into the dark season 2

Hulu is staying in the horror anthology business. The streaming service has renewed Into the Dark for a second season, keeping the monthly horror show rolling into 2020.

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The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 Finale Review

The Handmaid’s Tale season three finale “Mayday” is miraculous in believability as the rebellion against Gilead pulls off its own Great Escape. 

Let’s talk about spoilers for the episode, along with some overall thoughts about the season.

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The Handmaid's Tale Sacrifice Review

“Sacrifice”, the twelfth episode of The Handmaid’s Tale season 3, steadies the viewer into absorbing a shock that contrives character conflict for June (Elisabeth Moss) while devaluing another character under the guise of something nebulously “thematic.”

The previous episode of the Handmaid’s Tale threw two gamechangers: the arrest of the Waterfords (Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski) across the Canadian border and the death of High Commander Winslow. The first feels like a thematic outcome, even if the character turns felt hazy, of Serena Joy’s myopic motherhood agenda. The second, cathartic as it is for June to bludgeon a rapist dictator, does feel resulted from wild card happenstance on the writers’ part (and a waste of Christopher Meloni).

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Into the Dark School Spirit Review

(Blumhouse Television and Hulu have partnered for a monthly horror anthology series titled Into The Dark, set to release a full holiday-themed feature the first Friday of every month. Horror anthology expert Matt Donato will be tackling the series one-by-one, stacking up the entries as they become streamable.)

After scoring exemplary marks with last month’s Culture Shock “episode,” Into The Dark returns to its less memorable form in School Spirit. Mike Gan’s tribute to I Know What You Did Last Summer era high school slashers may earn a passing grade by certain standards, but brings nothing new to an outdated subgenre conversation. Reformat existing horror architectures all you want, but there’s not much “spirit” within rudimentary “101 Level” storytelling horror fans have studied ad nauseam. A little Breakfast Club, a lotta Scream, but Blumhouse’s deadly detention sentence capitalizes not on a pirate killer far less interesting than a sinister Act III suggests.

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Disney+ bundle

We already knew that Disney+, Disney’s upcoming subscription streaming service, was going to be offered as an add-on for Hulu subscribers, but now we have a few more details about the scope of what Disney has in mind. Bob Iger, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, announced today on an investor call that a Hulu, ESPN+, and Disney+ bundle will be available this November and it will cost $12.99 per month. Read on to see how that compares with several other streaming service prices. Read More »

runaways cloak and dagger crossover

Marvel’s Runaways and Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger have little in common apart from sharing the Marvel banner and teenaged casts. Until now. Marvel’s two teenage superhero teams will finally be uniting in a Runaways and Cloak and Dagger crossover episode coming to Hulu this December in Runaways‘ upcoming third season.

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Veronica Mars season 4 blu-ray

Veronica Mars recently returned for a whole new season on Hulu. Technically, it’s season 4, coming on the heels of the previous three seasons that aired on UPN/The CW. But don’t tell the distributors of the latest season’s Blu-ray release that. For some baffling reason (rights issues?), the Veronica Mars season 4 Blu-ray is being sold as Veronica Mars season 1.

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The Handmaid's Tale Liars Review

The Handmaid’s Tale is rolling the dice toward its finale with one of its uneven, but serviceably suspenseful, episodes. “Liars” runs too fast, stops, then pants, then runs too fast toward the horizon. This episode both accelerates and coasts toward its season finale with “what comes around, goes around” vibes.

June (Elisabeth Moss) must transport 52 children to the safety of Canada, but it will take more than trucks to smuggle children out of Gilead. Meanwhile, the Waterfords (Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski) take matters into their own hands to retrieve baby Nichole from Canada.

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Handmaid's Tale Under His Eye Review

On Friday, Hulu announced it had renewed The Handmaid’s Tale for a fourth season during their Television Critics Association session. Later, Handmaid’s Tale producer Warren Littlefield happened to be on a panel for his new Hulu show Reprisal. After the Reprisal panel, Littlefield spoke with reporters further about Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale.

Now that The Handmaid’s Tale is definitely coming back, Littlefield could speak about where this season would leave characters and what to expect from the now-confirmed fourth season. 

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Rob Thomas Interview

/Film asked to speak with Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas in advance of Hulu premiering the new fourth season. Then, in a surprise move, season 4 premiered on Hulu while the cast was at Comic-Con. Hulu still took care of us though, bringing Thomas for lunch with the Television Critics Association.

Now that Marshmallows have had a chance to watch the fourth season of Veronica Mars, we got to do a spoiler interview with Thomas instead of a preview. We talked specifics about the bombing mystery, the tragedies that befall Veronica, her friends and family, and an update on Thomas’ adaptation of The Lost Boys for The CW. All four seasons of Veronica Mars are now streaming on Hulu.

And yes, the spoilers begin now.

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