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As Zen Studios prepares to launch Pinball FX3, they've provided a list of previously released tables (from Pinball FX2) that will import over entirely free for gamers who already purchased them. This includes Star Wars, Bethesda's tables, all the Marvel packs, and many more. Come inside to check out the full list!
If you're looking forward to some virtual pinball action with the new Pinball FX3, you'll have plenty of tables to choose from when it launches (on top of the new Universal Studios pack). As previously announced, certain pinball tables that players have purchased from the previous game will be able to import over to the new hotness for free. Today, they've told us exactly which ones will be compatible at launch, which will also give them a graphical boost and new modes of play:
Zen Studios continues to crank away on Pinball FX3, the biggest and most community-driven pinball game ever created. »
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Superman #29 hits comic book stores on Wednesday, and you can check out a preview of the issue right here courtesy of DC Comics; take a look…
“Fear Itself” part two! This looks like a job for…Sinestro?! Thrust into the anti-matter universe of Qward, Superman’s only hope is the former greatest of the Green Lanterns!
Superman #29 is out on August 16th, priced $2.99.
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- Amie Cranswick
This review contains minor spoilers.
To say Justice League has been lukewarm over the past year would be the kind way of saying it hasn’t lived up to its usual standards. As sad as it is to admit, it’s a one hundred-percent accurate assessment. However, with all the recent changes in creative teams, one would hope that it’s the catalyst the series needs to get back on track. Does Justice League #23 deliver, though?
In this one-shot issue titled “Fear Itself,” Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz take on an extremist anti-terror group led by Black Shield. You can imagine how it could become a tale about how the League isn’t actually making the world safe from terrorism by stopping the military team. Yet, this isn’t the main focus here, as the storyline becomes all about Jessica and her dealing with fear. And this is where the issue derails itself.
For anyone who’s been reading Justice League for the past year, you’re undoubtedly aware of Jessica and how out of place she feels, constantly questioning her place on the team and being in awe of the other heroes. While it was endearing at first, it’s become annoying now. Surely, after 3 issues with the group, she shouldn’t be overwhelmed by the whole occasion every couple of pages, right? Frankly, it’s sloppy writing and editing by keeping her as the directionless puppy of the team. She’s a relative newbie, yes, but her reactions have become akin to the “oh my” in the Fifty Shades trilogy: overused and tedious. Where’s the character development?
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Tom DeFalco’s story itself is okay. It’s not bad, but it’s far from sensational. As mentioned above, the premise of the anti-terrorist group could’ve led to an interesting angle and debate, but it became Jessica instead. Also, we’ve yet to see the Justice League take on a formidable opponent in Rebirth and the trend continues here with Black Shield and his goons. When you put together DC’s greatest heroes, you expect them to do battle against the mightiest villains – not some two-bit thugs. Sure, the threats and stakes remain high, but the antagonists aren’t convincing enough.
Tom Derenick takes hold of the pencils here, and I must admit that I’m left uninspired by his efforts. It’s reminiscent of the early stages of Rebirth where the artwork appears rushed, rough and unfinished. The characters’ faces change facial structure from panel to panel and the whole process looks sloppy from beginning to end. When you consider the quality of the artwork in Batman, Nightwing or Superman and then come to back to this, you can’t help but feel cheated.
Unfortunately, much like the rest of this series so far, Justice League #23 doesn’t do much to stand out from the pack. There’s a severe need for an injection of fresh creativity in this title as the stories continue to be bland. It’s a flagship book for DC, so we really expect much more from it. Quite frankly, this is simply not good enough. »
- Sergio Pereira
It’s 1930s America as seen in the movies, through music, and the evasions of newsreels. Franklin Delano Roosevelt preaches prosperity while James Cagney slugs out the decade as a smart-tongued everyman — in a dozen different roles. Director Philippe Mora investigates what was then a new kind of revisionist info-tainment formula: applying old film footage to new purposes.
