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Sure to supplant Finding Dory atop the box office, The Secret Life of Pets is a worthy and enjoyable successor to share the rotating crown of family favourites that have overtaken the multiplex as of late. Talking animals seem to be all the rage this year whether its the anthropomorphized metropolis in Zootopia, the various characters from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, or the fish and fellow sea creatures of Dory, the domesticated animals of Pets manage to fit easily into the trend with great humour and energy. Plus, it’s got tremendous voice talent who create a cast of characters that will surely become beloved by young fans everywhere. (more…)

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Cirque Du Soleil is a long standing world-wide brand known for artistic entertainment with a variety of circus-esque shows featuring feats of human acrobatics, captivating performances, and curious imagery. No Cirque show is the same, nor have they never not been amazing. It can be said, however, that the sheer volume of shows over the years (a record 35 shows since 1984) has over exposed the brand to the point that reception has, to some, diminished. Acts/performances that were once new and astonishing have become relatively common place (rehashes of feats that have been seen before), garnering assertive head nods that read “not bad” and mild roars from the crowd. This is something more easy said to those that have seen or been to several shows before. Whatever public perception may be, Cirque is standing more triumphant than its ever been thanks to their latest show.  KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities on tour now, is decidedly unique and captivating, and in every way what one would hope a Cirque show could be. Invoking the very sense of wonderment that makes Cirque Du Soleil so appealing in the first place. (more…)

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On paper, the trifecta of Steven Spielberg, the Walt Disney Company, and Roald Dahl was a powerful combination, but practically speaking at least one of those parts is not in the fine shape it used to be. Spielberg is a master, no question, but he’d have to reach back to Jurassic Park, maybe even Hook, to find the tools he was going to need to bring The BFG to the big screen. Could he do it? Could the man that made E.T. come back around 30 years after the fact and tell the story of another child that finds an unusual friend from another world?  (more…)

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A recent TV ad promoted The Purge: Election Year as being the one that “trumps” the two previous Purge movies. Message received. In this election year that has shattered any and all expectations in terms of what’s allowed, what’s politically correct, and the commodification of the anger of the electorate, The Purge: Election Year is the perfect anecdote. Writer/director James DeMonaco takes the series he started to its logical, and almost satirical conclusion by phrasing the latest film in a way that a lot of politicos can identify with: can the problems of America be resolved by revelling in its anger and bitterness? Not to mention it’s desire to dress up in costumes and kill people.  (more…)

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Let’s just start with the preface that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was not a universally beloved film. This was DC’s second outing in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and with Man of Steel’s lukewarm reception to the destructive third act, this film had a lot riding on it. Unfortunately, Batman vs Superman was not well received by critics. With a 27% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it seemed like this franchise was doomed before it could really start. That doesn’t mean that the film didn’t have its fans. In fact, if you check any internet message board within the geek community, there will be full blown arguments to the films merit and how it was a masterpiece and Zack Snyder was just misunderstood. The film was by no means a failure. It’s hard to say a film “failed” when it grossed more than $872 million.

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Winter has finally come! Last week we were left with Jon Snow vs Ramsey Bolton and all of its great epicness. On this week’s season finale of Game of Thrones we not only got to see the aftermath of that glorious battle, but we also got a whole lot moving in the rest of the seven kingdoms. Pretty much every story going on moved forward and either reached some sort of conclusion or helped set up something cool for next season. Everything from Cersei’s trial, to multiple deaths, to finally confirming a long-running fan theory, this week’s Game of Thrones did not disappoint.

Warning: This article contains spoilers from the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 episode “The Winds of Winter.”

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The long awaited sequel to Independence Day was one of those “I’ll believe when I see it” movies. It’s been talked about for so long, only to pop up when someone asked director Roland Emmerich about it in the midst of making other movies, that it seemed doubtful that the next wave of space invaders would ever arrive. And now, 20 years later, the moment is here. Independence Day: Resurgence fits beautifully in the trend of “re-quels”, a simultaneous sequel and rebooting to turn a franchise that’s stalled out into a comeback success. Sadly though, Independence Day is too in love with its own mythology to make any bold departures from it. (more…)

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Who would have guessed that when Mr. Reese and Mr. Finch met by the river five years ago that it would have started an epic emotional journey. Primarily, that emotion is anger, because how could CBS burn off and cast away what maybe the most prescient and compelling genre show on network TV since The X-Files? But let’s not be bitter. The end of Person of Interest was as much an occasion to be celebrated as it was to be lamented, as the journey of the Machine came to an end with one last all-out attack against Samaritan. Who survived and what was left of them, and is there still a possibility of a spin-off?  (more…)

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Marvel’s Black Cat is one of the most recognized bad-girls (turned good) of comics and also one of the most under appreciated. Most eyes see her as a pair of boobs in a skin tight leather suit with a penchant for stealing things, as well as having a weird affinity for cats, perhaps taking the term “Cat Burglar” too literally.  Black Cat, aka Felicia Hardy, is those things, but she is also so much more, she’s a femme fatale. Like all tempting, but dangerous women, they’re not born that way, they’re made. The formula is simple: take a young female, the “daddies little girl” type, and put them through a stressor; either one or a series of traumatic life altering events. Pain and despair take root and define a life of sorrow and pitiful existence, or the damage forges something different. Something where innocence and naivety no longer exist and are instead replaced by toughness and self-reliance. Where there is no good and bad, there is just thyself.

Her origin is that of tragedy. Felicia grew up as as a product of criminal father, incarcerated for his crimes as a notorious thief. Later she became victim to a loss of innocence of the worst kind, being raped by her college boyfriend. She turned her grief and shame into rage, focusing her feelings for revenge towards intensifying her training regime in martial arts and acrobatics. However, she was robbed of a chance for vengeance, as her assaulter was killed in a drunk driving accident. What’s a angst ridden trained fighter with a genetic predisposition for crime to do? Become a thief, with a whole lot of sass and sexiness to spare.

Black Cat is and has been a reformed burglar, else she wouldn’t be a hero, but she continues to walk on the wild side as a detective and adventurer. She’s the former girlfriend of Spider-Man, Flash Thompson, and the mercenary known as the Foreigner.

To celebrate this superhero, known for being as sly as she is sexy with an itch for shiny treasures, comes Sideshow Collectibles and J. Scott Campbell  with a treasure all their own.   (more…)

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The end of Penny Dreadful‘s third season unfurled beautifully in perfectly gothic pain and torture as the forces of good faced off against the forces of evil. So much is left unanswered tonight, but there was still a very big resolution, and a resolution that literally said that this was the end even though a lot of characters exit the stage in mid-action. Is Penny Dreadful coming back for more? Only the executives at Showcase and the show’s creative team can say for sure. But if this was the end, it was as emotional as it was inevitable and the melancholy it leaves you with is palpable. (more…)