Deadpool Review: Ryan Reynolds’ pansexual superhero is needy, insane and extremely hilarious

Deadpool Review: Ryan Reynolds’ pansexual superhero is needy, insane and extremely hilarious

The meta the better. This seems to be the mission statement for this horribly violent, shriekingly self-aware and macabre Marvel super-antihero movie. It’s the funniest Ryan Reynolds film since Van Wilder: Party Liaison, and incidentally finally confirms the hall-of-fame status for Richard Curtis’s “I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy…” line from Notting Hill. Deadpool  is absorbed in irony, zinging and stinging with pop-culture jokes; it starts by spoofing the generic lineup in the credits,…

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Rotten Tomatoes under fire because of ‘Justice League’

Rotten Tomatoes under fire because of ‘Justice League’

The movie-review aggregator waited more than 24 hours to post a poor critics’ score for the new Warner Bros. Film “Justice League,” breaking with tradition of posting right after a studio-imposed ban. It incensed critics and fans alike. Fueling the fire: WB parent Time Warner owns a 30 percent stake in Rotten Tomatoes. More than just a kerfuffle over one superhero film, the incident raises bigger questions about the relationship between reviewers and the public, the editorial objectivity of…

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Black Panther’s Poster & Trailer: A Dash Of Batman Here, A Bit Of 007 There

Black Panther’s Poster & Trailer: A Dash Of Batman Here, A Bit Of 007 There

As they did this past April, Marvel and Walt Disney dropped a surprise trailer for their next MCU movie right at the start of the week. No TV premiere, no trailer for the trailer, just Here you go…! In that sense, it feels almost quaint and old-fashioned. Of course, that’s what I get for not checking my email for 25 whole minutes, but I digress. We’ve got another (and perhaps the final) Black Panther trailer, and it…

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Game Of Thrones Season 7 – Episode 7: ‘The Dragon And The Wolf’ Review

Game Of Thrones Season 7 – Episode 7: ‘The Dragon And The Wolf’ Review

The season 7 finale of Game of Thrones was one of the most important, insane, and ultimately satisfying episodes HBO has given us to date. Between major reveals and the falling of the Wall, this was the perfect episode to wrap up a too-brief season, and to usher in the final stretch. I won’t say it was a perfect episode. It suffered from some of the same issues the rest of the season has suffered from, namely…

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Game of Thrones Episode 7: The Dragon and the Wolf: Betrayal, Nudity, and Unexpected Twists

Game of Thrones Episode 7: The Dragon and the Wolf: Betrayal, Nudity, and Unexpected Twists

A fully operational Ice Dragon, Littlefinger bloodily hoisted on the sharp end of his own machinations, a hastily-undressed Jon and Daenerys rocking the boat… The longest Game of Thrones episode yet was also among the most jaw-dropping and gore-packed. At the end of a overwhelming yet uneven season, The Dragon and the Wolf was also a stirring return to Westeros’ first principles as the Hollywood bombast of recent weeks was replaced by a solid 1 hour and…

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Thor The Dark World Review: A Step Up In The Right Decision

Thor The Dark World Review: A Step Up In The Right Decision

Late in Thor The Dark World, Chris Hemsworth‘s title character crash-lands on a British Underground platform. He’s dazed but knows that he has to get back to fighting Malekith (ex-Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston), a malevolent dark elf. Thor asks for his way back to Greenwich, and quickly boards the train. As the train goes forward, a woman falls onto his muscled chest. He smiles knowingly. This scene is one of several high points in Thor The…

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Justice League: It’s more than just a movie

Justice League: It’s more than just a movie

I saw Justice League last night. The best thing it had going for it were all of the terrible reviews, which helped lower my expectations. What also helped is the fact that I am a Marvel guy and think that, with the exception of Batman — the most Marvel character in the DC universe — most DC characters stink (particularly Superman). Given that, I believe Sonny Bunch is right: It was a huge missed opportunity….

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