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Movie Review: The Avengers (Jason’s Take)

Most fans of the source material will be flocking to theaters this weekend to see The Avengers, the epic culmination of characters and storylines spanning five films, with a mix of excitement and apprehension. But with so much that could have gone wrong, I’m happy to say that writer/director Joss Whedon got so much right, crafting an experience that’s truly greater than the sum of its parts. This film is popcorn cinema at its finest and its going to make so much money.

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Movie Review: The Avengers (Bill’s Take)

Like the old saying goes, any great team is more than the sum of its parts.  That concept is illustrated brilliantly in The Avengers, which escalates the scope and characterization of Marvel’s movie universe into the stratosphere and delivers the most entertaining, most satisfying and what might be the greatest comic book movie ever.

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Ask Mattel 5/1/2012: Why Young Justice Died So Young, Future MOTUC Reveals & More

Since last time we checked in with Mattel, we all received the total bummer news that the Young Justice toy line has been cancelled… In memory of that great toy line that left us all too soon, we dedicated more than a few questions this month to some YJ details, including Mattel’s thoughts on why the line couldn’t continue and the fate of the final 6″ waves shown at Toy Fair 2012.

On a more positive note, we also get a few hints on Matty’s plans for WWE deco changes, their new plans to reveal Masters of the Universe between Conventions and more– keep reading for all the answers!

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Movie Review: The Avengers (Adam’s Take)

The Avengers can be seen as the antithesis of Spider-Man 3.  Whereas Sam Raimi’s much-maligned blockbuster suffered from too many villains in one film, The Avengers has to spend much of its two hour and twenty minute running time just introducing its main characters and getting the audience up to speed.  Luckily, writer and director Joss Whedon manages to keep the pace high and even the periods of long exposition don’t wear out their welcome.  Most of the dialogue is exactly what we’ve all come to expect from a Marvel film; witty banter, tons of one-liners and sexual innuendo, etc.  Robert Downey Jr., whose role as Iron Man kicked off this whole event four years ago, gets probably the most screen time of anyone and delivers every line, funny or not, with conviction.

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New Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Screenshots Shed Light on Character Progression

Square Enix has been releasing a steady flow of new information for their biggest summer 3DS releases, the very latest being eleven screenshots from the upcoming music/rhythm game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.  We’ve seen plenty of gameplay and heard some of the music, but until now not much was known about the game’s RPG elements.  Check out all the new screenshots inside.

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TV Korner: Mad Men 5.7 – “At the Codfish Ball”

This week’s episode of Mad Men was full of disappointments.  No, that doesn’t mean that I was disappointed with the show; it means that almost every character was severely unhappy about something.  The balance that “At the Codfish Ball” struck among the many different storylines was incredible and it ended up being a solid, if somewhat subdued, episode.

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Mattel’s Underwhelming SDCC Plans

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Last Friday Mattel revealed the first batch of exclusives they have planned for this year’s San Diego Comic Con, and the showing definitely doesn’t seem to pack the same punch as years past. Check out Mattel’s SDCC 2012 offers, and what we think of them…

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GI Joe Retaliation & Amazing Spider-Man Preorders Go Live

With The Avengers already in stores, Hasbro is gearing up to release their next Summer movie toy lines in just a few weeks. In preparation for the May 28th release dates, Pre-Order solicits for GI Joe Retaliation and The Amazing Spider-Man have gone live at e-tailers across the web. And much like The Avengers line, both new series are pretty broad in scope and (compared to the past) kind of light on action figures.

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“The Walking Dead: Episode 1 – A New Day” Review

Developer Telltale Games is no stranger to building experiences around licensed material, but this time they’ve outdone themselves.  The Walking Dead:  A New Day has just been released for XBLA, PSN, & PC/Mac and I loved every minute of it.  Based directly within the canon of Robert Kirkman’s comic series, Telltale’s take on the franchise is an unexpected dose of drama that succeeds in all the places that AMC’s television series fell flat.  In less than three hours, this introductory episode (the first of five) has sold me on the new cast of characters while seamlessly working some familiar ones into a tightly-knit, intense narrative.  The result is an outstanding piece of storytelling that every Walking Dead fan needs to experience.

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These New Kingdom Hearts 3D Screenshots are the Stuff of Dreams

 

Square Enix has just released a number of new screenshots for Kingdom Hearts 3D and some artwork that shows Spirit and Nightmare Dream Eaters, both of which play important roles in the upcoming game and look pretty interesting.  Check out the just-released images after the break!

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