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On the Edge of Tomorrow: Tom Cruise’s Groundhog Day

On our recent podcast, we talked about time travel. We probably will again, because time travel is cool, and repetition is part of the theme. Speaking of repetition, I’ll be going a bit more in-depth on the summer action flick ...

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[Project: Couch Surfing] What if Boba Fett Didn’t Die?

Editor's note: This guest piece was selected as part of a special project we just started called Project: Couch Surfing, in which we attempt to find writers from as many different states and locations as possible. Read more about the ...

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[SPOILERS] Only Lovers Left Alive is About the Love of Lost Things

Hipsters use culture as currency. They are cool because they knew about x first, were reading y before it was adapted into an HBO series, or are wearing and making z because people were wearing and making it way back when they really, truly knew how ...

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It’s Time to Let the Kids Play With Your Toys: The Lego Movie as an Endorsement of Fanworks

Editor’s Note: This piece took first place for The Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! Like many people, I imagine, I spent most of The Lego Movie thinking I had it ...

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[SPOILERS] Lego Movie Plays and Loses with “Chosen One” Trope

Probably the best feature of The Lego Movie is its meta humor. A shockingly good feature-length toy commercial, the film actually promotes creativity and doesn’t shy away from lampooning the sillier incarnations of its product. The plot trajectory is familiar, with an ...

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Under the Red Hood, and Theory Vs Practice

I'm no expert on Batman - to be perfectly honest, I'm only learning as I go for the purpose of getting ready for the Emerald City Comic Con Panel that The ACP is hosting in a few weeks (where, hopefully, ...

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Rowling’s Latest Revelation: Regret over the Ron/Hermione Ship and what it means in the Potter Series

Early this month J.K. Rowling made headlines with just the simple admittance that she wished she had done something different with her Harry Potter series, the seven gospels of adolescence in a magical world. She announced she regretted writing the ...

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Inside Llewyn Davis and Ulysses the Cat

Inside Llewyn Davis is about a lot of things. It's about a very specific time and place in the history of folk music, namely Greenwich Village in 1961. It's about grief and moving on with your life, and being an artist ...

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Anchorman 2, And The Good And Bad Of Humor

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has received generally good reviews, with most of the criticism just being that characters are considerably older than the last film and can't live up to the first movie without becoming exaggerated imitations of themselves. I ...

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The Desolation of Smaug: From Book to Silver Screen

The second installation of the Hobbit trilogy is, to be honest, much of what one would expect from the same director of Lord of the Rings. And in fact, that’s exactly the problem. While some issues will always arise when ...