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Going far beyond news and reactions, our in-depth fanzine features – whether written or in video form –explore detailed ideas about movies, TV and comics to get to the core of what fans love.of the subjects.
ISSUE NO. 45
The Defenders of New York

How will a dysfunctional team function to save the city they love?

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ISSUE NO. 44
A Song of Turtles and Dragons

The secret origins of Game of Thrones.

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ISSUE NO. 43
Spider-Man: Homecoming

We look back at Spider-Man’s unique design, and examine how it has set him apart from all other heroes through years of evolution.

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ISSUE NO. 42
OKJA

Oscar-winning effects artist Erik-Jan De Boer created a beautiful creature for Okja on Netflix, and he tells us all about the process.

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ISSUE NO. 41
Life

Could the events in the film ‘Life’ actually happen in real life?

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ISSUE NO. 40
American
Gods

American Gods turns old stories of men and gods into a new spectacle where belief is the currency that everyone is after.

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ISSUE NO. 39
It Comes At Night

A red door to a house in the middle of nowhere, a few square feet of timber, a coat of red paint is all that stands between society and total chaos. But what if that barrier is an illusion? What if the door is open, and the trust and safety it represents is already broken?

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ISSUE NO. 38
Wonder Woman

At last, Wonder Woman leads her own movie, decades after Batman, Superman, and dozens of other comic book heroes battled on the big screen. The Amazon warrior's debut is appropriately heroic. Director Patty Jenkins has created a vibrant, earnest movie that captures the character's best qualities. 

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ISSUE NO. 37
SONY PICTURES PRESENTS
Resident Evil Weapon Inventory

As the star of the Resident Evil movie franchise, Milla Jovovich is no stranger to all manner of weapons that have proved necessary in the never-ending fight against the undead. After all, there's only so many times you can kick a zombie dog in the head before the need for something a bit stronger becomes apparent.

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ISSUE NO. 36
Alien: Covenant

Turns out that, for Ridley Scott, the lasting appeal of Alien was not about Ripley. The fierce officer, played by Sigourney Weaver, has long been the public face of the Alien franchise. Scott’s two late-career Alien films even offer up dual Ripley analogues. Ripley as the constant foil for the acid-blooded, chest-bursting aliens is a compelling idea, but it was also ultimately an illusion.

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ISSUE NO. 35
It's A Family Affair

From planet-sized daddy issues, through petty theft as an act of war, to sibling rivalry resolved through gunfire: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 pushes Marvel Studios further outside its comfort zone than ever.

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ISSUE NO. 34
SONY PICTURES PRESENTS
Underworld:
Blood Wars

From planet-sized daddy issues, through petty theft as an act of war, to sibling rivalry resolved through gunfire: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 pushes Marvel Studios further outside its comfort zone than ever.

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ISSUE NO. 33
SHOWTIME PRESENTS
Twin Peaks

Nearly three decades after David Lynch's groundbreaking series Twin Peaks first aired, Showtime presents a new Limited Event Series. On May 21 at 9/8c, head back to the peculiar small town in the woods to unravel the secrets of its enigmatic townsfolk. 

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ISSUE NO. 32
A Super Charged
Sequel

Not content with towing a safe through the streets of Rio, drag racing a plane, or jumping a car from one skyscraper to another, the #FastandFurious franchise returns to screens to wow us once again — and this time, it's personal.

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ISSUE NO. 31
A Sit Down With Anne
Hathaway

Few directors call their movies "stupid," but Nacho Vigalondo, the writer and director of Colossal, throws out the word minutes into our conversation. Vigalondo, who also made the Moebius strip thriller Timecrimes, ...

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ISSUE NO. 30
Not A Fantasy Afterall

One of the year's most complex action films, Scarlett Johansson's Ghost in the Shell wrestles with some of humanity's deepest philosophical questions, all while dazzling us with an array of incredible special effects. 

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ISSUE NO. 29
From Teen Icon To Trailblazer

A socially progressive spirit has permeated the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers since the day the first episode aired on August 28, 1993.

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ISSUE NO. 28
SONY PICTURES PRESENTS
Passengers

To describe Passengers as a profound love story that wrestles with some of life's greatest philosophical dilemmas while set in the vast landscape of space would only be a half truth. As Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) and Jim (Chris Pratt) — woken up 90 years too early en route to a distant new planet — spend the duration of the movie exploring the boundaries ...

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ISSUE NO. 27
Disney's Most Realistic Villain

Villains are often far more fun than heroes, especially when it comes to #Disney. Characters such as Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar are out of this world, using sorcery to execute their evil plans. 

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ISSUE NO. 26
The X-Men Find Their Soul On The Road

illains are often far more fun than heroes, especially when it comes to #Disney. Characters such as Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar are out of this world, using sorcery to execute their evil plans. 

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ISSUE NO. 25
The Oscars Special

“Movies," Roger Ebert said, "are like a machine that generates empathy.” The dreams and ambitions that drive us are the common threads binding two 2016's best films, Moonlight and La La Land. Both films are significant Oscar contenders, but neither needs a statue to be "legitimized," as both movies follow those threads along very different paths to bring us into the lives of their characters.

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ISSUE NO. 24
20TH CENTURY FOX PRESENTS
A Cure For Wellness

In 2017, everything seems unstable and weird; all the old signposts that told us what basic reality should be are now being torn down. The psychological thriller A Cure For Wellness may be an ideally warped mirror for the new world.

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ISSUE NO. 23
Guns, Guns and Guns

The explosively charged neo-noir thriller John Wick doesn't just require the suspension of belief. The film encourages audiences to grab believability by the scruff of the neck, roundhouse kick it in the face and launch it off the top floor of a thousand-foot-tall skyscraper.

