel, there’s something about holding physical collections of King Kirby’s great art that is something special.

The folks at IDW know this, and for years have been releasing outstanding large-scale volumes of original Kirby art and stories. Slightly smaller than their award-winning artist editions is their book Jack Kirby Pencils and Inks: Artisan Edition.

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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 6-28-2017

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This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week and last, from a variety of genres. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Bankshot #1, Batman #25, Aquaman #25, Conan the Slayer #10, Robyn Hood: Tarot One-Shot, and WWE #6… be warned, there may be spoilers…

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‘Okja’ Launches On Netflix and in Select Theaters This Wednesday, June 28!

This Wednesday sees the arrival of the critically acclaimed film Okja on Netflix. Our friends there sent over a featurette on the film that had everyone talking at Cannes.

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Director Bong Joon Ho’s desire to work with the most talented actors and craftspeople in their respective fields resulted in a global production that brought together a diverse pool of talent both in front of and behind the camera. Shot across several countries, oceans apart, Director Bong united cultures with his singular vision: a story of love and friendship that is truly universal.

In the featurette below, the cast and filmmakers of Okja describe how they transcended borders to bring their story to the screen. Watch never-before-seen interviews with stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Steven Yeunas well as behind-the-scenes footage of the actors working with Director Bong.

For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja—a massive animal and an even bigger friend—at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend. Read the rest of this entry

Experience all the Marvel Legacy covers

True Believers, no part of the Marvel Universe will be untouched when MARVEL LEGACY debuts this fall!

It’s truly a connection that spans the expansive Marvel Universe as we honor the past while embracing the present!

It all begins this September with MARVEL LEGACY #1, an over-sized 50-page one-shot special that sets the stage for a brand new future – and beyond!

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ hits first place at the box office

The robots may be in disguise, but they still managed to grab the number one spot at the box office. Here’s what went down:

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Despite the du rigour bad reviews, Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight did debut at the top of the box office, bringing in an estimated three-day total of $45.3 million. That’s the lowest debut for a film in the series, and its doubtful this instalment will perform well in North America. However, there are the overseas numbers to come in, and no doubt they’ll be strong enough to warrant another Transformers film, even though Bay has once again promised that he’s finished directing them.

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Will ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ be the last film in the franchise?

This weekend sees the return of those robots in disguise. But will a fifth film be too much for audiences? Here’s our prediction:

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Transformers: The Last Knight is managing to keep the franchise tradition with some absolutely horrible reviews; the film currently sits at a 16% score at Rotten Tomatoes. Usually, this films are critic proof, but its been a while since Michael Bay actually delivered a good Transformers film (some would suggest he’s never actually accomplished that feat). Transformers: The Last Knight opened this past Wednesday with an underwhelming $15 million. Decent for the middle of the week, but far from blockbuster numbers. Consider the bloom off the rose for Transformers. While the film will top the weekend, it will be with a lacklustre $43 million.

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