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1975 / B&W / 1:33 flat full frame / 106 min. / Street Date ?, 2017 / available through The Sprocket Vault / 14.99 (also available in Blu-ray)
Film Editor: Jeremy Thomas
Directed by Philippe Mora
Years before he was briefly sidetracked into sequels for The Howling, Philippe Mora was an accomplished artist and documentary filmmaker. Backed by producers Sanford Lieberson and David Puttnam, his 1974 documentary Swastika pulled a controversial switch on the usual historical fare about »
- Glenn Erickson
Night of Your Life: Shults Plumbs Fear and Fear Itself in Arch Sophomore Effort
As a pure exercise in the powers of suggestion, It Comes at Night, the sophomore film from indie helmer Trey Edwards Shults, successfully achieves its end goal—although perhaps only with those hungry or desperate enough to be persuaded thus.
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- Nicholas Bell
Since the dawn of the Rebirth era, the Superman family of books have absolutely been on fire, restoring the Man of Steel and his related to characters to their former glory that some readers thought the New 52 simply lacked. And, from what we can tell, they won’t cool off anytime in the foreseeable future. In fact, just this week, we found out that Big Blue and Lex Luthor are set to confront Mr. Oz over in Action Comics this August and, that very same month, his eponymous title will take full advantage of the crossover potential that comes with being a part of the DC Universe.
You see, this summer, Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason intend on calling back to their days of working on Green Lantern Corps by getting Superman mixed up with this guy named Sinestro. Perhaps you’ve heard of him. And while the creative »
- Eric Joseph
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Although anticipation for the upcoming Secret Empire is undoubtedly high, event fatigue is becoming a very real thing. In the past few years alone, True Believers have endured Secret Wars, Civil War II and now this, each following the other like rapid fire and affording little breathing room in between. Not only that, but linewide relaunches are often in tow, which is something else that’s been a growing concern.
In fact, I can’t recall a time in the last decade or so that a major crossover event hasn’t been going on. Granted, neither of the Big Two are innocent, but every time I turn around, Marvel is putting out something with a tagline along the lines of “it’s all been building to this.” Furthermore, it’s getting increasingly difficult to remember what order stories such as Siege, »
- Eric Joseph
Fright Rags will kick off their series of homages to the VHS era with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Video Series box set, which will be available on January 25th. Also: a new Clowntergeist trailer, Uncanny Valley release details and launch trailer, and Terror Films’ slate of upcoming releases.
Fright Rags’ The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Collection: From Ben at Fright Rags: “On January 25th, we will release the first in what we plan to be a series of box sets that pay homage to the VHS-era and, more importantly, our childhood. In addition to recreating art that we loved as kids, these limited edition box sets will also contain things from that era; stickers that you would readily see at stores and on tapes, as well as delicious custom made microwaveable popcorn.
The first box set to be released in this series is one of the films that defines the home »
- Tamika Jones
These days, the “clowns are scary” narrative has built up so much steam that it’s hard to tell if anyone is actually afraid of clowns or if it’s all propaganda generated by the birthday magician lobby, but clowns have become popular fodder for horror movies either way. There was that Clown movie last summer, the upcoming It remake, and now we have a trailer for Clowntergeist, a movie with a great name about a small town that is terrorized by a demon-possessed clown man. There’s a lot to like here, from the way the guy says “for a manhunt” at the beginning to the fact that the end of the trailer suggests it used to be called Fear Itself, but the bit at the end where the girl sees her bedroom door creepily open and then pretends to be asleep is simply fantastic. It may not seem »
- Sam Barsanti
Wesley Mead Jan 2, 2017
As the New Year arrives, we salute a few favourite TV episodes depicting this momentous time of year...
New Year is a time for reflection on the past and resolution for the future, an opportunity to consider what you’ve achieved and what you’re yet to work on. It’s also a time to stay up well past midnight, partying the night away with friends and family, potentially embarrassing yourself in the process. That dichotomy ensures that the New Year is fertile ground for television, and the finest comedies and dramatic series use the moment to allow for contemplation amidst the alcoholic excesses. Here are twenty New Year episodes that offer an entertaining take on the aeons-old celebration - from emotional character pieces to geeky genre takes and old-fashioned barrages of seasonal comedy.
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10 items from 2017
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