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ISSUE NO. 22
HULU PRESENTS
Cults and Conspiracies

How much freedom would you give up to attain spiritual security? Alternative religions, and cults large and small, promise roads to enlightenment and salvation. When these organizations, often driven by one charismatic personality, offer so much, trading trappings of “normal” life for the benefits of spiritual fulfillment might seem like a good idea. 

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ISSUE NO. 21
SONY PICTURES PRESENTS
The Rise Of Resident Evil

There’s a moment in Season 4 of the hit TV show Breaking Bad when a couple of lovable meth heads get into a spirited debate about zombie video games. Which is better: Resident Evil 4 or Left 4 Dead? Though the argument ends in inconclusive fashion, it does make one point extremely clear: 

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ISSUE NO. 20
The Walking Dead

Improbably, one of the biggest shows on television is a zombie epic derived from a long-running black and white comic book series. Or perhaps it’s not so weird that a vividly post-apocalyptic show succeeded in the years following a massive economic downturn.

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ISSUE NO. 19
Rebellions Are Built On Hope

What you know about the original Star Wars and the battle to destroy the Death Star is only the beginning. The new film Rogue One is here to reveal backstory you didn’t even suspect. 

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ISSUE NO. 18
A Pacific Princess Called Moana

We knew the film would be filled with catchy songs, presented with beautiful animation and voiced by a stellar cast. It was assumed to become a box office juggernaut, reaching the heights of Tangled or perhaps even Frozen...

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ISSUE NO. 17
Rowling And Her Audience Are Finally On Equal Ground

When J.K. Rowling began to write Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as a novice author, she was as untested as her young characters. 

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ISSUE NO. 16
The Psychedelic Superhero

He’s the Gandalf of the Marvel Universe, but almost no one (until now) predicted that Doctor Strange would conjure the box office magic of Spider-Man, Captain America or Iron Man.

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ISSUE NO. 15
True Terror

The face at your window. A stranger in the shadows. Nothing is as terrifying as people and their weird obsessions. Ghosts and monsters are great metaphors for all the parts of our darkest selves, but no supernatural creature can compete with a man with a knife and eyes full of rotten desire. 

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ISSUE NO. 14
Directors: Tim Burton

Like David Lynch or David Cronenberg, Tim Burton’s films are instantly recognizable by his bizarre visual style and macabre recurring themes, yet Burton’s films have found that delicate balance between mainstream adoration and the introvert in all of us.  

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ISSUE NO. 13
HULU PRESENTS
Because The Beatles

Here we are 52 years after they first landed in the United States and their impact is still all around us: most of our favorite musicians, artists and writers of today cite The Beatles as major influences on their work. But what about the personal impact? How have The Beatles changed individual lives and journeys and relationships over the past five decades? 

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ISSUE NO. 12
Science and Superheroes

The link between scientists and superheroes is immediately obvious, just think about how many superheroes got their starts in freak laboratory accidents. But scientists are at the heart of the superhero genre, and they do much more than falling in vats of radioactive matter. Comic book scientists not only shape superheroes, they shape their readers too. 

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ISSUE NO. 11
First Timers: You Never Forget Your First Love

Each of us can remember exactly where we were when we saw a life-changing movie; we can recall exactly how we felt as we watched. 

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ISSUE NO. 10
Time After Time Travel

Few themes have captivated our imaginations more than exploring beyond the here and now. Time travel has played a prominent role in cinema since the 1920s, and its popularity has only increased in recent years. From Back to the Future to About Time, time travel goes beyond science fiction to show us what we can learn from other eras.

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ISSUE NO. 9
FOCUS FEATURES PRESENTS
Kubo and the Two Strings

“I wanted to create things that were corrective; that were a restorative tonic to this sensory assault that so many kids are subjected to. When I think about what inspires me, it's to make those kinds of stories; to make movies that matter; to make films that have ...

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ISSUE NO. 7
The Future of Startrek

For 50 years, Startrek has shown us a future we can not only escape to, but aspire to. With a new movie and TV series on the way, it's an excellent time to take stock of why Startrek has meant so much to it's millions of fans, and to explore what the next 50 years of trek could be.

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ISSUE NO. 6
Directors: Steven Spielberg

Calling Steven Spielberg one of Hollywood's finest talents would be an understatement. The filmmaker's been at it for nearly 50 years, defining and reinventing various genres while crafting some of Hollywood's most memorable stories.

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ISSUE NO. 5
The End of the World

From Independence Day to Cloverfield, from Armagedon to San Andreas, from Godzilla to Zombies and even Sharknado, we love watching the end of the world, but why do we revel in images of our own destruction?

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ISSUE NO. 4
Animation Domination

Traditional Japanese animation has a fascinating history, but its future is what should really excite you. That is because now more than ever, anima has permeated entertainment around the world.

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ISSUE NO. 3
The New Horror Icons

Horror movies are a vital part of coming of age. As kids or teenagers, we discover the thrill of scaring ourselves silly, and while we still have love for the horror greats of old, we hold a special place in our hearts for the icons of our own time.

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ISSUE NO. 2
The Master of Buddy Comedy

Shane Black is Hollywood's Lethal Weapon. Bursting Hollywood open straight out of college with his sought-after screenplay for Lethal Weapon, he created iconic film charecters and shaped the modern buddy cop movie in the process.

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Preacher
Special

Though we're in the midst of the age of live action comic book adaptations, there are some who just don't care much for superheroes or the genre they created. But comic book adaptations aren't all just capes and cowls, spandex and superpowers.

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