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When movie studios tell you to risk your life for films, everyone loses

Movie studios want you to ignore the pandemic and risk your health for their films, creating a no-win situation for audiences, critics, and journalists.
Vesemir in the tub in a scene from The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf review: A brutal, beautiful prequel

Netflix prequel film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf blends beautiful animation and sharp storytelling to provide an accessible, rewarding prequel tale.
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The art of blowing up a planet: Behind the visual effects of Marvel’s Loki series

Here's how visual effects studio Digital Domain helped Marvel blow up a planet in Loki's third episode using plenty of technical artistry and movie magic.
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How to watch The Avengers movies in order

From origins to team-ups, here's all the information you need to assemble for an Avengers movie marathon of all the movies in chronological order.
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Marvel’s What If? review: How to break the MCU in all the right ways

Marvel's What If? series takes a surprisingly thoughtful approach to its alternate-universe premise and scores another win for Disney+ streaming service.
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Brick talk: Master Builder Nathan Sawaya on art, life, and TV’s Lego Masters

Lego Masters puts the spotlight on amateur builders' Lego creations, so we spoke to consulting producer and artist Nathan Sawaya about his work on the series.
Screencap from the Suicide Squad (2021). Featuring: Polka Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), Peacemaker (John Cena), Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior).

The Suicide Squad review: James Gunn makes a body count beautiful

James Gunn's supervillain pseudo-sequel The Suicide Squad lives up to the bloody, hilarious hype and delivers one of WB's best DC Comics movies so far.
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Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series: Everything we know so far

The Lord of the Rings prequel series developed by Amazon has a multiseason commitment and a $1 billion budget. Here's everything we know about the show so far.
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The Suicide Squad: Everything we know about James Gunn’s sequel

The soft reboot of Suicide Squad remains something of a mystery, but here's what we know so far, including news, rumors, and casting updates.
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Jungle Cruise review: Disney’s river adventure makes it easy to get swept away

Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall make Disney's theme-park-inspired Jungle Cruise movie feel fresh, fun, and exciting in all the right ways.
The cast of animated characters from Masters of the Universe: Revelation series.

Masters of the Universe: Revelation review: A sequel series that has the power

Masters of the Universe: Revelation breathes new life into its 1980s cartoon source material with a fun dive into the mythology that leaves you wanting more.
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Space Jam: A New Legacy review: A sequel that should’ve stayed on the bench

Space Jam: A New Legacy tries to differentiate itself from the 1996 film, but ends up missing most of its shots with LeBron James' journey to Tune World.
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Space Jam: A New Legacy director talks Looney Tunes, LeBron, and rethinking Lola

Director Malcolm D. Lee discusses his pivot from romantic comedies to animation in the Space Jam sequel, working with LeBron James, and scenes he had to cut.
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Gunpowder Milkshake review: Move over, John Wick — the future is female

Karen Gillan joins an all-star ensemble of lethal leading ladies for non-stop action in the Netflix film Gunpowder Milkshake, directed by Navot Papushado.
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Ted Lasso, season 2 review: Spreading the love and shining as bright as ever

Season 2 of Ted Lasso maintains the critically acclaimed show's momentum and stays positive while shifting the focus away from Jason Sudeikis' titular coach.
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Thor: Love and Thunder — everything we know about the Marvel phase 4 movie

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi returns to helm Thor: Love and Thunder, now slated for February 2022. Here's everything we know about the MCU movie.
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Black Widow: Everything we know about Marvel’s Phase 4 movie

Black Widow fans are finally getting what they've been asking for: A stand-alone superhero movie starring Black Widow, out in theaters and on Disney+ on July 9.
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The Many Saints of Newark trailer brings Tony Soprano back to the screen

HBO has released the first trailer for The Many Saints of Newark, its upcoming prequel film that explores the early years of mob boss Tony Soprano.
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Black Widow review: Bold, beautiful, and better late than never

Beautifully shot and full of humor, action, and heart, Black Widow is the movie Marvel fans asked for and Scarlett Johansson's superspy always deserved.
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Netflix’s Sweet Tooth cast reflects on pandemic parallels and season 2 hopes

Netflix delivered a story of hope amid a pandemic in dark fantasy series Sweet Tooth, and the cast now reflects on the unique show and its future.
Luca and Alberto give a thumbs-up sign to their homemade Vespa scooter in a scene from Pixar's Luca.

Luca review: Pixar’s Italian sea monster story is sweeter than gelato

Pixar's Luca is a refreshingly fun, deliciously animated film that will make you want to visit the coast of Italy and look for friendly sea monsters.
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Elvis, Tiger King, and Sin City: Behind the visual effects of Army of the Dead

Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead took the zombie genre to Las Vegas, and used plenty of visual effects magic to fill Sin City with the living dead.
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Infinite review: Mark Wahlberg’s sci-fi adventure is a waste of good lives

Despite its talented cast and slick concept, Infinite's tale of a secret society of reincarnating heroes and villains is all action, no substance.
Tom Hiddleston as Loki.

Loki’s first two episodes are burdened with glorious purpose in the best ways

Marvel's Loki series finally gives the Asgardian trickster his own solo adventure, and the first two episodes make up for a decade of anticipation.
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Sweet Tooth, season 1 review: An epic adventure with animal magnetism

With its adorable lead and wonderful world-building, Netflix's Sweet Tooth series is another rewarding, entertaining adaptation of a popular comic book series.
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How Tig Notaro was digitally added to ‘Army of the Dead’ a year after filming ended

Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead used visual effects to replace a main character more than a year after filming had ended. Here's how they did it.
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Loki: What you need to know before watching Marvel’s Disney+ series

Wondering whether you know enough about the Marvel Cinematic Universe to enjoy Loki? Here's the recap you need to make the most of the Disney+ series.
Anthony Mackie in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Hot potato and a bloody shield: Behind the VFX of Falcon and The Winter Soldier

From bloody shields to a midair game of hot potato, here's how visual effects brought the action to life in Marvel's The Falcon and The Winter Soldier series.
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What Amazon’s MGM deal means for James Bond, Rocky, and other franchises

Amazon's purchase of MGM's movie and TV franchises is big news, but what does it mean for James Bond, Rocky, and other popular film and TV properties?
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How Vespas and visual storytelling shaped Pixar’s upcoming film Luca

Iconic scooters and a deep dive into water visuals played a big role in establishing the the look and themes of Luca, Pixar's next animated adventure.
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Marvel’s Eternals trailer delivers first look at Oscar winner’s superhero saga

Marvel's Eternals now has its first trailer, and it delivers a star-studded preview of the next cosmic adventure set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Army of the Dead review: Even zombies deserve better

Army of the Dead should be a gory good time, but predictable moments, forgettable characters, and sketchy world-building derail this zombie-heist adventure.
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Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer delivers chaos, comedy, and messy breakfast

Sony Pictures' first trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage blends chaos and comedy in Tom Hardy's return and Woody Harrelson's villainous turn.
Ahsoka looks in the distance in The Mandalorian.

All of the upcoming Star Wars movies and shows

Disney has big plans for the Star Wars universe. Here are all the upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows that we know of so far, both rumored and confirmed.