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‘Watch Dogs 2? review: A fun combination of hacker fantasy and feel-good teen movie

Watch Dogs 2 Developed by: Ubisoft Montreal Published by: Ubisoft Available on: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One The Watch Dogs series is plugged into our anxieties about life in the age of surveillance. Capitalizing on the myth of a hacker who is able to leverage information systems that know more about us than we do […]

How cartoonists are skewering Donald Trump’s tweets

IT WAS more than seven years ago when Donald Trump, still very new to Twitter, began to tell us that he was all about building walls. More than 16 million Twitter followers later, the president-elect clearly loves a no-filter platform for his ostensibly no-filter persona. Yet when those tweets involve flag burning, or Fidel Castro, […]

Hundreds of cartoonists are creating a newspaper to protest Trump’s view of women

THE NEW YORKER magazine’s art editor is helping to launch a political newspaper in direct response to the election of Donald Trump. Françoise Mouly, who has been the magazine’s art director since 1993, and daughter Nadja Spiegelman will edit Resist!, a comics tabloid that calls upon artists to communicate through illustration how they feel about […]

TV recap: The best outcome from the CW’s crossover? ‘Arrow’ remembers what it does best.

The CW’s “Arrow” tends to be at its best when not relying on supernatural effects. So how would the sometimes uneven series (its fifth season has been a creative corrective) tackle being part of the network’s four-day/four-show superhero crossover event this week? On Wednesday evening, as “Arrow” celebrated its 100th episode, the show’s writers deftly […]

The top 10 video games of 2016

For parts of the industry, 2016 was a sluggish year for video games. GameStop lowered its fall earnings forecast as big-budget sequels like “Call of Duty: Infinite War,” and “Titanfall 2,” earned less than their predecessors over their respective launch windows. On the hardware side, one of the big stories was the release of the […]

‘The Flash’ recap: Sure, the CW’s superhero crossover is great fun. But is it building to Justice League?

With so much occurring on Day 2 of the CW’s four-day crossover among all the network’s superhero shows, it would be easy to overlook some of the major hints that Tuesday night’s episode of “The Flash” provided about the future of the Scarlet Speedster. This episode was a major superhero get-together. That stands in contrast […]

Star Wars ‘Rogue One': Answers to your most pressing questions

WE’RE NOW just a couple of weeks away from the opening of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” on Dec. 16. And still, as it should be, more unknowns than answers remain. Let’s tackle some of the more pressing questions: 1. Sure, “Rogue One” is a stand-alone story about a young Rebel warrior’s mission to stop […]

The fight for comic books’ First Amendment rights in the era of Trump

THE COMIC BOOK Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit group that fights to defend the First Amendment on behalf of the comics community, says it isn’t quite sure what to expect in a new Donald Trump era. “CBLDF is preparing our resources for the uncertain legal climate of 2017,” Charles Brownstein, executive director of the Oregon-based […]

The top 10 superhero comics of 2016

Many diverse characters deftly inherited iconic superhero costumes in 2016, including a black Captain America and a female Thor. The year also saw a range of top talent holding the pen, from such veterans as Geoff Johns and Grant Morrison to acclaimed-author-turned-comic-book-newcomer Ta-Nahesi Coates. Here are our top 10 superhero comic books of 2016: Sam Wilson: […]

New Star Wars ‘Rogue One’ trailer reflects everything we know so far, as tickets go on sale today

A THIRTY-SECOND TV spot for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” debuted overnight to herald Monday’s ticket-sales kickoff, and what we glimpse in that trailer cleanly encapsulates everything we’ve seen so far. The new trailer opens with a sand-swept nod to the Jedi arts — an aspect that had been little on display in “Rogue” […]

With ‘Moana,’ Disney continues its domination of the Thanksgiving weekend box office

DISNEY continues its all-time domination of Turkey Day film openings at the box office. The Mouse House’s “Moana” grossed $81.1 million domestically over the five-day holiday weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, making it the second-biggest Thanksgiving-weekend debut ever. Show More Summary

The Thanksgiving/Black Friday holiday weekend, according to cartoons

JUST BECAUSE it’s the Thanksgiving holiday weekend doesn’t mean that America’s cartoonists carve away from the satirical red meat of politics. Wielding their cutting wit, the nation’s editorial artists are taking on everything from the family-dinner awkwardness of electoral oratories to how Black Friday goes down for a losing candidate. Here’s a heaping sampling of […]

TV recap: For ‘The Flash,’ guilt is a dish best served ice-cold

Barry Allen/the Flash continues to deal with the consequences of Flashpoint, his reckless and selfish decision to go back in time — to prevent his mother’s death — that caused drastic changes when he returned to his proper timeline. Now, one of the hardest things he might have to accept is the possibility that he […]

‘Moana’ isn’t your typical Disney princess. She’s an action hero.

AS DISNEY returns to the sea nearly two decades after “The Little Mermaid,” the animation studio’s newest heroine feels a whole world away from Ariel. In the 1989 undersea film, of course, the young heroine pines for a man from afar, literally losing her voice in the process. In the new “Moana,” by contrast — […]

Two top comic book creators have a new series about a cure for death

On the way to becoming two of the most popular writers in the comic book industry, Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire have depended on a friendship that includes bouncing creative ideas off each other. The two were having coffee together a few years back when Snyder brought up an idea for a comic about what it would […]

Why ‘Moana’s’ main demigod looks so much — and so little — like People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

ONCE UPON a time, in his early incarnations, Maui the Disney demigod bore a striking tonsorial resemblance to People magazine’s latest idea of a man-god. In the animated movie “Moana,” which opens Wednesday, Maui sports full and flowing hair. But his thick raven mane only took shape after the film’s creative leaders eventually chose to […]

TV recap: ‘Supergirl’ offers the Hank Henshaw revelation we’ve been waiting for

The standard caveat: Thar be spoilers ahead. The real Cyborg Superman has finally stood up. Ever since David Harewood was cast as Hank Henshaw on then-CBS’s “Supergirl,” viewers have speculated as to whether he would eventually turn into the Cyborg Superman — just as Henshaw does in the pages of Superman comic books. But when […]

How Trump’s transition will change Washington, according to cartoons

AS PRESIDENT-ELECT Donald Trump hunkers down near the bunkered hills of Bedminster, N.J., where hopeful Cabinet candidates have been swinging by Trump National Golf Club, the campaign promise hangs still in the air: “Drain the swamp,”...Show More Summary

‘Dishonored 2? review: Little to get excited about

Dishonored 2 Developed by: Arkane Studios Published by: Bethesda Softworks Available on: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One I’m not normally given to trying every little thing in a game — vacuuming up all the trinkets, nabbing all the trophies, etc. But I like to see the majority of what a title has to offer if […]

Rep. John Lewis’s National Book Award win is a milestone moment for graphic novels

“THREE” at last: A graphic novel has finally broken through. “March: Book Three,” the third installment in Rep. John Lewis’s powerful civil rights memoir, received the National Book Award on Wednesday evening in Manhattan. Five times before, a graphic novel had been named a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature — […]

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