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‘Independence Day #2′ Review (Titan Comics)

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Written by Victor Gischler | Art by Rodney Ramos, Ivan Rodriguez, Renarto Arlem, Rui Woberto | Published by Titan Comics | Format: Paperback, 32pp

My review of the first issue of this series was quite harsh, which is rare for me as I always try to see the positives in any book. I fully understand the writers and artists still do a full shift if we like their final product or not, so I don’t like to overly criticise. I do think Victor Gischler has a tough job anyway, breathing life into a licensed comic that doesn’t even feature the main characters from the film that it is licensed from. Clearly the Will Smith ‘use of likeness’ fees were very high, plus we now know his character will not feature in the film sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, so we have instead a cast of very forgettable second bananas.

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- Dean Fuller

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The History of Bad Ideas – Episode 122: Hands Across Antarctica!

13 hours ago

Emanating from their studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, The History of Bad Ideas sees hosts Jason, Jeff and Blake talk about all things geeky on their podcast. Whether it’s rumours of the latest comic book movies, debating who really is the worst villain of all time, discussing the latest comic issues or just wondering about life in general, you are sure to have a fun time with them! In theory.

If you haven’t listened to the show before (why not?) you can check out previous episodes of The History of Bad Ideas podcast on iTunes and look out for new episodes here on Nerdly each and every week…

Episode 122: Hands Across Antartica!

The Hobi Crew welcomes, on short notice, Number 1 Fan Doug back into the studio to discuss Captain America: Civil War’s future box office gross, the crashing of Ratchet and Clank and Jennifer Aniston in Labor Day! »

- Phil Wheat

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Another new trailer & poster for ‘Tmnt: Out of the Shadows’

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Paramount Pictures have released a brand-new UK trailer and poster for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, which comes from producer Michael Bay and director Dave Green (Earth to Echo).

The heroes in a half-shell are back and ready to rise from the sewers of New York City once again to fend off evil threats both large and small. Our four bandana-clad turtles come up against numerous old foes, with Shredder enlisting the help of Baxter Stockman – a doctor and scientist – who agrees to create a duo of mutants for Shredder by the names of Bebop and Rocksteady. While the city streets may be crawling with corrupt scientists and various other unsavoury characters, another threat is coming down from above in the form of Krang – an inhabitant from Dimension X who has set his sights on planet Earth.

Starring Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry, Gary Anthony Williams as Bebop, »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Only Angels Have Wings’ Blu-ray Review

3 May 2016 9:42 AM, PDT

Stars: Jean Arthur, Cary Grant, Richard Barthelmess, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Allyn Joslyn, Sig Ruman, Victor Kilian | Screenplay by Jules Furthman | Directed by Howard Hawks

When thinking about the great flying pictures of Hollywood’s Golden Age, many would immediately turn to war films containing dogfights, high political drama and the sense that all the death we see onscreen is somehow noble because it’s for the causes of peace and freedom. But perhaps the greatest of these pictures, Only Angels Have Wings, isn’t a war movie and doesn’t contain a single dogfight. It’s an altogether smaller story than those sweeping dramas, and all the more powerful for it.

When Jean Arthur’s chorus girl, Bonnie, gets off a steamer at the fictional South American port of Barranca, she expects to see the sights (comprising a bustling market, a couple of dive bars and a rickety open-topped »

- Mark Allen

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‘Xmoor’ DVD Review

3 May 2016 6:43 AM, PDT

Stars: Melia Kreiling, Nick Blood, Mark Bonner, Simone Kirby, Olivia Popica, Sophie Harkness, Fergal McElherron, Jemma Obrien, James Lecky | Written and Directed by Luke Hymans

Written and directed by Luke Hymans (Dubplate Drama), this horror film, shot in Belfast, tells the story of American documentary film-makers Georgia (Melia KreilingCold) and Matt (Nick BloodSpike Island) who head to Exmoor in the south of England in an attempt to catch, on film, the “Beast of Exmoor” which apparently exists somewhere in the remote grassland of that particular part of Devon. There reason for wanting to capture this so-called “beast” on camera? £25,000 from the local newspaper.

