The director of Jesus’ Son makes a pointless arthouse exercise with The Rehearsal

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The Rehearsal, director Alison Maclean’s first feature since the 1999 Denis Johnson adaptation Jesus’ Son, is such a hodgepodge of arthouse references, arch distancing effects, and emotionally vacant wide-screen compositions that one could easily mistake it for an awkward debut film. James Rolleston stars as Stanley,…

Nick Fury starts a stunning new solo adventure in an exclusive Marvel preview

Nick Fury, Jr. has been in the Marvel Universe for the last five years, but he hasn’t had his own ongoing series until now. The new Nick Fury title wisely takes inspiration from the adventures of Nick’s father, and the creative team is channeling Jim Steranko’s groundbreaking work on Nick Fury: Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D.…

James Robinson returns to form by giving C-3PO a backstory

It’s been an interesting few years for James Robinson. While Robinson’s Starman was a decade-defining series in the 1990s, Robinson languished for much of the ’00s. Between writing the script for the ill-fated League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen film and Justice League: Cry For Justice, it’s fair to say that Robinson…

SuperMutant Magic Academy’s mundane magic offers a fresh take on Harry Potter

It is difficult to come up with fresh praise for Jillian Tamaki’s SuperMutant Magic Academy (Drawn & Quarterly). It is one of those widely acclaimed and reviewed works that makes you question what gushing praise or astute observation there is left to bestow upon it that hasn’t already been noted. Originally serialized…

Exclusive Marvel preview: Fantastic Four winds down with a slew of guest stars

Whether it’s due to consistently lackluster sales performance or Marvel taking a shot at Fox, Fantastic Four is ending with April’s #645, and writer James Robinson is putting the team in increasingly dire situations as his story winds down. Reed Richards is a prisoner of the Quiet Man (who has been manipulating events…