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Jess Kroll

Jess Kroll
Beginning with Uncanny X-Men #248, novelist Jess Kroll started an obsession with the creative arts which has lead to an MFA in writing, publication in literary anthologies and newspapers, stage performances, hundreds of online articles, and the novel 'Land of Smiles' from Monsoon Books.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Review

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"Catching Fire" lives up to its name, and although we don’t yet know if it’ll be the best of the Hunger Games movies, it does what every second chapter should: keep the story hot and spread its flames.

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8 Movies That Fans Have Taken Over Completely

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This is not simply a list of “cult” films or movies with obsessed fans. This list focuses on films in which the fans have taken over its legacy, usurping the producers’ control and proclaiming, “This belongs to us now.”

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Ender’s Game │ Review

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'Ender’s Game' is a generally agreeable sci-fi popcorn flick, though one more likely to be enjoyed by kids just discovering the franchise than those who grew up on the books.

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The Counselor │ Review

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'The Counselor' has its moments of detached poetics, its pulse-raising sequences and humorous or insightful moments, but they don’t come together in a satisfying way, which makes this venerable collaboration all the more disappointing.

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10 Popular Artists Who Are Considered Jerks

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The release of 'Ender’s Game' has placed author Orson Scott Card at the center of controversy, many choosing to boycott the film. But if a book, movie, song, painting, etc. is good, then it should not matter who made it. In this vein, I present ten artists who are widely considered to be unpleasant or reprehensible but whose works are critically praised.

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Gravity │ Review

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'Gravity' is one of the single most beautiful films ever made and the closest approximation most people will get to experiencing a space walk. After 90 minutes of weightless drifting the air in your lungs and the floor at your feet will feel wonderful.

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And justice for none: ‘Prisoners’ and the anxiety over justice in America

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This post examines how the movie 'Prisoners' brushes upon topics of law and justice in the United States beyond its most obvious one. It’s a story, and stories seldom provide answers. Stories raise doubt and ask questions which generate discussions. That’s where answers begin.

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Prisoners │ Review

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If one is capable of suspending both disgust and disbelief, 'Prisoners' becomes an intense, masterfully acted suspense-thriller which mentions but never pontificates on numerous larger issues within modern American life.

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Hiroshi Yamauchi and the Nintendo ethos of beautiful simplicity

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Under Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo proved that it takes vision to strip down a product rather than dress it up. It’s much more lasting and, pun intended, game-changing to focus on the basics. It’s also a lot more difficult. The line between refreshing and shallow, or exploitatively nostalgic, is thin. When simple goes wrong, game over. When simple goes right, game on.

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Riddick │ Review

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In terms of B-movie essentials 'Riddick' delivers nasty deaths, turn-off-your-brain plot, neat technology, bad CGI and gratuitous nudity, yet the gaps between action scenes are too long and too stationary to carry through. The best creature features know how to play silence as terror; 'Riddick' treats silence as empty.

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