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Jeff Anderson as Randal and Brian O’Halloran as Dante in Clerks III. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lionsgate

Review: Clerks III Gives Dead-End Wage Labor Its Due

“I’m not even supposed to be here today.” That oft-repeated phrase from the original Clerks perfectly sums up the ethos of the 1994 movie. It comes via Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran), a twenty-two-year-old Quick Stop clerk who feels an overwhelming sense of responsibility toward his job (but not so much toward the women he dates). The …

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Samuel L. Jackson in Secret Invasion

Will Secret Invasion Restore SHIELD in the MCU?

SHIELD seemed so cool at first. Well, that’s not strictly true. When Agent Phil Coulson sheepishly arrived in Iron Man, babbling about the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division, he just seemed like one more nerd for Tony Stark to dunk on. But when Nick Fury showed up in Stark’s penthouse to talk about the …

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Marvel’s Wonder Man Is About to Make the MCU Really Weird

Ever since three of its key members died or retired in Avengers: Endgame, MCU fans have all had the same question: who even are the Avengers anymore? MCU chief Kevin Feige has been pretty tight-lipped about when we’ll see the next lineup or who’s in consideration, but a mainstay of the comic book team will be making …

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Daniel Kaluuya as OJ Haywood in Nope

Nope Makes a Scene

A man walks into a desert amphitheater, his red cowboy suit clashing against a cloudy sky. As a computer pumps an orchestral score through strategically placed speakers, he turns to address a scattered crowd. “For the past six months, my family and I have borne witness to an absolute spectacle,” he announces, emphasizing “spectacle.” A …

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Why Fantastic Four Is the Perfect Movie to Open Marvel Phase 6

Let’s face it, Phase 4 of the MCU has been… messy. Even the best recent entries, such as Shang-Chi or Ms. Marvel, feel either disconnected from the rest of the universe or overburdened by expectations. The relatively clean line of the first three phases, building first to The Avengers and then to Infinity War and Endgame, appears missing among the many movies and …

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Kang the Conquerer

How Avengers: The Kang Dynasty Can Build to Secret Wars in Marvel Phase 6

No matter how popular Iron Man and Black Panther were, the MCU really came together for most casual viewers when the primary villain took center stage. After years of cameos and hints, Thanos the Mad Titan fully emerged in Avengers: Infinity War, giving the previous decade of movies renewed focus and purpose. Although we know that Jonathan Majors’s Kang the Conqueror will …

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