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‘Assassin’s Creed’ Is Full of Elaborate Illogic

As the movie spirals into the elaborate illogic of the videogame on which it's based, the hero Cal is resurrected and tormented, again and again.

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Guilty Pleasure ‘Master’ Falls Just Short of Crime Film Mastery

Master achieves escapist fare early by heaping on layers of vulgar poetry and happily overt symbolism.

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One for All and All for Doug: ‘The Three Musketeers’ Is a Fairbanks Star Vehicle

Douglas Fairbanks has charm in spades, or swords, and D'Artagnan's cross of naïve bumpkin and brash youth is a perfect role for him.

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21 Dec 2016 // 10:30 AM

The “Invasion!” Crossover Event Offers the Best of the TV DC Universe

The multi-series crossover event tackles aliens and the multiverse with aplomb.

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Star Wars ‘Rogue One’: The Force Is Weak With This One

Director Gareth Edwards’ disappointing sci-fi actioner has little merit beyond its famous pedigree.

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Shows There’s Life in Star Wars Yet… Barely

If nothing else, Gareth Edwards’ combative, hard-working installment answers why the Death Star was so easy to destroy in the first place.

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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: “The Good Samaritan” Leans Too Heavily on the Supernatural

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets a little too magical for a science fiction series, with decidedly mixed results.

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‘Allied’ Fizzles Despite Some Sizzle From Pitt and Cotillard

Half the fun of a movie like this is rushing to judgement, only to be proven wrong by a clever twist in the script.

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Star Trek’s Utopia: Dilemmas of the Early 21st and Late 24th Centuries

How do you challenge utopia in utopian ways when the utopia itself seems flawed?

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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 4: Putting the Marvel Universe Through a Blender

I still love the Marvel universe, and the characters in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I can't help but find myself imagining Weird Al Yankovic turning this season into a spoof sung to Alanis Morissette's "Isn't It Ironic".

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‘Doctor Strange’ Stakes a Claim as Marvel’s Best

Long on imagination, fun, and interpersonal drama, director Scott Derrickson’s ethereal adventure also warps enough space-time to terrify Stephen Hawking.

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At Least ‘Inferno’ Has Badass Vayentha Going for It

When Vayentha (Ana Ularu) removes her helmet, a stray strand of hair escapes her ponytail and falls across her very stern, very mean face. Grrr.

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‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’, Please!

There isn’t a single moment of genuine peril in this listless action-thriller.

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Situation Critical: ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ Season 2 Preview

More practical effects and a grimmer tone in season two promise to build on the best of the rebooted series first season.

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Nation-Building on Bajor: Why ‘Deep Space Nine’ Is Really the Post-9/11 ‘Star Trek’

Despite debuting in the early '90s, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine offers timely insights into 21st-century global politics.

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‘The Accountant’ Isn’t This Year’s ‘John Wick’, But It Will Do Nicely

Gavin O'Connor’s action-thriller is a glorious hodgepodge of graphic violence, dark humor, and gaping plot holes.

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“This Is the Next World”: The Stealth Futurism of ‘Person of Interest’

Beneath the procedural trappings, Person of Interest offers a nuanced portrayal of artificial intelligence and what it means to be human.

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Just How Heroic Is Star Trek’s “I Don’t Like to Lose” James T. Kirk?

Captain James Tiberius Kirk sets the benchmark by which we can measure the decline of the “hero” into anti-heroism.

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3 Oct 2016 // 9:00 AM

Luke Cage: Season 1

Mike Colter and an exceptional supporting cast -- especially Alfre Woodard's brilliant performance -- bring the first African American comic hero to bold (and nuanced) life.

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You Can Almost Feel the Desperation of Everyone Involved With ‘Masterminds’

Jared Hess’s snoozefest is a comedic black hole from which laughter cannot escape.

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The Bubblegum Noir of ‘2064: Read Only Memories’

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"Read Only Memories is a bubblegum-happy, brooding and brutal noir about kidnapping, murder, corruption, revenge, and corporate conspiracies.

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