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Logan Is The X-Universe Movie We Need AND Deserve

Posted February 18, 2017 by Alec Bellante

It’s sad to see Hugh Jackman leave us as Wolverine (he has confirmed this is his last movie in the role) but he does so behind the best-written and best-produced of any of the X-Men or Wolverine movies to date — and featuring the best action. Below is my spoiler-free review of Logan, telling you […]

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The Great Wall Is Less Great, More ‘Meh’

Posted February 17, 2017 by Byron D. Zero

The early 21st Century in the film industry has had a very strong ongoing debate about the whitewashing of various aspects of Asian culture, from the cancelled potential train wreck that was Hollywood’s attempt at Akira, to The Last Samurai which was heavily reliant upon the infamous “White Savior” trope. With an outcry for diversity […]

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Sing! Hits Plenty Of High Notes

Posted December 8, 2016 by Byron D. Zero

Over the summer I saw a trailer for an animated movie about singing animals, and I scratched my head over the concept. I was very dismissive at first — what with American Idol just ending back in April, I was under the impression that it was just trying to ride on the coattails of the […]

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Fantastic Beasts Is A Fun Potterless Follow-on

Posted November 17, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Harry Potter fans, rejoice: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is finally here. The newest entry in the Wizarding World cinematic universe kicks off a new five-movie franchise set in J.K. Rowling’s magical world. It touches on several highly topical themes. For the first time in a Rowling movie, the main cast are adults, […]

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No Magic Needed To Explain Success of Doctor Strange

Posted October 27, 2016 by Rodney Brown

The latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the first that focuses on the mystical side of the story. And the thing that makes Doctor Strange a very good movie is also its one biggest problem. Below you can read my review, as always with no more spoilers than you would get from having […]

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Don’t Get Weird Now, People Of Earth Is Wonderful

Posted October 21, 2016 by Ashley Rogers

The new TBS show People of Earth does a fantastic job of balancing sci-fi weirdness, conspiracy theories, and taking a hard stance early on about whether aliens exist while still staying grounded in reality. As weird as that might sound. The show also deals with the subject of support incredibly well, with characters who are […]

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Wasteland Weekend 2016 Is A Wonderland Of Fun

Posted October 4, 2016 by Luis Correa

I can honestly say that it’s been exceptionally difficult to compile all of my thoughts and experiences concerning Wasteland Weekend 2016 into one coherent article. Seeing so many articles talking about the event, I seldom saw one that touched on its large social aspect. It seemed that the easy direction would be to write about the […]

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Miss Peregrine’s Home Has Some Structural Damage

Posted September 30, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Movies based on widely-read books can be tricky. Will it be true to the story? Will the characters look and sound like they do in your mind? Will the movie be good on its own merits? In the case of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Tim Burton’s adaptation of the wildly popular series by […]

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Five Things The CW Has To Do To Fix The Show Supergirl

Posted September 13, 2016 by Rodney Brown

The headline clearly states that I think the TV show Supergirl needs to be fixed. While it was a popular show during its first season on CBS, it wasn’t popular enough to keep it from being shuffled to CW, the network CBS shares with Warner Bros. Television. That is where Supergirl‘s second season will debut […]

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Completely Captured by ‘Stranger Things’

Posted September 4, 2016 by Kristen Hunn

I was apprehensive about watching Stranger Things. Although my social network was beginning to buzz about how great it was, the whispers I was hearing didn’t seem like it would be my thing. I’m not a Goonies fan (sorry!) and I don’t have the love of 80’s culture that some of my peers do. But […]

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Ori and the Blind Forest: Beautiful, Challenging

Posted August 28, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! I finally found the time to cross off one of the games on my most anticipated list of 2015 — it’s time to check out Ori and the Blind Forest! You take on the role of what I can best describe as a white fox-like spirit named Ori. You have been […]

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Overcooked Will Leave You Overjoyed From Fun

Posted August 13, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! It’s been a while. You must be hungry for a review. It’s only appropriate that we take a look at the latest food-based craze — Overcooked! Created by Ghost Town Games, Overcooked is a new couch co-op cooking simulator. I use “simulator” loosely, for if any real kitchens worked like this […]

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Shop Heroes: Mobile Game You Play as an NPC

Posted August 8, 2016 by nerdly

Have you ever wanted to know how that shopkeeper NPC stocks her shop? Or why that innkeeper NPC sends you to fight the zombie princess? Play Shop Heroes, by Cloudcade, and you will find out. Shop Heroes takes your basic fantasy RPG and turns it upside down.  You play the shopkeeper/innkeeper, and sell crafted items […]

