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The New Halloween Is Part Nostalgic, Part Original, and All Fantastic The New Halloween Is Part Nostalgic, Part Original, and All Fantastic

The latest entry in the Halloween franchise is both a dazzling tribute to the original film as well as a unique, standalone story. It’s filled with deviations from the familiar slasher formula, but it also carefully incorporates an adoration of its predecessor that feels respectful but not overpowering. By balancing…

Samsung's New Galaxy Watch Comes So Close to Delivering the Modern Wearable Dream Samsung's New Galaxy Watch Comes So Close to Delivering the Modern Wearable Dream

Divorce yourself from the far out scifi depictions and crazy nerd dreams of what a smartwatch is supposed to be for just a second, and instead think about what makes sense for a wrist-mounted device in 2018. You’ll quickly realize there’s a huge gap between reality and expectation, because while the idea of playing…

The House With a Clock in Its Walls Has Some Enchanting Moments But Is Mostly Forgettable The House With a Clock in Its Walls Has Some Enchanting Moments But Is Mostly Forgettable

Sitting down to watch The House with a Clock in Its Walls, you know exactly the movie you want to see. A fun, exciting, kind of scary but whimsical adventure with great visual effects, fun characters, jokes, chills, thrills—all of that. The actual film has some of those things, but not enough to make it truly worth…

Finally, Sports Headphones That Sound Truly Great Finally, Sports Headphones That Sound Truly Great

I pedal double-time on the stationary bike whenever Jennifer Lopez’s “On The Floor” is blasting at my gym. The song’s unrelenting beat keeps me moving, even when my body is screaming to stop. When you don’t have a personal coach or a workout buddy to keep you motivated, only your workout music can keep you honest. Too…

Mandy Is Beautiful, Badass, and Boasts the Ultimate Nicolas Cage Performance Mandy Is Beautiful, Badass, and Boasts the Ultimate Nicolas Cage Performance

Sometimes you watch a movie and instantly know it’s something people are going to watch and discuss from this moment in history forward. Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy is exactly that and we absolutely loved it.

The Predator Is a Manic, Muddled Mess The Predator Is a Manic, Muddled Mess

Late in The Predator, the whole movie is summed up in the death of a single character. The death happens so quickly and with such little fanfare that you can literally blink and miss it. It’s not until several scenes later when this fairly significant character hasn’t come back that you actually realize what happened.

Freaks Is Like a Great, Independent X-Men Movie  Freaks Is Like a Great, Independent X-Men Movie 

Freaks is the movie version of a flower. It starts small, constricted, and mysterious. But as it grows, it opens up, gets brighter, and reveals itself as something beautiful. Written and directed by Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky, Freaks is about family, heroes, and society. It’s filled with familiar elements, to be…

Iron Fist Season 2 Is Strong and Has a Finale You Absolutely Must See Iron Fist Season 2 Is Strong and Has a Finale You Absolutely Must See

You can always tell when a show has undergone significant changes in leadership and artistic direction between seasons because it shifts the overall energy—chi, if you will—flowing through the stories being told. Marvel’s Iron Fist has returned for a second season on Netflix and the influences of its new showrunner…

The Nun Is Full of Ambience But Low on Frights The Nun Is Full of Ambience But Low on Frights

The sinister sister from The Conjuring 2 was so chilling, she’s back with her very own spin-off prequel. But despite a hardworking cast and a forbidding setting, The Nun proves that the character is way more memorable out of her familiar environment than when she’s on her home turf.

Kin Would Be Way More Interesting If It Knew What Kind of Movie It Wanted to Be Kin Would Be Way More Interesting If It Knew What Kind of Movie It Wanted to Be

There are a handful of scenes scattered throughout Lionsgate’s sci-fi thriller from directors Jonathan and Josh Baker that are direct callbacks to Bag Man, the twin directors’ 2014 short about a young boy hiding a dangerous secret from the world. In those moments, you can see how the Bakers have grown as filmmakers in…

It Really Was Easy to Make My Old SNES Controller Wireless It Really Was Easy to Make My Old SNES Controller Wireless

