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Review: Annihilation May Make Sci-Fi Fans Think, but It Won’t Make Them Feel

3 out of 5 stars.

Annihilation is one of those films with a concept that seems like it's right up my alley, so I've been excited about it since it was announced. Female-led sci-fi? Check. Mysterious entity the women have to figure out? Check. I went in prepared to love it. I merely liked it, and somehow that feels worse than if it were bad.

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Black Lightning Finally Gives Anissa Her Costume in “And Then The Devil Brought The Plague: The Book Of Green Light”

While I can understand why this episode could be seen as boring or too info-dumpy for some, it gave me some much-needed development for Tobias as both a villain, but also a human being. Plus it had Anissa in that costume which in this week of celebrating black excellence, was a welcome addition.

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Review: Broken Beautiful Hearts YA for the #MeToo Movement

4.5 out of 5.

Part of the ongoing discussion about the #MeToo movement is what stories fit into it. Sexual harassment, rape, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, we agreed to, but what about domestic abusive, IPV and the micro-aggressive behaviors women deal with as well? How do we teach young people how to deal with the conflicts they will face?

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Black Lightning Slows Down to Ask Big Questions in “Black Jesus”

One of the best things about Black Lightning, since it came out, was the fact that it sees beyond itself. Meaning, yes this is a superhero show, but it can't just be about Black Lightning. It has to be about the people.

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Black Lightning Takes You to Church in “LaWanda: The Book of Burial”

This episode of Black Lightning takes place in a space foreign to me—the black church.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Is a Great Fighting Game for Dragon Ball Fans

7.5 out of 10. (PlayStation 4 version.)

Dragon Ball FighterZ is a pretty good fighting game, but it's a real treat for its core demographic: Dragon Ball fans who want a fighting game that's as satisfying to play as the show, at its best, is to watch. Despite some rough edges, it achieves that goal very well and should be a lot of fun for fans of the franchise to play.

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Black Lightning Asks What a Real Hero Fights for in “LaWanda: The Book of Hope”

"Black Lightning, my man!"

Black Lightning is back, but what exactly does that mean for Jefferson Pierce?

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Black Lightning: “The Resurrection” Has Begun

What's good everyone! Last night we witness the resurrection of Black Lightning on the CW. The character is a technically part of the Arrowverse brand, but not a part of the universe that the other characters take place in. Which works for me, no worries about crossovers or anything like that, just a solid self-contained storyline. In the series premiere, we are introduced to Jefferson Pierce, his bad-ass daughters and the gang-infested city of Freedland. Black Lightning is here.

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Why You Have to Read Leia, Princess of Alderaan Before Seeing The Last Jedi

Leia, Princess of Alderaan ascends to queenhood.

Carrie Fisher's General Leia in The Force Awakens is a weary but still optimistic leader in her quest to restore galactic order. The young Princess Leia of Leia, Princess of Alderaan is just as hopeful and exhausted. As she observes in her adoptive parents' aged countenance, the chaos of the world will whiten her own hair.

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Review: The Breadwinner Is Exactly the Kind of Female-Led and Created Story We Need Right Now

4.5 out of 5 stars.

In the flurry of news about all the world's terribleness, let's not forget that there are still examples of beauty and love to be enjoyed. One such example is a gorgeous animated film called The Breadwinner, directed by Nora Twomey and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, based on the children's novel by Deborah Ellis.

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Review: Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds Is More of the Same In the Best Possible Way

4 out of 5 angry, corrupted bear machines.

Can somebody get Aloy a jacket or something already?

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Review: Alias Grace Is the True Crime, Female-Led Series You Need

After the amazing critically acclaimed success of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, it was no surprise that more of Atwood's works would be getting the streaming service treatment. Netflix decided to get their piece of the pie with Alias Grace, a historical fiction novel based on true events about one of Canada's most infamous alleged murderers, Grace Marks.

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Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird Is the Mother-Daughter Coming-of-Age Movie We Deserve

It’s difficult to admit that I personally identified with the erratic flux of mother-daughter emotions in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. One moment, mother and daughter are confidantes that dance around their emotions, but the next, their amiability swerves into a squabble. Then they’re squealing mutually over a thrift store dress.

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Review: Hulu’s Runaways Is the Compulsively Watchable Teen Drama of the Marvel TV Universe

Combining earnest teenage angst and mysterious supervillain plots with some frothy intrigue for the parents, Hulu and Marvel's Runaways show is a pretty awesome adaptation - but it's definitely its own beast.

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Spoiler-Free Review: Stranger Things Grows and Changes in Season Two, But It’s Still Got All the Same Heart

The good news is that Stranger Things 2 is still pretty awesome. What flaws it has are rather similar to those of the first season, and while the plotting can feel too easy or slow, the characters' surprising growth and touching relationships more than compensate.

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Review: Thor: Ragnarok Is Very Weird, Very Funny, and Very Much A Thor Film

4 out of 5 stars.

From its baldly preposterous plot to director Taika Waititi's signature humor, Thor: Ragnarok has way more character than any corporate, third-in-a-series superhero movie has the right to. It's as funny as it is messy.

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Neo Yokio’s Camp Is Hard to Enjoy Through the Transphobia

Also the classism. And the lowkey misogyny. And...

The series revolves around Kaz Kaan, an exorcist and member of the “neo riche,” as he battles very relatable concerns like purchasing a tuxedo that’s slightly the wrong shade and having to clear out a dead relative’s house in the Hamptons. Some have defended the series as satire, some have embraced it as camp, and some have settled in to watch the garbage fire secondhand.

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Review: Spiritus #2 Takes You on an Escape From a Prison for the Mind

Corporal punishment only exacts its retribution as long as the body and consciousness remain coupled to receive it. When corporal becomes capital punishment, the body expires, and the mind is freed from its physical constraints (give or take certain theological beliefs, of course). But in the world of Spiritus, the justice system has found a way to close this loophole.

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Review: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women a Breathless Depiction of How An Icon Was Born of Deep Love

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Diana of Themyscira is all about love, strength, and hope. It makes sense, then, that the personnay, the people—responsible for her existence had a relationship that required more than the usual amount of strength and hope to survive, and that the love of three people was needed to create this one, iconic superheroine. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women gives us a beautiful and fascinating look at that relationship.

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Supergirl S2 on Blu-ray Reminds You Why You Fell in Love With It in the First Place

You may have noticed that I'm a huge fan of The CW's Supergirl. So, trust me when I tell you that, as a fan, Supergirl Season 2 on Blu-ray, available now, is a totally worthwhile investment.

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