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The Incredibly Biased Suicide Squad Review

Posted August 5, 2016 by Luis Correa

Plenty of gratuitous (directly or indirectly) butt shots of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) peppered the screen as introspective, multi-faceted characters bantered and bonded amongst a not-so-empty cityscape. OK, now that I paid lip service to that controversy, I can officially begin to share my opinion about a technicolor dream of a movie named Suicide Squad […]

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Suicide Squad Will Leave You Wanting To Live

Posted August 2, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Well, at least for 15-plus months until Justice League comes out. In just a few Easter Eggs and quick appearances out of 2 hours and 10 minutes of movie, David Ayer has created a better lead-in to Nov. 2017’s Justice League than 3 hours of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. And that says almost […]

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Changes Hurt, Don’t Kill Batman: The Killing Joke

Posted July 28, 2016 by Alex Valderana

(Ed. note: This review has spoilers, necessary to describe how the movie differs from the decades-old graphic novel.) Batman: The Killing Joke is directed by Bruce Timm and Sam Liu and based on the famous 1980’s graphic novel of the same name which was written by Alan Moore and illustrated by the great Brian Boland. Bruce […]

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Ghostbusters and Me: I Ain’t Afraid of No Reboot

Posted July 24, 2016 by Kristen Hunn

(Ed. note: While our review of Ghostbusters was free of spoilers as always, this opinion piece is not. Be warned.) In my days as a film student, there was a particularly frustrating conversation that I used to have — or have directed at me — over and over. It went something like this: Me: “Actually, […]

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Star Trek Beyond Is Fun, Full Of Problems

Posted July 22, 2016 by Carley Winn

My parents were Trekkies. Not “We’re going to a con dressed up as Vulcans” Trekkies but taping every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as they were airing kind of Trekkies. I was born in the early 1980s and a lot of what was on the TV for Star Trek went over my head […]

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New Ghostbusters Needs Less Of The Original

Posted July 14, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Has any movie in the past 10-15 years hit theaters as loaded with expectation as Ghostbusters? Is it possible to watch Ghostbusters with an unbiased eye? Or to watch it without making comparisons to the original movies? No; mostly; not a chance. More important, is it as awful as the internet predicted based on the […]

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ColossalCon 2016 Equals Cosplay Fun In The Sun

Posted July 8, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

ColossalCon is the one con I look forward to more than any other con of the year. For me it is up there with DragonCon and New York Comic Con. I’ve been trying to go to this convention since I first heard about it in 2014 from the many cosplay music videos it spawned. And after […]

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Deathstate Delivers Lovecraftian Bullet Hell Shooter Fun

Posted July 2, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Are you a fan of bullet hell and/or twinstick shooter games? What about H.P. Lovecraft lore? Then Deathstate is the game for you! Deathstate stood out as one of my favorite titles from the Indie MegaBooth at PAX East 2016. It is a roguelike monostick shooter based around the mysteries and […]

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No Need To Binge On The Purge: Election Year

Posted July 1, 2016 by Luis Correa

My friend Rob and I were escorted into our reserved seats for The Purge: Election Year by semi-armed security officers and then everyone there was told that using any cell phones, tablets or recording devices would be cause for our removal from the cinema. Already this was an ominous start to a movie that revolved around […]

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NonStop Knight Scratches That RPG Itch On Mobile

Posted June 18, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today, we’re changing things up a little and checking out a cool mobile game that’s taking up my free time lately — NonStop Knight! It’s pretty tough for a mobile game to catch my attention, and even rarer for it to keep it. This one managed to do so in minutes. […]

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DOOM Still A Great Single-Player Game – Multiplayer Tho…

Posted May 27, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

I was looking forward to the reboot of DOOM since it was announced at E3 last year. It was one game that impressed me from the start. And I gotta say it did not disappoint — the single player mode for the most part, however. Created by Bethesda Softworks for the PS4, Xbox One, and […]

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Marvel Gives Steve Rogers Fans A Hail Of A Shock

Posted May 25, 2016 by Rodney Brown

I am fanatically opposed to spoilers. Like, at a deep-seated almost obsessive level. So it is with that said I want to make sure you readers understand that I still consider the news about what is contained in the premier issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers out today to be spoiler level. But it has […]

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‘Angry Birds’ Movie Mostly Lays An Egg

