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Mania Review: Fast Five by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(April 29, 2011)
Vin, baby, can you please crack a smile for us? Just one? No? Are you sure? Because the stone-cold seriousness with which you and the rest of the Fast Five gang go about your work really kills the buzz. You have to know what a farce it all is. Your high-oc

Mania Review: 13 Assassins by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(April 29, 2011)
The spirit of Akira Kurosawa appears in the warp and the weave of 13 Assassins, an old-school samurai epic about revenge, duty and the narrow path of honor between them. Director Takashi Miike clearly has Kurosawa on his mind as he sets out to tell his tal

Exclusive: Concept Sketches from Dylan Dog: Dead of Night by Mania Staff
(April 28, 2011)
With the arrival of Dylan Dog: Dead of Night in theatres this Friday, the folks at Brigade Marketing offered us a little treat: a look at the storyboard sketches for the character of Belial. We hope you enjoy them.

DVD Shopping Bag: MGMs Queen of Blood by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(April 26, 2011)
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is now offering classic films from MGM’s library in a limited edition collection. Wave 4 of these titles was released last month but we here at Mania finally got our hands on two of them. The genre titles included

10 Films That Had Nothing to Do With Their Source Material by Rob Wieland, Writer
(April 25, 2011)
Adaptations are the closest thing to a safe bet in Hollywood. You find something that’s already popular, chuck some money and some stars at it, and you have a much better chance of getting a return on your money. Except movies like Sin City or The DaVinc

RIO Takes Down Easter Win by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(April 24, 2011)
As is the case with most Easter holidays of the past, it’s all about the family demographic this weekend at the box office. With that in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that an animated tropical adventure and a “happy family” from 20th Centur

Mania Review: Stake Land by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(April 22, 2011)
With the backlash against moony, romantic, testicle-free vampires in full swing, let us pause and give thanks to the makers of Stake Land for reminding us how brutal bloodsuckers can be. And you don’t even need a budget to bring them to life: just some t

DVD Shopping Bag: The Incredibles Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 19, 2011)
Being that this week is Easter our genre titles are a bit thin. I’ll quickly rave about Tom Hooper’s commentary for The King’s Speech, my number one pick of the week. Hooper delivers both an insightful look at his film balanced with technical jargon

Mania Interview: Neve Campbell by Kurt Anthony Krug, Writer
(April 16, 2011)
At first, Neve Campbell had misgivings about reprising her role as Sidney Prescott, the main character of the Scream franchise, for a fourth installment. “I had been apprehensive at first because 11 years ago, I swore up and down that (Scream 3) would b

Mania Review: Rio by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(April 15, 2011)
Rio settles itself solidly into “worthwhile” territory without venturing past the merely serviceable. It attaches itself to a basic concept -- a domesticated parrot who never learned how to fly returning to the land of his birth – and then does just

Mania Review: Scream 4 by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(April 15, 2011)
BIAS ALERT: I was never a huge fan of the original Scream movies, so the chances that this fourth entry – delivered over a decade after Scream 3 – would win me over were small in the extreme. I found the earlier films unconscionably smug, with a condes

Be The Thor Of Your Store
(April 15, 2011)
Hey Mania! We’re not sure if you heard, but Thor’s hitting the silver screen on May 6 and he’s partnering up with 7-11 so you can become the Thor of Your Store--all you need is your smartphone. First, download the free Slurpee iPhone App and text “

10 Fictional Vacation Destinations by Rob Wieland, Writer
(April 12, 2011)
Spring is just around the corner. The desire to shake off the winter blues often takes the form of a spring break vacation with hundreds of exotic destinations. The destinations from our favorite films are some of the most exotic, and we’ve procured broc

DVD Shopping Bag: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 12, 2011)
We are at the precipice of it all ending. It is amazing that the Harry Potter journey has taken us ten years to complete. In that time the Star Wars Saga wrapped and then launched an animated series. I never thought that would have happened, the cartoon pa

HOP Takes Down Second Win by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(April 10, 2011)
An Easter-themed adventure is proving successful in the U.S., comedian-actor Russell Brand enjoys beating himself and animated releases may be giving Hollywood executives a reason to perk up in an otherwise dreary box office landscape. These seem to be the

Mania Review: Your Highness by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(April 08, 2011)
Picture the following scenario: you step into a public restroom stall, only to be confronted with a preposterously large turd floating in the toilet bowl. It gurgles there like an alien parasite, spinning slowly counterclockwise in a perversely hypnotic fa

The 10 Worst Superhero Costumes in TV and Film by Tim Janson, Writer
(April 06, 2011)
The old saying is that clothes make the man but clothes can also make the man…or woman, look downright silly. Those of us who are comic book fans love to see our heroes brought to the big or small screen. But the problem with live action superheroes is t

PROFILE: Jeff Bridges on Tron: Legacy by Kurt Anthony Krug, Writer
(April 05, 2011)
Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges didn’t find it too difficult to play two characters – Kevin Flynn and the villainous Clu – in Tron: Legacy.

DVD Shopping Bag: Black Swan Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 05, 2011)
To start with, I apologize for not featuring Tron Legacy in this week’s column. I did not receive a copy in time for review. Thankfully, Tim Janson did and his review is available here on Mania. What I did receive a day late for last week’s column is D

Mania Review: Insidious by Rob Wieland, Mania Critic
(April 02, 2011)
Insidious is a film by the makers of Saw and Paranormal Activity and it shows. It feels a mash-up of the two series. It mixes the surreal images of the former with the relationship tension and low-key scares of the latter. The team of James Wan and Leigh W

Mania Review: Hop by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(April 01, 2011)
You can’t fault Hop for not appealing to its target demographic. The screening I attended was filled with five-and six-year-olds absolutely entranced by its holiday-themed mayhem. Accusing the kiddies of being insufficiently critical really misses the po

Mania Review: Source Code by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(April 01, 2011)
Science fiction for the thinking man isn’t quite an endangered species, though it remains sufficiently thin on the ground to raise a few eyebrows when it crops up. It takes a lot to come up with something truly original in a genre chock full of geniuses.

Fan Beefs Part II: The 5 Biggest Actor Arguments by Matt Hoffman, Writer
(April 01, 2011)
In the world of sci-fi films and TV, as in the world of the Highlander, there can be only one. William Shatner and Patrick Stewart may have nothing against each other personally, but that won’t stop Star Trek fans from coming to blows over who did a bett

Fan Beefs Part I: The 6 Biggest Plot Holes in Genre Cinema by Matt Hoffman
(March 30, 2011)
If there’s one thing genre fans love more than watching a good sci-fi or fantasy movie, it’s poking holes in that movie’s logic until the storyline seems completely ludicrous. Here, presented in handy point-counterpoint format, are the six plot holes

DVD Shopping Bag: Tangled DVD and Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 29, 2011)
If seeing Disney’s Tangled in this week’s DVD Shopping Bag is a shock then you are not alone. This columnist saw this film over Unstoppable upon their initial releases. Why? For one Unstoppable looked like Jan de Bont’s Speed on a train. The other wa

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