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Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures | Darth Vader “Might of the Empire”

The all-new animated Star Wars shorts have arrived to share the Force…

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Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures | Luke Skywalker “The Journey Begins”

The all-new animated Star Wars shorts have arrived to share the Force…

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Netflix Officially Cancels Daredevil After Three Seasons

The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen joins Iron Fist and Luke Cage on the Netflix scrapheap.

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Ralph Breaks the Internet | “We Are in the Internet” Clip

Disney’s latest Wreck-It Ralph adventure finds Ralph and Vanellope taking their first steps into a larger world.

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Dumbo | Find Your Courage With Disney’s New Trailer

Rediscover the majesty of Disney’s incredible flying elephant in the all-new trailer & poster…

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Toy Story 4 | The Teaser Trailer, Poster and Reaction Video Emerge from The Toy Box

Andy’s toybox will open one more time for Buzz, Woody and the gang…

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Book Review | Halloween (2018) The Official Movie Novelisation

Carl gets his knife into John Passarella’s Halloween novelisation for this KILLER Review

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Force of the Trojans | Ray Harryhausen’s Creatures Will Return in an All-New Motion Picture

Force of the Trojans will embody the spirit of the original Harryhausen films with all the fun and vibrancy that has made Ray Harryhausen’s films timeless.

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Book Review | The Predator Official Movie Novelisation

A confused motion picture is given clarity in Christopher Golden and Mark Morris’ expertly refined novelisation

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Revisiting a Classic: Ridley Scott’s Alien

Annlyel explores the ultimate Halloween creature feature: Ridley Scott’s Alien

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The Mandalorian | First Image and Directors Revealed

Jon Favreau’s new live-action Star Wars series assigns directorial duties to Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard and Taika Waititi

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NYCC | Exploring the Halloween Comic-Con Poster

Todd McFarlane reveals an all-new NYCC exclusive poster for Halloween

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The Mandalorian | Jon Favreau Reveals the Title and Synopsis for his Star Wars live-action series

Follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far, far away…

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“The Shape Returns” Listen to John Carpenter’s New Halloween Theme

John Carpenter’s iconic theme is resurrected for the 2018 sequel

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The Predator Franchise | My Top Ten Deaths

Phil joins the hunt and reveals his top ten deaths from The Predator franchise…so far!

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Evil is Real | The New Halloween Trailer Emerges From the Shadows

Michael Myers is back to finish what he started

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‪Halloween | Jamie Lee Curtis Faces Her Fate In New Poster

Michael Myers returns to finish what he started this October…

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The Predator | The Final Trailer is Bloody, Deliciously Violent and Absolutely Awesome!

The hunt has evolved, and the hunters are back with a vengeance.

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Review | The Meg

Steve Alten’s fantastic novel finally hits the big screen but lacks the killer instinct to make a big splash

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Caroline Munro | At the Earth’s Core and More (Exclusive Interview)

A FOTF exclusive interview with the screen siren of At the Earth’s Core, Sinbad and The Spy Who Loved Me

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters | Witness the Rise of the MonsterVerse in the Awe-inspiring Trailer

The battle for supremacy is about to begin.

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A Chilling New Poster for Shane Black’s The Predator Unveiled at SDCC

The hunt has evolved, and we are the prey. All-new poster and imagery for The Predator released

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The Meg | Nostalgic New Posters Pay Homage to Steven Spielberg’s Jaws

Warner Bros release an abundance of incredible new posters for The Meg

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Godzilla Unleashes his Atomic Fire Breath in First Godzilla: King of the Monsters images

The mighty Godzilla prepares to resurface on a cinema screen near you…

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The Predator is Back and Better Than Ever in These Incredible New Images

The hunter has evolved and has adopted all-new armour for his return to earth.

