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Movie Issues: Magic Mike XXL

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Movie Issues: Magic Mike XXL

[Guest Writer: Sara Winchester]

It’s been three years since Magic Mike crawled across a movie theater screen and into your panties. Now after a long, hard wait the next chapter for the Kings of Tampa has come back to those screens today, in Magic Mike XXL.

When the first Magic Mike came out I admit that I was intrigued. Male strippers? Channing Tatum dancing in a g-string? Matthew McWhat’sHisFace in a tiny banana hammock? I was sold before the first trailer even hit.

What I thought I was going to see was a light hearted movie about strippers. For me, the original MM suffered from an identity crisis; I was never sure if it wanted to be a dark and artsy drama or if it was supposed to be the Showgirls for, well, girls. Luckily, Magic Mike XXL has definitely surpassed my admitedly low expectations for a sequel.


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Movie Issues: Terminator Genisys

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Movie Issues: Terminator Genisys

This Fourth of July weekend you have many movie choices. You could take the family to enjoy Inside Out, or run from dinosaurs again with Jurassic World. Hell, get your girls or guys together and go watch Channing shake his ass once again in Magic Mike XXL. Or, what you should do, is go fight for the future once more with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Genisys. The new trend is the reboot-quel, the awkward new movie creature that resembles the movies we’ve loved. Resurrecting characters, catchphrases, and plots to lure us in. This new iteration annihilates all previous story threads with a bit (or a bunch) of time travel, so it can weave its own stories, unencumbered, and adding younger, sexier stars. Some are good, most are really bad, but for Terminator Genisys, it is a great welcome back to the franchise, giving it new life, kicking ass, and blowing everything up along the way.

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Review: Make Something Up – Stories You Can’t Unread

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Review: Make Something Up – Stories You Can’t Unread

Readers of Chuck Palahniuk’s comic book sequel to Fight Club might see his recently released short-story collection Make Something Up and think “Oh hey, it’s the guy who wrote the book that the Brad Pitt film was based on. I’ll probably love this.”

Whoa. Slow down. Hold up. Hang on just a minute.

Palahniuk is the author of Survivor and Rant, two books which are close to the top of my list of all-time favorites. However, his novels also include – among other things – graphic detail about drug use, horrific violence, sex addiction, hell, rape, death by eating diamonds, and a porn star trying to set a new world’s record. The man kept a running tab of the number of people who passed out during live readings from his novel Haunted (which remains the only book so gruesome that I had to stop reading it) and each story in Make Something Up is a distilled sample of everything that makes Palahniuk’s work so fascinating and appalling.

In short, there aren’t enough trigger warnings in the world for this collection. Enter at your own risk.

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Movie Issues: Ted 2

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Movie Issues: Ted 2

The Thunder Buddies are back! Seth MacFarlane once again writes and directs the characters from his 2012 mega hit in the follow up Ted 2. This time around Ted marries his girlfriend Tami-Lynn and the couple wants to have a baby. However, to have custody of a child, Ted must prove to a court of law that he is real person and deserves all the same basic rights as all people. Thus leading us on a comedy ride of epic crudeness.

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Review: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #42

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Review: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #42

“We should’ve known. Being happy: always a sign that somebody was about to die.”
—From Knight Quest: The Quest for the Knights, by Swerve of Helex.

I keep waiting for James Roberts and Alex Milne to create an issue that really lets me down, a story I just don’t care for. Sure didn’t happen this time. Click the jump for a review and preview pages of IDW’s More Than Meets The Eye #42.

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Review: Transformers Windblade #4

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Review: Transformers Windblade #4

More worlds – more problems! After the events of Combiner Wars, Windblade and Starscream race to recruit the lost Cybertronian colonies to the Council of Worlds – but which of them will control the fate of Cybertron?

The official description from IDW doesn’t quite describe how detailed, quirky, and fun this issue is. Click the link for a review and preview pages of IDW’s Windblade #4.

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Review: The Last Passenger

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Review: The Last Passenger

There have been cases of mysteriously abandoned ships recorded throughout history. They  even have a poetic name: ships without a soul. The Marie Celeste is just the most famous of a whole list of ghost vessels; derelict ships with no signs of a struggle, just a logbook that ends for no reason, and sometimes food still left on the table.

In Manel Loureiro’s latest book, The Last Passenger, a cargo ship stumbles across just such a mystery in the middle of the North Atlantic in 1939. There’s no obvious reason for the Valkyrie to have been abandoned; the ship isn’t damaged, and all of the lifeboats are still place. But the entire luxury ship (covered in symbols of the growing Nazi party) is deserted, except for a blanket-wrapped baby found in the middle of a ballroom with the remains of a party that seems to have just…stopped. Those exploring the ship are quickly chased away by strange voices and moving shadows, and one man loses his sanity after an attack by unseen forces. The baby is left at an orphanage, and the Valkyre – who’s engines resist any effort to be repaired – is towed to a scrapyard and then forgotten.

Seventy years later, the journalist Kate Soto is given a unique opportunity: to travel with the eccentric millionaire Isaac Feldman on the refurbished Valkyrie in a repeat of its maiden voyage. Accompanied by a crowd of scientists, some with their own hidden agendas, Isaac hopes to unlock the secret of his own past, and find out what happened to cause the disappearance of every passenger aboard.

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Movie Issues: Inside Out

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Movie Issues: Inside Out

One of the most successful studio pairings in movie history has to be when Disney and Pixar found one another. Time after time, movie after movie, they have proven how amazingly they complement each other by giving the world some of the best and most creative animated films ever made. This year is no different: Inside Out carries on the traditions and themes that have made Disney/Pixar films the best–a film that truly stands out from all the others.

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Blu Ray Review – The Cat Returns

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Blu Ray Review – The Cat Returns

Animation is an incredible powerful medium that has the very real capability to freight train you right in the feels. Films like Land Before Time, Up or even Big Hero 6 still hold dear and emotional memories for me.

Though there is one animation studio that is the king in terms of the feels: Studio Ghibli. It’s also been a real treat now their films are making their way stateside and in high definition, making it a perfect opportunity to re-live these classics and even share them with your fellow geek. Though it must be said the one that truly caught me off guard was The Cat Returns.

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