John Boyega Is Right About Star Wars

John Boyega Is Right About Star Wars

One of the many things that got lost in the discourse around the new Star Wars trilogy by the time it reached Rise was what happened to characters like Rose and Finn, whose storylines promised big endings and never delivered.

Georgia’s Failure Shows How Not to Run an Election in the Pandemic

Georgia’s Failure Shows How Not to Run an Election in the Pandemic

Here’s how in-person voting should look during the coronavirus pandemic: lots of polling places, fully staffed with well-protected election workers, each serving small numbers of voters who are able to quickly get in and out without having to congregate at length in close quarters.

The 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2020

The 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2020

It's easy to feel stupid looking at the promotional materials for Final Fantasy VII Remake, the first part in what looks like a whole series of games recreating the original Japanese role-playing game in lavish real-time 3D.

At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms

At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms

“It’s basically the same, we would just present the metrics to the managers after the shift.” Presto says it's testing the technology at multiple restaurants across the country, but declined to name any other than Outback.

Goodbye X-Men—You Flawed, Frustrating Cinematic Revolution

Goodbye X-Men—You Flawed, Frustrating Cinematic Revolution

The mystique of the X-Men movies depended on a sense of the larger world behind the characters—something the films began to lose as time went on. Subtext aside, X-Men wrapped its long past around itself like no comic-book movie ever had.

The Everlasting (and Still Growing) Appeal of Dragon Ball

The Everlasting (and Still Growing) Appeal of Dragon Ball

The Everlasting (and Still Growing) Appeal of Dragon Ball More than 30 years after the original manga began, the anime series and feature films—like the new movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly —are more popular than ever.

From ‘Buffy’ to ‘Charmed’ to 'Doctor Who,' ‘Woke’ TV Reboots Are Anything But

From ‘Buffy’ to ‘Charmed’ to 'Doctor Who,' ‘Woke’ TV Reboots Are Anything But

Some Doctor Who fans, for example, find it easy to accept a two-hearted, quasi-immortal alien who travels through space and time in a police call box, while a female incarnation of that time-traveling alien strains credulity.

How a Dig at Trump's Immigration Policy Ended Up in 'Mortal Engines'

How a Dig at Trump's Immigration Policy Ended Up in 'Mortal Engines'

How Trump's Immigration Policy Ended Up in Peter Jackson's New Movie“We thought it was worth making a little comment,” says Jackson, who produced and co-wrote the screenplay for the forthcoming Mortal Engines.UniversalEarly on in Mortal Engines, the forthcoming movie based on Philip Reeve's book, a small Bavarian population gets consumed by the moving metropolis of "London." (The movie, like the book, is set in a future where roving "predator cities" ingest smaller towns for their resources.) As its citizens are forced to resettle in their new home, voices on loudspeakers tell them where to go and what to do.

'Fallout 76' Review: Bethesda's New Apocalypse Welcomes You

'Fallout 76' Review: Bethesda's New Apocalypse Welcomes You

Fallout 76 Drops You Into an Oddly Hospitable ApocalypseIn its early days, Fallout was a bleak satire of Cold War Americana; under Bethesda's control, it's become something much more consumer-friendly.BethesdaI'm not sure if I should be feeling so comfortable in the apocalypse.

'Battlefield V' Review: Finding Grandeur in History's Bloodiest War, 64 Players at a Time

'Battlefield V' Review: Finding Grandeur in History's Bloodiest War, 64 Players at a Time

Battlefield V Finds Grandeur in WWII, 64 Players at a TimeIn the latest installment of the military-shooter franchise, you're thrice implicated as a piece of the ever-charging global war machine.DICE/Electronic ArtsLeaping from planes, we fall through aurora that looks as though it’s melting into the sky.

The Predator Is One Huge Letdown

The Predator Is One Huge Letdown

The hope was that Black—who's skilled at both band-of-brothers banter (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and creature-feature thrills (The Monster Squad)—could wisen up, or at least liven up, a series that felt largely uncared for in recent years.Instead, The Predator is the kind of movie Black’s other movie characters might mock.

At $1 Trillion, Amazon Should Fear Regulators More Than Rivals

At $1 Trillion, Amazon Should Fear Regulators More Than Rivals

But competitors ranging from Microsoft to Google to Alibaba are also growing strongly, which means AWS is not gaining much in market share.Amazon’s international footprint is even smaller, with local e-commerce companies often dominating their respective countries in places such as India, Brazil, and China.