Posted May 23, 2016 by Byron D. Zero

Well over a year ago, I saw an ad on Hulu for the Angry Birds movie, and after watching that ad, I had a morbid curiosity for its existence. Far from my normal otaku style obsession towards things, it intrigued me. It seemed like something that would have done very well in 1996, or as […]

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‘Aurion’ Brings African Studio’s Game To The World

Posted May 22, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we take a look at what I found to be the highlight of the Indie MegaBooth at PAX East 2016 — Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan! Aurion is a fantasy action RPG, heavily inspired by JRPG elements like the “Tales of” series. It’s a 2.5D world (2D graphics with 3D […]

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Quiet Moments Can’t Fix Overreach of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

Posted May 10, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

After watching X-Men: Apocalypse, the third entry in the new-look X-Men series, one word comes to mind. Hubris. It features heavily in the story and major themes. Figuratively and almost literally, Angel is Icarus, the winged Greek poster boy for hubris. Apocalypse, a god-like, nearly omnipotent being, is the personification of overreach. Going-it-alone vs. teamwork […]

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‘Walking Dead’ Miniatures Game Looks Scary Good

Posted May 4, 2016 by Thomas Riccardi

I for one love to watch zombie movies, but they all have the same problem. Each of the movies has a beginning, middle and an end, which left you wondering what was happening to the rest of the people who survived the movie? What would they do now as they had survived the initial encounters […]

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ – Can It Really Be Too Good?

Posted May 3, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Let’s get this out of the way — Captain America: Civil War may have raised the bar for superhero movies over the previous record holder, it’s predecessor Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Below I will explain why I think that, in my usual spoiler-free review, assuming you have seen the commercials and trailers, and know […]

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Zenkaikon 2016: Great Photos Taken At A Great Event

Posted April 17, 2016 by Kiera Vallone

Zenkaikon celebrated its tenth year during the first weekend of April, and it has certainly grown as a convention. I have attended Zenkaikon since 2009, back when it was only a two-day event and held during the fall. Back then there was an attendance cap each day, the convention hotel was small, and you had […]

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‘Jungle Book’ Does Justice To Disney Animated Classic

Posted April 15, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Disney pulls off several neat tricks in the most recent adaptation of The Jungle Book. It combines several parts of Rudyard Kipling’s original stories into a cohesive story. It pays homage to the feel of the classic 1967 animated movie, while updating it for a 2016 audience. It’s fun, emotional, and absolutely gorgeous. Violence is […]

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‘Titan Souls’ Is A Terrific Challenge

Posted April 2, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! With PAX East coming around in just three weeks, let’s start the hype by taking a look at one of the titles from the Indie Megabooth in 2015 — Titan Souls! Created by Acid Nerve, Titan Souls puts you in charge of a solitary hero stuck between worlds. The ruins that […]

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DMC Presents: 75th Anniversary Issue Touts A Trio of Caps

Posted March 30, 2016 by Chris Proulx

2016 year is a big year for Captain America. Not only is he squaring off against Iron Man and his fellow Avengers on the big screen in Captain America: Civil War but he also reaches a major milestone — 75 years since he first burst onto the scene by punching Hitler in the jaw! So […]

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Anime Boston 2016 Adds Security, Confusion

Posted March 28, 2016 by JIbrii Ransom

Anime Boston was one of the very first new cons I attended in my early convention life, way back in 2012. It was my first time in the Boston area and as a newbie I found the con enjoyable since I was with friends and got a thrill out of the cosplays I saw. It […]

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‘Daredevil’ Season 2 Stronger Than The First

Posted March 20, 2016 by Rodney Brown

There seems to be a fairly vocal contingent that disagrees with my headline, so below I will attempt to explain why I think the second season of the Netflix series Daredevil is better than the first (itself an amazing season) — and do it without spoilers. That will be a challenge, but if something has […]

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Indie Spotlight Two-fer Touts ‘INK’, ‘Thomas Was Alone’

Posted March 19, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we bring you a two-for-one special that’ll be sure to fill your geometry quota for the weekend — INK and Thomas Was Alone! Both titles are puzzle platformers with simplistic graphics (your characters are all shapes) and extremely easy to pick up and learn. They each bring a very unique […]

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Why You Should Love ‘I Hate Fairyland’

Posted March 18, 2016 by Elizabeth Trinket

Ever wonder what Alice would have been like if she never left Wonderland? How about Dorothy and Oz? Or better yet — ever wonder what would happen if Deadpool got dropped into Candyland? Well, look no further, all your inquiries and questions can be answered right here in I Hate Fairyland. The first page of this […]