It’s not often a company creates a product that undercuts a more expensive option it’s still selling, but that’s what 8BitDo has done with its new DIY controller upgrade kits. Instead of completely replacing a wired controller with a Bluetooth alternative, you can now easily upgrade your existing hardware with…

Sony Can Keep Its Plastic Dog, This Robotic Raptor Is My New Perfect Pet

With the first Jurassic Park, we were all content to just stare in awe at what appeared to be living, breathing dinosaurs onscreen. But four sequels later, we now want to do more than just look at dinosaurs, we want to play with them too. Science has yet to deliver the goods, so Mattel has stepped up to bring…

The Original Power Rangers Movie Is a Glorious Tribute to '90s Excess The Original Power Rangers Movie Is a Glorious Tribute to '90s Excess

Twenty-five years ago, the live action superhero landscape was very different to the one we have today. Back then, the likes of Batman Forever and Steel were the dizzying highs (and mainly dizzying lows) of the genre in a pre-X-Men era. But nothing captured the ‘90s in superheroics quite like the Power Rangers movie.

Peter Jackson's Gross-Out Puppet Film, Meet the Feebles, Is More Disturbing Now Than Ever Before Peter Jackson's Gross-Out Puppet Film, Meet the Feebles, Is More Disturbing Now Than Ever Before

Way back in 1989, Peter Jackson released his second film, Meet the Feebles, a hardcore, gross-out puppet comedy which we decided to revisit this week because of a similar film being released in theaters, The Happytime Murders. And while that film is bad in all the wrong ways, Meet the Feebles is bad in all the right…

I Felt More Like Tony Stark Than Iron Man While Building and Programming This Superhero Gauntlet I Felt More Like Tony Stark Than Iron Man While Building and Programming This Superhero Gauntlet

For almost seven years now, littleBits has been cleverly getting kids to learn about tech with programmable electronic building blocks that make anyone an instant hardware hacker. Its latest kit also promises to turn kids into superheroes like Iron Man, but its real appeal is instead making you feel like Tony Stark as…

Prodigy Is a Sci-Fi Battle of Wits That Ends in a Stalemate Prodigy Is a Sci-Fi Battle of Wits That Ends in a Stalemate

There’s a delicate balance between preserving a mystery and keeping an audience interested. Solve the mystery too soon, or keep things mysterious too long, and there’s a risk of losing your audience. Prodigy, a new sci-fi film on Netflix, falls into the latter category, and that’s just one of its problems.

R-Rated Puppet Comedy The Happytime Murders Is a Massive Disappointment R-Rated Puppet Comedy The Happytime Murders Is a Massive Disappointment

The Happytime Murders is a poorly paced, visually bland R-rated comedy that has a lot of ideas, none of which ever come together. It’s built around a great idea—a dirty detective comedy for adults starring both puppets and humans—but outside of a few big laughs, it disappoints on almost every level.

This Ugly-Ass Gaming Laptop Has Exactly Three Great Things Going for It This Ugly-Ass Gaming Laptop Has Exactly Three Great Things Going for It

The MSI PS42’s look is so bad, it might derail you. This laptop looks like it was made five years ago and probably by Acer or Toshiba. When I pulled it out of the box, I immediately made quite a few unpleasant noises about its appearance. Then I used it for a week, and while I still find the MSI PS42 to be one of the…

You Can Really Feel the Samsung Note 9's $1000 Price Tag You Can Really Feel the Samsung Note 9's $1000 Price Tag

Since the beginning, the big honking screens on Galaxy Note phones have been their most memorable characteristic. But as the rest of the smartphone world caught onto the jumbo display trend and screen sizes from various makers started to converge around six-inch displays, the throne on which Samsung’s Note phones…

Lego's Voltron Is Wonderful Proof That Fans Are Sometimes Worth Listening To Lego's Voltron Is Wonderful Proof That Fans Are Sometimes Worth Listening To

Listening to what customers want is crucial for any company to survive, but in 2008 Lego took that idea farther than most by enlisting its dedicated fanbase to actually help it design new sets. The approach has led to some of the company’s most memorable creations to date, including a towering new Voltron set that…

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