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The Rise of Skywalker Review: The Star Wars Re-Release of Star Wars Movies

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the final chapter in the third trilogy of Star Wars films. Director J.J. Abrams kicked off this recent cycle with The Force Awakens, before the reins were passed to Rian Johnson for The Last Jedi. After kicking Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) from the…

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Mosaic Review – More Like ‘Sad: The Video Game’

A highly stylized side-scrolling adventure is my catnip. Titles like Limbo, Little Nightmares, and Inside are the types of experiences that require I shove friends onto my couch and insist they do an immediate playthrough. So with Nordic studio Krillbite releasing a stylized side-scrolling adventure about being a cog in the machine…

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Joker Review: When Just Looking the Part Isn’t Good Enough

In the 2011 film Limitless, Bradley Cooper played a normal schmo who stumbled upon a secret government brain-pill that made him smart. This was not meant to be a dunk on Bradley Cooper, the person, but in summary it certainly sounds that way. Bradley Cooper’s character proceeded to have an adventure…

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The Sinking City Review: Nobody Can Help You Here

How do you solve jigsaw puzzles? Do you start with the corners and the border first? Do you group colors? Do you bundle elements into what you assume the full picture will portray? Puzzles are often enjoyable because you can solve them in a variety of ways — incorporating your…

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Midsommar Review: Terror in Broad Daylight

In Eli Roth’s film Hostel, a group of American teens are sold into the world of professional murder-torture while trying to have a fun adventure in Europe. A twist near the end (I’m fair certain you don’t care about spoilers from 2005) is that only one of the fratty American…

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters Review – Ouch

Woof. Whenever I’m assigned to review a film, and that film reveals itself to be quite poor, I often start with a contrarian stance. I might say Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a terrible movie, sure. But I’d also explain how its silly elements could have coalesced into a good…

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Void Bastards Review: Paperwork at the End of the Universe

Void Bastards is the realization of a science fiction dream — especially if you were the only kid in class who knew what “42” meant, and thought bureaucracy was the height of comedy before you were old enough to have a job. This is Brazil and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…

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A Plague Tale: Innocence Review

“Who is this for?” I ask this out loud quite a bit — even if no one else is around. Usually, this is a conversation between my wife and I, mid-movie, after stumbling upon some Netflix abomination late at night. Like the ones that bill themselves as comedies but then…

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Avengers: Endgame Review – Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

I should recognize up front that, for many of you clicking on this, my review of Avengers: Endgame is meaningless. It will have no impact on whether you see, or do not see, the blockbuster of the summer April. Without giving too much away, though, this will also be the…

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Shazam! Review: By Some Dark Magic, This Is Actually Great

It is a genuine pleasure to watch the DC Cinematic Universe implode like a dying star. That’s not because I’m not a fan of the source material. It’s because the best laid plans of Zack “Wake the Fuck Up” Snyder have resulted in a chaotic neutral reset of the entire…

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Space Gone Mad: An Interview with Void Bastards’ Cara Ellison & Ben Lee

*VORRP* And with that, another explosive device that no one fully understands erupts, detonating or murder-sacrificing or sucking character into a vacuum. It’s a real roll of the dice as to what is happening in this specific weapon instance, or what is happening in general, or what is happening on…

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Last Year’s Best Video Game Soundtracks On Vinyl

Death to 2018. I’m sure we’re all on the same page here; stab the concept of last year with some blade of the millennium that frees us from its cursed grasp. That aside, there were some artistic achievements last year that didn’t get the proper amount of attention. Please, dear…

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Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden Review

Plenty of games take place in the apocalypse. Not enough of them take place in every apocalypse. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden adapts a Swedish pen-and-paper RPG into a modern, XCOM-style, turn-based tactics game that explores an Earth ravaged by literally everything. The idea, like in so many other post-apocalyptic…

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5 Great Horror Movies that Inspired Even Better Games

If you grew up with the consoles of the 90s, you also suffered innumerable, awful adaptations of horror films by folks with a threadbare understanding of the source material. The resulting tie-in games weren’t entirely the developers fault, of course. The creators needed to churn out some kind of gamified…

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Call of Cthulhu Review

There are a couple of issues when it comes to adapting the works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. The first is the man himself: Lovecraft was a gross racist whose beliefs about The Other applied equally to fictitious monsters and to foreigners. When we go on about “The Cthulhu Mythos”  and…

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