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Marvel, Please Don't Digitally Resurrect Stan Lee

Marvel, Please Don’t Digitally Resurrect Stan Lee

In September 2017, 14 months before he died, he became public knowledge that Stan Lee had pre-tapped cameo appearances for no less than five upcoming Marvel Studios movies when Lee’s personal manager spilled the beans during a convention appearance. At the time, the news prompted concerns that Lee—94 years old at the time—was being exploited …

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The Real Reason 'Matrix Resurrections' Bombed

The Real Reason ‘Matrix Resurrections’ Bombed

Let’s say—just for the sake of argument, of course—that you hate yourself. Given this, three specifics about your life may be assumed. One is that you nostalgize a certain period of your past. High school, college, whatever—you miss it. Another is that, seeking to relive those glory years, you pursue sensory regressions, usually some combination …

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'Dredd' Deserves a Better Place in Alex Garland's Filmography

‘Dredd’ Deserves a Better Place in Alex Garland’s Filmography

On Friday, the 51-year-old English writer-director Alex Garland’s new movie, Men, opens in theaters. Garland’s not a celebrity author on the scale of your Martys, your Quentins, your PTAs. But for folks obsessed with twisty, discomforting, finely calibrated sci-fi, a new Garland project is a very big deal. Menabout a grieving widow stuck in some …

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Wanda Maximoff Deserves Better From the MCU

Wanda Maximoff Deserves Better From the MCU

Wanda Maximoff has endured a rough couple of years. Following appearances in various Avengers movies, the character finally got the spotlight in Disney+’s first original Marvel series, Wanda Visionand again in this month’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. After years as the fifth, sixth, or seventh superhero on the call sheet, she’s getting …

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Review: 'The Northman' Deserves More Than Cult Classic Status

Review: ‘The Northman’ Deserves More Than Cult Classic Status

In a recent interview, the director Robert Eggers reflected on the experience of helming his first potential blockbuster. The Northmanout now, is, he said, “literally an epic” in that it adapts an Icelandic revenge saga, and in that it cost more than $70 million. This budget allowed him to indulge in glitzy cinematic extravagance: The …

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