Xmoor begins with the two leads looking at a YouTube video that is apparently footage of this “beast”, and Georgia convinces Matt to go to Exmoor with the intention of filming this creature and collecting the cash reward. Our documentarians are greeted early-on, while on their way to their destination, »

- Chris Cummings

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‘Assassin’s Creed: Templars #2′ Review

3 May 2016 6:35 AM, PDT

Written by Fred Van Lente | Art by Dennis Calero | Published by Titan Comics | Format: Paperback, 32pp

Assassin’s Creed: Templars was a welcome addition to the Assassins Creed universe, switching the focus as it did from the Assassins Guild to the Templar Order. As all the books and games have established, neither side are the traditional good or bad guys, both are trying to point the world in a direction they wish it to go. Black Cross, as we learned last issue, is an enforcer for the Templar Grand Masters in the late 1920′s, whose job is to stamp out corruption and dissension within Templar ranks. His look, and the way he acts and talks, owes a lot to the old pulp heroes of that era.

Funnily enough though, last issue focused the most on young Darius Gift, sent on a mission to Shanghai by the Templars to redeem his »

- Dean Fuller

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First look: Spider-Women Omega #1

3 May 2016 6:30 AM, PDT

The final battle begins this May as these three wallcrawlling, webslinging women charge headlong into danger in Spider-Women Omega #1, the epic conclusion to the Spider-Women crossover from writers Jason Latour, Dennis Hopeless and Robbie Thompson – who join forces along with artist Nico Leon to bring this 8-part crossover to its blockbuster end.

With Silk out of commission, Spider-Woman and Spider-Gwen make their way back to Earth-65 for a desperate, impossible battle. They’re outgunned, outmanned and out planned. How could they possibly match up to the might of Earth-65’s Cindy Moon and her agents of S.I.L.K.? They don’t know either – but they have to try. Don’t miss the Earth-shattering finale that will shake Cindy Moon, Jessica Drew and Gwen Stacy to their very cores! Spider-women Omega #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices this May!

Spider-women Omega #1 (MAR160795)

Written by Jason Latour, Dennis Hopeless »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Yakuza Apocalypse’ DVD Review

3 May 2016 1:50 AM, PDT

Stars: Yayan Ruhian, Rirî Furankî, Hayato Ichihara, Mio Yûki, Pierre Taki, Denden, Tetsu Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Morishita, Riko Narumi, Reiko Takashima, Lily Frankie, Masanori Mimoto, Shô Aoyagi, Manzô Shinra, Kiyohiko Shibukawa | Written by Yoshitaka Yamaguchi | Directed by Takashi Miike

I’m not sure if it’s from watching Battles Without Honour and Humanity or my love of the Crows Zero movies that did it, but I have to admit that I was very excited about Takashi Miike’s Yakuza Apocalypse. Now that I’ve seen it, I may be a little confused but I’ll also admit to being in love with the insane little film.

Yakuza Apocalypse focuses on the story of Kageyama, a Yakuza who is ridiculed for his lack of signature tattoos down to his sensitive skin. When he witnesses the defeat of his former boss, whose decapitated head in turn bites him turning him into a vampire he turns into a vampire. »

- Paul Metcalf

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Exclusive clip from WWE’s ‘U.S. Championship: A Legacy of Greatness’

3 May 2016 1:32 AM, PDT

The forthcoming WWE DVD/Blu-ray release, U.S. Championship: A Legacy of Greatness, is a look back at the 40 year-plus history of one of the most prestigious titles in sports-entertainment: the United States Championship! Featuring some of the greatest ever U.S. Championship matches – including Superstars such as Harley Race, Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Les Luger, Steve Austin, Eddie Guerrero, Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan – this epic collection shows why the United States Championship has become a symbol of excellence and the legacy of greatness it has left behind…

With matches that span over 40 years of sports-entertainment – from the hard-fought battles of inaugural champ Harley Race to John Cena’s U.S. Open Challenge, U.S. Championship: A Legacy of Greatness is both a fascinating history lesson and unprecedented collection of fantastic in-ring action. And it’s not just the many Superstars that make this journey interesting, but also the »

- Phil Wheat

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2016 Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Curmudgeons’ Review

2 May 2016 9:25 AM, PDT

Stars: Danny DeVito, David Margulies, Lucy DeVito, Sarah Hayon, Kett Turton | Written by Joshua Conkel | Directed by Danny DeVito

Danny DeVito. The late David Margulies. A senior citizen home. Love. Curmudgeons.

