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Cobra Kai karate-chops into season 2 with half the humor and double the melodrama Cobra Kai karate-chops into season 2 with half the humor and double the melodrama

A big part of what made season one of YouTube’s Cobra Kai a surprising success was how honest and funny it was about the aggrieved white-male pettiness at the center of its two charismatic leads. Picking up a now 25-years-later narrative from the plot of the original Karate Kid movie seemed like a tired concept…

Game Of Thrones drinks, talks, and readies for war in an all-time great episode (newbies) Game Of Thrones drinks, talks, and readies for war in an all-time great episode (newbies)

Welcome to another season of Game Of Thrones reviews for those who have not read the books the series is based on. Since critics won’t be receiving screeners this season, each week I’ll publish the episode page once the broadcast ends and add my review to the page when I finish. That way newbies have a spoiler-free…

Showrunner Justin Spitzer quits his Superstore Showrunner Justin Spitzer quits his Superstore

Whether or not it’s due to being knocked unconscious by one of the seemingly endless array of things that can fall on you in a big-box store, showrunner Justin Spitzer is clocking out of NBC’s superlative sitcom Superstore.

A Robert Rodriguez virtual-reality film captures the push and pull between VR’s past and future A Robert Rodriguez virtual-reality film captures the push and pull between VR’s past and future

Unless your name is James Cameron, you’re probably a little skeptical of the recent surge in virtual reality as a medium for storytelling. (And even he wants you to know that what we tend to call “VR” isn’t true VR to Hollywood’s biggest devotee of technological advancements.) For most people, it’s still a limited…

UPDATE: The current Jeopardy! champ is just kicking unholy amounts of ass UPDATE: The current Jeopardy! champ is just kicking unholy amounts of ass

Ken Jennings is still the gold standard of Jeopardy! contestants, his 74-game winning streak the likely unattainable yardstick by which all subsequent players have been judged. But the current Jeopardy! champ is a close second—quite literally: He’s now the second-place earner behind Jennings.

The final Dark Phoenix trailer stops screwing around and just reveals the story

It’s been a weird ride for the Dark Phoenix marketing campaign: Despite obvious comparisons, the first trailer did very little to distinguish itself from the moribund X-Men: The Last Stand. Each subsequent spot has wisely veered a little further away, until finally, with this last trailer, it just tells audiences…

Captain America fights Iron Man, and the MCU for once gets a painfully personal climax Captain America fights Iron Man, and the MCU for once gets a painfully personal climax

Even the most devout Marvel loyalist can admit that the studio’s cinematic universe tends to have a problem when it comes to the big climactic set pieces that end their films. As with many of Hollywood’s CGI-heavy spectacles, there’s a tendency toward louder, flashier, and dumber—final fight sequences in which a hero…

Human and inhuman—and bad sex writing—come together in sci-fi head trip Dark Constellations Human and inhuman—and bad sex writing—come together in sci-fi head trip Dark Constellations

There’s an odd contrast between the organic and inorganic at the heart of Pola Oloixarac’s writing. The Argentinean author relishes in teasing out curlicues of digital code that execute far-reaching programs, or producing dizzying passages in which the macro scale of global economies and political systems are…

Winter is here on Game Of Thrones' final season premiere (newbies) Winter is here on Game Of Thrones' final season premiere (newbies)

Welcome to another season of Game Of Thrones reviews for those who have not read the books the series is based on. Since critics won’t be receiving screeners this season, each week I’ll publish the episode page once the broadcast ends and add my review to the page when I finish. That way newbies have a spoiler-free…

Get ready for more distended-neck posters, because a Tomb Raider sequel is coming Get ready for more distended-neck posters, because a Tomb Raider sequel is coming

It appears we haven’t gotten enough of tombs, nor the raiding of them, on the big screen. Despite the sound of deflating hopes that echoed through every movie theater which screened the Tomb Raider reboot a year ago, the video game adaptation will be back to go spelunking yet again.

Dermot Mulroney played cello on the score of two Mission: Impossible movies?! Dermot Mulroney played cello on the score of two Mission: Impossible movies?!

How the hell did we not know this? Give yourself a pat on the back if this fact was already known to you, but Dermot Mulroney somehow managed to hide from us the news that he’s not only a classically trained cellist, but played it on the score of not one, but two Mission: Impossible films. What?

Iron Man 3 blew up Tony’s suits, but can any big change really take in this mega franchise? Iron Man 3 blew up Tony’s suits, but can any big change really take in this mega franchise?

Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 felt like a fitting cap on the trilogy of superhero movies starring Robert Downey Jr. as a guy slowly learning how to be a hero. Whether you think the film totally works, or you appreciate Black’s attempt at smuggling in an ersatz Lethal Weapon movie (the second act, in particular, gets…

Amy Seimetz on Pet Sematary, pain, and being a weirdo with Donald Glover Amy Seimetz on Pet Sematary, pain, and being a weirdo with Donald Glover

There are some actors who always seem to be working, and then there are those who are not only working, but somehow simultaneously doing four other things as well. Amy Seimetz is in the latter category, a multi-hyphenate (actor, writer, director, producer, showrunner, to name a few) whose ability to wear many hats is…

Weekend Box Office: Audiences are saying "Shazam!" Weekend Box Office: Audiences are saying "Shazam!"

More than a few people walked up to the local multiplex and uttered the magic word “Shazam!” this past weekend, as the family-friendly DC superhero flick racked up $53.4 million, more than double its closest competitor and a good reminder that it’s nice when these movies are actually fun. That opening puts it on par…

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