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Pete’s Dragon is a Fantastic Apologetic Tool

2016 has been a year filled with disappointments, but Pete’s Dragon is not one of them.

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Jason Bourne: Different Movie, Same Story

The wait is finally over. Jason Bourne has returned to the big screen for the first time since 2007. The Bourne Legacy may have been the most recent film in the series, but for many it left something to be desired. Perhaps it was Jason Bourne himself. Much to fans’ excitement, Bourne is back for a new chapter of his own. There’s no shortage of action and thrills in his latest outing, but does Jason Bourne give us anything new?

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Suicide Squad

The tagline for DC’s newest roll-out is “Worst. Heroes. Ever.”  It should have been “Wasted. Talent. Everywhere.”

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Music

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Young The Giant: Home of the Strange

What happens when you find yourself living in the Home of the Strange?
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Skillet: Unleashed

Ten albums and nearly innumerable lineup changes into the game, Skillet has released one of their best records yet.

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Relient K: Air for Free

The band that was once America’s favorite contemporary Christian artist has returned, and much for the better.

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TV Shows

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War & Peace (2016)

BBC has a thing for adapting classical stories.  British culture generally speaking does too, and understandably so – Jane Austen’s wit sounds much more refined with an English accent.  But beyond the curious oddity of English actors playing Russian characters who speak French, this adaptation, perhaps like its source material, is something of a mixed bag.

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Review: Legends of Tomorrow

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has been among the most highly anticipated comic book shows around.  That’s not without reason, seeing as it’s the closest fans will get to a TV Justice League, and Doctor Who vet Arthur Darvill is starring.  And while it employs many of the same silly mistakes that keep Arrow and The Flash from being top-tier, it’s far from disappointing.

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The Shannara Chronicles

Elves.  Druids.  Magical stones.  Evil demons.  No, this isn’t your weekly D&D club.  This one is actually on TV.

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Comics

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Batgirl Vol. 1: Batgirl of Burnside

The greatest test of the secondary characters of the Batman mythos has always been how to stand apart.  Sure, people like Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, etc., but is that just an extension of the Dark Knight? And if so, are these characters actually good, or are they just a knock-off stand-in similar to shoddy fan fiction?

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Spider-Verse, Part 2: The Right Side Doesn’t Make You a Good Man

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If you browse the superhero genre casually, you might think that anyone with superpowers qualifies as a superhero.  For that matter, you may not even need powers; all you need is a suit, a name, and something cool that gives you the ability to fight baddies, and then people adore you, right?  Well, it’s not all that simple.  Just because you’re the one fighting bad guys, that doesn’t necessarily make you any better than them.

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Spider-Verse: Part 1 Broaches Questions of Fate, Destiny, & Providence

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Marvel has a reputation for being a bit alternate-universe-happy, but this story makes me glad of that fact.

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Video Games

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Five Reasons Video Games are not the Devil

Media can be used for great good.  But, as we all know, it can do great harm as well.  That’s really in the message more than the medium, but there are certain forms of media that have gotten a really bad rap.  Video Games is one of them.  But, contrary to what many may think, video games are not inherently harmful.  Here are five reasons why.

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Why You Should Play ‘Pokemon Go’ with Your Kids

2016 is the Year of the Nerd.

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Clash of Clans Review

Aside from the Mr. T lookalike, what is it that makes Clash of Clans so successful?  Is it fun commercials?  Pixar-esque graphics?  The timelessness of barbarian swordplay?

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