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The Best Movies of 2012 by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(December 26, 2012)
Welcome back, good movies! We missed you! After an utterly lackluster 2011 – fallout from the writers’ strike of a few years ago – 2012 came roaring back with solid (and pertinent) films of all varieties. Social consciousness showed up in comic book

Mania Review: Les Miserables by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(December 25, 2012)
We probably shouldn't be covering a splashy musical like Les Miserables on this site, but considering that the three leads are Wolverine, Catwoman and Jor-El, we hope you'll give us a pass. Also, it's the best picture of any sort this year. That means a to

From the Vault: 4 More Lesser Known Christmas Classics by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(December 24, 2012)
In the last From the Vault we took a look at some of the lesser known Christmas films. This week were back with four more films that fly a bit below the radar. Two of them are classics from decades past and the other two are from the more recent era. No

Christmas Review: The Nutcracker in 3D by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(December 24, 2012)
I kept thinking of Brooks’s The Producers while watching The Nutcracker in 3D. He told the story of two Broadway hustlers (Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder) who decide to bilk their investors by making the worst play of all time. I consider it the funniest mo

TV Wasteland: The Merriest by Rob Vaux, Writer
(December 24, 2012)
Christmas is here! That means mostly movies in a schedule bereft of first-run shows.

Django Unchained Official TRAILER #4 by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 22, 2012)
POSSIBLE SPOILERS. Here is the fourth, and probably the final, trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. This trailer reveals the most about the story and characters in the film. POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

First Look: Hobbit 2 by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 21, 2012)
The official Facebook page for The Hobbit released this image from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I believe I have seen this image before. Nonetheless, I wanted to know how many of Maniacs had seen it before and will see you the first movie again thi

Shock-O-Rama: Timecop by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(December 21, 2012)
Before he came in the easily brandied about moniker of JCVD, Jean-Claude Van Damme cut his teeth has the high kicking Belgian bad ass of many raucous action flicks.

TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D Clip: Gate Crash by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 21, 2012)
Here is the latest clip from Texas Chainsaw 3D. It features crying, fear, and people not able to cope with what they just saw. In short, everything you would expect from a Texas Chainsaw movie.

Mania Review: Jack Reacher by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(December 21, 2012)
You wouldn’t think a film like Jack Reacher would embed itself in the national debate, but here we are. It opens with a sniper setting up across the river from Pittsburgh’s PNC Park… zeroing in on a half dozen innocent victims before cutting them dow

Best End of the World Movies by Rob Vaux, Writer
(December 21, 2012)
Happy Apocalypse Day everyone! As you all know, the ancient Mayan calendar lists today, December 21, 2012, as the end of all things. We don’t know how you plan to spend your last day on Earth, but in case you need some inspiration, we’ve broken down so

Mania Review: Zero Dark Thirty by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(December 20, 2012)
Message from Zero Dark Thirty: don’t mess with the chicks. Osama bin Laden did, and look what happened to him. Director Kathryn Bigelow centers what the ads call “the greatest manhunt in history” down to a single focused CIA agent, with nothing but t

Top 10 Trailers on YouTube for 2012 by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 20, 2012)
YouTube has become such a huge part of our lives. Remember what it was like to watch trailers and clips of Movies/ TV shows/ Video Games before it? It has become such a great tool for spreading the word about all of our favorite genre items. Think With Goo

Episode VII Rumor: Return to Yavin 4 by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 20, 2012)
It seems as if each time we approach another holiday we get a little tease from Disney and Lucasfilm about Star Wars. This week there is a rumor circulating that Luke reignites the Jedi training facilities on Yavin 4. For those of you that don’t remember

Lindelof Not on Prometheus Sequel by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 20, 2012)
The unofficial/ official sequel to Alien, Prometheus, got a lot of fans talking and arguing about the film. I have heard some fans complain about the writing style of Damon Lindelof. Well those fans of the Alien franchise can relax because Lindelof is not

NEW Iron Man 3 Photo by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 20, 2012)
Marvel released this image of a beaten and bloody Tony Stark on their site yesterday. Why could have done this to the Invincible Iron Man? Better yet, he appears to be looking down but at who?

Who Framed Roger Rabbit Blu-ray Release Date by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 19, 2012)
Walt Disney has announced that on March 12th, 2013, Robert Zemeckis’ classic film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit will finally arrive on Blu-ray. Why? If you can believe it, the film will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary.

New OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Poster by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 19, 2012)
Walt Disney has released a new character poster for OZ the GReat and Powerful. Obviously, we are see the Wicked Witch in her finer days.

Storage 24 Red Band US Trailer by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 19, 2012)
Here is the official US Red Band Trailer for Storage 24. The film looks to invoke the best of the Alien franchise.

Smurfs 2 Trailer by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 19, 2012)
Sony Pictures has the posted a new trailer for Smurfs 2 3D. The original film, titled The Smurfs, grossed $142,614,158 thus blazing a trail for the sequel.

Jackman for X-Men Sequel by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(December 19, 2012)
Hugh Jack Man (the one and only Wolverine) has indeed signed on the for X-Men: First Class Sequel. X-Men: Days Of Future Past and original X-Men director Bryan Singer posted this news on his Twitter that Jackman will return to the role that made him a star

Wacky Holiday Horror by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(December 19, 2012)
As the armies of holiday stress besiege the walls of your sanity this season, it's important to take a step back to pop that aggravation balloon with a little levity. There's only so many Fa-La-La's and diamond commercials a man can stand before dressing a

The Geek Life: Take Back the Theater by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(December 19, 2012)
The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is going on in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games, and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life knows it is time to Take Back the Theater.

Mania Review: Monsters, Inc. 3-D by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(December 19, 2012)
It’s intriguing to note that Monsters, Inc. was released the same year that the Academy established its Best Animated Feature award at the Oscar. Given Pixar’s absolute domination of the category, it says a lot that the film lost to Shrek. It does well

5 Fantasy Movies to Tide Us Over by Rob Vaux, Writer
(December 18, 2012)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a massive hit – as everyone expected – and while it constitutes a bit of a letdown from The Lord of the Rings, it remains an honorable piece of entertainment. And, like its Oscar-winning predecessors, it leaves us o

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