Need I say more? Written by first time writer Joshua Conkel, the short stars DeVito and Margulies as Jackie and Ralphie, respectively, as two aging seniors in a nursing home who happen to fall in love with each other. Also starring DeVito’s daughter Lucy as Ralphie’s granddaughter fresh off a break up, Kett Turton as Jackie’s grandson, and Sarah Hayon as Ralphie’s feisty nurse.

As part of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival’s New York Now shorts, Curmudgeons offers a warm goodbye to DeVito’s best friend Margulies, who knew each other for years and was a family friend after acting not only with [Danny] DeVito but also Lucy. In fact, Margulies began his friendship with DeVito while working on a play, »

- Catherina Gioino

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2016 Tribeca Film Festival: ‘The Family Fang’ Review

2 May 2016 9:15 AM, PDT

Stars: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Kathryn Hahn, Christopher Walken, Marin Ireland, Harris Yulin, Eugenia Kuzmina, Michael Chernus, Josh Pais, Maryann Plunkett | Written by David Lindsay-Abaire | Directed by Jason Bateman

Performance artists. What good are they anyhow? It’s not like they put their lives on the line, or make a strong statement about anything going on in current events. It’s not like they tend to become wildly notorious for their acts, nor do they leave a mark on younger generations.

But the question is, what happens to their kids? That’s what The Family Fang sets out to solve…

The second directorial feature from Jason Bateman after 2013′s Bad Words, The Family Fang sees Bateman star as Baxter Fang, the brother of Annie Fang, played by Nicole Kidman. They are affectionately called “Child A” and “Child B” by their parents Caleb and Camille, played by the one and only »

- Catherina Gioino

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‘The Forgotten’ DVD Review

2 May 2016 1:00 AM, PDT

Stars: Clem Tibber, Shaun Dingwall, Elarica Gallacher, Lyndsey Marshal, Isaura Barbé-Brown, James Capel, James Doherty, Carys Lewis | Written by Oliver Frampton, James Hall | Directed by Oliver Frampton

[Nb: With the film now – finally – available to buy in the UK (The Forgotten is out today from Metrodome), here’s a repost of my review of the film from the 2014 London Frightfest]

There has been, over the past few years, a growing trend in British horror for setting movies in abandoned housing estates and tower blocks. Joining the growing ranks is The Forgotten, which sees a father and son forced to squat in an empty London council estate scheduled for demolition, seemingly abandoned by the mother. A dark, creepy and foreboding place, the flat is no place for a family; even less so after 14 year old Tommy starts to hear strange noises coming from the boarded-up flat next door…

Shot on a London council estate scheduled for demolition, that was once used for location shoots on UK police drama The Bill, The Forgotten is, like all good horror films, not just about the physical, and in this case, »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Game of Thrones 6×02: Home’ Review

2 May 2016 12:51 AM, PDT

“I wasn’t drowning, I was home.”

Bran Stark stands among the dead. Watching his father, uncle, and aunt at play through the power of his second sight, he is bewitched by the idea of returning to a family lost to him forever. But when he returns unwillingly to the waking world he is confronted at once with Meera’s family, with the vast emptiness of the Far North laid out where her brother used to be. What he has is an illusion; what she faces is reality. That the episode ends with another breach of the veil between life and death, the resurrection of Jon Snow at the hands of a desperate, shaky Melisandre, is an unsettling omen at the very least.

“It is beautiful under the sea,” the Raven tells Bran in the vision. “But stay there too long, and you’ll drown.” Their exchange begins the episode »

- Gretchen Felker-Martin

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