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Small Heroes, Big Fun | Ant-Man and the Wasp Reviewed

Kat returns from the Quantum Realm with the verdict on Ant-Man and the Wasp

~This review contains minor spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp~

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) isn’t your typical superhero. He hasn’t got the virtue of Captain America or the swagger of Iron Man. He’s just an awkward dad trying not to let house arrest get in the way of his daughter’s fun. He’s just doing his best, and in Ant-Man and the Wasp, his best is finally good enough.

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The film picks up post-Captain America: Civil War. Scott is on house arrest as part of his plea deal for the Leipzig airport debacle. He’s not on speaking terms with his ex, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), or her father, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). That is until a spooky dream brings them all back together. Hope’s mother, Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), was lost in the Quantum Realm 30 years ago after shrinking down to the molecular level to save the world. After Scott returned from the Quantum Realm in the events of Ant-Man, Hope and Hank realize they might still be able to save Janet. What’s stopping them is a greedy businessman, the FBI, and a mysterious fighter who can phase through objects, hence her name, Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). Ensue shenanigans.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is a lot of fun. It’s funny, it’s light, it’s action packed. The stakes feel high even though the only world Scott is saving is his own. You don’t miss the grandeur of Avengers: Infinity War in the least, partly because the pacing is phenomenal. The film never drags, always running at peak energy. It shifts between action, humor, and drama with practiced ease. The fight choreography is fresh and surprisingly less violent than recent Marvel Cinematic Universe entries. The first Ant-Man isn’t one of my favorite Marvel films, but this one probably breaks into my top 10.

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Putting the film under a microscope

There are two main ways the film stumbles. The first is the way it fails to vilify the primary antagonist. Ghost is a great villain. She’s complex, she’s spooky, she’s qualified. But she is not evil. She fights clean and even worked for the corrupted SHIELD. She is merely a victim of unfortunate circumstances who is fighting for her own life. The film expects the audience to side with Scott and the Pym family and their quest to find their missing matriarch over Ghost’s need to save her own life, merely because the great Marvel hero making machine has declared Scott & company to be Always Right. I definitely empathized with both sides, but watching our heroes physically prevent a woman from finding the cure for her illness felt uncomfortable. If the film had depicted Ghost as more evil, or made it clear that only Ghost or Janet could be saved, rather than leaving room for a compromise, perhaps I wouldn’t have found myself rooting for Ghost as much as for our heroes.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp is the first MCU film to give a female character equal billing. Despite this, the film still falls short in elevating the Wasp to the equally shared spotlight. Hope is extraordinary. She’s an accomplished fighter, a technological genius, and a genuinely great person. She certainly gets more attention and screen time than almost any other Marvel lady. But the film is still told almost entirely from Scott’s point of view. We only get a few moments from Hope’s perspective. There’s no interiority and little development to her character. I would, of course, still die for her, but there’s more work to be done with the Marvel ladies on screen.

Even with these two issues, the film is a solid 20th entry into the MCU and an impressive follow up to Infinity War. The humor is energizing, the performances are stellar, and you barely even remember the events of Infinity War (until a certain moment!) as you’re watching. It’s a pleasure to watch and another step in the right direction for Marvel Studios.

The Incredibles 2 | Non-Spoiler Review

Megan embraces her inner superhero to go beyond the narrative of Disney’s The Incredibles 2

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The Predator | The Hunt has Evolved in the Spine-Tingling New Trailer

The greatest alien hunter in the galaxy is about to strike back

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Disney’s Dumbo | The Teaser Trailer Takes Us to New Heights

The imagination of Tim Burton unites with one of Disney’s most beloved tales in stunning fashion.

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The PREDATOR | The New Trailer Reveals Monstrous New Hunter

The hunt has evolved!

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Halloween | Michael Myers Returns in the Chilling New Trailer

John Carpenter galvanizes the return of Michael Myers this Halloween!

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The Meg | “Pleased to Eat You” Trailer

The biggest shark in the fossil record is swimming in for a bite!

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom | The IMAX Poster Hatches

The Park Is Gone…but the Tyrannosaurus Rex is still hunting us!

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The Dark Side of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The destruction of Isla Nublar serves as a reminder of the terror lurking in the darkness…

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