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Zombies rise, terrorize a town in trailer for SyFy’s Day of the Dead series

At this year’s [email protected], SyFy dropped the first trailer for its new series, Day of the Dead—the ultimate love letter to the godfather of zombies, George A. Romero. Somehow I missed the news last February that SyFy had greenlit a TV reboot of George A. Romero’s classic 1985 zombie horror film, Day of the Dead—just …

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Review: Old is a mostly solid film undermined by jarring twist ending

A family on a tropical holiday discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly in Old, a new thriller from M. Night Shyamalan. Director M. Night Shyamalan has a well-known fondness for his signature surprise twist endings. When those twists work organically, we get …

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Star Trek: Lower Decks S2 trailer promises more scrappy underdog adventures

Our favorite ensigns are back with more wacky hijinks in the second season of Star Trek: Lower Decks. The animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks was one of our favorite TV shows of 2020, so we’ve been looking forward to its second season. We won’t have long to wait. S2 drops next month on Paramount+, and …

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Review: Loki’s surprising twists paid off with a major cliffhanger finale

Tom Hiddleston’s Loki runs afoul of the Time Variance Authority (TVA) for creating a “nexus event.” Marvel Studios Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is a TVA judge who must decide Loki’s fate. YouTube/Marvel Studios Loki joins forces with TVA Agent Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) to track a dangerous Loki Variant. YouTube/Marvel The animated Miss Minutes, …

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Review: Warmly satirical Werewolves Within is comic horror with a heart

Veep‘s Sam Richardson stars as park ranger Finn Wheeler in the comedy/horror/whodunnit Werewolves Within. After so many years of zombies dominating the horror genre, it’s nice to see the classic werewolf making a comeback. Last year’s sleeper indie film The Wolf of Snow Hollow was a wry, clever take that mixed elements of Fargo, Scooby-Doo, and the lesser-known 1981 …

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We have our best look yet at supervillain Mandarin in new Shang-Chi trailer

Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, a skilled martial artist who was trained at a young age to be an assassin by his father Wenwu (Tony Leung). YouTube/Marvel Studios A father-and-son face-off. YouTube/Marvel Studios The legendary Ten Rings of Power YouTube/Marvel Studios You just know we’ll get the obligatory training montage. YouTube/Marvel Studios A brutal test. YouTube/Marvel …

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The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is the raunchy action/comedy we need right now

Ryan Reynolds, Samuel Jackson, and Salma Hayek reunite for more madcap hijinks in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. It took a little while for Ryan Reynolds to find his true cinematic niche—one that makes good use of his rare combination of leading-man looks, self-deprecating amiability, and smartly sardonic sense of humor. He was sheer perfection in …

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New Picard S2 teaser taunts us with return of Q, time shenanigans

Patrick Stewart returns as Jean-Luc Picard in the second season of Picard, coming to Paramount+ in 2022. We aren’t getting a second season of Picard until next year due to the pandemic delaying production, but Paramount+ has been dribbling out images and short teasers in the meantime. The latest teaser gives us our first look …

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Apple TV’s summer preview includes tantalizing glimpses of Foundation series

Jared Harris as Hari Seldon, a mathematician whose “psychohistory” approach predicts the collapse of the Galactic Empire. YouTube/Apple TV Lee Pace as Brother Day, current emperor of the galaxy. YouTube/Apple TV Lou Llobell stars as mathematical genius Gaal, Seldon’s young protege. YouTube/Apple TV Might this be Apple’s take on an Imperial battlecruiser, or some other …

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