Breaking down the strengths and flaws of Gareth Edwards' Rogue One.

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Anthony and Andrew break down the story elements and the successes and failures of the new Doctor Strange movie, including its use of tropes, its treatment of women, and the question of how sympathetic its lead character is meant to be. Plus, what we're reading, and what we're writing!

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Anthony Falcone and Andrew Wheeler break down the storytelling, heroes, villains, women, and cultural significance of Cheo Hodari Coker's Luke Cage show as best as they are able! Plus; what they're writing, and what they're reading!

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Anthony and Andrew look at the strengths and problems of the latest version of The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt. How does it compare to previous versions, and to other "build the team" and "defend the castle" movies?

Plus, in What We're Reading, Anthony talks about Raina Telgemeier's Ghosts, and Andrew talks about the podcast My Favorite Murder.

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Anthony and Andrew tackle Suicide Squad, a movie that just begs to be rewritten, and check out the first six episodes of Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down on Netflix. Spoilers ahead! 

Check us out at Fan Expo in Toronto, September 1-4.

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 Andrew and Anthony talk about Paul Feig's 2016 reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. What worked, what didn't, and how did the weird controversy around the movie shape our appreciation for it? Plus, what we're writing and what we're reading!

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 Anthony and Andrew go in-depth on the latest X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse, and take a detour into another Biblical comics adaptation, AMC's Preacher. Plus, the latest look at what they're writing and what they're reading.

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Anthony and Andrew discuss the secrets behind the success of Captain America: Civil War, including its place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon and the establishment of new characters Black Panther and Spider-Man. Plus, inevitably, they compare Civil War to Batman v Superman.

Also in this episode: TCAF, I Hate Fairyland, and Thomas King.

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Anthony and Andrew watched Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and even with a lot of time to digest it, there's still a lot to talk about. A lot. Plus, what we're reading, and what we're writing!

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Anthony and Andrew have a spoiler-filled discussion of the second season of Marvel's Netflix's Daredevil, discussing the structure of the series, the approaches to Elektra and Punisher, and the ongoing conversation about superhero morality. Plus, they talk about their experiences having their own work out in the world, and they endorse the Ennis/Dillon Punisher and The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

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Anthony and Andrew talk about the screenwriting challenges and successes in this year's Oscar-nominated movies, including The Martian, The Big Short, Carol, Spotlight, Brooklyn, Ex Machina, Inside Out, Bridge of Spies, and more.

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 After the disappointment of Spectre, Anthony and Andrew decide to revisit one of their favourite Bond movies to try to understand why the rest of the world hates it so much. Diamonds Are Forever marked Sean Connery's brief return to his most famous role, with a flamboyant Vegas setting, some extremely quirky henchmen, and Charles Grey's triumphantly camp performance as Blofeld. 

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