Avengers: Endgame Review

This is a SPOILER-FREE review of Avengers: Endgame, but honestly, you probably still shouldn’t read it. If you’re already sold on this movie, go see it, come back, and let’s compare notes. If you’re not, read on for some reasons why you should be.

The less you know going into Avengers: Endgame, the more you’re likely to enjoy it. Obviously, you wouldn’t have clicked on a review of this movie if you didn’t want to know something about the culmination of a decade’s worth of Marvel’s superhero storytelling, but trust me: more than Avengers: Infinity War, more than any Star Wars movie, Endgame is truly a story that needs to be experienced. Forget all the external noise from the deliberately vague teaser trailers, perfectly-calibrated celebrity soundbites, and footage leaks, and just strap in for the ride.

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Discovery’s Season Finale Changes Everything

Full spoilers follow for this episode.

And if you're wondering: Will Star Trek: Discovery have a Season 3? Click here for all the details on that! Or head here for our explanation of how the Picard show fits into The Next Generation and Discovery timelines, learn how Discovery's production designer redesigned the USS Enterprise, or find out what Sonequa Martin-Green's next acting job will be.

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Penguin Highway Review

As children, we dreamt of life being larger than it actually is. Some of us wanted to go into outer space. Some of us wanted to be doctors or firefighters and save lives. Some of us wanted to create a crazy invention that would win the Nobel Prize. But somewhere along the line, we “grew up,” and the sense of wonder and genuine curiosity faded. We settled into the mold of expecting reality, not optimism, and hardened our hearts to prepare for the worst. It’s here where the world of animation can be a wonderful escape: a medium that briefly allows us to indulge ourselves in the experience of being a kid, or remind us that curiosity and optimism are powerful devices to better ourselves and others in our lives.

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Hellboy Review

Hellboy may not be the most famous comic book hero in the world, but he's certainly well loved -- a status that has earned him his very own cinematic reboot by director Neil Marshall, a little over a decade after Guillermo del Toro's cult classic duology. Unfortunately, the return of Big Red to the silver screen is anything but a welcome one or a worthy successor to the original films.

A complete and total reboot of the franchise, Hellboy tries to make an entirely new cast work with Stranger Things' David Harbour taking over the title role from originator Ron Perlman and Ian McShane bringing a new version of Professor Broom to life in John Hurt's stead. That's really the first mistake. Harbour and McShane lack any sort of real chemistry with one another, which repeatedly fumbles the father-and-son dynamic that is supposed to carry both Broom and Hellboy through their respective arcs. McShane spends the bulk of his screen time providing info dump exposition while Harbour rolls his eyes as best he can under pounds and pounds of makeup -- which, maybe, could have worked if we were given any indication that their relationship had ever been anything but rocky.

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Netflix’s The Silence Review

It's impossible not to compare The Silence to A Quiet Place (or even to another Netflix film, Bird Box). Coming out nearly a year to the day after John Krasinski's widely praised and wildly popular horror-thriller, Netflix's latest boasts a startlingly similar premise: A family that includes a deaf daughter struggles to survive once America is overrun by ravenous monsters who hunt by sound. It'd be unfair to call it a rip-off, as The Silence is based on a Tim Lebbon novel that predates A Quiet Place. But considering the masterful suspense, strong performances, and thoughtful visuals of that film, The Silence suffers by comparison at every turn.

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Netflix’s Unicorn Store Review: Brie Larson’s Directing Debut

If you couldn’t get enough of Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson's buddy-cop comedy vibes in Captain Marvel, you're likely as pumped as I was for their reteam in Unicorn Store. Hot off the success of her MCU hit, Larson is rolling out her directorial debut exclusively on Netflix. This quirky coming-of-age comedy wears its glittery heart on its sleeve and boasts a stellar supporting cast that includes Deadpool's Karan Soni, Party Down's Ryan Hansen, Superbad's Martha MacIsaac, Get Out's Bradley Whitford, and comedic genius Joan Cusack. Plus, it gives us the sensational spectacle of Samuel L. Jackson in a bright pink business suit and an afro streaked with tinsel. Yet somehow this promising comedy is an astounding misfire.

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Missing Link Review

Laika is a studio that never fails to impress and deliver an adventure that evokes sheer awe. Missing Link, again displaying the uniqueness we’ve come to expect from the team there, is no exception.

It follows the Hugh Jackman-voiced Sir Lionel Frost, a “myths and monsters investigator,” who is desperate to be validated by his peers. He gets a letter telling about the whereabouts of a Bigfoot, so heads to the Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature, voiced by Zach Galifianakis.

This kicks off a globe-trotting romp that also involves Adelina Fortnight, voiced by Zoe Saldana, a free-spirited, independent adventurer who just so happens to possess the only known map to their secret destination.

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Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be available on Digital on May 14th and Blu-Ray/DVD on June 4th via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the upcoming addition to DC’s animated movie canon, will please new and old fans alike. Directed by Jake Castorena and written by Marly Halpern-Graser, and based on the DC/IDW crossover comic from James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is just as much fun as you'd expect from the surprisingly logical mashup of these animal-inspired icons.

The setup of the story is relatively simple as Gotham City is hit with a spate of mysterious thefts of all the unstable and experimental tech that the city has to offer. After Batgirl (Rachel Bloom) sees some strange green muscled monsters seemingly fighting alongside a band of black-clad ninjas, Batman (played by Troy Baker, who's pulling double duty here as the first person to ever voice Bruce Wayne and his arch-nemesis, the Joker) sets out to uncover the mysterious new threat which has entered his beloved hometown.

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Netflix’s Mercy Black Review

Owen Egerton’s Mercy Black is a Schrödinger’s Cat of a movie. Is it a realistic horror thriller about homicidal delusions, or is it a supernatural thriller about a malevolent specter? You’ll have to watch the film to find out, but you may not want to, since it’s not particularly good.

Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) stars as Marina, a young woman who, fifteen years ago, when she was just a child, stabbed another little girl in the woods. She and her co-conspirator, allegedly, convinced themselves that a fictional spirit named “Mercy Black” demanded a sacrifice, and in exchange all their pain would be taken away.

In the years that followed, Mercy Black has become a viral phenomenon a la Slender Man, and Marina has been institutionalized under the care of Dr. Ward (Janeane Garofalo). As the movie begins Marina gets released under the care of her sister, Alice (Elle LaMont, Alita: Battle Angel), and struggles to adjust to “normal” life.

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