Frequency review

The word “remake” is sometimes met with automatic groans, but 2000’s Frequency is exactly the right candidate for a remake. The premise is intriguing, and the film itself got solid reviews, but it’s not really a classic by any measure. It wasn’t a box office hit in its time, and even though there are plenty of people who’ve seen and enjoyed it, Frequency doesn’t have any kind of devoted fandom. What it does have is a great premise that deserves another chance to shine, and The CW is more than happy to give it one.  Read More »

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One time I made a joke about having never met a single person in real life who has actually watched Netflix’s crime series Narcos and I instantly regretted it. Narcos fans immediately began to emerge from the woodwork to let me know how much they enjoy the show and how I should give it a chance and so on and so forth. And since I’m fascinated by the drug war and would very much like more Pedro Pascal in my life, I think I may take them up on that suggestion.

Meanwhile, the Narcos season 2 trailer has arrived and while I’m sure it’ll get the dedicated fans properly excited, this is the exact kind of preview that helps pique my interest.

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powerless review

Every superhero show or movie has them: dozens or hundreds of anonymous extras milling about in the backgrounds of all those CG-heavy, city-destroying third-act climaxes, looking alternatively terrified and grateful. Every once in a while, some of them even get to speak – to testify against Superman in Congress or to corner Iron Man in an elevator. But NBC’s Powerless is the first time these nameless nobodies truly get to take center stage. And as it turns out, they’ve got a pretty great story to tell.  Read More »

jared leto joker

When Jared Leto‘s take on the Joker was initially revealed, it resulted in the loudest, angriest fanboy temper tantrum to hit the internet since, well, Heath Ledger’s take on the Joker was initially revealed in the early days of marketing for The Dark Knight. Since then, most everyone has seemingly come to terms with the fact that the new Clown Prince of Crime is a heavily tattooed maniac from the streets who looks nothing like any previous version of the character. At least everyone has stopped screaming and has started quietly muttering to themselves.

We won’t be able to give Leto’s performance any final marks until we actually see him in action in Suicide Squad next month, but we can watch this new promo that puts the spotlight on the character and jump to some hasty conclusions. You know, if that’s your thing.

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Riverdale opens with Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) explaining the summer that changed everyone’s lives. Since the character’s narration – he’s writing a novel – is filling audiences in on a teenager’s death, the tone is somber, which is a tone that doesn’t always work for the Riverdale pilot. When the first half-hour of the series gets dramatic, it feels too soon, as if the series’ creators, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Greg Berlanti and their writers presume we’re already on board with these characters simply because of who they are. What does makes us like some of these characters in the pilot is not the forced drama, but the easygoing charm amongst the kids, especially Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes)

Below, read our Riverdale Comic-Con reaction.

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This Mr. Robot review was written by Corey Atad.

I saw some people down on Mr. Robot’s season premiere last week. While most were right back on board, it seemed like a good number were itching for something a bit more… substantial. The forward momentum, and constantly shifting ground present in the first season seemed to have been halted. Which is a somewhat ridiculous notion considering the state of things in the premiere was all almost entirely new, a recalibration of the story’s status quo in the wake of the events of the finale. New characters, new locations, and even new relationships with technology.

Yet the sentiment, that the show had stalled returning to bat, made some degree of sense to me. The episode was not just a recalibration of the story, but a recalibration for the characters themselves. This week, “Kernel Panic” brought much of that recalibrating to fruition. No longer just picking up scraps of detail to figure out where the characters have been and what they’re doing, the episode gave us the space to understand how they might move forward into the uncharted territory of a post-hack world.

As usual, it opens up a bevy of questions to look at within the episode. Follow along, and be mindful of spoilers, of course. Go watch the episode first! Read More »

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Time After Time is an excellent time travel movie. Nicholas Meyer‘s 1979 film follows author H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) as he travels to the future to hunt down his former pal, Jack the Ripper (David Warner). It’s an exciting, funny, and often visually stunning picture – the astonishing opening long take lures you right into the movie – that holds up. Now, Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries) has adapted the film into a television series that sticks too closely to the original source.

Below, read our Time After Time Comic-Con reaction.

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hero complex gallery star trek

It’s a good year to be a Star Trek fan…and if you’re not a Star Trek fan, it’s good year to start. It seems like everyone is celebrating the franchise’s 50th anniversary in style: Star Trek Beyond is in theaters this weekend, Bryan Fuller is busy developing a new TV show for an early 2017 bow, and anyone with a drop of creative juice in their system is paying tribute to the greatest science series of all time.

The latest piece of cool Star Trek news involves the Hero Complex Gallery, who have unveiled their contribution to the new Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years exhibition. With art celebrating the original series, several of the films, and even the original Star Trek pilot “The Cage,” there’s a little something for Trek fans of all tastes.

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Star Trek Beyond Review

After recycling a little too much of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan for the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, the rebooted franchise based on Gene Roddenberry’s classic sci-fi series needed a new direction to bring some freshness back to the final frontier. Thankfully, with Star Trek Beyond, director Justin Lin has managed to craft a extremely entertaining journey back into space for the USS Enterprise. It’s a sequel that blends some of the signature style of the classic Star Trek series with the action sensibilities of a modern blockbuster.

Keep reading our Star Trek Beyond review after the jump. Read More »