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‘Kizumonogatari’ Is A Good Vampire Film, Odd Even For Anime

Posted March 17, 2016 by Lauren Grant

  Who doesn’t like a good ‘ol vampire story? I’m not talking about the sparkly kind either. Well, pair vampire tales with anime that is so stereotypically anime that it puts itself in a totally different category and you have the movie Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu. I knew going into this film that I was […]

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‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ A Solid Entry In New ‘3PS-MMO’ Genre

Posted March 16, 2016 by Luis Correa

“Moving up! Take position on their left flank and advance! I’ll move up onto that elevated position and provide overwatch as the other two assault from the middle!” One of our teammates shouted out orders as the rest of us frantically took cover behind roadblocks, abandoned cars and half broken crates. A loudspeaker somewhere ahead […]

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Little Links This Psychological Thriller to ‘Cloverfield’

Posted March 10, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Bottle movies are a classic approach to filmmaking. By shooting the movie almost entirely in a single interior location, filmmakers focus on the characters; who they are, their motivations and their interactions. Trapping people in a confined space is a great way to ratchet up psychological tension on screen. With no scenery or action to […]

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Asus ZenWatch2: A Working Con-Goer’s Handy Tool

Posted March 7, 2016 by Luis Correa

Saturday morning at 7:40 a.m. my wrist suddenly began vibrating while I continued to slumber heavily with regret. The previous night I had celebrated until 3 a.m. with friends I have not seen in a long time and the drinks flowed readily. My wrist vibrated several more times before I woke from my stupor to […]

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‘Metroid’ Fans – And Everyone – Should Love ‘Axiom Verge’

Posted March 5, 2016 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we take a look at one of the most intriguing sci-fi action games in recent times — Axiom Verge! Created by Thomas Happ, Axiom Verge is the latest addition to Metroidvania titles (games that emulate the classic style of Metroid/Castlevania). It’s a side-scrolling platformer that takes you through a mysterious […]

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DMC Presents: ‘Avengers Standoff’ All About Action, Consequences

Posted March 2, 2016 by Chris Proulx

Throughout the years law enforcement in the Marvel Universe has struggled with what to do with captured super villains. They can’t put them in prison with non-powered criminals. They have tried locking them up in maximum security prisons like The Vault and The Raft but sooner or later they always break out and things go […]

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Highs and Lows In 2015 Nerd Movies

Posted December 31, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Like my past two 2015 roundups (nerd TV and anime shows) for this roundup I am not going to call out the best or worst movies I’ve seen this year, but the biggest surprises and biggest disappointments. And I will start with a Special Judge’s Award for Star Wars: The Force Awakens for being both. […]

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Anime 2015 Highs and Lows

Posted December 30, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Taste in anime is so subjective, and the variety of genres is so wide, that trying to pick a Best and Worst list is almost pointless. So I will do what I did with my nerd TV list — pick two anime shows that were the biggest good surprises and two that were also big […]

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‘ARK: Survival Evolved’ Is About Making Dinosaurs Your Pony

Posted December 11, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

Fun fact, I love dinosaurs. I have always been fascinated by them for as long as I can remember. And while good dinosaur games are very rare, one game I had a very brief time playing this summer really stood out to me and I was surprised I didn’t hear about it sooner. Ark: Survival […]

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Next-Gen ‘Doom’ Reboot Looks Like One Hell of a Game

Posted November 24, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

Easily the bloodiest and goriest game shown at E3 this summer, Doom is making its return next year. You know what I loved about Bethesda’s E3 press conference? … I loved everything about it. They kept our attention with every game they announced thus far. And Doom (unofficially known as Doom 4) definitely was a […]

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Rhode Island Comic Con Hits New High, Gets New Problems

Posted November 9, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The fourth iteration of Rhode Island Comic Con was its biggest by far, and it was generally perceived as a success by many, but not all. It did suffer from some problems, but the biggest one seems to be lingering anger over last year’s event, which prompted some people to immediately assume the worst when […]

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‘Walking Dead’ Shocker Manages to Not Trip Over Its Tropes

Posted October 29, 2015 by Rodney Brown

(Vincent Anderson is not just an up and coming cosplay photographer, but a good writer and someone who brings a very interesting view of how The Walking Dead handles its shocking moments using common TV tropes. -Ed.) By Vincent Anderson After the newest episode of The Walking Dead a lot of fans had immediate, knee-jerk […]

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