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Geek Deal: 66-75% Off Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit Collections

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is 66-75% off Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit media collections: Today only, save 66% on The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Ultimate Media Collection, featuring the “Shadow of Mordor” video game on...Show More Summary


REVIEWS IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA A review by Sudhir Srinivasan, in The Hindu, is here. An excerpt: While it may seem like a fairly plain statement to make, you catch yourself going back to it during the infrequent times that you disagree with his points. Whether you agree with the reviews or not, there’s little […]

Frank Grillo Talks 'Captain America: Civil War'

Frank Grillo is all for returning to the Captain America franchise. And he's very aware that there's a lot of speculation that his villainous Crossbones might appear in Captain America: Civil War, but the news hasn't been made official yet. Show More Summary

Broad Reflections #1: Truth vs cinema

I keep getting emails about this and that, and some of these I am not able to answer in detail. So I thought I’d throw open the discussion to readers — aka, for a change, you, dear reader, do the yakking. Do chime in, if interested, and maybe this can become a regular feature. This […]

Christoph Waltz Reportedly Playing Bond’s Greatest Villain In Next '007' Film

After decades off the screen, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, James Bond’s greatest nemesis, is set to return and he is being played by none other than Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds). First appearing in From Russia With Love in 1963, Blofeld is easily Bond’s most well known villain. Show More Summary

Best of: The Airborne Toxic Advent, or The A.V. Club’s holiday gift guide, part 2

2014 has been a tumultuous year full of Ebola scares, random shootings, and rampant racism, sexism, and classism. And seeing as how, Santa be damned, all that might keep on happening right through this holiday season, The A.V. Club has decided to embrace our fear instead of cower behind it. Show More Summary

Movie Review: Before I Disappear shows the strain of having been expanded from a short

Making a good short film is difficult. Well, making a good film of any length is difficult, but there’s a particular challenge to the narrative short, as the seemingly obvious approach—“just like a feature-length movie, only shorter”—turns out to be wildly ineffective. Show More Summary

Movie Review: Horrible Bosses 2 is less fun to watch than it probably was to make

There’s a running gag in Horrible Bosses 2 about how Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) uses the Katy Perry song “Roar” as his ringtone, to get him pumped up about the business he’s starting with his buddies Dale (Charlie Day) and Nick (Jason Bateman). Show More Summary

Movie Review: The Babadook is metaphorically rich—and pretty damn scary, too

He stands ramrod straight, in a pitch-black overcoat and matching top hat, like a scarecrow done up in Victorian evening wear. His fingers are unnervingly long and slender, his face as round and pale as the moon. And when he speaks,Show More Summary

Movie Review: Penguins Of Madagascar is DreamWorks Animation at its most amusingly energetic

Frenetic and frequently funny, Penguins Of Madagascar represents the DreamWorks Animation franchise style—which boils down to self-aware, but naïve, talking animals who learn kid-friendly life lessons—at its most palatable. Indebted more to the wackiness of old Warner Bros. Show More Summary

Movie Review: Benedict Cumberbatch breaks code in the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game

Three decades ago, when playwright Hugh Whitemore decided to fashion a drama from the life of British mathematician Alan Turing, the most notable aspect of Turing’s personal life was his homosexuality. Whitemore called his play Breaking...Show More Summary

Movie Review: The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness looks behind the curtain of Studio Ghibli

“Filmmaking only brings suffering.” So declares legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki a little more than halfway into Mami Sunada’s The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness, a documentary that both chronicles the production of his final film, The Wind Rises, and reflects that project’s troubled soul. Show More Summary

Movie Review: The Immortalists makes light of scientists pursuing the “cure” to death

“Because I could not stop for death / He kindly stopped for me / The carriage held but just ourselves / And immortality.” So wrote poet Emily Dickinson of the one human inevitable. And though most people accept that life ends eventually,...Show More Summary

Food Fiction: Violating the turkey: An American holiday tradition

Even fictional people have to eat. Sometimes food reveals what we should know about a character, sometimes it’s a pleasant pause in the action, sometimes it’s a crucial staging platform for exposition, and sometimes, if this turkey tastes half as good as it looks, we’re all in for a very big treat. Show More Summary

CS Video: The Penguins of Madagascar Voice Cast

Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, Ken Jeong The post CS Video: The Penguins of Madagascar Voice Cast appeared first on

Oscar-Worthy: Felicity Jones’ Quantum Leap Into the Role of Mrs. Stephen Hawking

The great woman behind the man in The Theory of Everything The post Oscar-Worthy: Felicity Jones’ Quantum Leap Into the Role of Mrs. Stephen Hawking appeared first on

The Trailer for The Pyramid, Opening on December 5

You Only Enter Once The post The Trailer for The Pyramid, Opening on December 5 appeared first on

Meryl Streep Sings Stay With Me in a New Into the Woods Featurette

Plus behind-the-scenes insight from Streep and author James Lapine The post Meryl Streep Sings Stay With Me in a New Into the Woods Featurette appeared first on

How They Make Superhero Costumes Fit So Perfectly

Superhero costumes make look unusual, but there's one thing they have going for them: they fit near-perfectly on the wearer. You won't see a costumed vigilante wearing anything baggy or loose-fitting while fighting crime. Obviously this...Show More Summary

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