Film Review: Audacious, Silly “The Wandering Earth II”

Film Review: Audacious, Silly “The Wandering Earth II”

Four years ago the Chinese film industry released one of its first big budget sci-fi thrillers, The Wandering Earth, to great acclaim and strong global box office results. When I reviewed it back in 2019, I found it interesting and exciting, partially because of its...

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The 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X: Powerful, Luxurious Pickup

The 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X: Powerful, Luxurious Pickup

In the early days, pickup trucks were sold bare bones, intended to be work vehicles more than family transportation. They were also inexpensive too, offering people who couldn't afford a fancy sedan or station wagon an alternative. I remember in high school that one...

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Film Restoration Review: Invaders from Mars (1953)

Film Restoration Review: Invaders from Mars (1953)

It was just a few years after the end of World War II and color had only just arrived in the science fiction genre a few years earlier with the science-heavy Destination Moon (1950). Director and production genius William Cameron Menzies was engrossed by a short...

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Film Review: Half-Baked, Half-Pint Horror “M3GAN”

Film Review: Half-Baked, Half-Pint Horror “M3GAN”

The 2001 sci-fi film A.I. - Artificial Intelligence explores a mythic and timeless tale of a mechanical child that joins a family beset by a terrible tragedy. Haley Joel Osment is "David", a startlingly realistic robot who seeks to assuage the pain of his human...

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An SUV for Families: 2023 Chevy Equinox Premier AWD

An SUV for Families: 2023 Chevy Equinox Premier AWD

The compact SUV space is hot, and there are a lot of great options for today's car buyers, from the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 to the Mazda CX-5. In the Chevrolet lineup, the compact but roomy Chevy Equinox offers yet another solid option, though whether it's truly...

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Game Review: Hilarious, Challenging Co-op “Hissy Fit”

Game Review: Hilarious, Challenging Co-op “Hissy Fit”

Anyone who's owned a pet knows that they have a psychic ability to detect when you're heading to the vet and suddenly be scarce or need to go outside for an extended period. With cats, it's even more fun because you need to get them into a cat carrier so they're safe...

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2023 Mazda CX-50 2.5 Turbo: Variation on the Theme

2023 Mazda CX-50 2.5 Turbo: Variation on the Theme

One benefit of being a car writer is that I get to spend lots more time behind the wheel of various vehicles than a regular Joe. When I decided to trade in my Toyota Highlander a few years ago, I leveraged that experience to choose what has proven a really great...

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Game Review: Avatar The Last Airbender: Fire Nation Rising

Game Review: Avatar The Last Airbender: Fire Nation Rising

Humanity has split into four tribes based on the four elements: Earth, Fire, Air, and Water. A small group of people in each tribe, called "benders", have the ability to manipulate a specific element. A firebender can command fire, a waterbender controls water, and so...

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Film Review: The Pretentious Are On “The Menu”

Film Review: The Pretentious Are On “The Menu”

Most of us know a self-proclaimed "foodie" who is not just excited about food, preparation, authenticity, and ingredients but is also impressed with their own knowledge and quick to share their insights with everyone else. We say "this is a nice wine" but they say...

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Cruisin’ in the 2022 Honda Passport Trailsport AWD

Cruisin’ in the 2022 Honda Passport Trailsport AWD

Honda has been selling rugged, off-road vehicles for decades and its Passport is one of the most popular Honda vehicles with a young, male demographic. It's clear that the vehicle is intended to take on the Toyota 4Runner head-to-head and much of the Honda marketing...

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Game Review: Tiny but Tough “Buried Beneath”

Game Review: Tiny but Tough “Buried Beneath”

There's something enjoyable about having a board game with tons of miniatures and a complex board to set up, and many modern board gamers love titles like Gloomhaven, Twilight Imperium, or Railways of the World because of the immersive nature of having a 4'x8' table...

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The Pleasant, but Unsporty 2023 Infiniti QX50 Sport AWD

The Pleasant, but Unsporty 2023 Infiniti QX50 Sport AWD

I've spent the last week driving a Graphite Shadow 2023 Infiniti QX50 Sport AWD and while I found it a comfortable, enjoyable ride, it was also rather forgettable. Perhaps it's a problem with comparing hundreds of cars over time; they start to blur together. Pick a...

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