Netflix’s ‘The Umbrella Academy’ carves new niche in superhero television

In March 2013, fans of “My Chemical Romance” were heartbroken upon receiving a tweet from frontman Gerard Way announcing the official breakup of the beloved emo rock band. Now, nearly six years later, Mr. Way has once again played a vital role in the creation of a pop-culture phenomenon, albeit not in the manner one […]

Netflix limited series ‘Maniac’ provides suspense despite excessive complexity

“The mind can be solved,” Dr. James Mantleray (Justin Theroux) said. It’s a lofty goal, but then again not much about “Maniac” is really grounded. Set in a futuristic New York City, “Maniac” focuses on two participants in a drug trial, their haunting pasts and their unusual connection. We are first introduced to Owen Milgrim […]

‘Life’ is a disappointing copy of ‘Alien’

As far as science fiction films go, those that play on the ‘trapped in space’ trope have much to offer, but also much to overcome. Jump-started by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic “Alien,” this category of sci-fi films typically features characters who are forced to battle disaster, aliens or both, while attempting to escape from some sort […]

Reshop, Heda

Writer’s note: massive “The 100″ spoilers ahead. Plan to start? A couple weeks behind? Open this in a new tab and come back to me after 3.07. You guys, I’m in mourning. This week, I lost someone who spent Thursday nights on my screen and the rest of the week in my heart — and […]