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X-Men: Apocalypse's Biggest Disappointment Is The Villainous Prune

As we’ve noted before, the pleasure of a superhero blockbuster lies in watching familiar, inevitable tropes refashioned in mildly refreshing ways. The people making these films are tasked not with outright originality but with clever recombination. How do we make the good guys defeat the bad guys—because they will

So Help Me, I'm Actually Kind Of Excited About The Independence Day Sequel

The first trailer didn’t really do it for me, but I now find myself entirely on board for a bad-fun sequel to the best-worst-funnest movie I ever waited on line to see. Independence Day: Resurgence is coming, and instead of exploding cities, this time it’s lifting cities up and dropping them back on top of themselves,…

Save a Few Bucks on Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-ray

Target’s eBay storefront is currently selling the newly released The Force Awakens Blu-ray for $17, the best price we’ve seen so far. Granted, that’s not an enormous discount, but if you were going to pick up a copy anyway (and let’s face it, you were going to pick up a copy anyway), it’s a nice chance to save a few…

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PSA: You Might Want To Return Any Outstanding VHS Rentals

Of course, it’s unclear exactly how you would return them, considering all but 50 Blockbusters nationwide closed in 2013 (and most independent video stores probably folded long before then). But apparently, holding on to a rented video long after the return date—let’s be honest, long after you even forgot you ever…

This Year’s Biggest Superhero Movies Are All About America’s Descent into Fascism

A few days ago, many people were shocked—shocked!—at a pair of new studies that found that many Americans have authoritarian tendencies. They want a strong leader, who can sort out “those” people. This went against everything we had lazily chosen to believe about America! But it’s also pretty apparent if you pay any…