The Brothers Paranormal Is a Thrilling and Multilayered Asian American Ghost Story

With their coproduction of Prince Gomolvilas’s The Brothers Paranormal, Theater Mu and Penumbra Theatre have brought a must-see performance that sets a high bar for intercultural speculative theater. Directed by Lou Bellamy and billed as a “darkly comic chiller,” the play goes far beyond that description as it unfolds into a stirring adventure involving two Thai American ghost-hunting brothers with dubious qualifications for their calling. At turns horrifying and moving, profound and endearing, it sees the titular Brothers Paranormal...

Pathway’s Indiana Jones Atmosphere Can’t Make Up for Gameplay Limitations

It’s 1936, and the burgeoning Nazi empire sweeps through North Africa and the Middle East, stealing any artifacts it can get its hands on. You control a cast of rogues and swashbucklers fighting against the German military and trying to put a little money in your pocket along the way. Each adventurer in this cast feels like they could be on the cover of a pulp magazine: the Brazilian steamboat captain, the Anglo-Indian antiquarian, and the Belgian secret agent....

UglyDolls Puts On a Colorful Face without Much Underneath

The fears of UglyDolls being little more than a phoned-in narrative built more for pushing toys than weaving a genuine tale are real. But what’s most maddening is that there’s so much potential in the concept that is left unexplored, and the film didn’t have to fall back on predictable characters and lackluster original songs to carry itself. There are brilliant themes of being comfortable with the skin you’re born in, a fear of eugenics in striving for perfection,...

A Minnesota Game Creator Brings Card-Based Space Battle Dreams to Life

Creating a new game can be as easy as grabbing some index cards and a pen. It’s how some of the most popular card-based games got their start, including Magic: The Gathering. Through numerous playtest sessions, a game can go from being just an idea to a finished, enjoyable product. It’s a long and arduous process, and not every game creator has the fortitude and determination to see it through. At a playtest session in the beginning of March,...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of May 8, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of May 8, 2019. Excellence Publisher: Image Comics Words/Story: Brandon Thomas Art/Colors: Khary Randolph “Spencer Dales was born into a world of magic. His father belongs to the Aegis, a secret society of black magicians ordered by their unseen masters to better the lives of others—those with greater potential—but never themselves. Now it’s time for Spencer to follow in his father’s footsteps, but...

This Is Not a Love Scene Misses an Opportunity for Important Character Growth

I have a confession to make: I accidentally glanced at the Goodreads reviews before reading this book. The most upvoted ones were low, and I didn’t read them too closely, but they gave me a strange sense of foreboding going in anyway. Still, I kept up a positive attitude, at least at first; other books I’ve loved have low ratings on Goodreads, and the start of S. C. Megale’s debut novel was very promising. The more I read, however,...

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Is a Decent Adventure with a Messy Mix of Styles

Adults might be forgiven for wondering how much of a kid’s movie Pokémon: Detective Pikachu would really be. The trailers show a detective neo-noir style, complete with dark lighting and a shady scheme involving conspiracies and murder. But though the film certainly slaps on the Blade Runner–esque atmosphere and a serious suit of intrigue, rest assured that it’s too ridiculously cute with its furry and goofy looking creatures to be taken too seriously. That’s part of the film’s charm...

Win 1 of 2 John Wick: Chapter 3 Prize Packs!

The third installment of the John Wick series hits theaters on May 17, 2019, and if you’re excited to see Keanu Reeves back in action, we have just the giveaway for you! Enter now to win 1 of 2 prize packs, each containing: 1 voucher good for 2 reserved seats at an advance screening of John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum at 7:30 p.m. on May 14, 2019, at AMC Southdale A trio of branded movie swag items: 1 T-shirt, 1...

This Week in Geek (5/6/19–5/12/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 6th to Sunday, May 12th. Monday Night Game Night What: Gaming When: Monday, May 6th at 5:00 p.m. Where: Level Up Games (South St. Paul) While it may be tough diving back into the workweek (at least for those of us with Monday-to-Friday jobs), this event seeks to add fun and levity to Mondays with games....

The Revealing Wonder of Wild Nights with Emily

There’s a shade of Drunk History present within Wild Nights with Emily, in which you could just imagine some inebriated historian gushing about the real dirt on famed poet Emily Dickinson. She is played in this biopic by Molly Shannon in a manner that strives for a very tongue-in-cheek feeling, and the actor doesn’t have to try hard for a laugh—the humor comes directly from the earnest nature of this literary figure, hidden for decades. The film is compelling...
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