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'The Strain' Recap: Vampires Vs. Gladiators? No Contest

8/24/2015 2:35pm EDT
The Strain
Hey, remember that time I was all “Quinlan’s not nearly as cool a character as Vaun was and seems like a cheap imitation with a British accent?”

That may have been a tad shortsighted. Mostly because “The Born,” last night’s hour of The Strain, put a ton of effort into beefing up Quinlan’s character. I’d say they’re on equal footing at this point, as far as coolness goes.

You’ve got to love the creativity this season of The Strain’s taken in fleshing out the backstory for its new characters. The Guillermo del Toro-directed Lucha Libre movie for Angel was a knockout, and even if this week’s...
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‘The Strain’ Recap: ‘Identity’ Says Goodbye To A Very Goofy Villain

8/17/2015 8:21am EDT
The Strain
Man, The Strain is really on a roll right now. Last week Corey Stoll’s wig was banished to the depths of vampire hell. This week, we say goodbye to another questionable visual effect: the Master, in all his fish-faced, hilarious glory.

You know, when he first rose out of his grave in “Identity’s” final scene, a part of me thought man, he actually looks kind of impressive with his face half burned away. It’ll be a shame to see him go. And then the Master stood to his full heigh and looked like a ridiculous muppet, and that thought burned out of my head in an instant. Even more so when his g...
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'The Strain' Recap: RIP, Corey Stoll's Terrible Hairpiece

8/10/2015 2:56pm EDT
The Strain
Honest question: did you really think Corey Stoll’s wig was that terrible?

The general consensus seems to be that yes, it was- an abomination unto man and vampire alike that made his head look all goofy. I didn’t think it was that bad.

Either way, last night's The Strain- “Quick and Painless”- did away with the thing for good, after Eph shaved off his luscious (ish) locks to sneak into DC without everyone recognizing him as a fugitive. It worked! He may have had to murder Barnes to do so, but no biggie. Barnes was a pawn of the Strigoi overlords. Also, kind of a wuss.

Although, given the...
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'The Strain' Recap: Vampires Vs. Lucha Libre

8/3/2015 6:35am EDT
The Strain
The Strain isn't becoming The Walking Dead, is it? Last week, the show was struck with a sudden case of Crappy Kid Syndrome. And this week, with "The Silver Angel," we're introduced to a new, nasty human element- bands of curfew-enforcing cops patrolling Red Hook at night, and beating the hell out of Fet for the sole crime of being a lovable rogue.

And for blowing up a subway station.

And for being out past curfew. But still.

It's very reminiscent of The Walking Dead's whole "zombies are scary, but it's humans that are the real evil" schtick. Here's a hint: humans are not the real enemy....
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'The Strain' Might Be Suffering From Crappy Kid Syndrome

7/26/2015 10:55pm EDT
The Strain
What is it with crappy kids in the middle of an undead apocalypse? The Walking Dead has Carl. No one likes Carl. When people are legitimately hoping the little kid gets torn in half by ravenous zombies, you may have a serious problem.

It looks like The Strain is creeping towards that same problem. Three episodes in, and I would not mind at all if Zach got eaten by vampires. Or plowed into by a bus. Is that horrible to admit? Probably, but it's not a problem The Strain had last season. All we've seen of Zach so far is running off by himself, throwing tantrums and smashing his dad's lab equi...
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'The Strain' Recap: Less Science, More Bloodsucking, Please!

7/19/2015 10:55pm EDT
The Strain
Hey, remember that awesome (also, gross) worm barf from last week's The Strain premiere? Well, there's none of that in our second episode, "By Any Means." Not a single barfed worm. It's kind of a shame.

I'm being serious (kinda)- because "BK, NY" introduced a heap of new neat concepts, and because "By Any Means" slams on the brakes and plays it very close to the vest with its newly-introduced vampire powers (worm barf, blind vampire schoolchildren), it can feel a little stale.

Setrakian (Old Setrakian, that is) does almost nothing the whole hour but flip through old books and yell surly o...
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'The Strain' Is Back For Season 2!

7/12/2015 10:57pm EDT
The Strain
The absolute best moment of The Strain's second season premiere is its first five minutes. That's not a knock on the many minutes that follow (solid minutes, all of them), but that opening sequence? Totally killer.

We open on Grandma Setrakian and little Abe in early 1900s Romania. She's chopping onions, he's nursing a bowl of soup (why is she chopping onions when the soup's already made? Oh well) and recounting the story of Josef Sardu- the man who would one day become The Master.

That flashback's the only part of "BK, NY" directed by series creator Guillermo del Toro, and his stamp is a...
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Paul Rudd Is Very Small In First Full Ant-Man Trailer (Watch)

1/7/2015 9:02am EST
Get To Know Paul Rudd As Ant-Man In First Full Trailer (Watch)
Alright, no more foolin' around. No more ant-sized teases. Or man-sized teases (admittedly, that one was a lot less foolish).

The trailer for "Ant-Man" is finally here!

Marvel debuted the trailer during last night's premiere of "Agent Carter," our first full non-ridiculous look at the second of Marvel's two 2015 films (the first, obviously, being "Avengers: Age of Ultron").

As far as trailers go, it's pretty terrific. It's very much a teaser trailer- there's very little actual Ant-Man action (one shrink, and then a few seconds of our hero riding on ant-back, and that's it).

But we do ge...
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'The Strain' Series Premiere Recap: Cliches, Neglectful Fathers and Skull-Crunching Vampires

7/14/2014 8:47am EDT
'The Strain' Series Premiere Recap: Cliches, Neglectful Fathers
Few television shows begin with a series premiere roughly the length of a feature film.

But then, most television shows don't reward you at the halfway mark with a nine foot tall cloaked creature with a giant worm for a tongue that drains a man of all his blood and then pulverizes his face with its bare hands.

That should keep butts planted on couches.

The Strain, for those who don't know, is the hideously ugly love child of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Del Toro, of course, is the eccentric Mexican filmmaker behind films of varying degrees of whimsy and horrific disembowelment- "P...
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Review: 'Midnight In Paris' 'Two Jews On Film' Only One Feels The Magic In This Fantasy Comedy (Video)

5/18/2011 2:17pm EDT
Midnight In Paris
I know critics are supposed to be objective (if that's even possible) but in the case of Woody Allen's new film, 'Midnight In Paris' it's going to be really hard. I thought it was one of the most beautiful, original, magical and romantic films I've seen in a very long time. It completely grabbed my heart.

The film opens with images of Paris...beautiful, moving images. The lights of the city, the empty streets, the gardens, museums, cafes, flea markets, parks and cathedrals. The montage goes on for quite a while...No actors...just visuals of this magnificent city....

And then we meet ...
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Revamped 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Still Underwhelms

4/12/2011 2:00pm EDT
LOLA
NBC brought back Law & Order: Los Angeles last night with two all-new episodes. While the series definitely improved, it's a shame that only brought it from unwatchable to passable.

The show decided to bring back some of the hallmarks of the franchise, including an opening narration and title sequence, but they're not great. The theme was so quiet that I had to listen closely to even follow it, not like the distinctive themes from the previous editions, and the title sequence was a slow-motion affair that felt overdone. Both failed to evoke the fondness of their predecessors. And ...
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