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Aardman Animation is, without question, one of the finest animation houses in the business. The stop-motion specialists that brought us “Wallace & Gromit,” “Chicken Run,” “Arthur Christmas,” “Shaun the Shee…

We’ve lived through a couple generations now of movies with various iterations of Magneto, Charles Xavier, Mystique….you get the idea. Now, a fresh superhero torch is being lit with “X-Men: The New Mutants,” and now we have our …

In 1818, “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus” was published and became an almost immediate sensation. “Mary Shelley” is the story of its author and the creative inspiration behind the groundbreaking book. Well, eventually. Before we discover the titular writer’s genius, we must endure a fusty period drama that unfolds with such a startling lack of imagination, it’s nearly remarkable how conventional the production is, particularly when the life and famed work of Mary Shelley is so boldly unconventional. Continue reading Elle Fanning Plays ‘Mary Shelley’ In Biopic Of ‘Frankenstein’ Creator [TIFF Review] at The Playlist.

Guys, if you had fully recovered from last week’s heartstopping dragon massacre, the season finale of “Game of Thrones” Season 7, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” could possibly assuage our nerves, but also cause a few palpitations.  Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, directed by Jeremy Podeswa, this episode is an exercise in both restraint, and also in barfing story points directly onto the screen without any foreplay at all. Continue reading Winter Is Here And The End Is Near On ‘Game Of Thrones’ at The Playlist.

Season 7, Episode 5, “Eastwatch”: Has everyone cooled down after last week’s Lannister BBQ? This Sunday’s fifth episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7, “Eastwatch,” is decidedly less ablaze than last week (though the burning’s not quite over yet), though things are about to get fiery again soon, by the looks of Beric Dondarrian’s awesomely en fuego sword in the scenes from next week. Continue reading It’s The Expendables, Game of Thrones Edition at The Playlist.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are giving us deep cuts and hot hot dragon action in “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 4, “The Spoils of War.” Journeyman TV director Matt Shakman (“Mad Men,” “Fargo,” “You’re the Worst”) makes his ‘Thrones’ debut with this episode, and he leaves his mark. The first half is lovely and contemplative, often joyous, with Arya Stark returning to her home of Winterfell and reuniting with her siblings. Continue reading ‘Game of Thrones’ Roasts ‘The Spoils of War’ [Season 7, Episode 4 Recap] at The Playlist.

Sometimes it seems that it’s only called “Game of Thrones” since “Family Matters” was already taken. Family problems. We all got ‘em, they’re just a whole lot worse in Westeros. Marauding pirate uncles, undermining sisters, long-lost nephews—it’s all just a stew of madness and warring bloodlines. That’s never more evident than in Season 7, Episode 2, “Stormborn,” written by Bryan Cogman, directed by Mark Mylod. Continue reading ‘Game of Thrones’: Season 7, Episode 2 is ‘Stormborn’ [Recap] at The Playlist.

The ‘Game’ is once again afoot. Last night, “Game of Thrones” (read our episode recap here) returned with [mild episode spoilers] a massacre by poison, Jim Broadbent, an undead giant, a proposal of marriage, a bedpan montage, a man-bun/top-knot and Ed Sheeran  — about whom you can avoid all the outrage if, like me, you couldn’t pick him out of a lineup anyway. “Dragonstone,” the first installment of the show’s seven-episode seventh season has immediately plunged us back into the thick of the intrigue with even the Narrow Sea no longer separating Daenerys and her allies, armies and dragons from the warring Houses of Westeros, and the White Walkers. Continue reading The 10 Best Episodes Of ‘Game Of Thrones’ at The Playlist.