Widows Breaks the Rules

For those not invested in the history of independent film, a film like Widows could be nearly inexplicable. It is, at its core, an action heist thriller that shares tone with ’90s indie crime films like The Usual Suspects, Reservoir Dogs, or One False Move. In a reversal of the usual career trajectory, this is the feature follow-up to director Steve McQueen’s Oscar-winning drama masterpiece 12 Years a Slave (2013), which shares very little with Widows on a superficial level. The story...

This Week in Geek (11/19/18–11/25/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 19th to Sunday, November 25th. Star Party with Mike Lynch What: Science & Technology, Education, Family When: Monday, November 19th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Metropolitan State University Science Education Center We stand at the edge of an endless cosmic ocean, and Star Parties are an opportunity to gaze into infinity with fun activities like a planetarium...

Win Free Tickets to See Robin Hood on November 19!

Robin Hood officially opens November 21, 2018, but you could you could see it early and for free! We’re giving away two specially reserved seats at a screening of the film happening at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, at the AMC Southdale theater. To enter: Like the Twin Cities Geek Facebook page and Comment on the featured giveaway post by 9:00 p.m. Central on November 16, 2018, telling us your favorite character from any version of the Robin...

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Takes a Topical Look into the Wizarding World

Fantastic Beasts is proving to be the grown-up sibling of the Harry Potter series. Both tales feature dastardly deeds done by dark wizards with similar wizard-supremacy belief structures, but where Voldemort’s evil was simplistic, Grindelwald brings the danger of a seductive and occasionally reasonable-sounding evil. In many ways, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels topical. It’s easy to wonder why any sane person would back Grindelwald, who preaches a message of wizard superiority over those who lack magic, but...

Ralph Breaks the Internet Is a Minor Upgrade

The return to the video-game world of Wreck-It Ralph certainly expands on the already imaginative playground of arcade game characters. While the first film certainly had an intelligent charm, I still felt there was untapped potential for an adventure that deserved more than an onslaught of puns. The sequel, on the other hand, takes a bold step out of the arcade and into the boundless limits of the Internet. But while Ralph Breaks the Internet still has that clever...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of November 14, 2018

Here are the new books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of November 14, 2018. Bitter Root Publisher: Image Words/Story: David Walker, Chuck Brown Art/Colors: Sanford Green “In the 1920s, the Harlem Renaissance is in full swing, and only the Sangerye Family can save New York—and the world—from the supernatural forces threatening to destroy humanity. But the once-great family of monster hunters has been torn apart by tragedies and conflicting moral codes. The Sangerye Family...

Win 1 of 3 Overlord Movie Prize Packs!

With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen. From producer...

Origin Is the Sci-Fi Series That Might Make You Get YouTube Premium

I recently had the chance to screen the first two episodes of YouTube Premium’s new series, Origin, premiering on November 14, 2018. With producers from Lost and The Crown and some recognizable actors, I figured that the show at least had some credibility behind it. The premise? “A group of strangers find themselves stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet. The abandoned passengers must work together for survival, but quickly realize that one of them is far...

Yuri!!! on Ice Is a Delightful Anime That Will Leave You Wanting More

It’s always an unpredictable experience jumping into a mainstream anime series you’ve heard a lot about. By the time you sit down to watch it, you’ve probably heard so much about it that it’s hard to know what to expect, or even to be able to predict whether you’re likely to enjoy it. So you take the plunge, wondering just what about the show, if anything, will live up to what you’ve heard. For me, finally getting around to...

This Week in Geek (11/12/18–11/18/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 12th to Sunday, November 18th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building Let your creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever your heart desires at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by Crafty Geek and the Geek Partnership Society. This is a...
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