The Hollywood Reporter's review of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters describes the film as "tacky pastiche" that's missing "a genuine sense of wit," with an "awfully thin" script. "There isn't much here to entice anyone with a bit of maturity," it says - but the sub-heading for the review suggests that the "campy, violent version of Grimm's fairy tale should entice fanboys." Isn't it time that everyone gave fan boyishness a break, already?
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The news - still officially unconfirmed at time of writing - that JJ Abrams will direct the next Star Wars movie sent the Internet insane yesterday, with social media filled with jokes about lightsabers and lens flare and excitement about the prospect of the director taking on the most beloved of geek culture, but few asking what seems like an obvious question: If true, what does this mean for Star Trek?
If there’s one thing that a quick look at the current state of television and movies will tell you, it’s that there’s not much need for original ideas when there’s so much out there ready and waiting to be adapted, updated or just outright ripped off. That’s why we’ve decided to help in that process with a series that offers up some of the things we’d like to see being brought to big screen or small. This week’s suggestion? Avengers Academy.
And so, it's all over: Fringe finished its five year run on Friday with a double-episode, "Liberty" and "An Enemy of Fate," bringing an end to the Weird Science saga - and specifically, the plot about the Observers' occupation of a future Earth. Did it all end in tears? Were all questions answered? Unsurprisingly, we have five thoughts about the way that everything ended up.
After yesterday's Fringe finale, I've found myself thinking of what a good final episode needs in order to fully satisfy the expectations of its viewers (and especially the long-term fans). Surely it's something more than just tying up all the loose ends, right...?
Tomorrow sees the final episode of Fox's Fringe, bringing to an end the five-year run of the at-times spectacular, at-times infuriating science fiction series. As the fourth season ended last year and we were told that the final year of the show would take place in the future setting of the episode "Letters of Transit," I had five questions I wanted answered in the final year. But did I get the answers that I wanted?
Amid all the furor over the concept of "cord-cutting" and replacing traditional television with the Internet, studios and networks have quietly started offering early Internet release of shows online. Is this an attempt to get a jump on the world of tomorrow, or simply a sign of old television surrendering to new television?
It's the penultimate episode of Fox's Fringe, and now that we now the identity of Donald, perhaps it's time that even more revelations started to flow about the various mysteries of this season, no? Then again, maybe it's just time to raise more questions... Here are five from "The Boy Must Live"!
If Guillermo del Toro's Dark Universe really does herald a spate of DC movies that draw from characters connected to the superhero universe without being straight-up superhero movies, then why stop with the one-time Vertigo/Justice League Dark characters? Here are five more possibilities for Warners and DC Entertainment to consider.
And so, the Oscar nominations have been released, unleashing waves of frustration across the Internet that [Your Selection Here] was unfairly snubbed, or that the Academy seems to believe that [Your Other Selection Here] is worth the time of day, never mind an award. But looking at the nominations as they stand, who and what actually manages to make the cliche "Just being nominated is an award in itself" come true …?
The (somewhat surprising) revelation that Guillermo del Toro really is working on a movie that teams DC Comics' supernatural characters like Zatanna, John Constantine, Deadman and Swamp Thing isn't just a tease for what would likely end up being a good movie, it's a sign of a way that DC could avoid looking like they're attempting to follow in Marvel's footsteps a little too closely.
Next Wednesday sees the release of Superior Spider-Man #1, Marvel Comics' new series in which Peter Parker has been replaced by… someone else (I'll save the spoilers for under the jump, in the unlikely instance that you haven't read the story or seen the news somewhere else). Thing is, that's clearly not the version of Spider-Man that'll appear in the next Amazing Spider-Man movie or Disney XD's Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. But does it matter?
This past Thursday saw the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, also known by those with taste as "The best of the Star Trek series from the 1980s and '90s." There are, however, those who have avoided the show due to the (admittedly foreboding) reputation that it has developed as overly dark and continuity-laden, especially when compared to the other Treks of the time, and remain unaware of the show's greatness. For them, then, here are five episodes to introduce Deep Space Nine to the wary.
It may be the start of a new year, but it's also the start of a new month and that means as ever a look at what's lying ahead in terms of new seasons and new shows on television. The days of mid-winter being a quiet time for television schedules is over, with January seeing the return of a couple of comedy favorites, the return of what may be Syfy's best series and a couple of newcomers waiting to win your attention.
2013 sees at least two movies promising the end of the world (Comedies This Is The End and The World's End), but also two movies set after the apocalypse (Oblivion and After Earth). It's a year that has remakes of horror classics (Evil Dead, Carrie), sequels galore (New installments of The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, Kick-Ass, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and, of course, GI Joe: Retaliation) and a relaunch for Superman himself with Man of Steel. In other words, it's a pretty packed year. But which of the movies due for release next year are you most excited about?
2012 was a busy year for genre movies, with long-awaited movies that may have disappointed (John Carter, Prometheus), franchises making new bids of life (Men in Black 3, Total Recall) and the superhero movies that ruled them all (The Dark Knight Rises and, of course, The Avengers). But what was your favorite movie of the year? Tell all in our poll.
I'll admit it: This year's Doctor Who Christmas Special was a joy for me, feeling as if it was a distillation of everything I've enjoyed so far about the Steven Moffat era (Okay, with the obvious exception of no Rory and Amy, but still): Comedy, fairy tales and, of course, a big mystery at the heart of everything.
ith only four episodes left, it's time for Fringe to start answering some questions - Starting with the most obvious one left over from last week's episode: "What's the deal with the mysterious Observer child?" Well, that and the identity of Donald, of course...
If there's one thing we can count on at this time of year, it's the re-runs of all our favorite holiday cartoons and stop-motion specials, from Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer to How The Grinch Stole Christmas and, of course, A Charlie Brown Christmas. But which festive animation makes your days the brightest, and which would you rather see lost in the North Pole for awhile? Vote in our seasonal poll and let us know!