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Star Trek: Picard’s Finale Gives You Everything You Wanted, and That’s Kind of the Problem

Star Trek: Picard has spent its debut season telling a story that, at times, has tried to balance nostalgia for its past with an interrogation of just what having nostalgia for that past in a time of crisis really means. Its season one finale, for better or worse, decides that the best thing any of us can do is to embrace that nostalgia wholeheartedly. Read More >>

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Sean Astin’s Audition for The Goonies is Predictably Adorable

Even kids with famous parents need a big break. For Sean Astin, that break was The Goonies. Astin, son of well-known actors Patty Duke and John Astin, had done only two small TV movies before landing the lead role in the Steven Spielberg-produced film. From there, he became an instant star, forging a career filled with more iconic roles than most people could ever dream of. Read More >>

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Review: Opal Fruits, Temporarily Back on British Shelves in Their Original Flavours

Lately, a lot of us have been feeling that we'd quite like to turn the clock back to simpler times – times when the worst of our problems was a scraped knee, being called on to read aloud in an English lesson, or having to sing our least-favourite hymn in assembly. Read More >>

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Dick Tracy is an Exercise in Style Over Substance, With Lots of Batman Sprinkled on Top

Watching Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy today, it feels more like an experiment than a movie. Oh, there’s a story in there, and at times it’s entertaining as hell, but what stands out three decades after its release is how Beatty was able to springboard off the success of Tim Burton’s Batman to make a movie filled with things you rarely get to see on film. Read More >>

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How to Make the Other Universal Monsters Scary Again

Dracula. The Wolf Man. The Mummy. The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Frankenstein(’s monster) and the Bride of Frankenstein(’s Monster). They’re all icons of cinematic horror, many for nearly a century – and that’s the problem. Read More >>

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The Next Planet of the Apes Movie Will Continue ‘Caesar’s Legacy’

We learned late last year that the Planet of the Apes franchise would not end with 2017's War for the Planet of the Apes, something that had actually been rumoured since shortly after that acclaimed film’s release. And now, we know that the new Apes film won’t be another reboot, but rather a continuation of the saga. Read More >>

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Sonic the Hedgehog is a Heartfelt Adventure for Kids and Twitchy Nostalgia Junkies Alike

It may come as a shock to adults who read genre news sites to hear that a movie like Sonic The Hedgehog – a movie so heavily influenced by the '90s video game IP it’s based on that it almost hurts – is squarely aimed at kids who just want to see cute, fuzzy cartoon characters get nuts and bash the heck out of some no-good robots. On that front, Sonic delivers – but there’s more. Read More >>

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Disney is Going to Kill Bambi’s Mum Again

It’s a new year but things are still the same when it comes to Disney’s catalogue of classic films. After a year that saw remakes of Aladdin and The Lion King become billion dollars hits, it makes sense for the trend to continue. And next on the list is Bambi. Read More >>

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E.T. and the Real, Grown-Up Elliott Reunite… in an Advert?

We bet you didn’t expect to see an official E.T. sequel today – but that’s kind of what’s happened, just in a slightly unconventional, very commercial way. Read More >>

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The Reboots Will Continue Until Morale Improves

The past decade has demonstrated that no matter how much the general public gripes about Hollywood being a wasteland for new ideas – an accusation that’s popular despite the fact that it isn’t exactly true – reboots are here to stay whether we like them or not. Studios have little to no reason to ever stop rebooting classic stories about heroes and villains that have already become enshrined in the pop culture canon. Read More >>

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Doesn’t Care That Terminator: Dark Fate Ignores Previous Films He Was In

Any normal person might be angry if they were making a movie that straight-up ignored several previously-connected projects they’d worked on. Arnold Schwarzenegger is not a normal person. Read More >>

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Black Panther’s Daniel Kaluuya Is Bringing a ‘Misunderstood’ Barney to the Big Screen

Barney is a dinosaur who we all know from TV, but now Mattel is bringing Barney & Friends to the big screen. Read More >>

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Witchboard is the Perfect Combination of Melodrama, 1980s Hair, and Evil Spirits

Much like the female protagonist of Witchboard, the deliciously cheesy 1986 cautionary tale about why you should never use an Ouija board improperly, I have an obsession. But I’m not obsessed with talking to ghosts. I’m just obsessed with Witchboard. Read More >>

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The Beautifully Dull Paradox of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, 40 Years Later

Forty years ago a landmark moment in Star Trek’s history arrived, in the form of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. It’s an important chapter in the series’ survival, the turning point from cancelled cult classic to enduring icon of science fiction. But there is a reason we remember The Motion Picture’s place in history more than we remember The Motion Picture: It’s boring as all hell. Read More >>

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I Miss Simple Video Games That Didn’t Try Too Hard

As someone obsessed with handheld gaming consoles, Nintendo’s Switch should have been the ultimate portable system for me. Instead, it actually made me nostalgic for Tiger Electronics’ LCD handhelds; arguably some of the first true portable video game systems. They were cheap, durable, simple, and addictive, and 30 years later I find myself missing that experience. Read More >>