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Every Pixar Movie, Ranked from Worst to Best

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Every Pixar Movie, Ranked from Worst to Best

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Every Pixar Movie, Ranked from Worst to Best

Heavy on training montages and intergenerational torch passing, Cars 3 is an old-fashioned sports film at heart. Swap out the talking cars for boxers or baseball pitchers and Pixar’s latest would sit comfortably next to such films as Rocky Balboa and Trouble with the Curve, twilit dramas about a fading athlete struggling with age-old conundrums: how to know when to retire and how to do it with dignity. It’s the sort of counterintuitively mature theme that’s marked Pixar’s best output, but while Cars 3 may be the least objectionable entry in this series to date, it never hits the bittersweet emotional highs of films like Up and Toy Story 3. On the occasion of the film’s release, join us in revisiting the Pixar canon, ranked from worst to best.

Twin Peaks: The Return Recap Part 6

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Twin Peaks: The Return Recap: Part 6

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Twin Peaks: The Return Recap: Part 6

Many of the events in the latest episode of Twin Peaks: The Return seem to depend on the toss of a coin, inviting speculation about the balance between chance and necessity in the lives of the characters. When Richard Horne (Eamon Farren) buys a load of a drug called “sparkle” from Red (Balthazar Getty), the latter bewilders Richard with a surreal coin trick. The coin impossibly hangs in the air for some time, before then manifesting in Richard’s mouth. Except it hasn’t, because it’s back in Red’s palm. Red tells Richard: “Heads I win. Tails you lose.” Chance obviously isn’t a factor in their deal. The game is rigged, as the house always wins—and it’s an encounter that sets in motion a series of events that reverberates throughout the episode.

Silicon Valley Recap Season 4, Episode 8, “The Keenan Vortex”

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Silicon Valley Recap: Season 4, Episode 8, “The Keenan Vortex”

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Silicon Valley Recap: Season 4, Episode 8, “The Keenan Vortex”

Eager to pass on his hard-won wisdom, whether anyone wants it or not, Richard (Thomas Middleditch) tells Keenan Feldspar (Haley Joel Osment) on tonight’s episode of Silicon Valley to enjoy his success while it lasts because “this can be a tough business.” Keenan, who’s such a good bullshit artist that he wins Richard over by admitting that, yes, he really is a bullshit artist, swats away Richard’s warning, and no wonder: The wheels of Silicon Valley are greased for operators like him. But in the trip-wired world of smart nerds like Richard and the rest of the Pied Piper crew, there’s rarely time to savor a victory before it blows up and knocks them back on their asses.

American Gods Recap Season 1, Episode 7, “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney”

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American Gods Recap: Season 1, Episode 7, “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney”

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American Gods Recap: Season 1, Episode 7, “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney”

Tonight’s episode of American Gods, “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney,” pivots on another extended flashback, illustrating once again that the series is concerned less with tending to a singular narrative than with offering riffs on a theme. The show’s first season is nearly over, and we’re nowhere near the end of the story told by Neil Gaiman’s source novel, which also allowed for thematically intertwined tangents. The loose structure works better in the series than the book though, as the former has a decadent and melodramatic style that renders the plot nearly beside the point.

Ubisoft Reveals Assassin’s Creed Origins and Confirms October Release

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Ubisoft Reveals Assassin’s Creed Origins and Confirms October Release

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Ubisoft Reveals Assassin’s Creed Origins and Confirms October Release

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is often full of surprises. But it’s not uncommon for news to come to us from the frontlines that confirms countless rumors we’ve heard leading up to the event. Case in point: Few were probably taken aback when, today, Ubisoft announced the next installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed Origins, which has been in development for the last four years. The game, according to the team at Ubisoft Montreal, crafts a new beginning for this popular franchise.

