The New Maze Runner Movie Is Basically Pure Stupid Fun

The second entry in a dystopian series is always a challenge. The first installment usually has a simple hook—we fight in the arena, we deal with being the only person who has complex emotions, etc. And now, in the second outing... there’s more of the same. Or possibly, a whole lot more mythos. Either way, it’s not… »9/18/15 11:00am9/18/15 11:00am

Doctor Who Will Answer One Of The Doctor's Most Vexing Mysteries

Mark Ruffalo talks about how to make a standalone Hulk film. Scarlett Johansson teases the Avengers-esque scope of Civil War. A familiar dinosaur’s face returns in Jurassic World. Could Marvel be nearing casting for both Spider-Man and Iron Fist? Plus what’s to come on The Originals and The Vampire Diaries. Spoilers… »4/30/15 9:00am4/30/15 9:00am

Insurgent Is Like Two Hours Of Someone Else's Terrible Therapy Session

There was always something ugly at the heart of the wish-fulfillment in the Divergent series — everybody except me is one dimensional, because I'm special! But where the first movie managed to turn this into a weirdly sweet adventure about trying fit in, the sequel just goes full-on narcissistic. And dreary. »3/20/15 12:24pm3/20/15 12:24pm

10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

Today's genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of contrived. But here are 10 lessons from real-life rebellions against repressive regimes, that we wish the creators of fictional dystopias would pay attention to. »9/15/14 1:11pm9/15/14 1:11pm

Divergent Is A Ridiculously Fun Story Of Social Engineering Gone Mad

At first glance, Divergent sounds like a more contrived version of Hunger Games. In a dark dystopian future, everybody is required to have just one personality trait. Like Smurfs. Or the Seven Dwarfs. But the film version does a good job of revealing how this story is actually about social engineering. Plus, it's… »3/21/14 12:00pm3/21/14 12:00pm