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‘Bullet Train’ Review: Hyperverbal and Hyperviolent

The best way to describe Bullet Train is that it’s extremely “from the director of Deadpool 2.” David Leitch is one of the founders of the 87North production company, itself an offshoot of 87Eleven Action Design, the collective of stunt performers and choreographers whose sensibilities have defined the past decade…

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Harley Quinn is the Best Batman Animated Series Since the 90s

Harley Quinn is the DC Universe’s greatest underdog story. Created for a throwaway gag in a 1992 episode of the groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series, Harley has grown into one of DC’s most popular and marketable characters, the lead of multiple comics series, three live-action feature films, and a host…

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‘The Gray Man’ Review: Everything is Gray For Him

It’s natural to want to knock Anthony and Joe Russo down a peg. The duo shares directing credits on four smash hit blockbusters — including two of the ten highest-grossing films of all time — but all on the backs of the Marvel Studios brand. In film critics circles, they…

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‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ is a Fun but Predictable Ragnarok Followup

Thor: Love and Thunder is the fourth installment of the Norse Space Viking’s solo film series, and his eighth feature film appearance in eleven years. And yet, thanks to director Taika Waititi’s retooling of the character in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, this particular corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t feel…

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Strange New Worlds Stumbles at the Finish Line With “A Quality of Mercy”

When Star Trek: Strange New Worlds was first announced, my biggest fear was that it would feel like fan fiction. Fan fiction, of course, comes in myriad stripes and at all levels of craft, but by definition fan fiction is created by and for a pre-sold audience who is looking…

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“All Those Who Wander” is Strange New Worlds at its Most Cinematic

In contrast to the two previous live-action Star Trek series, Discovery and Picard, Strange New Worlds has distinguished itself by maintaining an episodic format and restraining the scale and scope of its stories accordingly. It is deliberately not blockbuster, “anything can happen” television, and it’s all the better for it.…

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Strange New Worlds Gets a Holodeck Episode in “The Elysian Kingdom”

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has stood out from the current pack of space sci-fi television (and Trek shows in general) by embracing camp with open arms. In just the past four weeks, SNW has given us a screwball romcom, a goofy pirate adventure, and with its latest installment, a…

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Star Trek Strange New Worlds The Elysian Kingdom

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‘Lightyear’ Review: To Mid-finity and Beyond

From Disney and Pixar Animation Studios comes Lightyear, an animated action-adventure film based on the spaceman doll Buzz Lightyear from the 1995 movie Toy Story. (Or, rather, based on the human who that toy is based on, blah blah blah, we’re all tired of this joke already.) Despite its baggage…

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‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Review: Forget It Grant, It’s Dinotown

Of the five unnecessary sequels to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic Jurassic Park, Jurassic World Dominion arguably begins with the most potential. Each previous sequel basically starts with the same conflict: What are we gonna do about that island what got taken over by dinosaurs? The obvious answer, “Leave it the…

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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ ‘The Serene Squall’ Has Won Me Over

Since Star Trek returned to television in 2017, I’ve been mostly enthusiastic about the new generation of shows. I’ve written extensively here on Fanbyte about my experience of watching Discovery, a show that I enjoy despite it being a frequently cringey experience, and I’ve warmed significantly to both Lower Decks…

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Strange New Worlds Gets Tough in ‘Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach’

The Star Trek franchise is famously optimistic, set in a utopian future where anything is possible and no one is left behind. The aim of many Star Trek stories is to inspire us to do better, to be brave, compassionate, and curious. But it’s a compass, not a map, and…

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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Goes Silly with ‘Spock Amok’

A few months ago, while reviewing the Star Trek: Discovery episode “All In,” I commented on how modern era Trek has isolated the many flavors that have made the franchise so rich for the past half-century and siloed them each into their own series. Discovery and Picard are tonally distinct…

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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Review: Ride Into the Navy Zone

In 1986, producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson, director Tony Scott, and star Tom Cruise hit paydirt with the blockbuster success of Top Gun, a drama loosely based on the real-life magnet program for the US Navy’s most talented aviators. It was the highest-grossing film of the year and propelled…

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With “Memento Mori,” Strange New Worlds Goes USS-571

Strange New Worlds is easily the most approachable new Star Trek series of its generation, so far requiring no previous experience with the franchise or even a linear viewing order. So, it’s funny that the most natural way for me to discuss the show has been in comparison to other…

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In “Ghosts of Illyria,” Strange New Worlds Tackles Tolerance and Hypocrisy

Yesterday, the trailer debuted for a new studio romantic comedy called Bros, written by and starring comedian Billy Eichner. In the trailer, Eichner’s character describes being invited by a movie studio to create a “straight-friendly” gay romcom that demonstrates that gay relationships are really just like straight relationships. Except, he…

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Strange New Worlds Proves That Classic 90s Star Trek Still Works

In 2017, when Star Trek: Discovery first launched, Star Trek’s fan community split nearly in half over the new show’s vastly different approach to the franchise. It was practically a rehearsal for what would happen to Star Wars fandom when The Last Jedi hit theaters a few months later, with…

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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

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‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Review: Cool, I Guess

For the past few decades, major label superhero comics have made an annual tradition of the Big Summer Crossover Event. This usually takes the form of a core miniseries wherein you’ll find all the important plot beats and shocking reveals (this year it’s Dark Crisis at DC, Avengers vs. X-Men…

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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is Classic Trek, for Better and Worse

Ever since Star Trek was relaunched on streaming television in 2017 with the glossy serialized adventure series Star Trek: Discovery, the franchise has been expanding in multiple new directions, each a bit further afield from the familiar. The latest new series, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, has been pitched as…

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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

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‘Ambulance’ Review: If Less is More, Just Think How Much More More Would Be

Michael Bay. You know his deal, right? He’s the maximalist music video director-turned-action cinema auteur responsible for a handful of canonized action flicks, one good Transformers movie, four unwatchable Transformers movies, one cult classic, and two thrillers about troops that I haven’t seen and you probably haven’t seen either. Bay…

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‘The Contractor’ Review: Taking Care of Business

On first glance, it’d be easy to mistake The Contractor for a run-of-the-mill military action-thriller. The movie poster features a blue-eyed movie star wearing tactical gear, standing in front of an American flag — it doesn’t get much more generic than that. The trailer outlines the story of a desperate…

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The Contractor

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