Square Enix Gives Kingdom Hearts III a New Orchestra Trailer

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Square Enix Gives Kingdom Hearts III a New Orchestra Trailer

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Square Enix Gives Kingdom Hearts III a New Orchestra Trailer

“Don’t assume your dreams are just fantasy. If you imagine a world, believe in it…and dive in.” So read the words that fade onto the screen at the start of the new orchestra trailer for Kingdom Hearts III that was dropped yesterday by Square Enix. And what follows is a literal application of that mantra, as the series’s protagonist, Sora, is seen diving into Mount Olympus to do battle with the gods that live therein.

Doctor Who Recap Season 10, Episode 9, “Empress of Mars”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 10, Episode 9, “Empress of Mars”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 10, Episode 9, “Empress of Mars”

Mark Gatiss can usually be counted on to write Doctor Who episodes that are reliably suspenseful but don’t often stretch the show’s boundaries. He does it again with this week’s “Empress of Mars,” a successful standalone adventure which combines elements from two of his better past efforts, both from 2013. From “Cold War” comes the Ice Warriors, a race of reptilian Martians, who first appeared in Doctor Who 40 years ago, with their honor-bound militaristic outlook. They’re cleverly juxtaposed with the Victorian milieu of “The Crimson Horror”—though this isn’t apparent at first from the light-hearted teaser, which has the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Bill (Pearl Mackie), and Nardole (Matt Lucas) turning up in the control room of a present-day NASA Mars mission whose robot probe has just landed on the red planet. To everyone’s consternation, the pictures show that, under the Martian polar ice cap, rocks have been arranged to spell out GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap Season 9, Episode 12, “Category Is…”

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 9, Episode 12, “Category Is…”

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Season 9, Episode 12, “Category Is…”

“I’m so relieved that Roxxxy Andrews and Phi Phi O’Hara advanced to the finals over Detox and Latrice Royale,” said no one ever. For as much heat as some of the peak seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race got for favoring rough-edged, shit-stirring queens at the expense of sweet or well-rounded ones, don’t you kind of miss the drama now? True, the show arguably hasn’t really had a bona fide villain since Darienne Lake—if you don’t count the return of Phi Phi in last year’s All-Stars. And it was sort of refreshing in season eight to see the open-hearted Chi Chi DeVayne and Kim Chi reach the quartet of final-challenge queens over the likes of Acid Betty and Derrick Barry. But with the dismissal of this season’s halfway-villains Alexis Michelle (who killed ’em with “honesty”) and Nina Bo’Nina When the Pawn… Brown (whose paranoia killed herself softly), and in the absence of a from-episode-one frontrunner like Bob the Drag Queen, what’s there to fuel this race through its final lap?

Square Enix Releases New Trailer for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

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Square Enix Releases New Trailer for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

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Square Enix Releases New Trailer for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

The 12th title in the mainline Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy XII was released in March 2006 to critical acclaim, and by the end of year earned a number of “game of the year” citations. Among its innovations: an open world split into zones, a controllable camera, and a “license” system that allowed players to assign certain equipment and abilities to the playable characters. On July 11, you’ll be able to experience the game like never before with the release of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, and today Square Enix has released a story trailer for the game.

Watch: Sia Video “Free Me,” with Zoe Saldana and Narrated by Julianne Moore

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Watch: Sia Video “Free Me,” with Zoe Saldana and Narrated by Julianne Moore
Watch: Sia Video “Free Me,” with Zoe Saldana and Narrated by Julianne Moore

We finally have our answer to a not-so-eternal question: What would a public service announcement by Australian singer-songwriter Sia would look like? Narrated by Julianne Moore, the music video for “Free Me” begins with a woman (played by Zoe Saldana) being informed that HIV is wreaking havoc on her immune system. The woman’s world turns dark, literally, after which she’s foisted into a slipstream. She lands in the middle of an interpretive dance with a group of balletic guardian angels before the doctor’s examination room is then revealed, Michel Gondry-style, as a set; a Sia proxy soon appears to lend the woman her support, both hanging on to each other as they run about woman’s increasingly brightening psyche. Like most of Sia’s interpretive dance-themed videos, this is a show of resilience, ending poignantly on the woman, no longer in despair, holding her infant child in her hands.